Who is this man that will fill your heads with historical fun? Well ...

I had a great summer, hanging with my wife and three kids. We took a trip to Mexico, went to the library a lot, and played a ton of baseball and softball. I coached a few teams.  The highlight was an 11 day trip out west to the Black Hills, Grand Tetons, and Mount Rushmore.   I love to read - and summer means I read a bunch of books about CIA anti-terrorist type guys that save the world.  I also spend a lot of time reading and searching about education and thinking about this upcoming school year!  

Devils Canyon, Montana

No doubt about it - I love history, and I love traveling.  A few years ago I was lucky enough to to tour England and France and learn about D-Day and World War II. You can check out my travels at my travel blog for the Footsteps of Overlord.  

Omaha Beach, Normandy, France

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In 2009, I was fortunate to travel to Vietnam and Cambodia with some other USM teachers.  It was awesome!  You can see where we went at http://www.crossingthemekong.blogspot.com/

My friends at Angkor Wat in Cambodia 

 

 

TAFT FACTS

Hometown- Detroit (although now I tell people that Milwaukee is home)

College - Miami University – THE Miami University, not the commuter school in Florida. They have new football uniforms - I am worried.  I got my Masters at UWM, and I am teaching a college class this year at Cardinal Stritch.

Years at USM – 17th (I started the same year as Schwiets - kind of scary)

Favorite things about USM - the great students and families, an awesome faculty, yummy lunches, the professional development

Favorite things about Milwaukee - the lake, family, fall (can't be beat), the resources downtown

Favorite sports - baseball, football, basketball

Favorite sports teams - anything Detroit (especially the Tigers and  Lions), the Brewers, Michigan State University

Hobbies – reading, movies, home improvement and puzzles – I love puzzles.  Try some trivia puzzles on Sporcle – fun stuff!

Favorite books - Check my personal Shelfari! below

Favorite music -I guess it could be described as indie or alternative. Newer bands I listen to are The National, Bloc Party, Mumford, and almost anything that is heavy on the acoustic guitar.  My all time favorites are U2 and REM - seen them both many times. Not much into dubstep ... yet.

Favorite movies - Jaws, Gladiator, Saving Private Ryan, Shawshank Redemption, super hero movies, almost anything with Will Ferrell

Favorite TV shows – Game of Thrones, Breaking Bad, Boardwalk Empire, Arrested Development, College Football Gameday, Friday Night Lights,  Modern Family, The Office, SportsCenter, Lost, 24

Favorite food - french fries, raspberries and blueberries, steak, seafood

Favorite candy -peach Jolly Ranchers, tropical punch Now and Laters

 

 

My favorite movie scene? The final home run in The Natural ... when the lights explode as he runs the bases, and then reflect in the manager's glasses ..