How Covid-19 Isolation Made Me Facebook Addict

Cleveland Plain Dealer November 10, 2020

Paul Keane

Five months of Covid-isolation have turned me into an addict. I didn’t intend for this to happen, but it did. I am addicted to facebook “likes” and “comments”.

Psychiatrists call what I am experiencing a “dopamine feedback loop”. That means that my brain gives me a squirt of dopamine ( nature’s heroin) every time I check my facebook page because I’m looking for a “like” or a “comment”, a sign that someone is paying attention to me. Facebook makes me feel important.

Here’s how it happened.

I’m 75 years old and…

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Twenty-five years of student names and classes, my entire career: 2,280 students, 1986–2012

Paul Keane

The Valley News

When I apprenticed as a high school teacher in 1986 at Whitcomb High’s English Department in Bethel, Vermont, I was 42 years old, not exactly a wet-behind-the-ears kid fresh out of college.

It was definitely a mid-life career change, and a friend’s wife, who was a teacher in Connecticut, gave me one piece of advice: “ Never apologize to your students” she told me.

She was wrong. Dead wrong.

Over my twenty-five years of teaching (1986–2012) one of the most successful behaviors I learned was to apologize out loud in front of the entire…

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A scene from Thornton Wilder’s The Long Christmas Dinner

Why I’ve drafted instructions to give the ventilator to someone else: Paul Keane

Posted Mar 22, 2020 Cleveland Plain Dealer

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by Guest Columnist,

WHITE RIVER JUNCTION, Vermont — In this coronavirus pandemic, I will not be depriving a younger person of a ventilator, also known as a breathing machine. I am 75, have lived a wonderful life, and am ready for nature to take her course, even though I am vigorous and healthy and reasonably cheerful.

On Aug. 14, 2015, I signed, with two witnesses and the official seal of a notary public, a “Vermont Advance Directive for Health…

Paul Keane

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