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The good, the bad; the new.

"Without haste, but without rest."
Johann Wolfgang Goethe

I have created this URL in response to readers demanding some sort of a reference point from where additions to my outrageously swollen website can be accessed. Well, there have not been that many demands, in truth. But the readers who have requested this index are the die-hards who check my site frequently and at length; and I am disposed to please such persons. Anyone who wants to get their weekly or monthly dose of Rich Geib can bookmark this page and surf on in occasionally to see if there is anything new. Most URLs I post to the World Wide Web nowadays are responses to reader e-mail and chances are slim any casual reader would stumble upon them, they being buried deep in the guts of my domain. Yet these personal communications are worth the read and (hopefully) add color and nuance to my website. The wee hours of the evening also find me invariably typing scribe-like into my computer original historical speeches and documents so that they may be available to all via the Internet; I post these original sources as soon as I can input and post them. Then of course my E-Mail Hall of Shame (aka "Gallery of Knuckleheads"), How Is Life Treating You? archive, and Frequently Answered Questions are updated nearly every other day.

last updated April 7, 2014

April 7, 2014

“But your demise is perhaps overstated, as an educator never knows where his influence might end.”

I write a eulogy for a friend who died suddenly and tragically.

February 19, 2014

“Alas, America! Alas, my daughters!”

The twentieth year of teaching prompts some reflecting on the past, as well as the present.

December 31, 2014

“We will open the book. Its pages are blank. We are going to put words on them ourselves. The book is called opportunity and its first chapter is New Year’s Day.”

A new year and a fresh slate; my yearly tradition.

December 31, 2013

"Perseverance is not a long race; it is many short races one after the other."

2013? I do think so! Gonna be a good year...

May 24, 2012

"The days are long with young children, but the months they fly by."

I write a letter to a "mother-to-be.

April 14, 2012

"Today you turn five years of age."

My first daughter turns five year old.

February 25, 2012

"Happy belated second birthday, daughter mine!"

My second daughter celebrates her second birthday.

December 31, 2012

"Character is the ability to carry out a good resolution long after the excitement of the moment has passed."

The new year brings new resolutions.

December 31, 2011

"It is a most mortifying reflection for a man to consider what he has done, compared to what he might have done."

The attempt to not be mortified at looking at whaty I might have done in 2012.

December 31, 2010

"'Be always at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let each new year find you a better man.'"

A fresh start that I always take somewhat seriously: the new year, and new opportunity.

December 31, 2009

"'Be always at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let each new year find you a better man.'"

A fresh start that I always take somewhat seriously: the new year, and new opportunity.

November 28, 2009

"Once Every Three Years."

Computer upgrade is done.

November 25, 2009

"I found myself, on a rare morning with not much planned, reading that the film version of Cormac McCarthy’s “The Road” opened today."

Cormac McCarthy and "The Road."

November 15, 2009

"I found myself, on a rare morning with not much planned, reading that the film version of Cormac McCarthy’s “The Road” opened today."

Riding the Malibu Canyons again.

October 12, 2009

"Finally, I can call you by name! My second daughter, Elizabeth Anne Geib."

A third letter to my daughter.

September 7, 2009

"Oh, second child of mine! Three weeks until your mother and I can discover your sex."

A second letter to my daughter.

December 31, 2008

“We will open the book. Its pages are blank. We are going to put words on them ourselves. The book is called Opportunity and its first chapter is New Year's Day.”

Opportunity knocks on December 31st as I write up my resolutions in the yearly ritual.

August 17, 2008

"Feeling Vulnerable"

I would ask for just one more thing.....

July 26, 2008

"In Praise of Battlestar Galactica"

Science fiction for pimply teenagers and scifi for mature adults.

July 12, 2008

"On My Beloved Daughter, Crying in Her Crib"

Yet more nighttime crying prompts a father to think long and hard about what he is doing and why.

March 12, 2008

"Spring: Coming Up For Air"

After a long, exhausting winter and spring, I re-emerge onto my webpage with an addition: a long time coming.

January 24, 2008


The federal government makes another brilliant decision.

January 5, 2008

"A Stereotype Come to Life: The Worried Father"

My baby daughter contracts penumonia and I fret and watch over her into the early hours of the morning. Happy New Year!

December 31, 2007

"Bread and Circuses: The Temptation"

Yet another offer for almost free cable access fosters some thought on "what if...?"

December 31, 2007

"2008 Resolutions"

The yearly list of goals to be accomplished, with some luck and will power.

December 29, 2007

"The Daily RSS Feeds"

My daily diet of websites checked daily for updates, as constantly scanned by the Sage extension for the Firefox Web browser. Best thing since canned beer!

December 28, 2007

"The Maggie Interludes, 1992-1995"

A hitherto unknown video of my deceased mother where she makes pertinent and poignant comments in her last years: an emotional find for me.

December 27, 2007

"Someone shot [Benazir] Bhutto in the neck and chest, initial news reports claimed, and then the assassin blew himself up."

An uneasy morning of violence and lassitude in a world that is far from well.

November 18, 2007

"The Best of Times, The Worst of Times: A Rumination on the State of the Internet

Very ambivalent contemporary views on privacy and the Internet prompt me to reflect on the written word and candor, living the examined life, and the legacy of family.

October 28, 2007

"What a Pain in the Ear!"

If a person bikes long enough, strange this will happen to him. A Sunday bikeride through the fields of eastern Ventura results in a man versus insect collision.

October 27, 2007

"'We changed from a child-oriented society to a work-oriented society...'"

I read a quote which prompts me to question in its veracity, and then I am left with more questions than before.

October 21, 2007

"The Risk of Living in California"

The onslaught of wildfires in Southern California prompts me to pack up family and leave for a scheduled vacation two days early.

October 6, 2007

"Rise of the Demagogues"

Fueled by rising oil prices, it seems wherever one can find crude coming out of the ground there one finds bad government.

October 6, 2007

"Angela Hewitt Plays Bach"

I see a world-class pianist play Bach with my father down in Orange County and have a few words to say.

September 26, 2007

"A Night to Remember"

A night of baby crying and attempts at soothing by sleep-deprived parents doing the best they can do: a remembrance in words.

September 11, 2007

"How rare that article! How special! For me like water in the desert to a man dying of thirst!"

An essay long time in coming that is published on an ominous anniversary, I reflect at some length on civil liberties and the "War on Terror."

September 9, 2007

"How rare that article! How special! For me like water in the desert to a man dying of thirst!"

A newspaper article sparks a discussion within myself about the worth of reading the paper daily. Is it really worth the time?

September 8, 2007

"What kind of person breaks into and burglarizes a school?"

I arrive to school one morning to find an unpleasant surprise awaiting me in the classroom next to mine.

September 2, 2007

"Is this the best we Americans can do with our precious leisure time?"

A walk around Balboa Island moves me to think about the huge role sports and alcohol play in contemporary America.

August 25, 2007

"I had you for vizcom and now i own and run porn sites"

A former student gives me a dubious compliment: friends in high places indeed!

August 2, 2007

"A Brilliant Disguise"

I look back on an artist that much influenced me when I was a young man and reflect on authenticity in art.

July 31, 2007

"Maria can continue to read “Goodbye Moon” and “Where Is Baby's Belly Button?” with Julia, and I will read..."

An English teacher, ironically I find it hard to engage children's literature. It just seems silly.

July 27, 2007

"I used to tell myself I was one of those relatively few people who loved their jobs."

A look back at my thirties with respect to work, and the view forward from there: I try to see where I was, how I got to be where I am, what that place looks like, and if I like it. Where I might want to go in the future will be the subject of a later essay.

July 25, 2007

"Family Bliss"

A summer morning to remember forever for rookie parents and their new charge.

July 23, 2007

"Our President and His Polyps"

Some reflections on the candor of American public life after a routine but very intimate medical exam makes all the newspapers.

July 12, 2007

"An Afternoon at the Zoo"

I reflect on family and happiness after a leisurely afternoon at the Santa Barbara Zoo with wife and daughter. It had been decades since I had last been to a zoo.

July 2, 2007

"Before I Die..."

As the behest of my step-sister Kimberley, I come up with a few goals to achieve before I die. Kind of fun it was!

July 1, 2007

"Can someone tell me why I need one of these?"

As the New iPhone arrives on the market, I wonder what is all the hype about. Do I really need to be more plugged into the online world?

June 21, 2007

"A Series of '4s'"

A birthday party prompts some reflections on turning forty years of age.

June 2, 2007

"Pride and Prejudice"

They still have it in Great Britain, as is shown by a wonderful production of a wonderful book.

May 17, 2007

"The Gaza Strip"

Yet another place in this sad world where semi-illiterate young men with no other prospects in life hold sway over entire populations.

April 16, 2007

"A Prayer for My Daughter"

Some worries and reflections about becoming a father to a daughter... what do I know about being a daughter? I think about what kind of a father I might be, and what kind of a daughter I might have.

April 11, 2007

"Kurt Vonnegut: An Evaluation"

A look back and the work of an iconic but overrated American writer.

March 1, 2007

"An important day in the life..."

On March 1st, 2007, exactly one week before her projected birth date, Julia Emerson Geib acquired her first e-mail address.

February 22, 2007

"Mrs. Thompson was the 'mean' teacher who taught the advanced English classes at Corona del Mar High School when I was there in the mid-1980s."

Some musings about my junior year high school English teacher and her influence on my life.

January 21, 2007

"Time For More Beethoven?"

A plan to dwell more on "heavy" music.

February 16, 2007

"...either a Bush or a Clinton will have occupied the White House for 28 straight years!"

I experience a sharp surprise in reading the morning newspaper after encountering a quote about the presidential candidacy of Hillary Clinton.

January 15, 2007

"The fantasy, the dream – and then the reality."

Some reflection on the present and the past via popular music.

January 15, 2007

"Frankly, he thinks almost all of this music is horrible. In fact, Mr. Geib thinks almost all of popular entertainment is horrible."

The infamous Mr. Geib music challenge, as subsidiary link to a larger writing piece.

January 1, 2007

"Finish out my monster AmEx classes through final and AP exams, childbirth and new parenthood - and then you can catch your breath all summer and be at home with your baby daughter and wife!"

The annual ritual of the New Year's Resolutions.

December 28, 2006

"We spend so much of our lives at work. Years spent in the workplace will weigh so heavily in the calculus of life’s happiness."

A conversation with a friend prompts some soul searching about work and its cost.

December 20, 2006

"But will Julia like classical music?"

Impending fatherhood evokes thoughts on music and generations and family and connection.

December 15, 2006

"UCLA 13-USC 9."

Revenge is sweet: the rivalry.

November 1, 2006

"Whoever that person is, America needs you."

Some pre-election reflections on bipartisanship and the lack thereof, as well as its affects on the polis generally, the family, and even personal friendships.

October 18, 2006

"Ventura Speakers' Corner is an online collaboration between Foothill Technology High School and the Ventura County Star towards providing an online forum for the community of Ventura."

A project several months in the making, I launch an experiment between my place of employment and the local newspaper. We shall see how it goes....!

October 17, 2006

"It is she who will take the fight to Osama bin Laden and his ideological descendents. It is because of she – and who she is, who we Americans are – that the Islamists will lose."

Some thoughts on the middle name of my unborn daughter and the thinking behind it.

October 12, 2006

"Weighing in at approximately 9 ounces, heart beating 139 beats per minute, and aged approximately 18 weeks 6 days, today Maria and I caught our second glimpse of our firstborn child."

In the second ultrasound, Maria and I discover the sex of our firstborn.

October 2, 2006

“To bring a child into this world to suffer as we humans do, why would anyone do that?”

Some thoughts on becoming a father for the first time.

September 28, 2006

"Maggie Geib Goodbye Video"

The farewell video after my mother's passing.

September 27, 2006

"On the Death of My Mother"

Some insights into my mother's last life lesson to me.

August 24, 2006

"Measuring some 44.7 millimeters and aged approximately 11 weeks 6 days, today Maria and I caught our first glimpse of our child."

Welcome to the family! Our first ultrasound exam...

January 1, 2006

"You did the hard work in terms of figuring out the technology and buying the hardware. Now just do the other part."

We jump into a new year with fresh potential and new goals with the annual New Year's Resolutions. I believe in this activity. Really.

December 18, 2005

November 19, 2005
August 17, 2005

August 1, 2005

April 4, 2005

  • "Too Much"

    "But everyone seems miserable, / Tortured, wounded,"

September 1, 2004

August 19, 2004
  • "Torn"

    I swelter during the tense summer of 2004 at the South Coast Writing Project with an upcoming election and an intemperate political climate -- bummer times. Inferior poetry but honest sentiment.

December 4, 2003
  • "The American Experience"

    Slowly coming out of my cyber slumber, readers can gain a glimpse into where my head has been lately - as well as the intense class that has devoured the past few years of my life.  A recently goal is to THINK less for work, to THINK more for my own enrichment; to grow my personal website MORE, my work website LESS.  The tectonic shift is long overdue: balance is all.

November 1, 2003
  • "About Mr. Geib..."

    I have never been busier on the World Wide Web professionally these past few years, if not on my personal site; but an article on CNN jars me into reminding readers of this fact.  Work and my students currently seems to consume all, but I will return to this site when I find more time for "me."  It is high time, in fact, that I found such time.

January 30, 2002
  • "Speech after long silence..."

    I break a long cyber-hiatus and talk about patience, faith, endurance, and perseverance in the context of what has happened to me and my country lately.

December 17, 2001
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YEAR OF 1998

December 19, 1998

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December 14, 1998

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December 12, 1998

December 6, 1998

November 30, 1998

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July 21, 1998

July 21, 1998
  • "Lincoln 'Failures' List"
    Have you ever failed? I have many times, and always I find inspiration in seeing how many setbacks Lincoln suffered in his (in the view of posterity, at least) singularly important and hugely successful life.

July 15, 1998

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June 6, 1998
  • "I'd like to suggest that you read some Ayn Rand."
    I have always been more than a bit confused by the devoted cult-following of "objectivist" Ayn Rand and her books like "Atlas Shrugged" and "The Fountainhead" which sell so many millions of copies. I make a few comments.

June 5, 1998

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April 21, 1998
  • "I would rather swallow my teeth!"
    I am surprised and amused to receive from Executive Director Ira Glasser by snail mail an offer to join the American Civil Liberties Union! I think this makes an excellent accompaniment to my other missive to Jesse Helms.

April 19, 1998

April 11, 1998

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March 29, 1998

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