excerpt:"When I think of the 1,000 jobs that Austin schools may cut next year because of a possible $94 million to $114 million shortage, I think of James McBride, the best school teacher I ever had.
McBride was my junior class English teacher at Laconia High School in New Hampshire, home of the fightin' Sachems (a Sachem was an Indian chief in the day of the Pilgrims).
If it weren't for James McBride, who passed in December, I likely wouldn't be writing this column.
McBride was one of those teachers who fit the Chaucer line from the Canterbury Tales: "And gladly would he learn, and gladly teach." He wasn't always a patient man. Sometimes he'd get so mad, his face would turn red, and he'd climb up on a desk