Archive for June, 2015

History teachers know that those who don’t learn their history are doomed to repeat it. For students, understanding the complicated causes and effects of various people in different parts of the world is very difficult. Almost all major events in history came as a result of a convoluted set of causes that span the globe. Teaching History to any age group of students is difficult not only because of some of the difficult subject matter involving various atrocities that one group of people have inflicted upon another, but also because the culture and time period that each major event occurred in can be difficult to understand.

History is an important subject because it teaches us who we are. The histories of various parts of the world inform the cultural norms and conditions that we see today. Without understanding how our society came to be in America, we can’t hope to improve the society in which we all participate. Teaching children the value of history can be difficult, but once they grow up, they will realize the value of what they learned in school.

Debra Purcell-Regis is a former history teacher in various school districts around her home of Old Brookville in upstate New York. Purcell-Regis retired last year after teaching history and literature for twenty-five years. To this day, former students thank her for her history lessons and explaining to them where they fit within the tapestry that is American history. Purcell-Regis developed her lesson plans with her students in mind and created a vivid depiction of each historical moment she taught them around the world.


Fantasy baseball is difficult to provide advice for because the very structure of various kinds of leagues can be very different. A winning strategy in a Rotisserie league might not play in a Head-to-Head, matchup league. In a Head-to-Head (H2H) league, you have to field a team that will post better numbers than your opponent on a weekly basis. In standard H2H leagues, you only get one point per category that you “win” or have more in a category than your opponent. If your opponent’s team hits seven home runs as a team in a week and your team hits eight, you get one point for the home run category. In order to win consistently week-to-week, you have to field a team that is competitive in all hitting and pitching categories on a weekly basis.

Drafting teams in leagues like this can be very tricky because of the pressure many owners feel to own players who can contribute categorical advantages across the board. It’s a mistake to chase after a team that is completely well-rounded, however, because of regression and injuries. The best strategy is to focus on one side of the ball when you’re drafting—either hitting or pitching. Once you have a dominant pitching rotation or lineup, you can add players to balance your team as the long baseball season moves along.

Debra Purcell-Regis is a retired school teacher who took to season-long H2H baseball leagues and daily leagues. She is working on starting a blog to provide advice to other fantasy sports players around the world.