2022: The year of the pluck

Wilbur Wright on a “flying machine”. Public domain.

On a crisp spring day in Illinois, my fourth grade teacher Mrs Dare conspired with my mother, my own flesh and blood, to give me an extra batch of homework assignments. They claimed it was just one extra homework assignment, but it turned out the be the largest project I had ever worked on up until that point and perhaps for a few years afterward. It came about when my mother (if I might remind you: my own flesh and blood) turned me in…