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Scars = Survival

As I wrote my other post today, I was reminded of one of my many favorite quotes from a book. So, I went and found Little Bee by Chris Cleave to get the quote. In my last post I wrote about having a scar from being given a bad grade on a research paper in … Continue reading

White Privilege

White privilege is a very hard concept for many White folks to get. It was hard for me, too. For years and years as a young adult, I refused to believe that the color of my skin had privileged me. I felt the opposite of privileged–I felt my life had been one freakin’ long-ass struggle: … Continue reading

Venn Diagram Tattoo

Monday was my birthday. I turned 39. I am not one of those women who is terrified of the approach of 40. In fact, I kinda wish I had turned 40 on Monday because 39 seems like a desperate age, an age in which one clings to the last year of the 30’s. I had … Continue reading

Film Review: “Gimme the Loot”

Film Review: “Gimme the Loot”

My own children are at their grandparent’s house this week for spring break so I can write. Every day I go to the gym, come home and write like a motherfucker, and then go out with my husband. Sunday night we saw a show at the Brooklyn Academy of Music after eating at Pork Slope … Continue reading

Working in a Contradiction

Working in a Contradiction

Teaching in a school labeled as “failing” is an act of contradiction. Once the school gets that title, it is as if you are walking uphill in a blizzard both ways (like my dad used to say). Somehow, even though you have been designated by city, state, and federal government as totally sucking, you are … Continue reading

Happy End of Black History Month

Happy End of Black History Month

I feel slightly ashamed.  February is over and I didn’t post a smidge about Black History Month. I do have issues with there being “months” for Black History and Women’s History, but I got so accustomed to designing and planning all my curriculum around such months for 10+ years that I have felt some  guilt … Continue reading