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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

Oppressor or Revolutionary: What are you?

I became a teacher because I believe in the transformative power of education. I became an educator as a form of activism. I am not the type who goes to demonstrations and waves signs in the air–that’s just not my thing usually (although I can be moved to go do that occasionally, as with the … 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

Infinite (Perks of Being a Wallflower review)

Infinite (Perks of Being a Wallflower review)

Last weekend we had some friends over for an amazing dinner (slow fried chicken, lentils, endive salad) made by my husband and killer Old Fashioned’s (a bourbon cocktail) by my friend Susannah. After our friends left and we put the kids to bed and cleaned up, Adam passed out cold on the couch and I … 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