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Let’s be Human in New York

Let’s be Human in New York

I am sure anyone who hasn’t been living in a cave for the past couple of weeks has followed the incredible story on Humans of New York, the young man from Brownsville named Vidal, his principal Ms. Nadia Lopez, and the crowd-sourced fundraiser that Brandon Stanton (the photographer of Humans of New York, also called … Continue reading

The Importance of Model Texts/Sample Papers

The Importance of Model Texts/Sample Papers

This fall semester I taught I class I designed called Ethnography of Education. In the class, the students learned sociological concepts/theories of education and ethnographic research skills. They created a simple research question, chose a research subject, and observed and interviewed their subject. They retrieved a document from their subject and/or related to their research … Continue reading

When Does it Start? How does it End?

When Does it Start? How does it End?

Last summer after Mike Brown was shot, I did not write about it. After writing about Trayvon Martin here, here, and here (oh, and here), I felt guilty for not giving Mike Brown’s death words–my form of an offering–but I felt frozen.  I had watched the YouTube video of Eric Garner (which is beyond horrible, … Continue reading

I Am Forty, Like Janie

I Am Forty, Like Janie

There are certain books I go back to time and time again for rereading. A few are: The Catcher in the Rye, The Great Gatsby, Their Eyes Were Watching God, The Year of the Flood, The Gold Cell. They each imprinted on me when I first read them, and I can’t let them go. Each … Continue reading

A Time to Fail

A Time to Fail

This spring semester was my first experience teaching graduating seniors at community college. Two of my amazing colleagues and I taught a Liberal Arts Capstone class called:  The Social Construction of an Apocalypse, Infectious Disease, & Literary Dystopias: The Rise of (Zombie) Terror in the 21st Century and it was awesome. Well, it was awesome … Continue reading

Tumbleweave

Tumbleweave

Amid the craziness that goes down in an inner city high school that I bore witness to, I developed a new vocabulary. Today I will introduce you to a word I thought I created: TUMBLEWEAVE. tumbleweave (noun): I will set the stage for you: After a girl fight in the hallway, hair weave is left … Continue reading