Tagged with grief

Disability Awareness & Texts & Yay!

Disability Awareness & Texts & Yay!

Growing up with a physically disabled Dad in the 70’s and 80’s was not something we talked about as a family. We talked about the logistics of dad’s health problems quite a bit (who would take care of us when dad was in the hospital, what we couldn’t eat, where we could go on vacation), … Continue reading

Books = Joy

Books = Joy

It will come as no surprise that I love books. I have books I have had since my childhood in our apartment, I think the oldest one being a wordless book called A Sleepless Day by John Hamberger, a gift from my beloved Aunt Helen on my 2nd birthday. I have a bit of OCD … Continue reading

The Rare Experience of Punctum

The Rare Experience of Punctum

When I wrote the curriculum for the Arts in NYC course that I am currently teaching at my community college, I wanted a concept to guide it. I have written before about two amazing professors from my undergraduate experience who largely formed  how I study and experience all forms of art: Carol Mavor and elin … Continue reading

Writing Down the Grief

Writing Down the Grief

Today marks sixteen years since my dad passed away. Diagnosed with juvenile onset diabetes around 1950, it is pretty amazing that he lived until 1996, until he was 61 years old. He was a diabetic for years before individuals tested their own blood sugar by pricking their fingers at home. Since his insulin shots were … Continue reading

Memory Chain (Writing Exercise)

Memory Chain (Writing Exercise)

This semester I clawed and begged my way into a workshop with an organization called the New York City Writing Project. This organization focuses on how to teach writing to middle/high school students through a teacher-to-teacher dialogue and exploration of practices  and under the strong belief that in order to teach writing you need to … Continue reading