I’ve lived in my condo in Playa del Rey for 20 years. One day, as I stood on my porch, ready to begin my uphill/ downhill walk, I looked far in the distance and saw two turquoise towers poking out among the shades of white and grey and beige houses. At that moment It struck … More Color
March 5, 2021 Having taken the Covid “shelter in place” directive literally, I finally broke free from my year-long experiment in isolation. As an “elder,” and one who was “at higher risk,” I had limited my ventures from my home and exposures to others. Food delivery, cleaning my own home, making do with imperfectly functioning … More A Small Covid Moment
Despite my original goal to write a blog every day until things are changed, I have become pre-occupied with reading. Our national priorities have come under deep scrutiny, and textual resources from diverse people and locations abound, leaving me deep in thought and awash in emotions. I find myself thinking about we who support children … More Helping Children and Adults with the Complex Emotions of COVID
“Stay at home learning” is the new topic for TV ads, displaying how home, work, and kids are perfect partners. As a former stay at home mom, partial homeschooler, and then teacher and principal, I’m here to say that the fantasy is true for some, but not for others. Some will discover creativity and excitement … More What if I can’t teach my kids?
I sit in my home most of the day, although I do a walk, some in-home exercise, and housework, which my Noom data counts as exercise, too. I am considered a highly susceptible person, given my age, so I adhere to isolation directions carefully. I have a sweet little townhouse with a view outside, good … More Doing the Impossible in a Covid World
In the middle of this health crisis, many are faced with lots of time interacting with their children. As a career educator, mom of three, and grandmom/caretaker of two, I’d like to be as helpful as I can to those who are stranded with their children at home. I’m impressed by the efforts of schools … More Things to do with Kids at Home
” If you don’t like the way the world is, you change it. You have an obligation to change it. You just do it one step at a time.” Marian Wright Edelman But how? I awoke with a mighty feeling of responsibility about change, about my power in the world…and then I got out of … More If you don’t like the world the way it is…
My daughter is an amazing teacher. There, I’ve said it. She just is. She teaches English and has a background in the classics and Latin. But the magic she brings to the classroom is only partially attributed to her scholarly knowledge and academic thirst for learning. Her success is due to something she inherited from … More See the Child…Recipe for success!
Sitting alone. In my mind I am in a garden in Massachusetts, several years ago. The sun is warm, the air is heavy, and the birds pierce the quiet. I have seen the writing on the wall from the beginning. He showed us who he is, like a blinking sign in the night. I could … More When you have nothing to say…
Rage does not look good on anyone. If we succumb to our rage, we become helpless and spineless. I live in California, a state that irritates the skin of our “man” in Washington–so much so that he seeks to destroy what we create with a targeted vengeance. One sometimes wonders if he is oblivious to … More Rage? Apathy? Action!