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!
I’m in love with Julia Louie-Dryfus. Seinfeld ended… and then VEEP appeared! My not having HBO left me on the sidelines. Fast forward to today, and I am faced with a conundrum: 6 seasons of catching up, and in addition I now get HBO. Do I watch all the previous seasons or simply dive into … More Not every story ends.
September 11 will always be a trigger that launches a million memories. When my mother-in-law called to tell me she was going to the hospital, I realized I was ready for bad news. I remember the day clearly as we, so many, do– as I remember the day Kennedy was shot, and the Reverend Dr. … More It’s September. Need some hope?