“When we decided to go to the moon, we solved innumerable technical challenges and we were proud of doing it. We did that together and we need to do it again.”–Dr. Lucy Jones Lucy Jones was a curious kid, growing up in a family that respected knowledge and loved music. She was my friend’s kid … More Climate Change: Beyond the moon…
Today’s blog is a bit of a downer. While at lunch with my dear friend, Lynne, she shared her daughter’s fear of the world actually ending in our lifetime. Now there is a topic of conversation over a panini! I’m in awe of my friend. She discusses death and apocalypse with ease, despite a huge … More Are we close to the end?
” I think the world is going to be saved by millions of small things.” –Pete Seeger Pete Seeger. A name from the distant past, still as relevant today as he was protesting in the 1950’s. As I pull today’s t-shirt out of the drawer, I am comforted by his words. I see Pete Seeger … More Today’s T-shirt Inspiration
The most important thing a teacher or other adult can teach is the ability to healthfully interacting in relationship with others. Yet, as adults we often find ourselves frustrated with the behavior of young children. Deb Curtis, one of my most influential educators, describes a common response to why young children act the way they … More Supporting young children’s behavior
My Labor Day celebration today will be to stay in my home all day. No picnics, no plans, other than digging into the pile of books and magazines that have piled up next to my bed. I am retired, and yet I work. I work for love. I watch my grandkids, and find time for … More Labor Day, 2019
Freedom is a funny thing. It’s for us all…and it’s not free. Many of us work hard for our freedom in America. Teachers do. They step into classrooms every day and teach children to be civil to one another. They help children be their best. They encourage children to do the hard things, for they … More “Until we are all free, we are none of us free. ” ― Emma Lazarus
Another day, another attack on our children. The heart can only hold so much and address so many unbelievable tactics–to what end? Riffing off my friend Karen’s courage to try her hand at design for equality, I present my latest foray into t-shirts. My first t-shirt obsession was when my children were babies. I had … More T-shirt Power Blog #2
I watched an interview with a woman who was running for local office in a midwestern state. Her city, a small one, was mostly white. When interviewed about having dark-skinned and immigrants as neighbors, she grimaced. “I’m just not comfortable with that.” Racist? Of course. And not really surprising. But I became transfixed on her … More I’m just not comfortable with that.
We have to “connect the dots,” and when we are faced with a roadblock, healthy people pivot. I loved teaching preschool. I was the teacher/director of a parent participation nursery school, a position that combined my loves of working with young children and serving as a guide for parents as they increased their skills as … More Who if not us?
When my kids were little, I taught preschool and kindergarten. I saw many kids from different backgrounds in my work. This was over 40 years ago. The discussion of gun play in early childhood persists, as evident by Facebook teacher sites, and the controversy I discovered as an educator and parent has not changed, even … More Guns. And Kids.