Labor Day, 2019

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

“Until we are all free, we are none of us free. ” ― Emma Lazarus

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

I’m just not comfortable with that.

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.

Who if not us?

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?

Guns. And Kids.

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.