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…
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?
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
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
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.
Zumbi dos Palmares fought for his people’s liberation from the Portuguese slave trade. I am a teacher. I have worked as a preschool director, a principal, an assistant principal, a lower school principal, and a general studies principal, but first and foremost my career has called me to teach. One of the toughest things I … More Read “The 1619 Project,” a history of enslaved people in the United States.
Here she is again! My friend, and incredibly inspiring person, Karen. You have seen her before, working in Haiti as she supports a struggling school and residence for children. Her current project is a musical called “19,” which celebrates the 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution. If you are in DC, look for it. … More The Power of a T-shirt…
“The voice of the sea speaks to the soul. “– Kate Chopin I love the ocean. The ocean pulls me in and pushes me up–and down. It resists as I move through on my own power, both challenging us and emboldening me to stay. I move, strengthening my muscles and stroke, slicing through the medium … More Jump!