July 17, 2019

Curiosity is at the heart of growth. 

I was reminded of this the other day as I was driving around my two year old nephew. He kept moving between the questions, “What’s that?” and “Why?” He wanted to know about everything–from the blinking sign to the bulldozer on a trailer; he was curious about the world around him. He wanted to l...

March 25, 2019

The other day, my eight year old woke up at 5:30am complaining of bad stomach pains. As tears ran down her face, I examined her for any other symptoms: fever-no, pain when pressing on different areas-no, throwing up-thank goodness, no. After giving her a dose of Tylenol, she calmed down and seemed fine.That’s when a fleeting thoug...

September 25, 2018

The old American adage of “pulling oneself up by the bootstraps” is as false a statement as the childhood saying, “sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me,” and yet we continue to promote the idea of independence and self-protectionism without regard to the overwhelming evidence of the ways these ideals...

February 27, 2018

“[G]ood teaching cannot be reduced to technique; good teaching comes from the identity and integrity of the teacher. In every class I teach, my ability to connect with my students, and to connect them with the subject, depends less on the methods I use than on the degree to which I know and trust my selfhood — and am willing to ma...

December 14, 2017

I will admit it; I was a teacher's pet. Well, more like stray dog. 

When I was in third grade, I spent hours after school and on Saturdays with my teacher. She was a lovely twenty-something woman who had travelled extensively and who had the patience of a saint. She made up things for me to help her with, and while I enjoyed b...

November 8, 2017


When I graduated from college, I had a degree in English and African Studies. Honestly, I had no real, practical training. Except, I knew how to write well, think empathetically, and communicate clearly. Were these skills that I implic...

October 16, 2017

Millions of women and men around the world are posting #metoo today on all sorts of social media platforms to speak out about their experience with sexual assault or harassment, specifically in the wake of the exposure of Harvey Weinstein’s abusive pattern of behavior over many years. The impetus of this social movement is to show...

October 9, 2017

The other morning was not so much different than most mornings.

As I was getting ready, one of my children barged through the door to tell me a story about how she had discovered the way her scarf could be used as a rope to close doors. Her story included multiple, "Mom, mom, mom...look!" On top of this, my son was yelling for me t...

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