On the Eve of My Eleventh Year of Teaching, A To Do List

Resist: By teaching much more than the White narrative of American and global history Literature Geography Economics Struggles for liberty and justice By acknowledging your White privilege in the Lessons you write, and Relationships you build Always aware of How this privilege is shaping you And that you can choose How to use it By holding fast to the Belief that every child can learn … Continue reading On the Eve of My Eleventh Year of Teaching, A To Do List

Her Life and Legacy

Another grieving mother faces America She tells us about her child’s life and legacy My child, she says Over and over again My child She paid attention, the mother tells us She made a lot of us pay attention She and I would talk And I would listen She would talk The girl loved to talk She smiles Remembering late night kitchen conversations Allowing us … Continue reading Her Life and Legacy

What Will This Time Be Called?

What will they call this time, long after America has turned this page?   What will our children’s children learn of this chapter we are living today?   What will be written of this time?   Will textbooks bearing swastikas tell stories of Neo Nazis sweeping though America, eroding everything that had been built through underground railroads, marches, bombings, oppression, blood, and sweat–to hail the … Continue reading What Will This Time Be Called?


This isn’t us, we hashtag This isn’t who we are, we blog We are in shock Claiming to be Taken aback by a President who espouses America’s most ancient and Enduring hatred When has this not been us This bigotry This violence We see on screens Small enough to Carry in our pockets, so Now simply inescapable? Live footage of Torch bearing white supremacists Who … Continue reading #ThisIsUs

To Write (Titled by my five-year-old daughter)

To write, or Not to write? This is the question, Always. To write is to Sit and breathe, Long enough to fill the self with All the longing a Heart can muster before It rips itself into all the Pieces of life that will Fall down on paper– Words, Teardrops, Blood. To write is to become One’s truest self, or to Become entirely other, Until … Continue reading To Write (Titled by my five-year-old daughter)