Struggle. I have used that word quite a bit as an educator, as a parent, as a committee member – most often to describe other people’s experiences. I’ve probably even written about what struggle can be good for, how it can shape and grow us. I believe all that. I don’t always enjoy it so… Continue reading A ‘What’ or A ‘Who’ Struggle?
“Ich habe gedacht, Sie sind Oesterreicherin!” Someone said this to me today (“I thought you were Austrian!”). Yes, they genuinely thought I was an Austrian, that I grew up here. And the reality is not so far from the truth. I grew up in Cleveland, Ohio but Vienna is where I came of age. Surprising,… Continue reading The Undercover Familiar
The National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) People of Color Conference is over. I’m sad because I was having such a wonderful time in the company of so many thoughtful, engaged colleagues. I’m happy, however, that I had space and time to make connections that matter. While I was in Atlanta at PoCC I observed… Continue reading People of Color Conference 2016: Some Thoughts on Power
Vienna is the city. Austria, the country. This place. These places belong to who I am, who I am becoming.
This is where I have matured into adulthood. It is most likely where I will grow old.
This slideshow is a way for me to put myself in context for you and me. I see these places and I see myself but my challenge, alas, remains the capacity to see myself in these places and in turn, see these places -and their meanings – in me.
Two essays this week caught me unawares and have left me restless in their wake. The first is “Yes, I Am An Angry Black Woman” by Stacey Patton, published in DAME magazine and the second is “Fitted” by Moira Weigel in The New Inquiry. While it is easier to guess the thrust of the first… Continue reading Woman. Black. Fit. Angry. (In)visible. All of the above.
That’s an identity question. And it would appear to be easily answerable. Am I or am I not a #PhysEd teacher? Not surprisingly, my response is a “Yes, and…” Because if you examine my social media profiles, you might have to dig a little deeper to locate that particular identifier. On LInkedIn you get: Professional… Continue reading Am I a #PhysEd Teacher?
Oh boy. Stephanie Rivera tweeted some thoughts the other day which caught my attention via @theJLV because THEY WERE ALL IN CAPS. In my understanding, all caps in electronic communication is the equivalent of shouting. What was she shouting about? BATS MISSING THE POINT GOT ME HEATED RIGHT NOW. — Stephanie (@rrrahonda) June 28, 2014… Continue reading Finally Looking Under the Hood