Tag: education

Heart string tug

Image from this morning that I can’t shake – one of my students, eighteen years old, sat and watched one of her classmates present to the class as she leaned back in her chair and sucked her thumb. An eighteen year old sucking her thumb is striking enough.  That coupled with the facts that she Read more…

No better way to spend a Monday evening

Jasmine and Tomika graduated from 8th grade!  I got a text from Jasmine on June 8th – 2 day i found out that i am graduating i am so HAPPY THANKS 2 THE PEOPLE THAT BELIEVE IN ME. How far she’s come from the precocious and academically-struggling third grader I met through a volunteer program Read more…

40 strangers + adorable kids and giving adults + 37 strangers = ahhhh.

What a weekend! Friday night I had the biggest Mingler to date, with forty guests.  Some newbies, some repeaters, all interesting and with such different backgrounds!  They heard about the Minglers through ABC’s 190 North,  TimeOut Magazine, Boston College friends of mine,  guitar class, an arts organization I work with, and my current favorite “How’d Read more…

Recipe for college: art projects, games and field trips

Jasmine asked me a couple of weeks ago if I could help her write an essay for a high school application.  I told her to start working on it and that we’d get together to go over it. We went to Jupiter Outpost, one of my new fave coffeehouses, yesterday. I learned a new phrase, Read more…

How to use silverware – taking it for granted

Three of the Englewood kids slept over on Friday.  Ten, eleven, and fourteen, two brothers, Emmanuel and Devonte, and their cousin Jasmine.  They’re funny and inquisitive.  They rip on, or as they say “treat,” each other incessantly.  Whenever I hang out with them, I’m treated to a new perspective of and new appreciation for my Read more…

A little perspective

From one of the kids I met through a volunteer program I coordinated, a Saturday morning enrichment program at their Englewood school.  Good kids, bad school, bad neighborhood.  Met Jasmine when she was in third grade, she’s now in eighth.  Have kept in touch with her and her cousins (Devonte, Tomika, and Emmanuel). Take them Read more…