Tag: Englewood

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…

Stranger love

Strangers have been so nice recently! 1. I left my Shuffle in an unlocked gym locker; returned twelve hours later, and it was still there.  It being “lose weight” season, I can’t even begin to estimate the number of ladies who opened the locker, looked inside, and bypassed the opportunity at a free music-player.  Sad 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…

Responsibility to the next generation

In texting with Jasmine, I feel obligated to refrain from common texting-vernacular, such as “u” instead of “you.”  Perhaps putting too much weight to our back and forths, usually nothing more than “How you doin’?” exchanges, but I don’t want to encourage bad grammar and spelling in someone who already has so many obstacles in 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…