Color Me…Something

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First, I saw this video posted on Facebook.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MDQoczDfMqA#action=shareAnd I tried really hard to enjoy it. I DID enjoy it. What's not to love? Teachers, principals, students, getting together to make a hilarious and corny video about going back to school! Everybody was making fun of themselves and completely losing themselves in the geeked-out way that makes it impossible not to love them. Teenagers reading books - actual BOOKS, high school football players … [Read more...]

A White Girl and the “N” Word

When I was in elementary school in 1970's Brooklyn, NY (maybe third grade?) a kid (who was white) told me I had “n*gger lips.”  It felt weird, because I wasn’t sure if it was a compliment or not, but I kind of knew something wasn’t right about it.  Honestly, I don’t remember how I responded.  Maybe I looked confused or maybe I tried to be cool about it.  I was seven or eight.  I was also kinda socially awkward and, frankly, just happy to be getting some attention from a peer - that much I do reme … [Read more...]

Silver Bullets? I’d Rather Have Chocolate Ones.

A seven-year-old boy named Myles wrote a letter to Vice President Joe Biden with his solution for gun violence. Chocolate bullets. The Vice President is completely on board with this idea, because, as he says in his letter back to Myles, “People love chocolate.”Some fellow writers at The Broad Side had very strong reactions to this story. Danielle declared “If someone shot me with chocolate…they would be my new best friend.” Karen insisted “must be milk chocolate. Dark gives me migraine.” It … [Read more...]

If Not Now, When?

Dear America,We need to talk.I love you very much.  You are a magnificent place to live, grow up, and enjoy freedoms the strongest democracy on earth can provide.  Like any human body with an illness, though, as much as you'd like to look away, you shouldn't.  You have complex and deep sicknesses afflicting your vital organs, and they need to be addressed.  These vital organs should not be removed - they should be healed.  The medicine is difficult to swallow, but if you are to continue t … [Read more...]

Stranger Danger – Part Deux

Before I began blogging, I wrote a Facebook note about my experiences with "stranger danger" - first as a child, then as a parent.Yesterday, I met my local Patch editor for lunch and to catch up.  We talked about lots of things, but among them were a bunch of ideas I had for future blog posts.  (No, silly.  After my friend, Mara's aggravation with plagiarism, I'm not sharing the ideas here...)Then this happened.  The list of ideas went out the window.  (Click on it to enlarge if your eyes … [Read more...]

Second-graders and Truck Drivers

Clearly, I missed the memo.Apparently there is a special bond that formed over the summer.  It wasn't like this on the last field trip I chaperoned...towards the end of first grade for my youngest kiddo, I don't know, in May or so.  Surely if the signs were there last time, I would have seen them.Were there letters back and forth?  Is there something in the second-grade curriculum about this?  Why wasn't I informed?  Is there a secret informational conduit between second-graders and truc … [Read more...]


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