While we're in Morocco, we had to create a Guiding Question to inform our time there. Mine is below. I'm packed. Everything I could possibly get done is done. The rest will wait for me when I return. Special shout out to Erin and Elliot for feeding me this evening. By this time tomorrow, I'll … Continue reading here i go.
— Washington, DC hair cut (check) 1984 lesson plans done (almost) assessments completed (yep) enough long skirts and dresses (yep) talked to my family (not yet) sent every conceivable email possible to be sure my responsibilities are covered? (i think so) packed (nope) student playlist done (yep) mentally ready to leave (yasssssss) a little anxious … Continue reading the day before
Dominican Writer Lauricely, JuJu, and I. July 30, 2014 @ 10:05 p.m. How do we define ourselves for ourselves? JuJu, my friend, sister, translator and fellow troublemaker in arms, and I have talked much about what comprises our own identities. She is Dominican-American. I am African-American, Gullah and Cherokee. We talk about our families, the food … Continue reading identity and the myth of reinvention
Maria and I with her grandparents at the school she left before her seventh grade year to come to the U.S. July 29, 2014 @ 7:45 p.m. “They said that they would kill either me or someone in my family.” Hilda, the grandmother of my student Maria haunt me. After finishing my bowl of the … Continue reading leave or die.
Abuela Aminta looks out of her front door in El Amate. July 26, 2014 @ 10a OK, so I know I said I’d post something the day after my previous post. That ain’t happen. Here’s what I’ve promised on the other side of today. In both El Salvador and the Dominican Republic, family is a … Continue reading the ones who stay
Image Source: U.S. Border Patrol StatisticsJuly 18 @ 1pIn the U.S., headlines about a rapidly increasing number of teens and children from Central American countries have been the stuff of news talk, but for my students and their families this is old news. This year, the U.S. government estimates that more than 90,000 children will enter … Continue reading what compels the journey?
July 9 @ 7 a.m.1. When I am home, whether it is in Washington DC or Georgia, I always have something to do and a very immediate deadline to get it done within. Here, the only deadlines involve what a body tells itself to do. Sleep, eat, play, use the bathroom.To act that simply has … Continue reading El Amate observations
July 8, 2014 @ 2 p.m.Today, two of the biggest scorpions I have ever jumped from the ceiling. OK, maybe they didn’t jump, but I have never seen a body so long, a tail so set on murdering whatever is in its path or little legs move so fast across a floor.No centipede or spider, … Continue reading women’s work
July 4, 2014 @ 11:03 p.m.On a day when most Americans are celebrating Independence Day, the highlight of my day meant engaging in a universal pastime. Oh yes, eating.Today was all about food and love.In the morning, while Kevin, his girlfriend Andrea and the rest of the family ate cookies and sipped coffee, I made … Continue reading my food, my run, but not at night
July 3, 2014 @ 10:47 p.m.For the past month, people who knew about my El Salvador-Dominican Republic-Haiti-Georgia-Vermont travel plans have asked me, “Are you excited?”Not exactly. Expectant felt more right and, in a way, I still am.I expect nothing to happen other than conversations, laughter, good food, stories and poems, but I want something more … Continue reading day one.