What Do You Do With A Problem?

There were four of us. We shared titles, responsibilities and stress. We shared deadlines, assignments and power struggles. We shared supervisors and, sometimes, file folders. Like heroines on a supernatural quest, we each possessed one super-human ability. With our powers combined, we were uniquely poised to be effective, creative leaders... on a bridge to nowhere. Throughout … Continue reading What Do You Do With A Problem?

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Day 3, Week 7: You Get To Decide

I was the fat kid in my house growing up, and later on in elementary and middle school. The picture that other people had of me didn’t match the picture I had of myself. First, until very recently, I never considered myself fat. It just didn’t seem true. Second, I didn’t think it was appropriate … Continue reading Day 3, Week 7: You Get To Decide

60 Children’s (& Young Adult) Books Written by, for, or about Native Americans

When I was white, it wasn’t on purpose. It wasn’t intentional. It started because I was a square peg coveting circles. It started because I stuck out everywhere, even when I didn’t want the attention. Even when race and gender didn’t play a role, I just didn’t seem to belong anywhere. I struggled to find … Continue reading 60 Children’s (& Young Adult) Books Written by, for, or about Native Americans

80 Children’s Books Written by, about, or for African-American, Muslim, or Multi-Racial Families

She chose her words carefully, but purposely. We were a diverse bunch. There were visitors from Australia who worked with refugees and undocumented immigrants there. There were accountants, VPs, Directors, Chancellors, case managers, teachers, and social workers. More than 200 of us were in attendance, many with a recently changed citizenship status ourselves. Many were … Continue reading 80 Children’s Books Written by, about, or for African-American, Muslim, or Multi-Racial Families

Day 1, Week 1: Year Two (Don’t Stop Believin’)

It was an elective. We could choose what we wanted, but two were required to graduate. The syllabus should have discouraged me, but there was a part of me buried deep down beneath the stunt double and the dancer who secretly wanted to perform. I respected his commitment and his determination that we all understand … Continue reading Day 1, Week 1: Year Two (Don’t Stop Believin’)

Poetry Is Not a Luxury: Readers’ Delight

I knew the diner would be chilly so I wore an extra sweater and scarf. I liked the food there but I wasn't particularly in the mood for it now. When the waitress came, I just ordered the same thing he did and waited somewhat unenthusiastically for the food to arrive. The conversation was light … Continue reading Poetry Is Not a Luxury: Readers’ Delight