Spirits

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I love smoking. I just can't do it anymore.

I love smoking. I would like to say I hate it, that after I quit every time that I put it down never to pick it up again. I'd like to say that I avoid secondhand smoke, and don't in fact hang around it just a few seconds longer than I need to, that my realization that cigarettes are the devil's handiwork and the product of a corrupt industry make me high five myself for giving them up and that I've never thought about doing it again at all because that would be stupid ....more

What Does The Whiteness Project Really Show About Race in America?

Watching the videos from the first installment of The Whiteness Project—24 clips filmed this July in Buffalo as part of documentary filmmaker Whitney Dow's project—was uncomfortable, and sadly revealed nothing surprising. How do you reject white privilege? How do you deny responsibility for humane speech and action towards others? How do you co-opt other people's struggles? It's pretty easy, apparently.  ...more
Rita Arens Thank you, Rita. Some of these comments make me want to scream. The denial of ...more

Nominate an Outstanding Teacher for the Global Teaching Prize

Chances are you know a teacher worth a million bucks—real and metaphorical. You may even be that kind of educator. With a nomination by October 5, that money—the grand prize in the Global Teacher Prize competition—could be in her (or your—go you!) hands. ...more

Because of Him

Written for and read at the Listen to Your Mother Baltimore Show, April 26, 2014 ...more

Cousin Number One

Originally posted as part of a larger post, September 24, 2008. My mother and her brother were over at my grandmother’s house a day or so after she died. I was sitting at the table and I looked up at the top of the server, as she called it, a huge China closet on top of a chest of drawers, essentially ....more

Shoot the Buddha, 47/365

Instagram, February 16, 2014 I never edit big camera photos on mobile, but this one ended up in my phone stream somehow and I can't get this place off of my mind, or the Buddha, or the green. I wrote a blog post about this day, and this picture. I would like to go back to this spot now, feeling and living like I do ....more

How to Use Instagram for Visual Blogging

The last thing I thought I needed when Instagram came around was another social platform. The answer to "If all of your friends download an app, does that mean you have to?" is, more often than I'd care to admit, "Yes." In this case it was a win, though, because it wasn't long before I realized that Instagram was exactly what I needed, as much as anyone can need a visually driven mobile social app.This is a nicer, more roundabout way of saying that I am addicted to Instagram....more
BethAtStructure  I agree with you on the interaction, plus I get to look at pictures. Win-win.more

The things I love, 30/365

Instagram, January 30, 2014. I have way too much stuff, but only two possessions that mean enough to me that I transport them in my purse every time I move. (My iPhone doesn't count ....more

When the Affordable Care Act showed up in my mailbox

This is one in an occasional series of reposts from my Instagram #Instastory365 project that I'm trying out this year. This one is from January 7, the day I got my first bill for health insurance in the mail after close to two years of no coverage. I had applied before the December 23 deadline, not believing at all that a simple application would result in health care coverage ....more