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Thank you, Philip Levine
On Valentine's Day, Philip Levine, our 2011 Poet Laureate, died.  To mark his life and the small but significant impact he had on me, I am re-posting a reflection I originally posted back in 2011, shortly after his appointment as our nation's "First Poet." ...
On Valentine's Day, Philip Levine, our 2011 Poet Laureate, died.  To mark his life and the small but significant impact he had on me, I am re-posting a reflection I originally posted back in 2011, shortly after his appointmen...
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On Laundry and New Beginnings
I don't make New Years Resolutions.  Per se. Instead, I spend the whole last week of each year in a perpetual state of "Oh My Gosh I Need To Read More, Eat Less, Breathe More, Yell Less, Calm the F Down, and Take Charge." Then I resolve to be a better perso...
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Averting Awkward Alliteration
Little T learned about alliteration today in school, and she had a great time creating little one line "poems" with her classmates. My personal favorite, koan-like in its profound simplicity, is this: The careful cat cooked colorful cupcakes in the courtyar...
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Hey, I'm a Literary Mama!
This is me: just imagine that's a bottle of Simple Green in my hand, and not a skull. I am pleased to share with you that today I joined the ranks of some women writers I very much admire: Literary Mama has published a piece of my writing !  There are two r...
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Dancing Hands
Dementia and decline. Decline and dementia. Disease and depression and doctors. It can feel all consuming, as if all those "D-words" are the only things that exist, as if the person suffering is hardly there, crowded out by D's big and small.  My father's t...
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She's On To You, New Teacher
I took my 5th grader to a Meet and Greet with her new teacher this evening.  She seems very nice.  I liked her bearing.  Lady E was charming and sweet.  Then, when I mentioned to the teacher that the 5th graders are a great group of kids, Lady E said: "Well...
I took my 5th grader to a Meet and Greet with her new teacher this evening.  She seems very nice.  I liked her bearing.  Lady E was charming and sweet.  Then, when I mentioned to the teacher that the 5th graders are a great g...
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Sights and Sounds
It has been such a busy and challenging year so far.  Many highs and lows, many, many activities, and not much down time. Today: the perfect antidote.  A much needed day off.  Some California winter weather (read: sunshine).  A trusty dog. Not much in my wo...
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Cupcake Dreams
I want to be a kid again.  I want to tell stories the way my youngest daughter does.  I want to dream about cupcakes.  And I really, really want a Dream Teller of my very own. During dinner last night, Little T was devouring my homemade spaghetti sauce and ...
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Mr. Angry Truck Driver Guy, this is for you.
Driving home in the twilight tonight, my two youngest daughters in tow, we encountered one of those teachable moments. I had just managed to avert a potent Clash of the Sisters, and was basking in the success of having steered us successfully away from the ...
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Thank you, all
Thank you to everyone who has shared kind words with me after my latest post about my mom.  Each one made me tear up a little bit…good tears, as opposed to the sloppy, nose-running, blotchy-faced, sleeve-mucking business that sometimes happens to some peopl...
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Maturement
Take heart!  Be strong! Stand firm!  Little T, that mighty girl, that force of nature, that pint sized hurricane…even she can listen to her mama. Parents, everywhere, if this kid can listen, absorb, and change behavior accordingly, then guess what: this par...
Take heart!  Be strong! Stand firm!  Little T, that mighty girl, that force of nature, that pint sized hurricane…even she can listen to her mama. Parents, everywhere, if this kid can listen, absorb, and change behavior accord...
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"Every school emphasizes grades and test scores and academic requirements, and we do that too,” says CAT principal Daniel Allen. “But we also promote an academic identity. For our students, we hope that school isn’t just what they do, it’s who they are." 
Reforms > Charter Schools. Principal Daniel Allen hands a diploma to a student during graduation ceremonies while other graduates sit. Credit: Courtesy of City Arts and Technology High School. Principal Daniel Allen participates in graduation ceremonies at City Arts and Technology High School, ...
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