Monthly Archives: September 2010

Sin(g) for Peace

The Charter school I worked at, located in an old Catholic School building connected to a rectory, church, and convent (see Maria esta aqui!), used music as its central focus, providing students with a unique discipline and a positive way … Continue reading

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Shofar blows

Rosh Hashanah…the New Year, the birth of the world, a joyous celebration. On Tuesday, members of my congregation received the following email from our rabbi: [We] have just received the very upsetting news that members of Westboro Baptist Church will … Continue reading

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The students’ first day

Today I brought a bunch of random objects to my classroom: comb, statue of Siva, keys, candle, geode, scissors, fork, stuffed frog, calculator, harmonica, thumb piano, toothbrush…you get the picture. I asked each of the students to choose one and … Continue reading

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What Work is by Philip Levine

What Work Is BY PHILIP LEVINE We stand in the rain in a long line waiting at Ford Highland Park. For work. You know what work is—if you’re old enough to read this you know what work is, although you … Continue reading

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Maria esta aqui!

Some summers ago, I had begun work at a new charter school located next door to a large Catholic Church, a rectory, and a convent. All summer a huge dumpster squatted in the parking lot, collecting the debris of my … Continue reading

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Michael Johansson

This is art made of collections. This Swedish artist takes objects found at flea markets and other places of resale and positions them carefully together in a kind of ultimate packing art, a sculptural tetris, if you will. These are obsessively … Continue reading

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Fashion with integrity

Yesterday was my first day back to school. This is a week filled with teacher meetings, planning, and reclaiming the classroom after squads of overzealous cleaners have piled bookcases and tables with whatever was in their way while trying to … Continue reading

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