Monthly Archives: October 2012

“Tattoo” by Carl Dennis

If the body is the house of the soul, What’s wrong with a little home decoration More permanent than the drapes in the parlor Or the fabric on the dining-room chairs? A forearm, say, adorned with a tropical flower Or … Continue reading

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“Back out”

So, at the end of a class if there are 5 or so minutes left, I pull out my Mrs. Robinson cards. The kids love it. They are cards which pose ethical questions. I ask a student to come forward … Continue reading

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Why Middle School is such a bipolar experience

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Recipe for zen meditation

This is what I came home to, for dinner, after driving through thick traffic, negotiating complex road construction and a heavy rain storm. Ah yes, homemade pizza: a margherita pesto using our garden herbs and tomatoes (top) and another made … Continue reading

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Processing Parent/ Teacher/ Student conferences

To X– What a bright and intelligent person you are. You have such a genuine and honest voice on paper. You are able to put ideas together in a way that is so sophisticated, so mature, so clever. You’re a … Continue reading

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Barack is back*

My son, who just got an apartment, posted the following on his facebook page: Signing and security deposit on my new apartment: $800. Romney being called out on a lie and proven wrong on national television: priceless. Vote! (*title from … Continue reading

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“The Portrait” by Stanley Kunitz

My mother never forgave my father for killing himself, especially at such an awkward time and in a public park, that spring when I was waiting to be born. She locked his name in her deepest cabinet and would not … Continue reading

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Just another Sunday

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Throwing the kids out of the second story window

This last week I had the opportunity to attend a post board meeting dinner at the Quadrangle Club in Hyde Park. Chairs of all the departments of our school were invited as well as the President of the Union (how … Continue reading

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Will you visit our school?

We have finished reading Warriors Don’t Cry and I have asked my students to write Melba Patillo Beals a letter expressing how they felt about the book and asking her to come visit us in Chicago. Melba is one of … Continue reading

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