Monthly Archives: October 2015

Happy Halloween

(Thanks, John)

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Let’s do the Time Warp Again

Every year at Halloween, our middle school has a costume parade and contest and the morning is culminated by each grade level doing an all-grade dance off. This year the 8th graders had the song, “Let’s do the Time Warp … Continue reading

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Transforming Brown v Board of Education

Sometimes after we read a text I will have the students use a process of found poetry as a closure. I xerox some random and not so random spreads of the book and the students select words on the pages … Continue reading

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Ta-Nehisi Coates at NYPL

A few days ago, on Oct. 22, Ta-Nehisi Coates was the speaker at the Schomberg Center at the New York Public Library. The Schomberg Center for Research in Black Culture is an invaluable archive of African-American resources. Skillfully interviewed by … Continue reading

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Kensho

Kensho, 見性, in Japanese and in the Zen tradition, means initial insight or awakening, but not yet full Buddhahood or satori. It literally means “seeing” (ken) “nature” or “essence” (sho).

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A single room, a single book

Issatsu, Isshitsu (一冊、一室) — literally “a single room, a single book.” This is the concept for the bookstore Morioka Shoten (Morioka’s bookstore) in Tokyo. Conceived of by Yoshiyuki Morioka, a former bookstore clerk, a single title takes center stage in … Continue reading

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Graceful about change

This weekend my sister and I talked with my mother about the request of her assisted living facility to move her to a new “neighborhood” within the facility, a memory enhanced unit. Mom has been declining, not just physically from … Continue reading

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