Category Archives: People are Good

Without Tenure — Everything Is Awesome!

To hear people talk about teacher tenure, you’d think that in every third classroom teachers sit around staring down students as the clock struggles to the bell. Or maybe teachers are just eating Pringles and reading the paper while children who … Continue reading

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Glad I Saw It: Escaping with Books

Did you know that we are living in the most peaceful time of human history? Doesn’t feel like it, does it? What with the television and radio and Facebook and Twitter and Reddit and emails and headlines about Syria and … Continue reading

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Lazy Mom’s Guide to Overcoming (your own) Anti-Social Behavior

On the last day of school, my son was so excited for summer that he practically bounced over to me as he left his teacher’s hug. “What kind of fun will we be having, Mama? Who will be there?” I … Continue reading

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Maya Would Have Forgiven Me

I didn’t know any better. Before I ever read I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, I taught a chapter called “Momma, The Dentist, and Me.” I was teaching kids who were about as far from avid readers as is … Continue reading

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Mr. Rogers’ Mother Knitted

I’m not a big fan of designated days. I rarely acknowledge birthdays or anniversaries through social media — and I do my very best to discourage choruses of “Happy {special day}!” on my feeds. It’s partly because I’m an anti-social … Continue reading

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Nostalgia: People Watching at the Airport

I love SNL Shorts, old and new. But there is none better than the Gary Weis compilation of people meeting loved ones at the airport. Watching the joyful moments — so private in their public exhibition — with tears in … Continue reading

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Watching Someone Get Old is Hard

Watching someone get old and prepare to die is hard. It’s really hard. And sad. And quiet. The inability to fight the inevitable end sometimes makes me cry in the shower. Not for myself, but for my friend Esther. Not … Continue reading

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Glad I Saw It: Bricks for Mischa

Last Friday my children and I attended a small ceremony in Watchung Plaza to honor the memory of those lost in the Montclair post office shooting 19 years ago. There were eight of us there, including the pastor and the … Continue reading

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The Vicious Circle of Parental Apology

I saw the toddler signs: whiny, eye rubbing, pouting. I saw the signs, but I still wanted lunch. And I’m here to let you know that there is such a thing as a free lunch. And it happened right in my hometown. … Continue reading

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Glad I Saw It: Dad’s Pie at Manny’s Diner

My family had a very busy weekend, and we decided that a diner was exactly what the Daddy ordered for dinner on Sunday. Our foursome was exhausted from the day as well as daylight savings; 7 PM was already late … Continue reading

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