Where Happiness Abounds

I am a part of all that I have met;Yet all experience is an arch wherethro'Gleams that untravell'd world whose margin fadesFor ever and forever when I move. -Tennyson¬†My second summer in the Bay has come to an end. Tonight I will board a flight to L.A. to spend a week with one of my… Continue reading Where Happiness Abounds

The Mind’s Politics of Leaving

My Life is but a weavingbetween my Lord and me;I cannot choose the colorsHe worketh steadily.Oft times He weaveth sorrowAnd I, in foolish pride,Forget He sees the upper,And I the under side.Not til the loom is silentAnd the shuttles cease to fly,Shall God unroll the canvasAnd explain the reason why.The dark threads are as needfulIn… Continue reading The Mind’s Politics of Leaving

Leavetakings Part Three: On the Brink of the Aftermath

I may look calm, but inside, my emotions are raging like the flash rainfalls of the Miami hurricane season. Today, I had a joyous moment. One that teachers always hope to have. I got to call one of the students who is closest to me and tell him, on his birthday, that he passed his… Continue reading Leavetakings Part Three: On the Brink of the Aftermath

Leavetakings Part Two: I Couldn’t Have Done it Without You

The first of my close friends left Miami this morning. Never again will we walk down the halls of Northwestern together as literacy teachers. Her life is pulling her in very exciting directions, and I could not be more proud. But in some ways more palpable than exiting college, I feel the sadness of the… Continue reading Leavetakings Part Two: I Couldn’t Have Done it Without You

A Different Type of Signing Day

Today I was greeted with the news that anyone planning on not being at Northwestern in the fall would need to give in their letters of resignation. For many reasons, I did not want to have someone bring around a form to me to fill out and sign and I decided to fill one out… Continue reading A Different Type of Signing Day

You’re Gonna Miss This

You're gonna miss thisYou're gonna want this backYou're gonna wish these days hadn't gone by so fastThese Are Some Good TimesSo take a good look aroundYou may not know it now¬†But you're gonna miss this I feel like it hits me like a ton of bricks. I'll be teaching and I'll feel my heart contract… Continue reading You’re Gonna Miss This