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Class Notes #9: President Obama, Songs, & Literary Salon

Since the quarter ends next week, I decided each class would participate in a literary salon to share their writing with staff that may be free that period. Students selected their own work to read and then made invitations, cutting … Continue reading

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Class Notes #7: What if President Obama invited you to….

  The “Macbeth” bulletin is up, ready for an admissions open house and for a big donor tour next week. A couple 8th grade girls enjoyed designing it, and the chance to be out of class and given the responsibility.  … Continue reading

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“We Were all Strangers…”

On my way to my parents this week, I stopped at the assisted living facility outside New Haven where my father’s two sisters each have apartments. I don’t see my aunts as much as I used to and have wonderful … Continue reading

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Graduates: Show Courage

It’s graduation season and with that, commencement speeches. Two recent speeches have resonated with me so far this spring. President Obama, addressing the Atlanta, Georgia- based Morehouse College, a historically all-black male school founded after the Civil War, invoked Dr. … Continue reading

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Hurricane Sandy & Election 2012: We’re in this together.”

Melissa, my Monday yoga instructor, likes to start by surveying the class: she asks us to share our names and mention any injuries or requests.   This week, the second day the YMCA was open since Hurricane Sandy, she added: “tell … Continue reading

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State of the Union: 2012 & 1979

Sitting on my couch, my knitting in my lap, the television on, I waited for door of the House of Representatives to open and for the Sargeant of Arms to announce: “Mr. Speaker, the President of the United States.” As … Continue reading

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