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AUGUST 31, 2012 8:17AM

The mini-death of the end of summer


It’s happening again, that sad and beautiful time of year. Every year when summer ends it feels as if my life is ending. I don’t know how I can go through the experience again and again because it’s always the same. But I don’t get used to it.Read full post »

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JULY 13, 2012 12:01PM

Embracing my inner single in NYC: Open call

The sun rises on another day in NYC 

I’m totally single, but to me single isn’t a defining term. It’s just the way things happen to be at a given moment. I’ve been single a lot and for a while, but I haven’t always been. IRead full post »

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APRIL 30, 2012 6:22AM

Why high-stakes testing ALSO wastes a lot of time


Last week and the week before were testing weeks for grades three to eight in New York state. The week of 16th was the ELA (English Language Arts) test and last week was math. I teach 8th-grade ELA, in addition to 9th-grade ELA and 12th-grade AP English. IRead full post »

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APRIL 18, 2012 7:01AM

My post-9/11, with my 5-lbs. newborn boy


Four days after 9/11 I took home a five-pound bundle in a taxi with my mom. My son was born on 9/10/01 in Roosevelt Hospital in Manhattan. I was in a room on the 12th floor and I could see the Twin Towers from my window. He was/Read full post »

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APRIL 9, 2012 9:29AM

You’ll have to come with us: My petty crime arrest

I was 23 and the cops came to my apartment and arrested me. Drug dealing? Arms trafficking? White collar crime? No. I had a series of bicycle offenses in addition to speeding and/or driving without a license, I forget exactly, and I therefore had a warrant out forRead full post »
My son, as always, came with me
I’ve been feeling like a real loser of a teacher lately. Teachers all across the nation have taken a beating this year, and at my 6th – 12th grade school in the Bronx it’s been a particularly difficult time.Read full post »
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MARCH 21, 2012 6:14AM

Mean girls in the Bronx—or is it something more?

 Photo on 2012-03-17 at 12 


Our girls are beating the crap out of each other, and we wonder what’s going on. I’m an English teacher at a 6th – 12th grade public school in the Bronx and my colleagues and I are puzzling over what seems to be a dramatic rise in girl fights./Read full post »

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FEBRUARY 29, 2012 6:32AM

A story about my son--born on 9/10/01



My little boy was born on the day before 9/11. I was in Roosevelt Hospital in Manhattan at 59th and 10th on the 12th floor when the planes hit the Twin Towers. You could see the towers straight from my window. People had been watching the news in the… Read full post »

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FEBRUARY 22, 2012 8:08AM

Are NYC cops too aggressive? Duh?


I’m completely not anti-cop, I’m not. I have a little anti-authority built in, but I’m not anti-cop. I respect the position cops are in, anywhere, and in NYC, especially. This is a huge city, teeming with chaos, and on any given day, depending where you are, yoRead full post »

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FEBRUARY 15, 2012 7:33AM

A memory of young adulthood--growing up late


I was 20 years old before I got my own room, except for the one year when my sister went to college ahead of me. She’s 13 months older than I and we shared a bedroom all my life. When I went off to college I of course hadRead full post »

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FEBRUARY 1, 2012 5:27AM

How I STOPPED living on the edge


The edge of the knife doesn’t have to be drug or alcohol use, dramatic love affairs, criminal activity, or anything so extreme and crazy/insane as that. In fact the mundane can be so much more harrowing and insidious. It’s what you allow to go on in your mindRead full post »

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JANUARY 11, 2012 5:51AM

The joys of a sick day: A single/working mother’s refuge


 Soft, afternoon, winter light from my window 

When my 10-year-old son woke up, sat on the side of the bed and promptly threw up all over the floor last Thursday I was immediately overjoyed. Don’t get me wrong, I felt bad for him, he’s my baby, but theRead full post »

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DECEMBER 19, 2011 5:38AM

Operation dismantle raft: or, holiday blues?


I have to dismantle the above-pictured raft when I go to my sister’s in Minneapolis for the holidays. What does that have to do with anything? you might be asking. And that’s a legitimate question. But what you don’t know is that all the peccadillRead full post »

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DECEMBER 7, 2011 5:09AM

How I learned to stop worrying and love my crazy NY neighbor



She’s tall and sloe-eyed with blond hair and high cheekbones, around 32—a real funky kind of Asian-Nordic look. My son and I asked her to take care of our fish about three years ago while we went to see our family in the Midwest. She has a… Read full post »

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NOVEMBER 23, 2011 5:23AM

Update on affordable housing in Manhattan: there is none

A few weeks ago I wrote about how my son and I didn’t get into the new mixed-income affordable housing building going up on 25th and 9th , after almost getting into it, after thinking we were as good as in it. If that’s a confusing/Read full post »
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NOVEMBER 16, 2011 5:26AM

I run for trains: my love/hate relationship with the NYC MTA




The way I see it New Yorkers can be divided into two categories: those willing to thrust limbs and appendages (umbrellas, briefcases, backpacks, shopping bags) into closing subway doors to pry them open, and those who are not. I am of the former category. My determiRead full post »

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NOVEMBER 9, 2011 4:57AM

Bronx teacher--brilliant second career--not bad

My brilliant second career came around just in the nick of time. I was accepted by NYC Teaching Fellows when my son was five. Not a moment too soon as I was kind of a career-changer without a career. I used my sort of zigzag path to nowhere to write anRead full post »

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OCTOBER 26, 2011 5:19AM

Where's MY Community? In the NYC Bike Lane?

bike lane


I’m jealous of other people’s communities. I’m sometimes even annoyed that they have them and I don’t. My first Spanish class of the season started a couple of weeks ago and I was happy to see someone, a guy, who’d been in my earlier classes and I thinkRead full post »