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19 October 2008 @ 01:42 pm
29 September 2008 @ 11:53 am
I don't know whether to laugh or to cry..

28 September 2008 @ 08:32 pm
* Grab the nearest book.
* Open the book to page 56.
* Find the fifth sentence.
*Post the book title, author
* Post the text of the next seven sentences in your journal along with these instructions.
* Don't dig for your favorite book, the cool book, or the intellectual one: pick the CLOSEST.

Straight Outta East Oakland, If you don't know, you'd better ask somebody.
Harry Louis Williams II

The woman shook herself and tried to rise, but Street Life kicked her back down. he plunged the instep of his sneakers into her windpipe. She grabbed his foot with both hands, but his iron calf muscles rose to the challenge.
        Gurgling and grating sounds emanated from deep in her throat. Spittle formed at the corners of her mouth. Life continued to groupnd her windpipe with his foot. Tears streamed down the sides of her face as life ebbed away.

23 September 2008 @ 12:41 pm
It is so sunny in my office, I have to wear sunglasses at my desk.. I am slightly bored and just ate lunch, so now I want a nap.
Here I am today...

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30 May 2008 @ 11:33 pm
I am finishing up my year at my school. It is extremely emotional for all of my students. Their final exhibitions have been incredible, moving and serious rites of passage for them all as a group and individually.

Several of my students who have gotten in to 4 year colleges dont have the money to go. All of them are the first in their families to go to college, and many the first to graduate high school. Tonight I found out that the money I had been working on getting for 5 of them in scholarships has come through. A very wealthy, amazing mentor who has worked with out kids is going to give over 60,000 dollars in scholarships to my students. This angel is helping one of them with her full tuition to UCSC and another go to UCB because they are undocumented and cant get federal aid at all. the other three need housing money and tuition for state schools and to move to the south and go to school..
I am just in awe of this community and what it can bring together.

It makes me feel so scared to leave it, the revolution is right here and I am walking away... maybe it will just be a break..Meanwhile, I am trying to take it all in.
Current Mood: accomplished
18 April 2008 @ 08:43 pm
Eshem had stomach discomfort tonight as he was falling asleep. "Ughh, my belly hurts. I want surgery on it to take out my intestines."
17 April 2008 @ 08:48 pm
E-Shem was super sad tonight. He holds so much emotion in. When he is falling asleep his body tenses up and complains about being uncomfortable. Often at this time he says very profound things, existential in nature, or reflective.
Tonight it was just cute, he said, "mama, when I am old enough to live by myself I am not moving out."
I said, "Really?"
"Yeah, you know how you live on your own now, I dont want to do that."
"Well, you can always live with me, even when you are old." I chuckled and he asked why I was laughing. I said, "Well, everyone gets sick of their parents and when you get older you might change your mind."
He said, "That wont happen, I always want to live with you. And besides, its too expensive to move out."
I did my little teacher thing next, "Well, that is why you will have to stay in school and study hard so you can get a good job."
He said, "But I dont remember anything I learned yesterday, I cant even remember what I did."
I laughed, and told him not to worry, he will remember what he likes doing and that is what matters.
Current Mood: amusedamused
17 April 2008 @ 11:43 am
There has been a lot of stuffity stuff in my life this last month. Please submit a request for which of the following categories /topics you want me to write about...
1. I have been spiritually queer retreated,
2. traveled to new york for work and play
3.  and hired for a new job next year,
4.planting my spring garden,
4.struggled with my students (one dropped out, another an expectant father)
5. Swimming with elliott.. he is a fish
6. Relationship and sex woes and excitements
7. Health issues, body trauma
8. Netflix movie reviews.. TV series : Tudors, Mists of Avalon, Dexter season 2, Top Chef

That is all I should bore you about. But, I do want to request that my friends write more too. It has been hella quiet out there.
24 January 2008 @ 10:31 pm
Stumble upon is my new best friend..
This is a link from SU about kitchen myths! So interesting

22 December 2007 @ 07:20 pm
Tonight I was talking to Eshem about masculine and feminine women and I was explaining the women who looked more like men were called butch by  many.
I said,"you can say butch to describe her,"
He replied rapidly, "if you take out the u and put an i you get the baddest word ever, 'bitch'."
Then he grinned wickedly.
Then I said, "that's a really bad word. You are right."
And he added, "And 'fuck,' that is another of the baddest words, 'fuck' and 'bitch,' yeah those are bad words."
I asked, "Do you hear me saying those words?"
He answered, "Just 'fuck.'"

After further investigation I found out that his newest friend at school had schooled him on these words and they know that you can't say them at school. phew.

Wow, the misogyny starts so early, and yes we talked about how and why bitch is such a bad word. But, alas, what this makes me want is to put him in training for a spelling bee.