These are working definitions, and explanations for different words and ideas related to identity, power and violence. They are intended for kids as young as preschool. Please leave a COMMENT at the bottom if you have additions or edits!! Institutional or systemic racism: Racism sometimes means that people with pinkish or tan skin say […]Read more "words to talk with kids about the hard stuff: working dictionary"
A digital zine (meant to be read on the computer) for you if you live in Northern Vermont! how to talk with kids about racism zine_digital_vermont A printable zine (meant to be printed double sided and folded) for you in you live in Northern Vermont! how to talk with kids about racism zine_to print_vermont A digital […]Read more "talking with kids about racism is an act of kindness and an act of freedom."
This is an interview I did with Jill Macfarlane, the program direct at a grief support program, about how she talks with young children about death and suicide. Just a note, along with many other things, we talk about suicide, gun violence, sexual violence, racism and police brutality. * * * EMMA: I am really […]Read more "she talks to 3 year olds about suicide."
this is a ode (when you type ode into google [pronoun] suggests odell beckham jr. ugh what a marshmallow hater, am i right lena?) to drinking too much apple juice at the box car diner, sitting down in the nasty ass smelling bathroom (if i breathe through my mouth will i inhale dangerous particles?) wiping […]Read more "an ode to my period"
Donald Trump is tricking white America. He is playing us for fools. And he can do this because he knows we feel fucked up. And scared. And underpaid. And over worked. And isolated. And lost. A lot of folks talk and write about the role fear is playing in Mr. Trump’s success. And often the […]Read more "donald trump is playing his supporters for fools."
spectacle |ˈspektəkəl| noun: a visually striking performance or display excite |ikˈsīt| verb: produce a state of increased energy or activity in (a physical or biological system) vitality |vīˈtalitē| noun: the state of being strong and active; energy a. It is important for me to feel cautious talking about my work. I know […]Read more "notes on living."
My third grade teacher had long hair and a great reading out loud voice. Other than discovering that he secretly smoked cigarettes during lunch and thereafter feeling like we had a special bond because in my head I knew the real reason he was always sucking Altoids, my clearest memory from being eight is putting […]Read more "our holocaust doesn’t make us brown"