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July 12, 2019


Step over to the public square

Snag a bench in the shade

I am safe

from the oppressive South Carolina sun

Crack a book about the adolescent brain

Because even though a teacher

Is physically off for summer

The mental game never strays

Few pages in before

A man situa...

March 15, 2019

If you don’t like something, change it.  If you can’t change it, change your attitude.”        ~Dr. Maya Angelou

As teachers, there are a few phrases that tend to just roll off the tongue.  “It’s great to see y’all!…Come on, let’s go;...

March 1, 2019

[Reflection is a powerful tool in learning. Here are my observations and ideas after teaching a five-week unit on Black History]


[Preface: poetry]

Creativity creates possibilities

Identify ideas worth nurturing

And be unafraid to fail

Trust the voice within,

Because w...

February 16, 2019

That  gang life  ain’t good...

Y’all  niggas is  misunderstood.

It  ain’t  no life  like that  in the hood,

Don’t  dedicate  yourself to  no shit like that.

It  shouldn’t  be tolerated.

Them  streets  not gone  have your back,  when y...

February 3, 2019

My childhood could be summed up by one activity: playing basketball.  It was the thing to do. Within minutes of being off the bus, it was over to my neighbors where we played two-on-two until sundown.  

And this is where it started.  While balling with my brother,...

January 27, 2019

Be Joyful though you have considered all the facts

And this is where the struggle begins. 

This “Us vs. Them” mentality,

Where the media cycle survives, or even thrives

As partisan politics rips us apart.  

As activists in the community,

it’s impossible to turn a blind eye


December 14, 2018


Today I turn 29. I remember starting Happy Friday as a fresh-faced teacher at the age of 23. It started with four people: my dad, my boss Carol, and my two “California moms” Julie and Jane.  With 300 people now on the bi-weekly email blast, I can say I’m happy I stuc...

December 7, 2018

 *(Thomas Fire Fundraiser)

"Disaster doesn't sort us out by preferences; it drags us into emergencies that require we act, and altruistically, bravely, and with initiative in order to survive or save the neighbors, no matter how we vote or what we do for a living."


November 23, 2018


“On the most basic level, the drive toward joy is the drive toward life.”

~ Ingrid Fettel Lee from her TED Talk How Can We Design More Joy Into Our Surroundings?

It was only two years ago that I found myself nestling into a tent in a backyard in Berkeley for fall...

November 11, 2018

Thousands of thoughts and prayers

Went out to families in Thousand Oaks

And I wonder

Who is listening?


When the norm

Is now one mass murder

A day

Thoughts and prayers

No more

Prayers place the power

in God’s hands

When this is not the work of God

As citizens

We act

We write


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