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la main sur le cœur

la main sur le cœur

« Je veux de l’amour, de la joie, de la bonne humeur. Ce n’est pas votre argent qui fera mon bonheur. Moi, je veux crever la main sur le cœur. » -zaz  [I want love, joy, cheer. It’s not your money that will make my happiness. Me, I want to die with a clear conscience.] … Continue reading

that these be memories

that these be memories

Friday morning I was awake at 5am on an uninhabited 985-acre island preserve where I’d spent 4 days camping with twelve of my students. At 7:30am, we were on a lobster boat with a kind lobsterman who was transporting us back to the ferry on Swans. The porpoises broke the waves by us and we motored past … Continue reading

Capture this.

Capture this.

My friend Samantha sent me a letter recently reminding me of something I once had quoted to her. We were traveling Greece and Italy together when I shared Marcel Proust: “Le véritable voyage de découverte ne consiste pas à chercher de nouveaux paysages, mais à avoir de nouveaux yeux.” [The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking … Continue reading

NYC bike tour.

NYC bike tour.

April 12, 2012. Three weeks to go. My head hit the dash and my life flashed before me. Even though it was a minor car accident in Boston, as I sat up stunned, my only thought was, “I can’t die now. I haven’t spent enough of my lifetime eating chocolate.” It was a strange final … Continue reading

Paying for it

Paying for it

If the phone rings at 4:30A.M, she really needs you. “I’m in a lot of pain” are the first words out of her mouth, and I am walking softly around my house as I listen to her, a comforting pace I do unconsciously when I am thinking hard and finding the words to say. I … Continue reading

That’s usually the spirit

That’s usually the spirit

“Generational poverty—I see it all the time,” the art teacher said. “You’ll see it too, in the pictures.” A week into my new photography program in my middle school, I had driven over to the high school to meet with her and talk about the program. I was trying to give kids cameras, and I … Continue reading

Blog vignettes

Blog vignettes

The only blogs I personally like to read are terse and humorous, neither of which mine is. But some have mentioned they enjoy mine. So I’ve composed a few vignettes. What you wish for in the dark When I come home at night, seven pm, the world’s been dark since four thirty. Headlights off, car off, bags … Continue reading

Dream, boy, tell yourself you can.

Dream, boy, tell yourself you can.

He’s been my worst case: practically truant (if I knew what the official requirements for declaring a middle schooler truant are), frustratingly disrespectful in class, absolutely no organization, and little motivation for math and science—the two subjects I tutor him in. I did everything they say: be alternative, get to know the kid, connect to … Continue reading

Capture the World

Capture the World

Photographs are a way of sharing our world. Scrapbooks, family albums, and the endless Facebook feed of snapshots, we’re remembering moments and telling each other, see. Visualize my world. I was standing on the pavement behind the elementary school a few weeks ago as the kids played basketball and night was falling. Another teacher pointed … Continue reading