For the term systemic racism to be valid, evidence needs to appear at many levels of social and governmental interaction. It does.
National and family wealth — there will always be haves and have nots. More is not evil, but today, the disparity between how much wealth a group has versus how much wealth other groups have defies reason. The Federal Reserve Distributional Financial Accounts charted the wealth of whites versus blacks for 30 years. In 1989, whites controlled 20 trillion dollars of the nation’s wealth. By 2019, that house of gold rose to 102 trillion dollars. …
Whenever we came up the drive,
“Oh, I’m so glad to see you.”
And she was. Real ground coffee
In the freezer. Fresh croissants.
I’d visit friends early morning
Or late evening. Mom was days, and
“Do you want to go out and about?”
Of course, and always, and together.
Key nests in the ignition,
Newspaper treats circled and mapped,
“Buy nothing you don’t love,”
We chant in sync across the gear shift.
“No scary movies, please.”
No terror shivers, or screams ,
J. Austen perhaps for two hours
Or the penguin film at the Bijoux
“I think I’ll have…
I really enjoyed this article, both from a writer's pov and as a reader. The distinctive sub-topics were engaging because I wanted to see what specific examples you would use and how you personally dealt with the myriad issues that have arisen in Covid. I was one of those whose job disappeared, leaving me happy for the free time, but floundering as to purpose. My solution was to take on tutoring and editing projects for friends, acquaintances, and family and to do them for free. Thesis papers, articles, and pitch packets allowed me to focus on others and not myself.
Teaching at an urban California high school during their decade-long budgetary woes meant a library with no librarian, dozens of computers on campus but no tech assistant. And tragically, it meant no program in place to serve 10th graders who read at a 3rd-grade level or below.
Yet, the curriculum was set and the English Lit text was 1.5" deep. This is not simply a one-off situation. Tens of thousands of teachers are asked to guide students whose skills are subpar and whose schools lack remediating programs. For instance, how can a teacher guide students through Romeo and Juliet when…
Genesis 3:16 of the Bible and the Torah provides an inkling of the place held by women in two of the three Abrahamic religions: Judaism and Christianity. In every single translation of that verse, pain and submission are identified as a woman’s lot in life. In the King James Version we find, “ Unto the woman he said, I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception; in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children; and thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee.”
In addition to that depressing edict, religious texts are replete with tales…
K-pop has placed more skilled singer-dancers and image makers on world stages than anything since old-fashioned variety shows. But look out! Korea isn’t only gaining fame from BTS and BlackPink. Korea has it goin’ on in the screen world, too.
Lock-down has been a prime time for mining entertainment options and perhaps discovering shows that set the imagination tingling and the popcorn popping. Without traveling overseas, new worlds opened up when I stumbled upon Rakuten Viki, a globally accessed streaming service wildly popular for its Asian programs. …
When my daughter told me she was finally making the move from the east coast to the west and would be living with me in my 3 bedroom condo, I was ecstatic. Immediately, I started bustling around, shifting furniture, purging from overloaded closets and drawers and prepping for the new arrivals. Yes, plural, because along with my daughter came my darling, cherished then four-year-old grandchild. I pictured a house bursting with fun, love, purpose and companionship. Oh, and I had a 27 year-old Korean housemate in one of those bedrooms. No problem!
In the last year plus, I’ve learned a…
As a writer, editor, and English instructor, the Oxford comma is a confusion avoidance device. That reason alone justifies its existence and use. I teach it to my international students and correct for it in editing because many people aren't aware of it and their series structures can become clunky. Heaven forfend!
Adults, managing complex lives, jobs, responsibilities, and relationships often bury long-held dreams or even suppress the notion of dreaming. Especially in the midst of a pandemic, core desires may feel selfish and unrealistic, yet psychologists tell us that dreams and actions toward achieving them are healing and therapeutic.
As a Peace Corps volunteer, and English Language Fellow, and as an ESL instructor, I have happily served my country, students, and profession for over a quarter century. Nothing keeps the mind active and curious like teaching. Every class each quarter is different, so the start of a new quarter is kind…
Intensive English student, 18-year old Minh, connects to a communication platform, clicks on a class, and enters.
Gone are the usual human stimuli: movement, gesture, action, eye to eye contact, touch, and bodies.
Present are postage stamp images with perhaps a larger image for the teacher.
The online world has swallowed up the traditional classroom experience and along with it, the sense of knowing your classmates, sharing a laugh, and developing a one on one relationship with the instructor.
I can hear the arguments from readers already. Hey, we talk on the phone regularly and feel closeness and a full…
Writer, ESL instructor, editor, traveler, seasonal ex-pat— my life is both an intentional and serendipitous circumstance. Motto — “Buy the ticket, and go!”