Americans Under the Influence of Color

Tuesday, April 10, 2007


Every time you hear the argument that people of color refer to each other in an undignified way, so why should Don Imus, Michael Richards, Joe Biden, and George Allen apologize for using the same language? Be sure to remind yourself that undignified language, music, cultural and social norms that... Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, March 24, 2007

We Latinos Must Imagine a World of Beauty Without Violence. Today we took forty-nine Latino students across town to hear a speaker talk about gangs. His name is Luis Rodriguez. The following are my notes from his speech: The speaker began by reading a poem that he wrote while in prison. He was... Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, March 4, 2007

PEDAGOGY OF THE OPPRESSED - Humanism Not Humanitarianism

Something I missed the first two times I read John Le Carre's CONSTANT GARDENER, was the way the heroine, Tessa Quayle, wife of British diplomat to Nigeria, Justin Quayle, who eventually was murdered for her close scrutiny of illegal Western pharmeceutical practices in Africa, was the following... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, February 22, 2007

A+ for his musical and personal development: Ray Charles I'm putting myself in his shoes. A child in poverty circumstances running through the ghetto in bare feet with his baby brother. He discovers a love for the piano as his baby brother is accidentally drowned the same summer. So on his meteoric... Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, February 17, 2007

My Former FAVORITE BLOGGERS, and MY NEW FAVORITES Well, the weather for August, a month of terrible, unforgiving heat, has cooled dramatically. The summer will end as it started, mild and breezy. Already some are writing of the changing seasons, bringing the warm colors out of the closet. Too soon... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, February 14, 2007


The greatest thing you'll ever learn Is to love and be loved in return. ~ From "Unforgettable with Love" by Natalie Cole Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, February 12, 2007

Top 10 for Holiday Spirit................................................. When I'm worried and I can't sleep, I count my blessings instead of sheep.....and I fall asleep counting my blessings: 1. Health: I apprecite it now at the age of 54; way moreso than I ever did before. I was diagnosed with... Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, January 14, 2007


BlackPearl1 has reminded us of our celebration for Dr. MLK. Or better stated, reminded us of why we are taking the day off and celebrating him. Every year about this time, usually after the holiday, ESL students want to know why we were off school, and what the holiday was all about. I tell them how... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

They do not wish to be singled out, yelled at or lectured to............... Last night was "open house" night at the middle school. We hosted as many parents and families as could get free, and it was a blazing success. My helper, the bilingual Yuri, had the room sparkling. She had spent the day... Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, December 3, 2006

one black face of woe and wrinkles I will never forget.....................

I recommend the new movie about RFK. In it you see the real Bobby Kennedy shaking hands with the meekest of Americans in 1968 footage. There was one black face of woe and wrinkles I will never forget. Those were the images that made Bobby Kennedy a dream for the world to treasure forever. In the... Sign in to see full entry.

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