Here we are in April, which is Autism Awareness Month. But I am not here to make you aware of Autism. While you may not know the intricacies of the diagnosis, I feel fairly confident that you are already...
Every March (since 1987) is Women’s History Month in the United States. Why not a men’s history month? A quick glimpse at our history books will show you that most of our written history is already pretty male-dominated. Of...
One of my students asked me why we celebrate Black History Month. I explained to him that when we first learned of COVID-19 we were told to wash our hands, give each other space, take vitamins, etc. Now, that...
It’s the Year of the Tiger! Happy Lunar New Year! Every year we get together with extended family for a boisterous feast. We eat traditional foods that symbolize different sentiments. For example, noodles represent happiness and longevity, fish stands for...
Recently, my children's school district made the decision, in response to a petition signed by a small but vocal group of parents, to remove author Jerry Craft's books from our library's shelves and postpone his virtual author visit with...
We have all seen the recent headlines and the horrific images of people fleeing Afghanistan. This issue is heartbreaking and extremely complicated. In the coming months, many Afghan refugees will be coming to the United States to start a...
We all have our opinions. We have our firm beliefs, our convictions, our passions, our unwavering positions that we’ve researched and will fight for. We have our views of the “others” and wonder how they can be wrong -...
Today is the International Day of Friendship. But before we go into all of that, do something for me. Take just a minute to scroll through your social media feed or flip through channels on the television… What do...
It's Pride Month and we are celebrating and honoring the LGBTQ+ community. Over the past couple of years, as I've wrestled with the beliefs I grew up with, I've learned a lot that I never knew about LGBTQ+ people...
Navigating the coming out process as a parent of an LGBTQ+ child {or adult child} can feel lonely and isolating. You’re trying to respect your kid’s process and timeline while holding space for your own adjustment to their coming...

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I love the start of a new year. Something about a fresh slate, so full of promise, gets me so excited. I always make...