The 8th graders in front of me, the names I’m trying desperately to attach to a few inches of visible face, have not opened lockers since the winter of their 6th grade year.
On day one, I looked out at those faces, not knowing them at all, not knowing what…
The following is excerpted from Raising Ollie: How My Nonbinary Art-Nerd Kid Changed (Nearly) Everything I Know. Forthcoming from the University of Minnesota Press, October 2021
THE MANY STORIES OF OLIVE
We are a family of story hoarders. The things we hang on our walls and display on our shelves…
I use the phrase “the work” a lot. I picked it up in educational equity circles where it is used with sweeping gestures to refer to all that is undone.
My poetry professor and mentor and the scariest and most wonderful human I’ve ever known, Michael Dennis Brown, often quoted…
The phrase, “thank you for all you do”⁴
Promises of safety⁸
Giving up on the Big Stuff⁹
 I’m doing all the self-care I know how, taking walks, reading books, journaling, drinking water, eating fiber. These things are ok, but I’m…
I’ve got a really good feeling about what these kids are going to do when we finally do get them back into buildings full-time. I don’t really care how much work they got done this year. I don’t.
We always confused work with learning anyway. …