Visiting the other side of the world

Visiting the other side of the world

During July 2017, I was lucky to spend ten days in KwaZulu-Natal Province in South Africa, traveling with a group of 14 students from my school and two other chaperones. Although the trip is classified as ‘service,’ it’s much more immersion and...
“13 Reasons Why”: A Reflection

“13 Reasons Why”: A Reflection

Originally published on Malvern Prep Unitas Blog – 5.1.17 “You’re on my tape.” Two periods later, “You’re one of my reasons why.” The next day, “Welcome to your tape.” I listened to these student comments, ebbing and flowing in the normal chatter of a...
Teaching Ben to throw

Teaching Ben to throw

On the day I returned to teaching ceramics after almost leaving the studio for good, Ben arrived after school, eager to learn to throw a pot. When he departed a few hours later with clay on his shoes, he left me with much to consider about my approach to teaching. Ben...
The blessings of unsolvable times

The blessings of unsolvable times

Without [farm], where would we be? Tied in barns, tied to trees, left inside or outside to starve, injured, lame and in pain, blind, or standing in the kill pen waiting for our death sentence. Waiting for our final ride to the agony of a cruel and undeserved end. What...
Charging Station

Charging Station

Sometimes you just have to leave. At the start of this summer, many of the people in my circle of care were giving me high-fives and fist-bumps. When the school year ended, my first summer off in nine years loomed ahead. On paper it sounded like a wonderful idea,...