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Black Lives Matter

Black lives matter. And yes, I typically write about birds, but I’m finding it really hard to think about birding and happier times spent birding, when I know people are dying because of the color of their skin. Because people are still racist. Because they haven’t confronted their own privilege and how white supremacy makes… Continue reading Black Lives Matter

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One Month Ago

I wrote this draft over a month ago and decided not to publish it. Feeling somewhat better now, I have decided to share what I was feeling then. 6 April 2020. Today's been hard. The world I write to you from today is very different from the world I wrote to you from less than… Continue reading One Month Ago

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2018: A Year of Change (and only a few posts… sorry)

Hi! It's been a while, I know. I'm sorry. Finishing up this last bit of grad school has been... a struggle to say the least. 2018 in general has been a struggle. So much so that I feel like the worst birder in existence. It's been a great year of firsts, but it's also been… Continue reading 2018: A Year of Change (and only a few posts… sorry)

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Why Young Adult Fiction is NOT a Dangerous Fantasy

Out there in the interwebs somewhere exists a person with the name Joe Nutt. Mr. Nutt has published an article that I will not link to here, as to not give his ridiculous idea more attention by way of web traffic. This article argues that Young Adult fiction is a dangerous fantasy. Now, I do not read YA… Continue reading Why Young Adult Fiction is NOT a Dangerous Fantasy

Hand to God was a surprise hit in New York, but, more than that, it is a reflection of a dark and disturbing time in America. Random violence is at an all-time high. Presidential politics are reduced to schoolyard behavior. A loss of faith and civility dominate the social landscape. More often than not, fear causes us to lash out in our grief instead of seeking out the help needed for healing. Pressure leads us to bad behavior and unhealthy habits. The constant hate and violence that we witness causes us to search for a scapegoat. Hand to God asks the question: "Is the devil to blame?" But it also, perhaps more importantly, forces us to ask ourselves: "How do we share the blame?" - Bryan Fonseca, Producer
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Enough

It's been a long while since I've posted anything on here. I'm so sorry. It's been a busy several months, but once again I find myself horrified and nearly speechless at the actions of others. I just don't know what to think. I'm not going to talk about guns (though something needs to change) or… Continue reading Enough

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GA Adventures – Reflection: February 2016

This is a reflection I’ve written for the Family, School, and Neighborhood Engagement Scholars I work with. Read my introduction to these here. Prompt Think about our discussion and worksheets on values. Were you surprised at all? Do you believe the worksheet didn't quite get it right, or does it fall in line with your idea… Continue reading GA Adventures – Reflection: February 2016

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Three Cheers for Two Years

When I got the notification that I've been on WordPress for two years, I was kind of surprised. It feels like I've been blogging forever, and it's weird to think that I used to hate blogs. Looking back at the blogging goals I set for myself this time last year, I can definitely tell the… Continue reading Three Cheers for Two Years

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GA Adventures – Reflection: January 2016

This is a reflection I’ve written for the Family, School, and Neighborhood Engagement Scholars I work with. Read my introduction to these here. Prompt Now that you've had a little bit of an overview and discussion on white privilege and inequality, take time to talk about what next steps for you might be. What was… Continue reading GA Adventures – Reflection: January 2016