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Taking the Wider View – Part II

In the film “Deej,” part of the Reel Mind Series currently playing at the Cinema Theater in Rochester New York, we meet D.J. (Deej) Savarese, a brilliant, nonspeaking autistic young man who with the aid of a computer advocates full inclusion for people with disabilities. First impressions might indicate otherwise – Deej sometimes jumps in [...]

By | May 29th, 2018|Blog Entries|Comments Off on Taking the Wider View – Part II

Taking the Wider View-Part I

In many conversations lately, friends use emotionally-laden language to describe  people who hold opinions different from theirs on a wide range of topics. My friends are pretty angry; their words and tone show it. They say “resist, fight, attack, undermine and overcome” the opposition. Win at all costs. The fire and brimstone in their rhetoric [...]

By | May 20th, 2018|Blog Entries|Comments Off on Taking the Wider View-Part I

Getting Out from Under

These thoughts are not what I intended to write about. But the more I wrote, the more I felt something was missing. What follows will not address poverty in our region, diminish racial inequity, or enhance educational success in our urban schools, at least not in in the short run. But before we embark on [...]

By | February 4th, 2018|Blog Entries|Comments Off on Getting Out from Under

Honoring A Legacy

I have long felt a stir of emotion and kinship whenever I come upon a quote from Martin Luther King, Jr., knowing intuitively his vision included me as much as anyone. I was a 22-year-old VISTA Volunteer in North Georgia the summer he was assassinated. I knew nothing about structural racism. Yet every day I [...]

By | January 21st, 2018|Blog Entries|Comments Off on Honoring A Legacy

Acknowledging our Herstory History

March is Women’s History Month. Over the course of the year, it is eleven months too short. When I think of the people who’ve shaped the direction of my life, the list is largely one of women. It’s not that I lacked male role models. It was women who nurtured the sense of reverence, belonging, [...]

By | March 10th, 2017|Blog Entries|Comments Off on Acknowledging our Herstory History

Privileged, Powerful and Unaware

A two inch insert in today’s Rochester Democrat and Chronicle (2/18/17) indicates on average, referred applicants are 15 times more likely to be hired than job applicants who submit on their own. We want to believe the most qualified person gets the job, and insist that’s true when it comes to us and our relatives [...]

By | February 19th, 2017|Blog Entries|Comments Off on Privileged, Powerful and Unaware

The Pickle we’re in

It’s painful to witness the degree of anger, glee, hostility and disconnect we’ve been hurling at each other across the political landscape. Are we that estranged from seeing the inconsistencies in our behaviors that we project them on to others without a second thought? The wider the range and complexity of issues before us, the [...]

By | February 5th, 2017|Blog Entries|0 Comments