So that you can not see me – Marina Tsvetaeva

So that you can not see me
In life-I surround myself
With a piercing, invisible fence.

I will gird myself with honeysuckle,
I will cover my self with frost.

So that you can not listen to me
At night-in an old woman’s wisdom:
In reticence-I will strengthen myself

I will gird myself with rustlings,
I will cover myself with flutterings.

So that in me you can not blossom
Too much-among the undergrowth:
I will lose you alive among my books.

I will gird you with fantasies,
I will cover you with imaginary thoughts.

Marina Tsvetaeva, After Russia Screen shot 2013-06-18 at 11.24.02 AM

“Why are people wanting money?”

I was browsing through old photos from my teaching fellowship in Newark and came across reflections about money from a student’s journal, the insight really stunned me. Teachers always threw around the words “Success” and “Achievement” without painting the full picture for kids. All this reform-y jargon would trickle down to our kids, its important that teachers are careful to not send the message that success equals money or that success equals a certain level of prestige. This connects well to a TED talk that questions how success, or lack thereof is portrayed in a meritocratic- individualistic society.

the lord

the lord2Kids speak the truth:

Most commonly asked question “What do you do?” The myopic framing of this question, limits our self-identity to the characteristics of one’s occupation.