By now I hope you have learned that I teach in Philadelphia. But for those of you late to the game; I teach in Philadelphia. And teaching in this longstanding and historical urban setting has awarded me many privileges and experiences that can be found no where else. I can run the art museum steps whenever I need a boost of self confidence, I can visit the Liberty Bell and the Declaration of Independence whenever I need a reminder of my American heritage and values, and I can visit Wawa whenever I want a hoagie, hotdog, soft pretzel or chocolate milk at any hour of the day.
But among my most valued privileges here in the city of brotherly love is the opportunity to receive my higher education from the prestigious University of Pennsylvania. It has provided me with inspiration, insight and intellectual stimulation. While simultaneously bestowing un to me the…
Many studies have explored how influential popular media images and icons can be on the development of personal identity. I have read none of them. Nonetheless I feel I can use myself and my experiences as a case study to examine this question, and hopefully come up with a conclusive answer. My conclusive answer is…read more »
When I was 5 the hardest thing I had ever done was convince myself to walk through the backyard at night to open the shed in the dark. When I was 17 the hardest thing I had ever done was talk my way out of getting arrested for putting a couch on the roof of…read more »
The more things change, the more they stay the same. YES. I am a long way from anywhere I am familiar with. And YES, upon arriving I knew no one at the time in Philadelphia. Everyone is going through their own transitions as fall arrives. And as I begin to traverse this canyon of a…read more »
I sit here today contemplating the uncertainty of life. I have been many places in my life. Known many people. Experienced many amazing, eye-opening, challenging, and rewarding things. From being born and raised in Berkeley California (Albany if you’re from the East Bay), to attending the University of California Santa Barbara, to studying in Japan.…read more »
This. Right here. Is my. Budget: $0.00 As I look forward to beginning my career as a teacher I look back at the path that led me here… specifically the flight across the country, the living (and necessary social) expenses, and the deposit on my apartment. Now I don’t know about ya’ll but I’m not…read more »
For a while now I’ve been talking a lot of smack about starting a blog. I feel like I’m funny, insightful, and articulate enough for it to be a successful production. My main problem is that if I do something I want to do it right, so I’m always terrified about starting a new creative…read more »