to build a house

I told mom that Tommy is a keeper. (Not that my opinion really matters, but it is nice to meet him and discover that I like his sense of humor and appreciate his integrity.)
He’s got an amazing mental focus, evident in his stories and daily interactions. He credits his mom (who “never thought no harm of no one”) and … Read more...

provocation/manipulation/life

The One We’ve Got by His Balls accused us of a) not knowing what power is, b) not knowing that we don’t know, and c) certainly not being able to trace its definitions.
“Are you going to blog this class?” I said no. I lied. Sortof. I meant “no” at the time. Things change, although I am still not going … Read more...

language (DUO)

Tove wasted no time sending me a link to a newsletter with several articles about linguistic rights and a pdf with info about submersion – a subtractive educational methodology that has been studied extensively in regard to indigenous and minority students. Without doing more than a quick skim right now, the first thing that strikes me are questions about the … Read more...

a temporary honor

I was an “honorary Eastern European” only for the 1 hour and 24 minutes it took Borat to run. Then I resumed my accustomed role ­čÖé as the earnest, pious, and self-righteous American who is mercilously mocked by Sacha Baron Cohen. This movie is funny, but only if you can step outside of the truly narrow frame in which … Read more...

NAACP vs Merriam-Webster

NAACP wins on “nigger” in dictionary (email from La Wanza to the social justice listserv)
A Small Victory…A Giant Step (Thanks NAACP)
Kweisi Mfume made the announcement during a speech at Virgina Tech in the spring of 2001 “beginning with the next edition, the word nigger will no longer be synonymous with African-Americans. It shall be duly noted that it’s … Read more...

Sargam: a good time for a good cause

VSEI (Volunteers for Service to Education in India), Amherst Chapter, has organized “Sargam”, an evening of Indian Classical Music and Dance on 20th November 2005 at the UMass Amherst Campus Center Auditorium. Artists from the Western Massachusetts area, including students and faculty from the 5 Colleges, will showcase various Indian Classical performances.
The event is a fundraiser to … Read more...

Sulu

The original crew of the Enterprise were my best friends and role models while I was growing up. Everyday during elementary school I would rush home to watch. I now have a hard time watching Kirk, but Spock remains an icon. I am still taken by the camraderie across supposed difference which all subsequent Star Trek series have continued to … Read more...