Posted in May 2013

30 days of beautiful: Significant

30 days of beautiful: Significant

November 2012: We are peer reviewing each other’s papers in class when our professor issued a stipulation. “If you get an ‘A’ on this paper, you have to help someone who got a B- or less. If you don’t help them with their paper, you get an ‘F’ on your ‘A’ paper.” Then he asked, … Continue reading

30 days of beautiful: English lessons

30 days of beautiful: English lessons

a house is made of wood and beams; a home is made of hopes and dreams Evolution  refuge – Protection, as from danger or hardship; from Latin refugium “a place to flee to” refugee – Person who flees for safety; from French refugié, evolved to “one fleeing home” St. Louis, Missouri – January 2013:  I want to remember … Continue reading

30 days of beautiful: Waterfalls

30 days of beautiful: Waterfalls

February 2012: A night class in St. Louis, I sat down between two students — I was observing a class before I made a decision about where I would go to school in the fall. One of the students leaned over to me immediately, “Are you visiting?” Before I knew it, I was talking about … Continue reading

30 days of beautiful: Giving

30 days of beautiful: Giving

January 2013. Kensington, Pennsylvania. The heroin needles thrown in the sideyard of the women’s center go with the stripped bare rooms inside, where the women crow and steal things and shoot up in rooms upstairs (they’re not supposed to). We sit on threadbare couches. It’s recovery group, and everyone’s coughing because it’s winter, the whirring rasps … Continue reading

30 days of beautiful: Simple

30 days of beautiful: Simple

When this video went viral the other day, I had one of those rare feelings: I’ll never be the same again. Something about watching the story of a boy dying of cancer changed me. It was a fairly short-sighted feeling, considering that after each day, I am inevitably different. I cannot live all day and … Continue reading