Caroline in the Delta

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Jul 26 2012

Philly context

I arrived in Philly at 4am Friday morning, after a delayed red-eye from Little Rock to Chicago to my sister’s city. The cab driver told me he had a terrible night, so I gave a $10 tip and walked through my sister’s lobby, past the doorman, hit number 14 in the elevator. The first day…

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Jul 15 2012

Cancer.

This was part of my previous post, but seemed long and cohesive enough to be its own, so that’s what happened. In the last week of school, Monday maybe, one of our tenth graders found out his mom had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. The next day she was given six months to live and…

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Jul 15 2012

Proving what’s possible.

When I started the Delta Institute six weeks ago, and for the duration of it, our theme or motto or slogan or motivational phrase or whatever else we can call it, “Proving What’s Possible,” made me cringe. I’ve never been one to buy into themes. I remember my tenth grade chemistry teacher used “Learning with…

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Jul 04 2012

Why I Teach For America.

This is not groundbreaking, but reality set in. I remember a point, somewhere in that haze of a two year commitment, during which I took a breath and realized that my lives had converged. That what used to be “real” but then seemed like a dream– Michigan and graphic design and having friends and not…

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Jul 03 2012

Vice and failure.

Entering week four there was bound to be a day like this. Where slip-ups become landslides and the way you frame an event pulls tears from some of the most beautiful people you know. There is nothing on earth to parallel witnessing pure human emotion. Times when you can’t look someone in the eye because…

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