Transition Diaries Entry #1028: New Chapter

It is time to turn the page. Today, I started work with an organization helping children who have been neglected, abandoned, physically/sexually abused, living in the streets, or subjected to child labor, trafficking and other forms of exploitation. I am tasked to help manage the psychological care for these kids, who currently number to a […]

Teacher Factor, Student Factor

I once saw the following cartoon strip that speaks much about how attitudes and practices in education have changed over the years— When a student gets a failing grade at a class, chances are the phrase “teacher factor” is bound to crop up somehow. Why did the student fail? What have you done, or not […]

I Don’t Even Know How to Title This Anymore

I have written about this and explained things about this so many times before, but let me just go through this, one.more.time.  … “I have great faith in fools—self-confidence my friends call it.” — Edgar Allan Poe  … I still encounter a lot of questions, second-guessings, if-onlys, raised eyebrows, and hints of “she’s so young; […]

Dreams Revisited: Journal Entries from 15-year-old Me

Dear Journal (August 14, 2005) “Memories, for me, are precious. That’s why I have you, in the first place.”  …  … I started keeping a journal as I was just about to turn 15. Now, nine years later, I flip back to the pages written by that 15-year-old girl, and I am all at once […]