Have you ever done something you didn’t think you could do like lift something really heavy or run a 5K? The shaky, endorphin-fueled high that follows is the reward of your crazy physical shenanigans. And it’s the same when your brain lifts the equivalent of Volkswagen Beetle.


With my daughters on Thanksgiving after we finished a 5k

Today marks a professional milestone for me: my first peer-reviewed journal article published. This is something that I always wanted to do, but somehow never “got around” to doing. It’s amazing what a deadline, coupled with a generous invitation from Dr. Kim Pinkerton at the University of Houston-Downtown, will do. To paraphrase Samuel Johnson: a deadline will concentrate the mind wonderfully.

The link to the online version is here at the archives of the Journal of Family Strengths :


“What Is Essential Is Invisible To The Eye”: Culturally Responsive Teaching As A Key To Unlocking Children’s Multiple Literacies

That title alone is so weighty and reminds me of my masters’ coursework. The part in quotes is from one of my “life books” – The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery. The Fox says this to The Little Prince:

Here is my secret. It is very simple: It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.


If you know the book, you know that the Fox is the most memorable character because he teaches the young prince about relationships. Teaching, much like the Fox, has done that for me. If I had to sum up all of my teaching “wisdom,” it would be this quote.


Students in Palestine reenacting a scene from The Little Prince for me

My brain is still uncramping and a little wobbly. But I can’t stop smiling because in this publication, I see children’s questions validated, as well as research I’ve spent almost a decade collecting, in print. Finally.


Ronaldinho of Brazil scores! 


Amen and hallelujah

Image: the little prince by bekassine CC BY-SA 2.0


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