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Why Did Raymond in the Fifth Grade Needs Bullets?

Raymond* is suffering from depression. He doesn’t know that he is depressed. He is 11-years-old and in the 5th grade. He only knows that he is tired of feeling this way. He has no friends with whom he can be himself. School is too hard. His parents only accept “A”s and he can’t come close […]

Quvenzhané Wallis– I Want to Join Your Village!

The only real reason I was excited to watch the 2013 Academy Awards this past week was to catch a glimpse of Quvenzhané Wallis, the  young girl who captured my whole entire heart with her incredibly rich portrayal of  “Hush Puppy” in the movie “Beasts of the Southern Wild.” This untrained, break-out little actress’ performance is […]

Kids, Concentration and Cycling to School: How to beat Morning Mental Fog and Be a Better Student

The other day, when I was dropping off my son at his middle school, I noticed one of his friends. He was walking slowly from his mother’s car with his science project in his hand. He was already late. From his posture (head hung so low, I thought he was inspecting his shoes, and he […]


How To Get Free Money For College- Five Crucial Steps

College is an expensive proposition. But the good news is there are lots of resources out there to get help. More specifically, your college student can get some free money. “Free money” means money you do not have to pay back– scholarships, awards and grants– not loans. Go here for FIVE CRUCIAL STEPS!   Evergreen! […]

Heads Up!: How to Save on College Books

For parents, there are lots of financially painful moments during the freshman college drop-off experience. As a parent, when you are arranging to deliver your child to their new college or university, you may already have Carpal Tunnel Syndrome from all of the checks your have written and all of the credit card receipts you’ve […]

Applying to College: What’s a Parent to Do?

The college preparation process has become a complicated, high pressure affair. It can be overwhelming for student and parents alike. The college application process alone is a multi-phased, multi-task effort for which, I believe, most 16 and 17 year olds are not yet developmentally ready. There is so much to do and so much at […]

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Shot@Life’s 28 Days of Impact: Ezra Teshome and Doing Something Hard

What does it take to get you to act on behalf of another? Sympathy? Empathy? Outrage? Hope? What message could you receive that would make you stop and pay attention? What could happen that would liberate you from the carefully crafted comfort zone of your everyday life? Beyond the easy stuff—Facebook likes, donation drop-offs, petition signatures—what […]

Marian Wright Edelman’s Message to Parents of Color: Wake Up!

I recently had the utter thrill of meeting someone who I have admired my entire adult life. “Admire” is such an understatement. Let’s just say, if I were prone to “groupie-hood” for anyone, I’d be a Marian Wright Edelman groupie, for sure! Ms. Edelman is the Founder and Director of the Children’s Defense Fund, wherein […]

Mother Love Can Change the World

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