kenya education fund

I was trying not to curse at the M23 bus driver as he cut me off on my drive across 23rd street the other morning, my three kids in tow,

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my flip phone adventure

I swear I was trying to simplify my life but three days into my new flip phone I feel…frenetic. This wasn’t supposed to be an experiment. Getting a flip phone

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animal messenger: bee

I once sat on a bee. I was playing with my sister Jill in our NJ backyard, doing a pretty awesome reenactment of the Magic Garden (a favorite show of

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be where your feet are

Whenever I set my alarm at the ungodly hour of 5am, my first thought is: Holy crap, I’m so tired, I can’t move. My next thought is: Come on! Why

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where do you gather strength?

I want to share the meaning of the Spanish word querencia. I learned about it a few weeks ago, after one of my teenage daughters, Maddie, spent 40 hours alone on

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animal messenger: turtle

It was a warmish night during rainy season in my beloved Costa Rica (aka my spirit homeland). My twin girls were 8 years old and I remember waking them up

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building schools in honduras

I didn’t know how to make cement from scratch, it’s not exactly a New Yorker type of activity, even though I’m surrounded by concrete. I never really thought about making

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what i learned from a blue fish

This one blue fish kept looking at me while I was snorkeling. Well, it wasn’t really looking at me, it was probably looking for food, but I felt pulled to follow

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my dad’s 90th birthday

Saturday was my dad’s 90th birthday. 90!! I know I talk a lot about him, but this week he deserves it even more because he’s lived for nine full decades.

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3 days without kids

I imagined how I would spend a few days without my 3 kids at home. They’ve gone off to their respective summer programs but given the different timings, I’d have

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father’s day reflections

I was thinking a lot about my dad on Father’s Day last weekend and how he drove us to school every morning growing up. Every now and then, he’d suddenly

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deep thoughts from my homeland

I’m writing from my homeland. Sardinia, Italy. Well, my family is from Sicily but I’m on the island right next door, so I think it counts. At least it feels like home.

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what do a ladybug and honduras have in common?

I was deep in conversation with my son Jack about all the reasons why recess, lunch, and dismissal are his favorite parts of school. We were on the 23rd street

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