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Self-Care as a Radical Practice

In my twelve years of experience (so far) of social work, all direct service, I have heard about the need for self-care countless times. The conversation or lecture or training on the subject generally sounds the same each time: you can’t help anyone if you don’t take care of yourself, you have to prevent burnout,…


Teaching Children How to Take a Stand

An essential ingredient of any socially conscious person’s m.o. is taking a stand, whether for or against something. Taking a stand is a skill that requires discipline. You will likely encounter push-back and so have to be resolved in your position but will get better results if you are graceful with your response. You will…


Halloween: not an excuse for oppression

“Trick or treat, smell my feet, give me something good to eat!” Do kids still sing this? I have a great memory of my brother reciting it at a doorstep and subsequently being denied the offer of candy the rest of us enjoyed. Many people I talk to have nostalgic memories of the anticipation of…


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Why we go to Spanish story times

Pop quiz! What is the official language of the United States? Trick question! There is no official language. It is true, only a quick google search will confirm this. Knowing a second (or third, or fourth….) language has numerous benefits. Many are practical: more employment opportunities, higher wages, more ease when travelling, etc. A language…