aha! Moments

Many bridges to cross: Small treasures

January 8, 2018 Published by

Surviving with limited resources can lead to keeping secrets, as the following episode from my childhood illustrates. At age five I stood peeking over the side of the washtub watching Momma rub Daddy’s shirt up and down on a washboard. After scrubbing for several minutes she put the shirt in…

2018 – What does the future hold?

January 3, 2018 Published by

I don’t have a crystal ball, but I am reading a fabulous book right now called Soonish by Kelly and Zach Weinersmith. My son, who is a biophysicist, purchased it for me. (He was hopeful that I might understand it!) It is written by two scientists/futurists. The book has cartoons…

Me too: Sexual harassment and a gut-level response

November 29, 2017 Published by

It’s in the news every day—an accusation, finding, or admittance of guilt. Both kinds of sexual harassment—quid pro quo (I do something for you and you do something for me) and creating a sexually hostile work environment. And it is often related to an imbalance of power. When I was…

Many bridges to cross: ‘Safe’ harbor

November 8, 2017 Published by

Daddy’s brothers—my uncles—visited frequently when I was a child. They would show up unexpectedly and “stay” with us for a few days, weeks, or months, then disappear, usually during the middle of the night. I enjoyed their visits, but things seemed to change each time one left and the other…

Use Amazon Smile to support aha! Process sites

November 1, 2017 Published by

When you shop with Amazon, you can support many Bridges Out of Poverty communities by starting from smile.amazon.com and selecting a charity. That organization then gets 0.5% of the price of your eligible purchases. Given the volume of business on Amazon.com, that small percentage can turn into big dividends. Bookmark…

Many bridges to cross: Burned butter

October 9, 2017 Published by

Mediation entails explaining to a child not only what to do but also why and how to complete a task. Parents who are overwhelmed with life’s demands sometimes forget or are not aware of the benefits of mediating their children. This episode from my life illustrates what can happen when…

Many bridges to cross: Visitors of consequence

August 7, 2017 Published by

Growing up in generational poverty, my family experienced many difficulties. Sometimes those difficulties became sources of shame, especially when they were pointed out and judged by people from middle class. Challenges like getting organized in small, cluttered spaces and supervising children closely were especially difficult and sometimes led to a…

Many bridges to cross: One too many questions

June 12, 2017 Published by

People who know my work in Tucker Signing Strategies for Reading may not realize that I also grew up in generational poverty. I want to share an episode from my own life that illustrates how generational poverty and lack of education contribute to the achievement gap and students’ reluctance to…