What Should We Talk About?

My favorite part of teaching was sharing evocative passages, affecting scenes, meaningful lyrics and innovative ideas with my students. We’d read, watch and listen to them, then think, talk and write about them.


It kept me from the curriculum. But then I’d think, Why isn’t this the curriculum? This is what kids need to learn! For example, after watching the scene where Tom Hanks scolds Geena Davis in A League of Their Own,


“It’s supposed to be hard. If it wasn’t hard, everyone would do it. The hard is what makes it great!”


I’d share it with students and explain why I showed it to them. And now I’m sharing passages, scenes, lyrics and ideas with you with the goal of getting a thought-provoking, life-enhancing conversations started.

"You got something you want to share with the world"

Five sentences in Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice's Jersey Boys screenplay moved me to tears. Frankie Valli is advising his aspiring yet frustrated musician daughter, Francine. "Look, I know how hard it is. You got something you want to share with the world and nobody gives a sh!#… But then things turn around. You gotta have patience. You gotta keep working." You got something you want to share with the world. Tell me about it! How many other people feel that way? Hundreds? Thousands? Millions? Everyone? I can't speak for anyone, but those five sentences had me sitting up in my seat thinking, Yeah, I get that. I fully feel that. What I want to share with the world is important. I know

My Starfish

Click here to learn about Espacio de Artes and to view a clearer version of the picture above. Well, officially, My "Sea Star." (They aren't fish) Regardless, there is so much need! There are so many worthwhile causes and fabulous projects subsidizing them. So why should you support this one? Why donate a dollar to the Kefi Foundation and Espacio de Artes? Why give $10, $50, $100 or a $1,000? Because this one is connected to me. I've learned that people give to people, not causes, and this is my cause. I could write pages and pages about how much Espacio de Artes is needed. About what a difference it will make to the kids of Matagalpa, Nicaragua. About how qualified Mina and Chamba are to