Why I appreciate Veterans in the classroom

At the end of last semester, one of my students handed me a small, but weighty envelope. When I opened it, I found a thank you card and a large coin with U.S. Marine Corps insignia and the word Veteran at the top. Inside the card, she had written thanks to me for challenging her to go outside of her comfort zone all semester.I felt so moved as we shook hands and said end-of-semester goodbyes....more

Happy Veterans Day

Bring forth kindness today. Thank a Veteran. Buy them a meal. Give a hug. Smile. Offer a listening ear. Remember these men and women sacrificed so much for each of us. Let us also remember those that aren't with us and keep them in our hearts. Remember veterans families as they to sacrifice just as much to let us depend on their soldier . Thank you from the bottom of my heart and very proud Army Brat. ❤ Alison...more

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Risks of Climate Change: Dispatches From the Future

I originally published the following tongue-in-cheek post on our blog at The Climatographers in May 2014. With the upcoming meeting of the Parties to the Framework Convention on Climate Change starting in three weeks, it seemed like a good time to re-visit this issue....more

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On This Veteran's Day

I cannot lecture about the importance of Veteran's Day, not because I'm averse to podiums but because I am not a Vet, a child of a Vet, or a spouse to one.So instead I'm going to share a short tale about a Veteran with whom I am familiar. ...more

Cellphone use: yay or nay?

In October, there was the incident at Spring Valley High School, SC in which an officer slamming a student on the floor over cellphone use. It was excessive use of force and there is not excuse for the officer’s actions.  But in the aftermath of the incident, because of the officer’s action, I think another discussion that could have occurred simply got ignored: is it OK for students to use cellphones while class is going on? ...more

Not Necessarily All That Unwilling?

A few days ago a twelve year old girl (so, someone in 6th or 7th grade to help you picture it) in Texas was lured into a CVS bathroom by a stranger and raped. Do you know how Southside Place Detective Michael Kelly described the attack?Go on, guess. I bet you cannot stoop low enough in your fetid imagination of rape-shaming to guess correctly....more

Why My Conscience Will Not Vote Republican

I rarely share my political opinions in a public forum.  This issue, however, affects my granddaughters and deserves public comment.In this country, white women earn, on average, 78 cents to every dollar a man earns.  For black women, it is 68 cents and for Latina women, it drops all the way to 54 cents to the dollar. Republicans have blocked the Paycheck Fairness Act four times.  Four times, the Republican party has said, by their votes, that women are unequal to men and do not deserve to be paid the same....more

Charlotte dance troupe to perform tinikling in FACC gala night

 The Philippines' famed tinikling dance will be featured in the 28th Fil-American Community of the Carolinas (FACC) gala night next week....more