Happy Cinco de Mayo

Cinco de Mayo—or the fifth of May—commemorates the Mexican army’s 1862 victory over France at the Battle of Puebla during the Franco-Mexican War (1861-1867). It is celebrated in the United States and regionally in Mexico, primarily in the state of Puebla where the holiday is called El Día de la Batalla de Puebla (English: The Day of the Battle of Puebla) A relatively … More Happy Cinco de Mayo

Join me ON THE ROAD

I am referring, of course, to the new Kerouac movie, On The Road,  and not suggesting we grab our backpacks and hit the pavement seeking the company of strangers and other general randomness. My backpack-toting, pavement-hitting days are behind me. I still enjoy the company of strangers. So if you’d like to live vicariously through … More Join me ON THE ROAD

Grief and Poetry: I know. But I do not approve. And I am not resigned.

I know.  But I do not approve.  And I am not resigned. –Edna St. Vincent Millay I was struck by the recent* school shooting to create an archive of occasional poems because the occasion of unfathomable collective grief is as predictable an event these days as any national holiday. I wanted to write poetry about … More Grief and Poetry: I know. But I do not approve. And I am not resigned.

Mary Anne Mohanraj poem: Four Days After the Shooting

Four Days After the Shooting By Mary Anne Mohanraj I dropped off my son at preschool yesterday, drove by a school playground, the children lining up in messy rows. I started to cry, again. Wiped my tears and went on to shop for holiday gifts, spending more, perhaps, on our children than I’d planned. They … More Mary Anne Mohanraj poem: Four Days After the Shooting

Sandy Hook Stories: Heroic teacher Kaitlin Roig saved her class

When the police arrived to rescue Mrs. Roig’s first grade class from the bathroom where their teacher had barricaded them, Roig stoically refused them entry; demanding that badges be pushed under the door and then said “If the danger has really passed and you are who you say you are then get the keys from the janitor and unlock the door yourself.” … More Sandy Hook Stories: Heroic teacher Kaitlin Roig saved her class