Making sure you show up in your own story

(From 2017) Tomorrow we have our fourth Annual Storytelling Festival for the AmeriCorps programs of Maryland. Our hosts at Casa Maryland and Pablo Blank always provide a warm welcome in their amazing space. Each year, we try different things and…..

News & Updates

How the battle for democracy will be fought — and won

By the Editorial Board.  Washington Post Dec 22nd 2023 In September last year, three days after widespread protests broke out across Iran over the death of a young woman detained for not fully covering her hair with a hijab, the authorities blocked the internet. Mahsa…..

7 life lessons I’ll rely on this new year

By Steven Petrow.  Washington Post January 8th 2024 Before I slammed the door on 2023 — good riddance! — I took some time to reflect on it. Specifically, what useful lessons, insights and practices can I pack up and carry into the new year to…..

Living with Our Pandemic Trade-Offs

 Dhruv Khullar September 18, 2022 New Yorker Isaiah Berlin, the twentieth-century philosopher, spent much of his life arguing that we can’t have it all. In any weighty societal matter, worthwhile values invariably clash: liberty and equality, justice and mercy, impartiality and…..

Has School Become Optional?

By Alec MacGillis January 8, 2024 The New Yorker On a cold, clear weekday morning in early December, Shepria Johnson pulled up to a small house in Ecorse, Michigan, in an S.U.V. with a decal on the driver’s door which read “Student…..

Why Does Everyone Feel So Insecure All the Time?

By Astra Taylor Since 2020, the richest 1 percent has captured nearly two-thirds of all new wealth globally — almost twice as much money as the rest of the world’s population. At the beginning of last year, it was estimated that 10 billionaire…..

Teachers, students protest suspension of educators who shared pro-Palestinian views

By Nicole Asbury December 20, 2023 at 1:08 a.m. EST Washington Post Students and educators in a protest Tuesday evening called on Montgomery County Public Schools to reinstate teachers who were placed on administrative leave for sharing pro-Palestinian sentiments. About 50 people…..

The 5 absolute truths I’ve learned in 10 years as a parenting editor

Perspective by Amy Joyce Staff writerDecember 19, 2023 at 6:00 a.m. EST Washington Post hen I started editing On Parenting about a decade ago, I knew we had to cover parenting in a very real way. Parents felt alone, that they weren’t…..

Homelessness is at a record high in America. Volunteerism is declining.

Perspective by Petula DvorakColumnist December 21, 2023 at 12:16 p.m. EST Washington Post A sharp rise in the number of people unhoused for the first time drove the uptick. Meanwhile, fewer Americans are stepping up to help. He traced the letters…..

Montgomery and Prince George’s school enrollment lags pre-pandemic total

By Nicole Asbury Maryland’s two largest school systems both have about 3 percent fewer students this fall than they did before the coronavirus pandemic, according to enrollment data made public this week. Montgomery County Public Schools counted 160,770 students on Sept. 30. That…..

Being 13

As eighth grade began, Anna was worried that she wasn’t very popular because her parents wouldn’t let her on Snapchat. London had a tough couple of days; she had been sent to the principal’s office for lashing out at a…..