When concepts cross cultural boundaries, they rarely survive intact. In 1892, Swami Vivekananda introduced a form of physical, mental, and spiritual exercise called "yoga" in the United States. Needless to say, the hot yoga, restorative yoga, and yin yoga practiced by an estimated 36.7 million people in the US are entirely different than what Vivekananda practiced in the... Continue Reading →
Booming City, Tiny Baby, Broken Heart.
My wife and I both work in childcare. She teaches in a Reggio-inspired infant program, and I teach in a Reggio-inspired outdoor preschool. We met in high school and dated for ten years (two of which were from opposite sides of the world). A few years ago, we moved to Nashville as boyfriend and girlfriend, and... Continue Reading →
“Dirty” is a Compliment
A few weeks ago, I was sitting on a big pile of mulch with one of my students just watching the clouds go by. Without any prompting, she turned to me and said, "I'm a dirty robot." Admittedly, I had a little trouble imagining what a "dirty robot" might be. But as I sat on... Continue Reading →