Goodbye, Mr. Burton

We gathered at the historic Center┬áChurch in Hartford on Saturday to say goodbye to Aldene Burton, who was struck and killed by a bus on Dec. 7, and leave a hole as big as the world to those of us who knew and loved him. Mr. Burton was a man like no other — a …

On being grateful

Last night, I sat down to grade my CCSU class’s blog posts. We are writing a blog, and the students mostly appear to take it seriously. It’s hard to describe how much grading takes over your life, when you’re a teacher. It can start to feel rote and when I start to feel that way, …

Ta-Nehisi Coates is awesome

Last week, Ta-Nehisi Coates (that’s him in the center) came to Hartford to accept the Stowe Prize for Writing for Social Justice. Because I was on the search committee, I got to get right up close to him, his wife Kenyatta (black and white dress), and their 14-year old son (directly to her right), who …