Tagged: Massachusetts

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Reviewing my ’27 Before 27′ Birthday Goals

A wise woman told me the secret to feeling satisfaction in life is to take your ‘to-do’ list and cut it in half. I recognize this annual birthday goals tradition does not fit that model of wisdom, but I still find it rewarding. So rather than hashing out all the...

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Why We Need to Celebrate Teach For America’s 25th Birthday

In 2012 I began a challenging two-year commitment as a Teach For America (TFA) corps member in the Lawrence School District in Massachusetts. With a dropout rate of 52.3% in 2011, many Lawrence students lacked basic skills necessary to succeed in college. I helped found a school working with the most...

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The First Thanksgiving with My Pilgrim Ancestor, William Bradford

Almost four hundred years ago my great, great+ grandpa, William Bradford, sailed on the Mayflower into Cape Cod into what is now Provincetown, Massachusetts. He later became the mayor of Plymouth Plantation and played a significant role in its history. Even though I have lived in this state for a...

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A Tribute to Walden Pond

I crunch through leaves and smell wet bark at Walden Pond in Concord, Massachusetts. Yellow and crimson leaves line the path and cluster at the edges of the dark water. I drop pebbles into the pond and watch the ripples. A school of tiny fish scatters. I am alone except...