Saturday, December 21, 2013

Annual BX-BK Holiday Cookie Party, December 2013

This year marks the 7th anniversary of our annual BX-BK fake-bake-sale holiday cookie party throw-down. You can read all about the roots of the tradition HERE.

Ingrid came early this year and helped Q, Denisse and Letishia get started on cookies

Siri and Lyle bond with the ladies at the table

Bintou holds it down in the kitchen

Dr. K poses with a crowded table

Siri and Denisse

Playing "Celebrity"

Getting competitive

Julie and the ladies

The whole crew

Chanukah is officially over but tradition dictates we sing the blessing anyway...

We also light all the other holiday candles in the house and sing "Light in the Soul"

After the kids head home, Siri and Lyle watch the candles burn down

A peaceful moment in the quiet kitchen before bedtime

Monday, December 9, 2013

A Lantern Floats in Brooklyn: A Mandela Tribute My Kids Will Never Forget

Kate Quarfordt


A Lantern Floats in Brooklyn: A Mandela Tribute My Kids Will Never Forget

Posted: 12/09/2013 8:33 am

Just a few hours before I heard the news of Mandela's passing, I was struggling to write about a contentious, emotionally-charged charter school co-location hearing that took place recently in my Brooklyn neighborhood of Fort Greene. I'm not especially prone to frustrated outbursts, but the writing was going badly, and at a certain point I got so overwhelmed by the swarm of voices duking it out in my head over charter school policy, local politics, teacher assessment, social justice, gentrification and school reform, that the next thing I knew I was slamming my laptop shut, shoving myself back from my desk and yelling -- out loud to no one, like a crazy person -- "I'm not doing this! This is IMPOSSIBLE!"
Not a great note to end a writing session on, but it had gotten late and it was time to quit anyway. I needed to snap back into mom-mode and get home to make dinner, wrestle my three small kids into their pajamas, and get the bedtime launch sequence started. I gathered up my stuff and checked my phone, and only then did I see that Mandela had passed away.