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Sixty kindergartners and I sat huddled in the cafeteria. Rain slapped against the windows and the roar of falling water came on strong. The rumble alone brought a hush to this bundled little pack of five year-olds. Rico, the roundest five year-old I had ever met, stood with face pressed against the room’s big window. He held both […]

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Viviana cries every day. This morning she came to me with wet cheeks. She started early today, said I to myself.  Once sobbing started, she could continue for a long while. What is the matter sweetheart? Between sobs and sucking in air, she told me that Alvin, a square-jawed, pebble–eyed, unsmiling brick of a fourth […]

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Most mornings, before the first little feet step onto the playground – whips of cold air smack heavy redwood branches and bring a kind of rain to my former school’s asphalt playground. The school itself sits near the back of a two acre plot of earth – black earth that soaks in wetness by day, […]

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