The Gravity of Getting Old.

Posted on
2 Feb 2015
by Robert Alston

Do you have a seatbelt on? No. Why not? At the rate of earth's rotation you are traveling over a thousand miles per hour, round and round in a circle. This causes a force to arise with the desire to pull you out of your seat and into outer space. If I've got you a little nervous I do apologize; you do not need to look for the nearest anchor to cling to nor the nearest seat belt. Gravity is here to save the day...

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You Might Be "Doing Too Much"...And That's Ok!

Posted on
19 Jan 2015
by Pamela Fordham

NO ONE at our school was happy about having to be in the building on December 23rd. After all, it was two days before Christmas! Being there felt unnatural - like an act of blasphemy against the spirit of the season. It seemed like the whole world was at home, wrapping presents or making cookies or watching It's a Wonderful Life. Having to be in the building on December 23rd was proof that, just maybe...

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In Light of Darkness

Posted on
5 Jan 2015
by Robert Alston

Looking out of our 10 foot window I am enamored by the ocean of starlights flooding the night sky. Their vast array of sizes and strengths can only be witnessed when nightfall comes. In the middle of my admiration of the lights I reminded of a tip from nature, darkness is necessary to truly appreciate the light...

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My Thoughts on Ferguson and Our Current Turmoil

Posted on
29 Dec 2014
by TaNisha Fordham Fordham

Who's Got The Power?

Posted on
5 Jan 2014
by Pamela Fordham

The first time I heard the word AMANDLA was in the Fellowship Hall at Bethel A.M.E. Church. My mom, along with a group of her forty-something year old friends, was yelling the word as she threw out her fist to the congregation. I watched from the side of the stage...

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Even If You Have To Drop Out, Stay Connected

Posted on
17 Dec 2013
by Pamela Fordham

Today I found out that one of my students decided to drop out of high school. The idea of a student dropping out isn't all that uncommon or shocking. Usually, the decision to drop out is preceded by years of struggle and poor attendance, so there is a mutual understanding that while dropping out may not be a good decision, it is the best decision.

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"You Don't Matter!"

Posted on
21 Nov 2013
by Pamela Fordham

"Dear Ms. Fordham, I know I am capable of doing very well, but I don't care enough to do it! Fine, give me a zero. You don't matter. I would like to be a doctor, so I do not need to learn from this class. I just want to graduate and get into a good school so I don't have to sit through three more years of high school classes."


Maybe I shouldn't have taken the silly words so personally, but I felt as if the student who wrote that message to me - for me - about me was trying to come at...me. After all, she had taken the time to write an entire paragraph letting me know why she didn't care about the assignment, the class or ultimately my reaction to her cruel words. I was angered by her callous boldness; I was hurt because her words were unsolicited and written so easily with a complete disregard for the effect they might have, not just on her grade, but on me as a human being. Mostly, I was disappointed that after having only been on the earth for fifteen years, she had decided what mattered and what didn't. Continue Reading »

Dear Courage: Will You Be My New Bestie?

Posted on
10 Oct 2013
by Pamela Fordham

I won't lie...when I saw Gladys Knight and her "pip" dancing and singing hip hop style on the Queen Latifah Show, I started cracking up! The song called "Old School" was from her latest cd entitled Another Journey. I think the specific lyric that caught me off guard was in the rap at the beginning of the song: "I wanna take you way back-like my pop's hairline." And I might have turned the channel right at that moment were it not for the energy of the song, Gladys' smooth vocals and the fun, "Yeah, we are doing this!" attitude of her backup singers. After a few minutes I had to put the remote down so I could clap along, and by the end of the song, I was dancing right along with them, and now, days later, I still can't get the song out of my head. I've even created my own fade-out chant, "Go seniors, go seniors, go seniors, go seniors!" Continue Reading »

Government Shutdown Got You Down???

Posted on
3 Oct 2013
by TaNisha Fordham Fordham

So I got a new camera and I will not let it stop me, I will not be defeated and I do not want you to be defeated by the government shutdown. Watch for encouragement.

The Joy of a Terrible Horrible No Good Very Bad Day

Posted on
21 Sep 2013
by Pamela Fordham

When my daughter was a child, I used to love to read to her Judith Viorst's Terrible Horrible No Good Very Bad Day. Something about the perils of a bad day in the life of little Alexander was strangely captivating and entertaining. Continue Reading »

You Are Not Alone

Posted on
1 Sep 2013
by Pamela Fordham

The first time I saw the video I was shocked! The students who were in the video weren't your typical "theater geeks" who excel at oral presentations and turn up the volume with their easily expressed opinions and performances, oozing with confidence. The kids in the video were the quiet kids. They were the students who avoid the spotlight. The ones who rarely raise their hands to respond to the question, but always know the answer. The ones who not only play by the rules, but also write them down. They were the kids who represented that awkward blend of humility and intensity. I was understandably shocked when I received the email with the video attachment: "Thought you might enjoy this video made by my friends and I. It's for a competition my church is involved in." Continue Reading »

Young Generation Old Generation

Posted on
7 Aug 2013
by TaNisha Fordham Fordham

The cold hard facts. There are a whole lot of young people who are working very hard to change the world and there are a lot of people from the older generations that say that younger people are not serious. Now while there are a whole lot of young people that are not serious there are a lot of us that want to make a difference.Continue Reading »

3:12 AM

Posted on
17 Jan 2013
by TaNisha Fordham Fordham

It is officially 3:12 in the morning. Don't I look beautiful for it to be 3:12 am? But for real,though I have been up since 8:00 yesterday morning I just want to encourage you to keep striving. Whatever it is you are pursuing in life, no matter how big or small, you can do it! It is a matter of dominion!Continue Reading »