this is water.

let me be

“dear god,” she prayed,

“let me be something every minute of every hour of my life.

let me be gay;
let me be sad.
let me be cold;
let me be warm.
let me be hungry
have too much to eat. let me be

wrestle it to the ground

closeness,” he said,

surveying the congregation.

“it’s easy to be close,
but almost impossible to stay close.

think about friends.
think about hobbies.
even ideas.

they’re close to us—
sometimes so close we think they are part of us

and then,

at some point,

they aren’t close anymore.

they go away.

// only one thing can keep something close over time:

holding it there.
grappling with it.
wrestling it to the ground (as jacob did with the angel,)
and refusing to let go.

what we don’t wrestle
we let go of……

love isn’t the absence of struggle.

love is struggle.

:: jonathan safran foer

from
here i am

girls doing.

emblaze academy

There are currently 6,650 students on charter school waitlists in the South Bronx, a community in which fewer than one of every five students is currently on grade level in reading and math.

The students of the South Bronx deserve strong schools.

Because of that, I’m working as a founding member of Emblaze Academy— a proposed, tuition-free, college preparatory, public charter middle school expected to open in Fall 2018 in the South Bronx. We will have small group supports for all students, a longer school day and school year, strong partnerships with families, and all of our students will go to college.

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