So, school started on Tuesday, but we’ve been at work in the library for a few weeks now. I’m not sure if we’re making progress (or how I would even measure progress). The library has been used, up until now, as a de facto storage space. Aida Josefina, my library aide, and I have been going through all the boxes and shelves and piles of stuff. We have found things including: old trophies (most of which do not belong to our school), a large, broken TV, a box of Christmas decorations, at least two boxes of two year old sports schedules, a tan Member’s Only jacket, education catalogs from 2010-2012, enough old textbooks to supply at least two more schools, several broken computer keyboards, and two broken typewriters, among other things. 

Progress has been slow since every time we clear things out, more stuff is sent into the library (math workbooks, reading workbooks, and textbooks teachers aren’t using, and other random stuff people don’t want). 

Yesterday, Friday, I made some signs and library decorations so that I could start to envision what the library may someday look like (and also to make myself feel better).

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May all sentient beings enjoy happiness and the root of happiness.
May they be free from suffering and the root of suffering.
May they not be separated from the great happiness devoid of suffering.
May they dwell in the great equanimity free from passion, aggression, and prejudice.
The Four Limitless Ones Chant - Pema Chodron - The places that scare you. (via iam-youis)
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shepherdsongs:

I was driving past a business here in the Houston Heights, when I glimpsed this painted on the side of the building. I recognized that iconic WWII poster before I realized it was not just any woman, but 14 year old Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani girl who was attacked for wanting an education. The words next to her are her quote, ( “I don’t mind if I have to sit on the floor at school.) All I want is education. And I’m afraid of no one.”

shepherdsongs:

I was driving past a business here in the Houston Heights, when I glimpsed this painted on the side of the building. I recognized that iconic WWII poster before I realized it was not just any woman, but 14 year old Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani girl who was attacked for wanting an education. The words next to her are her quote, ( “I don’t mind if I have to sit on the floor at school.) All I want is education. And I’m afraid of no one.”

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Reactions from people whose language I was trying to learn:

fatnajl:

linguisticsyall:

Germans: Oh you’re learning German? Hey, you’re not so bad at it. Don’t fuck it up though. 

French: About time you learned French. 

Russians, Koreans, Spanish-speakers: WOW YOU’RE LEARNING MY LANGUAGE? LET ME HELP YOU I CAN GET SOME MATERIALS FOR YOU AND RECOMMEND SOME SITES AND VIDEOS, DID YOU JUST SAY “HELLO” IN MY LANGUAGE? YOU ARE SO GREAT WOW I AM SO IMPRESSED

Dutch: but why would you do this

why would you do this

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matadornetwork:

THE PASSPORT YOU HOLD says a lot more than you may realize about your ability to travel. If like me you spend a lot of energy complaining about visa paperwork and the negotiation of access into countries, this inforgraphic might stop you in your tracks. Take a second to consider that so many people in the world face reduced freedom of movement, or no movement at all.
The team at GOOD created this infographic map. The colour-coded nations are ranked by the country’s residents power to travel overseas.
How privileged does your passport make you feel?

 From: Passports can be limiting // http://ift.tt/1rJhFLN

matadornetwork:

THE PASSPORT YOU HOLD says a lot more than you may realize about your ability to travel. If like me you spend a lot of energy complaining about visa paperwork and the negotiation of access into countries, this inforgraphic might stop you in your tracks. Take a second to consider that so many people in the world face reduced freedom of movement, or no movement at all.

The team at GOOD created this infographic map. The colour-coded nations are ranked by the country’s residents power to travel overseas.

How privileged does your passport make you feel?

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image From: Passports can be limiting // http://ift.tt/1rJhFLN