for a dreamer night's the only time of day

My name is Hannah. I believe in the importance of the stories we tell and the value of those eager to listen.

I go through phases. Somedays I feel like the person I’m supposed to be, and then somedays, I turn into no one at all. There is both me and my silhouette. I hope that on the days you find me and all I am are darkened lines, you still are willing to be near me.

– Mary Kate Teske  (via fawun)

curvellas:

talk to kids like they’re people and take full interest in what they’re saying because they’re forming their personalities and it’s really vital that they know that their opinions are important and what they have to say deserves validation and respect. so when your three year old niece tells you that dragons don’t like cupcakes because the color blue is a spoon you better nod your head and ask her to explain more about that. 

I’m a lot more upset about this show closing than I thought I would be. My family grew up with the film Newsies, and some of my closest friends in junior high school and I were beyond obsessed with it. Watching this little cult Disney movie become a stage musical and journey to (and now, through) Broadway has been so heart-warming and I feel blessed to have been able to see it twice. Go see it on tour if you can because this show is really pretty special.  I’m a lot more upset about this show closing than I thought I would be. My family grew up with the film Newsies, and some of my closest friends in junior high school and I were beyond obsessed with it. Watching this little cult Disney movie become a stage musical and journey to (and now, through) Broadway has been so heart-warming and I feel blessed to have been able to see it twice. Go see it on tour if you can because this show is really pretty special. 

I’m a lot more upset about this show closing than I thought I would be. My family grew up with the film Newsies, and some of my closest friends in junior high school and I were beyond obsessed with it. Watching this little cult Disney movie become a stage musical and journey to (and now, through) Broadway has been so heart-warming and I feel blessed to have been able to see it twice. Go see it on tour if you can because this show is really pretty special. 

Everybody, in less than two weeks I’ll be an actual real teacher with my own classroom and bunch of students and I’m so excited but also terrified and this is just pretty surreal. I guess this means I’m kind of like an actual grown up now. That’s strange.

This? Is why I think it’s vital that we fight for diverse literature in schools. When the book-banning folks come out, it’s so often to shut down a person belonging to a minority group speaking about experiences that make people uncomfortable. Of course we are uncomfortable. We are complicit. It takes discomfort to impel change.

Not all kids will get a real picture of the world at home; I certainly didn’t. Those kids may go on to be the next generation of oppressors, having been taught lies that cause them to see minorities as subhuman, unless they have outside influences to show them otherwise. It matters that they read books by African-Americans, by women, by LGBT authors. It matters that they gain empathy and experience others’ lives.

It matters that they become uncomfortable enough to change.