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White Saviorism… and How to Avoid it

White Saviorism… and How to Avoid it

I’ve had glitter bottles in my classroom as long as I’ve had a classroom, but this year – after much expertise gleaned from years of practice – my bottles were so particularly beautiful that my students talked me into selling them. (Here’s a shameless plug […]

Character Prompt: A Day Off

Character Prompt: A Day Off

On the third Wednesday of the month, I am going to start posting a character prompt to create opportunities to explore characters. You can share your responses to the character prompt on my discord or in the comments of the post. The idea is to […]

First Monday Goals: SMART Goals

First Monday Goals: SMART Goals

Welcome to a new feature on Can’t Fake Time: First Monday Goals. Each month, on the first Monday of the Month, I’ll post some kind of goalsetting strategy or reflection, usually geared toward writing and creative processes because that’s what I do. Then, I’ll check […]

Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing: Sneaky, Not-So-Anti-Racism

Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing: Sneaky, Not-So-Anti-Racism

Resources that sound progressive and anti-racist might be white supremacy in disguise, so anti-racist educators need to be careful. Here are some red flags to pay attention to. 

Villainizing the term “Woke”

Villainizing the term “Woke”

Have you ever said a word over and over and over and noticed how quickly it loses its meaning? If not, try it – just pick the closest object on your left, and repeat the word thirty or forty times and pay attention to how […]

Shifting from Should to Want

Shifting from Should to Want

You’d think that you’d know your own thoughts better than anyone else, right? You are your own constant companion, the audience to and performer of everything that happens in your brain. But, at least for me, two things tend to get in the way of […]

Is “Systemic Racism” Real?

Is “Systemic Racism” Real?

 “When the architects of our great republic wrote the magnificent words of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, they were signing a promissory note to which every American was to fall heir. This note was a promise that all men, yes, black men as […]

A Camera Is a Shield

A Camera Is a Shield

I was recorded in public by a black person a few months ago after a near-accident in a parking lot. (I misjudged the timing of an oncoming car as I turned left into a parking spot, and we narrowly missed each other. She confronted me […]

Panic Attack

Panic Attack

Today, I saw my husband have a panic attack. On our way home from the gym, we decided to check an errand off our list with a trip to the ATM. We needed to bop home for Dido’s wallet, but luckily it was on the […]

Black History Month: Reflections and Recommendations

Black History Month: Reflections and Recommendations

I’m sorry this post is delayed – February 2020 felt rather normal, but by March, the world was falling apart and the truth is that I lost a lot of my drive to write. However, with the recent incidents bringing racism into the forefront again […]