September 2013 Archives

Last Saturday, I won the "2013 Education Blogger/Commentator of the Year" title at the Bammy Awards in Washington, D.C. The Bammys sent a limousine to take me and all the honorees from the L'Enfant Plaza Hotel to the Arena Stage Theater, where the ceremony took place. There was the red carpet, the photographers, the cocktails, the tuxedos and evening gowns—and me, all dolled up with the sexiest man alive by my side, my husband Kevin. Just 30 minutes earlier, however, Kevin and I were on the verge of a terrible fight. Before we left Chicago Friday morning,...


Every now and then I feel a violent shaking in my stomach. My baby turns over from one side to the other or stretches wide after an afternoon nap. When this happens I'm caught off guard; I catch my breath; I instinctively reach for my stomach and rub. Never mind that I'm in the middle of a read aloud or in a parent conference. For those few seconds, the world must wait. It's all about Baby Boy Rhames (B.B.R.). This is the best part about being pregnant—feeling that little alien moving inside my stomach and wanting so much...


This post originally appeared in Education Week's Bookmarks blog. By Marilyn Rhames I spent much of my downtime this summer thinking about issues of race. From various situations in the community where I live, at my school, and on the national media with the Trayvon Martin case, the struggles of black people seemed to bombard me everywhere I turned—especially when I looked in the mirror. So, in an effort to preserve my sanity, I began reflecting on how 'my people' came to be Americans—the pride and inner-strength it required for us to endure—and then I wondered if...


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