Today I Ate Breakfast

TW/CW: flashback of verbal and emotional abuse regarding food issues Today I ate breakfast. I don’t know how to do this. It’s been too long. I don’t want to eat in the morning. I hear your voice. “Chubs.” Followed by laughter. No one ever stands up to you. They let you hurt me. Sometimes they…

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Inclusion: A Bird’s Eye View (Part 3 of 3 – Down to Earth)

[Image: Viewpoint from the forest floor, looking upwards at the brown-eyed Susan flowers in the late afternoon sunlight, in early September] Welcome back! This is the third and final blog post about my use of sociometry to visualize class dynamics, with an eye to promoting inclusion. To recap, the question posed to students was, “Name…

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Inclusion: A Bird’s Eye View (Part 2 of 3 – The Visual)

Welcome back!! Now that you’ve gathered information about who everyone in the class would prefer to work with (and for some, who they would prefer not to work with), you can formally organize these reactions visually, to help create an inclusive working environment in your classroom. Organizing this formally can be time-consuming. You will need…

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Inclusion: A Bird’s Eye View (Part 1 of 3 – Getting Started)

I have always been fascinated by birds. They have the ability to be among us, here on the ground, but many also soar high above us, taking in a more global view. They can see the big picture, and then return to earth. I used to wonder how I could be like a bird, and…

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Silenced by Circumstance

Yesterday I posted a fragment of my life as a young woman, just starting out, in Japan. That was so last century (literally) but something still holds true. The concept of silence by circumstance. If you’ve ever read my Huffington Post profile, you know that I treasure my freedom of speech. My voice. And lifting…

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Memoir: Fruit

CW/TW: Sexual Violence Context I started a new life overseas in Japan. This was immediately following university graduation in 1998. I was a young 23 year old female teacher, living alone for the first time. I became a survivor of labour trafficking, as well as attempted sex trafficking, by both my Japanese boss and the…

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Dear Sesame Street

1978 Dear Sesame Street, I am 3. I am autistic. When I grow up, I will be an autistic adult. I wonder what you think of me. Do you like me just the way I am? People trust you, Sesame Street. Can I trust you? Your friend, Ingrid [Image: Young girl of preschool age with…

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Children, Come Home

Tonight you will come back to me. Two weeks older, slightly taller. I’m waiting for you. Our home is ready. I have all the food you like, in the fridge. Oops, I forgot Lucky Charms. I’m sorry. I’m still forgetful and imperfect. But home is ready for you. Safe for you to nest and rest.…

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