I can only speak from my expierience and my educationaexperiences for my self and my children. My kids school situation has been incredibly difficult until we got them the help that they needed. I am not saying that we are on a easy road but learning how to advocate for their needs helps tremendously. I wish each kid came with their own guide book but after years I do have more knowledge and understanding of what works and what doesn’t.
In the school of question all three of my kids went there. My boys went to this calm room and my daughter saw it but never had to go. My oldest went there several times 8 years ago and at the time I didn’t question the professional thinking they had more expierience with these unruly behaviors but questioning him now since this has come up he said he was scared and hit and kicked the door. My younger son said he just used his time to sleep and it didn’t bother him. Effective for one not so for the other. The law states that an adult must be in there. Now let’s have say an adjustment counselor in there helping them to resolve issues, give the child more tools to put into their tool box so when problems arise in the future as they inevitably will they can access this knowledge. This can’t be done by sticking a kid in solitary confinement ! Hello! These kids will grow up and be a part of our community! I think we need to treat them likely and and teach them how to be civilized good world citizens.
I read an article that the advocate put out about Holyoke schools and abuse against special needs students! This is our most fragile growing sector of our communities. Another recent case of abuse was exposed in Northampton school.
I understand how difficult it is to parent and teach kids with developmental issues. There are too many situations happening that need to be overhauled so we can get back to learning. One comment left said well what about these kids that are coming from abusive homes or poor nutrition or or or. They still deserve education and to feel safe. And because they may come from abusive poor homes does not mean we can let the schools get away with abusive behavior too. Corporal punishment went away for a reason.
What about an overhaul of the system thT is ineffective and not working? Stop teaching to test and teach for the love of learning! Let’s face it the teachers hate it and so don’t the kids! That could be the cause of rising problems in education! Trying to fit everyone in a box how about filling those boxes withe dirt and planting seeds and watching them grow?
Leverett schools took my youngest son who had gotten way out of control in Newton street schools and had a host of in resolved educational problems and helped. They were amazing! They got him a Nuero psych, a behavior consultation from a psychiatrist and put into place an I e p that helps him to this day! They taught me how to advocate for him what works well for him. He learns best in a small classroom.
Some parents have said that we don’t know how to parent we don’t beAt the kids… The list goes on. With all the rising environmental toxins and poor education that doesn’t fit our kids unlimited technology doesn’t help we do look to the professionals to do the right thing. I guess we are all at a loss if we don’t solve these problems as children grow and become independent adults without having the ability to solve problems. They are looking to self medicate to numb pain and creating more problems in our community.
again, I will happily paint a mural and or donate a dream catcher for this calm room at Hill crest school. Let’s be part of the solution not part of the problem!!
! There are a lot of really mean people in this world my goodness!!! I am not even going to respond to them personally because it takes to much time and energy and I would rather feed into a positive solution than go to war with here is only a couple: turtle boy who had to resign from his position as a history teacher because he sexually harassed woman at a Patriots game. Turtle boy ( don’t turtles hide from everything?) who posted pics of myself and friends and customers as if he knows us! Taking absolutely everything out of context as if I write everything personal on my Facebook page lol or Cindy who I went to school with who never birthed any children from her own womb and I had to unfriend from my face book for her racist rants and name calling. I am getting terribly hurtful publicity for posting pictures you would not even believe the the harassment!
This is not about me but the dozens if not hundreds of people who have been effected by this room
this picture was taken on Monday after the superintendent went on line to say it doesn’t exist. Ok so what you are seeing here in this photo is not real. Nor did they add a few pillows which did not stop this parents child from sustaining multiple concussions. I have heard from kids aged from 5-7 /12-16/ 20’s. That were put in the calm down room and it has had adverse effects for the long term. Most states this is illegal for a child to be isolated without an adult social adjustment counselor to help them move past these challenging behaviors. This is a community where we trust the professionals to be professional and to know. Yes children can come from all different backgrounds with all kinds of socioeconomical statuses and behavior challenges that need help overcoming their challenges to become successful world citizens? What can we do with this failing school system that has no money? What can we all do to be part of the solution and not part of the problem? Let’s stop deflecting from the issues and make our community a better place to live. What can you do?
My goodness where this journey has taken me wp fam! I had no idea!!! I am so thankful to keep pushing my arts farther and farther than what I have ever done before. Through out the years of working hard for the love of art. To see this all wrapped up and being put into an interactive book where people will be able to access poetry with their five senses, see, touch, and feel, listen and taste….hmmm don’t have that one covered yet but can if we add some ben and jerry’s…thank you for watching, sharing and supporting this journey and being a part of it…. I love
My Quantum poetry is like
that moment you get to a lake
after a hot day.
The traffic was rediculous,
You worked outside all day
You really wanted a drink,
to kick your shoes off and do nothing all night.
Except listen to your waterfalls and crickets around a fire.
Here at the lake…
Water sparkles beckoning me to the center.
My quantum poetry is like
a million thoughts in that one moment
summing up the completion of a lifetime
this and last; good and bad energy and raising vibes.
My quantum poetry is like that water
still and cool to the touch as I paddle to the center.
Tree’s and mountains completely surrounding me
as I balance and do yoga totally present in the moment.
focused on everything to balance
as the sun penetrates my skin.
My Quantum poetry is like the breath.
As I slowly move through all the poses
in my practice.
I am keenly aware
of my inhalation keeping my center.
Gravity is the matrix
of energy I regulate
one pose is going to send me over the edge.
Totally saturated in the middle of the lake,
in the middle of Giai’s womb.
My quantum poetry is like my quantum spirituality
educated and ravious in finding balance.
Illuminating the darkness
covering my soul like a patchwork quilt
picking patches of what feels good
to keep my warm
giving me something I can feel.
Meditating as I sew it all together
knotting each wish as
we are stardust.
we are our own shooting stars
as our conciousness is fleeting
I am so close to the end of this project. I can almost see the light.
When I first began it started with a simple idea. Ohh you want me to put together a book? I can do that. And so it was….
Than I thought mmmm, wouldn’t it be cool if I turned it all into video’s and had a soundtrack for the whole thing so I can make it interactive like the first one but more. ….
oh but I don’t really want people to hear me, just my words.
I want people who have never had any expierience with poetry to be a part of it and fully emersed before they realize…
Anyway piece by piece this has formed into a way of life over the past year; Collecting art, artists, and video’s.
For better or worse I have been able to really rage these ideas.
I am so blessed to have found friends that I am so absolutely inspired by.
As I make the video’s that will one day be an interactive book but now hang out on youtube I get stuck in translation.
Then I remember something amazing that someone posted days, weeks or even years later and I have been blessed with so much cooperation with this project. and the ability to make it happen.
I have learned so much and continue on a daily basis making things work. I decided I have to because noone else can do it for me. nor would they even know where to begin…
IF only all this would lead to financial stability! For now tho I am totally in awe of where this is going and I couldn’t have planned this if I tried.But know that I know where it is going…. Watch out because I am on a mission:)
I want to share everything that I have been gifted with…
Here is my song for today let me know what you think of it
Writing an insightful song to infiltrate
the minds of humans
& well meaning beings
starting fires in your soul
lighting the darkside
and mindful habits
Zeroing the production of waste
Minimizing coperate greed.
We all have our ways
of lying to ourselves
and deriving pleasure from pain
Filling our minds with positive vibrations
and the magik of creation
this Tribal Gypsy
dances on the graves
of descended masters kissing the fate of all I encounter
With a universal matrix of energy
Healing mama Giai
Just give me something I can feel
two sides of myself
a vibration of harmony
Something to gyrate my life
move me all night
breaking bonds from tradition
I’m not a musician
I just love to play
geeking out on sound
and lack of structure
I’m set free
rippling through my body
through my pores I can feel it echo
through my blood and bones
radiating in my brain
live musicians are shamans
healing time and space with their song
to seduce and inspire raising vibrations
with my dancing
melodies releasing the past and fueling the future
Finding and old instrument
that has seen many years
ideas, players and stages
is so erotic teasing me
feels the same way
a gift from the goddess with pealing paint
raining down in inspired melodies
I wear my skirts long
with nothing underneath
so I can feel my flowering pheromones
awakened by spring
alive from the new sun
warming the face of our existence
we are all just one part of a whole symbiotic relationship
my skirts flow in the wind
caught on nothing except landscape
that passes us by
in the mornings that still exists
but I just keep walking down my path
over obstacles that try and take over.
One last reach for freedom
with unwavering faith
that only fools feel
when the depths of loneliness shadow
every day preoccupation of motherhood
strong and stable like a pillar
portrayed by a community
with little choice
it’s all I can do not to escape
or runaway yet keep moving forward
on the earths rotation around the sun
filtering the abyss between mind and reality
right and wrong
us all to grow
learn and play
while becoming good world citizens
because i can’t someday.
There is nothing between Giai and I
no secrets to unfold
or stories untold
just naked truth
nothing between the stars and I
but star dust and atmosphere
Opened up with
The power of words
rained down in letters
and the power of play.
Playing with possibilities
whispered with one
From this life or another?
a hunger for knowing
with every glance.
Im a restless renagade
everything in my life is a complex.
Rythm for the syntax
complicated yet simple and sensual.
I like the challange of creating,
my creativity like a light switch.
Energy starts flowing
here it is
all or nothing.
Poetry playing on words
ache in anticipation.
Like a renegade running for the time of your life
a rogue wave in the sea of familiar faces
still breathless you found me.
Captured me out of my routine.
An unexpected pleasure of conversation
in the sweats of an improving life
contours escape thin fabrics
and hide reminicent
sensualities of movement.
A quickening of my heartbeat
makes it hard to speak.
Through rhythms an alliance
born from poetry and music
echoing words not spoken
like a whisper of snow falling
The hibernation of winter is over
it’s time for the sun to shine
it’s time to play.
Springing complex lives into to simplicity
an endurance of dreams
dancing of words and ways
into the waking moments
endless possibilities started
when the door opened.