Category Archives: Brooklyn

28-Day Meditation Challenge: Day 1, Setting a Goal

I am participating in Sharon Salzberg’s 28-day meditation challenge as part of the Brooklyn Yoga School team. I’ll be cross-posting between and there as I re-commence my meditation practice. Here’s my first post over there: As I start this challenge, my goal is to make my meditation practice regular since I’ve been meditating on-off for […]

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Tomás Chooses Soca

Tomás decides he wants a clockradio to listen to while he’s going to sleep. I can relate, I had one when I was ten or so, listening to music — MY music — was a private joy. Kristen helps Tomás choose a station. Head-down, teeth clenched, eyes closed, he turns the dial, very serious. Goes […]

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Getting Into an NYC High School Part 1: A Preview to the Process

You’ve already signed him up for the Specialty High School exam, right?” Kristen and I looked at each other. “No,” we answered simultaneously. “Is it too late?” I asked, the blood draining from my head. “To sign up it is,” she said shifting her gaze from us to the spreadsheet on the table. At that […]

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Band T-Shirts at JJ Byrne Park

Stretched red STOOGES t-shirt on a bearded, corpulent father. Baggy white DEATH CAB FOR CUTIE t-shirt on an unhappy, stringy haired mother. Bright green PERCY the TRAIN briefs on a screaming three-year old sprinting from the new water fountains.

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Felix: Overheard at J.J. Byrne Playground

There was a girl that said to her mom, “Mommy” then she said “I can fit in the the tub” and she pointed at her butt. And then she said “I peed in my pants” and she laughed. The woman laughed. – Felix after visiting the new Old Stone House Playground for the first time.

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