Dorothea Lange, and my awesome VCFA students

I woke up with that delicious feeling of "something good's going to happen today." Then I realized actually several good things are happening today. Recently I was in Chicago to do  presentations on Dorothea Lange: Grab a Hunk of Lightning. Dyanna Taylor's film by the same name airs on PBS's American Masters on August 29, and she and I showed a preview at the Museum of Contemporary Photography (MoCP), as well as doing a presentation to 3rd and 5th graders. I  also was able to spend a half day talking about kid-friendly non-fiction writing techniques with an enthusiastic group of museum educators.

Today, Corinne Rose, Manager of Education at MoCP, and I are going to start working on curriculum for an overlooked and incredibly important group of Dorothea's photos: the Japanese American internment.

Children of the Moshida family, Hayward, CA. 1942 These children are waiting for an evacuation bus with the rest of their family. The tags are poignant: they are no longer a name, but a number. I also am always struck by the small packet clutched in the girl's left hand. It's a sandwich, wrapped in wax paper, given to her by a woman from the local church.

Children of the Moshida family, Hayward, CA. 1942 These children are waiting for an evacuation bus with the rest of their family. The tags are poignant: they are no longer a name, but a number. I also am always struck by the small packet clutched in the girl's left hand. It's a sandwich, wrapped in wax paper, given to her by a woman from the local church.

Vermont College: Early on in the residency, we schedule a time to meet with each of our students from the previous semester. I'm taking this coming semester off, so I've scheduled phone calls with my students today. These calls are a wonderful time to look at our work together, and really notice how much improvement there's been in the student's writing. A good time for last minute encouragements, exhortations, and questions! I have had a wonderful, hardworking group of students to turn over to their next semester advisors.