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Jul 23

penandpalate:

CURRIED EGG SCRAMBLE

Pen & Palate has a Tumblr now.

penandpalate:

CURRIED EGG SCRAMBLE

Pen & Palate has a Tumblr now.

Feb 20

“I’m here to help people who want to learn how to skate, and to make a living. I sometimes compare teaching figure skating to being a taxi driver. When you’re in a taxi, the meter is always running, and when you’re on the ice teaching skating, the meter is always running. You get paid by the hour. So it’s a little different than most people think. They’re always saying, ‘Oh, you do this for the great love of it,’ and ‘Oh, isn’t it wonderful that you devote your life giving all your time to these children.’ Well, it’s not exactly like that. It’s a business. If I have the time to sell, I sell. In other words, get into my taxi and I’ll drive you.”
- One of the many amazing Frank Carroll quotes for which I didn’t have space in my story. 
Image by Jim Cooke.

“I’m here to help people who want to learn how to skate, and to make a living. I sometimes compare teaching figure skating to being a taxi driver. When you’re in a taxi, the meter is always running, and when you’re on the ice teaching skating, the meter is always running. You get paid by the hour. So it’s a little different than most people think. They’re always saying, ‘Oh, you do this for the great love of it,’ and ‘Oh, isn’t it wonderful that you devote your life giving all your time to these children.’ Well, it’s not exactly like that. It’s a business. If I have the time to sell, I sell. In other words, get into my taxi and I’ll drive you.”

- One of the many amazing Frank Carroll quotes for which I didn’t have space in my story

Image by Jim Cooke.

Jan 17

"I loved skating because it meant I could literally fly. Was it really necessary that I be wearing a glittery spandex leotard while I did it? Couldn’t I just barrel down the ice in my tapered mom jeans, frizzy hair flying in the wind?”
- I wrote about my lifelong obsession with Tonya Harding.  

"I loved skating because it meant I could literally fly. Was it really necessary that I be wearing a glittery spandex leotard while I did it? Couldn’t I just barrel down the ice in my tapered mom jeans, frizzy hair flying in the wind?”

- I wrote about my lifelong obsession with Tonya Harding.  

Dec 18

Lost in Argentina, 2004. 
(Obviously I have just rediscovered an amazing old Shutterfly account I’d totally forgotten about.) 

Lost in Argentina, 2004. 

(Obviously I have just rediscovered an amazing old Shutterfly account I’d totally forgotten about.) 

Dec 13

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Dec 06

Thanksgiving Tamales; Art by Tram Nguyen 

Thanksgiving Tamales; Art by Tram Nguyen 

Oct 26

Who's profiting off the school to prison pipeline? -

My thing for The Week. 

Oct 10

The thing Philly teachers were worried would happen appears to have happened -

When I was researching this piece about the Philly public school crisis, I asked Fernando Gallard, a spokesman for the school district, what would happen if a child experienced a medical emergency on a day when there was no nurse present at his or her school. He said that in that situation, “the first thing to do is call 911 with a nurse or without a nurse — nurses are not there to handle that kind of emergency.”

But what if teachers — who by the way are not required to have advanced medical training! — do not recognize a medical emergency when they see it? That’s what appears to have happened recently when a child complained to her teacher that she was feeling ill. There was no nurse on the premises. The child died. 

 

Oct 03

Did you know Dana Brody lives in Bed-Stuy now? 

Did you know Dana Brody lives in Bed-Stuy now

Sep 26

“It’s… important that wealthy people understand that they would do better with a smaller share of a rapidly growing economy than a large share of one that is growing painfully slowly. This is not a matter of taking money out of their pockets and giving to the middle-class and poor. It’s not a matter of redistribution. Everybody can do better.” — I talked to former labor secretary Robert Reich for Interview.