A film that brings tears to your eyes . . . Just one?! But I’m so easily moved to tears! OK how about 3: Ghost, Tootsie, Up
Describe your first kiss. Two 11 year-olds at the beach. Surprising. Sweet. Fantasy-inducing.
Your favorite children’s book, and why . . .
The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein. Such pathos, such empathy in just a few words and some simple line drawings.
A cause that’s closest to your heart, and why . . . Bullying. While kids grow, their sense of self is so vulnerable. When they’re targeted by others (at school or at home) the way they think about themselves is altered in unhealthy ways. They can start to assume there’s something “wrong” with them that makes them “deserving of disrespect.” That will undoubtedly erode their self-confidence and hold them back in life. Kids whose aggression is tolerated are also being changed. They assume that threats, manipulation and violence are acceptable ways to behave. That can set them on a path of regrettable choices. And there’s a third group… the largest one playing a part in the dramas that take place daily in schools around the world: the silent bystanders. The Culture of Cruelty changes them as well and they begin believing that they’re powerless in the face of injustice. That’s no way to help develop a new generation of leaders.
If you could be a character in any novel, who would you be?
Mary Lennox in The Secret Garden. She brought herself and others out of darkness into the full bloom.
A quote that motivates you . . . “If you’re not modeling what you teach, you’re teaching something else.” (I don’t know who said it first)
The title of the one song you could take with you to that deserted island . . .
To work together to make our own corner of the planet a safer, saner, cleaner, greener more equitable place for everyone.
Favorite game you played as a child . . . Pretending that my bicycle was a horse and riding really fast