The Extrovert Chair
Tackling social isolation by sitting in a chair
Twenty-nine years ago, a student teacher was placed with me. She was skilled in working with curriculum, and my fourth-graders liked her. But one day, she confessed that teaching was much more difficult than she’d realized. “I’m an introvert,” she said. “I’m comfortable engaging with one person at a time, but performing in front ofContinue reading “Extrovert Chair Hits the Road: Back-to-School Edition”
Within the first few weeks of sitting in The Extrovert Chair, I was invited to two parties. One of the parties is a weekly event, and last Friday, I finally decided to go. That day was a particularly fitting one for attending a party of strangers. It was my father’s birthday, and Dad was theContinue reading “Party Edition”
She found me on Facebook a year ago, this 24-year-old former student of mine. Recently, Ana offered to loan me The Center Cannot Hold (a memoir that the author describes as her “journey through madness”), and I wanted to lend her Children of the Land (a memoir of growing up undocumented). So we met upContinue reading “Ana”
Being around Consuelo confuses me sometimes. When I’m with her, I miss my grandma, and have to remind myself that Consuelo is not of my grandmother’s generation. If Grandma were still living, she’d be 117. I think Consuelo is in her late seventies. She’s barely even old enough to have been my mom. There areContinue reading “Consuelo”
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