It's still only August, but already the predictions that this would be an exceedingly banal presidential election campaign look like they've already come true. This week's campaign news might be summed up as an elementary school playground shouting match: "You're a bigot!" "No, you're a bigot!" Sigh.
Our children should be enthusiastic readers. And as members of their "Compassion Team," it is our responsibility to show them compassion in many forms so they can grow and nurture their confidence and love for reading. Oakland students deserve to find their pot of gold through reading. Remember, Input genuine compassion and we can move mountains - they are called results!
Recently, I asked my mother why she questioned my coming out. She said that she had always known that I was gay. As a young boy, she said, I was somewhat effeminate and would often walk around the house with my wrists draped. She wanted me to be aware of the potential challenges, disappointments, and heartache that could lie ahead for me.