Beans & Rice for the Soul

teaching, learning and living around the world

Crying and leaning on: it’s okay to not be okay

I love my fate to the very core and rind. But that doesn’t mean it’s always easy or that I’m always so optimistic. I had a great email exchange with two old … Continue reading

May 9, 2015 · 1 Comment

Computers vs. teachers and other frilly ed debates

I have plenty of opinions about Teachers vs. computers. Teaching about computers. Teaching using computers. Teaching computers to teach. Which all falls under the banner of Technology in the Classroom … Continue reading

May 2, 2015 · 6 Comments

Dress shopping, bacheloretting and rugby. Plenty traditional.

Wedding dress shopping is SO weird.  I had no idea that sales ladies would literally go into the tiny dressing room with me.  Or that there are no mirrors in there … Continue reading

April 25, 2015 · 5 Comments

Makutano#2 Bits and Pieces from the Crossroads

Wait, what’s a makutano?! Read the invitation to Beans & Rice readers here and Makutano Post #1 here. ONE “Here’s my makutano – an encounter with two adorable local girls … Continue reading

March 27, 2015 · 3 Comments

Why Nancie Atwell should be a household name

Teaching is a performing art. And one of the greatest artists of our time is Nancie Atwell. When I studied teaching at UVA, I specialized in secondary social studies.  History, … Continue reading

March 23, 2015 · 2 Comments

Makutano #1 A story of radical inclusion

I love the way my dad says GREAT. With a long R and a huff sort of exhale. He’ll say, “Ohhh, It’s just a grrEAT story.” Like Invictus or Remember the … Continue reading

March 16, 2015 · 2 Comments

Tales of the Races Part 3: Racism in America. Right now.

Read Part 1 here. Part 2 here. Let’s talk about racism in America right now.  Those Oklahoma frat guys, man. Singing on a bus, There will never be a n***** … Continue reading

March 13, 2015 · 11 Comments

The Softball Story

The softball story continues to be one of the most important accomplishments of my life.  It is the reason I believe I can make a difference in the world. It is … Continue reading

March 8, 2015 · 2 Comments

Around the house

I like creating cozy homes. And moving around has forced me to give up the crap and keep only the truly good stuff. I love our new place in Watertown.  It’s filled … Continue reading

March 4, 2015 · 15 Comments

Bits and Pieces

ONE My dad pointed out that Lesley Gore recently passed away. “She sang “You Don’t Own Me,” one of the great feminist songs and one of my favorite all time songs.” … Continue reading

March 2, 2015 · 2 Comments

My mother’s tales: Part 2

A series by my mom, Sally Reams. Read part 1 here. Part 2. Abating fears and allowing inspiration to take over!  I decided I would feel better about my daughter … Continue reading

February 25, 2015 · 9 Comments

My mother’s tales: having a daughter full of surprises

Over a year ago I was so moved by Mama Congo‘s guest post on what it’s like to be a Mama Congo Mama.  I think a collection of essays from … Continue reading

February 23, 2015 · 12 Comments

Let’s all play big

I have a very distinct memory of sitting in a cheap college swivel chair, proclaiming to my best friend, “I want to be great.”  I aim to play big for … Continue reading

February 20, 2015 · 3 Comments

Bits and pieces

ONE Great advice from the Americanah blog. The best language is simple, sincere, and should actually make sense. Be original. Be real. TWO Looked through some old photos this week. … Continue reading

February 18, 2015 · 1 Comment

Dear readers, let’s make this a makutano!

I like this word, makutano. It means junction or meeting in Swahili.  To me it captures what I’d like Beans & Rice to become.  My goal for 2015 is to … Continue reading

February 15, 2015 · 2 Comments

Snow, tofu & emigration curve balls

One of my neighbors popped by when Boston’s Snowmageddon began. She brought us an assortment of foods. Tofu, soy milk, and tangerines to be exact. Her parents were Chinese, she … Continue reading

February 13, 2015 · 4 Comments

Practical reasons to live and work overseas. Or not.

Pretty good read on why young Americans should work overseas.  Mark Manson writes, I should start off by saying the reasons laid out in this article on why young Americans should … Continue reading

February 10, 2015 · 4 Comments

Maembe, Mt. Kenya and Studying Teachers

This week we visited academies in counties that border Nairobi.  It’s been so REFRESHING!  Both to get a feel for academies farther out and to enjoy sunrises, landscapes, mangos, and the excitement of … Continue reading

February 8, 2015 · 4 Comments