Shanghai to Okinawa to Seoul to Florida: Our Coronavirus Escape Route

The Unraveled Teacher

We flew to Okinawa with a Pack n’ Play and a few sets of beach clothes on January 18th, right at the start of my husband’s two-week Chinese New Year vacation. I remember my husband briefly mentioning something about a virus in China, but it was far from Shanghai so I didn’t think anything of it at the time. Our return flight to Shanghai was scheduled for January 25th, just two days after the news about the lockdowns of Wuhan and surrounding cities hit. On the night of the 24th, we were packing our bags and reading the constant updates about what was happening in China. The lockdowns sounded scary, but it wasn’t affecting Shanghai so we were still on board to fly back.

We didn’t want to go back to China because we just had such a good time in Okinawa- not because we were worried about the coronavirus.

View original post 1,307 more words


Lite Reads Review: ‘The Lesson’ by Toni Cade Bambara

The Feminist Bibliothecary

The Feminist Bibliothecary’s Lite Reads: The Lesson by Toni Cade Bambara: Review, #BlackHistoryMonth

We are ready to wrap up our 109th Lite Reads selection, The Lesson by Toni Cade Bambara, our final pick for Black History Month. There were questions as food for thought on social media as people had the chance to read it and think about it. I will be sharing my own thoughts here. Spoilers ahead for those who have not read the story yet.

The Lesson by Toni Cade Bambara is a 1972 short story from the author’s collection Gorilla, My Love. The story stars a young Black girl named Sylvia in New York City, eager to enjoy a beautiful summer day, but held back with a number of the other kids in the neighbourhood to receive extra tutoring from a local woman, Miss Moore. Sylvia and the other children are miserable and uninterested…

View original post 1,052 more words