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Stand with Dreamers

A few years ago, I began organizing a peaceful rally to defend DACA recipients. I made the first moves, and then allowed other organizers to help out.

You can see coverage of the rally here.

I mentioned this to people who came to the event, but I wanted to note it here: I know at least one DACA recipient personally. My love and care for him was the start of my move for immigrant rights.

John Nash and the Quiet Life

Before he died, John Nash, the famous Noble prize winning mathematician, said that recovering from schizophrenia was a matter of living a quiet life.

I thought I understood him in the past, but I don’t think I did.

More and more, we live in an era of attention seeking. People seek fame–Tik Tok fame, Twitter fame–and are hungry for money. I don’t begrudge people a living wage, but I do take offense at money hoarders and scammers, who see everything in terms of the bottom line. A lot of people only value relationships for the monetary benefits they can get from them.

I’m not fully recovered yet, but I am happier and healthier than I have been in my life. I told an old friend the other day that I now live a quiet and happy life.

To most, my life would be considered boring. It is uneventful, low stress, and drama free. I like it that way. It aides in my recovery.

Here’s to a quiet life. May more people have one.

High School Memories

The other day, my mom was going through a box of papers. She found a note from my high school English teacher, Mrs. Orloff.

The note reads as follows:

“Dear Jennie

Thank you for the gift & the party. I will think of you often. You have challenged me to be a better teacher. I hope to go in a book store someday and see a stack of books by the famous author Jennie Lawson. Be good-be happy.

Mrs. Orloff”

I was close to my high school teachers. I attended a school for teen parents. Back then, it was called Teen Parent East. Now, it is called The Chiles Academy.

We had to fight for our education and the right to have a school that catered to our needs. Because of that, I got involved in politics at an early age. I will always thank my teachers for showing me how to advocate for myself and others.

The school had nutrition classes, parenting classes–in addition to regular classes in English, Math, etc. There was a daycare on site. I was able to breastfeed for two years because of that.

The school is now named The Chiles Academy after the late former governor Lawton Chiles, who visited our school and was supportive.

It is very important to have good teachers in your life. I am thankful that the vast majority of my formal educational experiences have been very positive.