j.jill

Making connections through experience has been the foundation of j.jill’s personal philosophy: in education, service, writing, spirituality and the arts. She teaches Italian part-time within the State University of NY system, follows topics in peace & justice advocacy, and enjoys spending time with friends & family including two very affectionate rescue puppies.

Listen to the Children!

It is said that pictures are worth a thousand words, and this is, of course true. Yet, in these months of COVID, when children have been deprived of their “life as usual”, parents, teachers, our friends and neighbors have taken…

Unearthing History Unchecked: November 1917

A good friend of mine in Rome, Italy sent me this blog article which struck me in a particular way during this time. In disbelief, I witness the rise of “privileged” defiance, self-absorption—the criticizing, threatening, exclusion of different voices. I…

Science & The Arts: A Call for Climate Action to the Global Community

Six years ago, I was in search of meaningful, inspirational films for my high school Italian class. A series of contacts allowed me to meet a powerhouse couple in Rome, Italy during a planned school trip. Paolo Bianchini and Paola…

Global Days of Listening and Innovation in Education 2020

Noted entertainer and founder of an effective method of communicating, Alan Alda is quoted as saying, “Listening is being able to be changed by the other person”. In dual celebration of the International Day of Peace and the tenth anniversary…

The Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival

Join the New York State Poor People’s Campaign Meeting on Wednesday, July 1 at 5pm In 1968, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and many others called for a “revolution of values” in America. They sought to build a broad,…

…It’s Time: March, March

Many have noted that the era in which we live has uncanny parallels to our historical past. As a teenager in the 60s, I remember the American unrest during that period. Reading about it in from different points of view…

The Poor People’s Campaign: National Call for Moral Revival

ACTIONS: Monday, June 8th and Saturday June 20th, 2020 In 1968, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and many others called for a “revolution of values” in America. They sought to build a broad, fusion movement that could unite poor…

“They” Are Not Nameless

Many across the world have viewed media images of mass protests and demonstrations in collective and individual exasperation at the [yet another] filmed, deliberate, senseless death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The millions of people who have exercised their…

History, Facts, Observations, Inferences: Making It Simple

During times uncertain, an increased longing for normalcy, for the familiar to reassure offers comfort that things will be ok. The Art Linkletter Show- Kids Say the Darndest Things- aired from 1952 through 1970, brought the candor and innocence of…

Self-Reliance: The Whoa Nellie Dairy Farm Decision of Going Local

On a 500 acre farm operating since the 1700s, people social distancing wait in line to purchase an increasing variety of local products— free range eggs from grain-fed chickens, honey, maple syrup, a variety of cheeses like Fontina, Yellow Cheddar,…

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