Life in Transition
A blog about a person, and a culture, in flux. Diana Goetsch (formerly Douglas Goetsch) is a poet and freelance teacher of writing. Her latest book is Nameless Boy.
A forever thing
by Diana Goetsch | Wednesday, June 01, 2016
We teach by being ourselves
by Diana Goetsch | Wednesday, May 25, 2016
Medical science needs to back off
by Diana Goetsch | Wednesday, May 18, 2016
You’re wearing that?
by Diana Goetsch | Wednesday, May 11, 2016
You look like a different person
by Diana Goetsch | Wednesday, May 04, 2016
I might be alive.
by Diana Goetsch | Wednesday, April 27, 2016
He had no idea how much danger he was in.
by Diana Goetsch | Wednesday, April 20, 2016
by Diana Goetsch | Wednesday, April 13, 2016
Our groundbreaking year suddenly doesn’t look so groundbreaking
by Diana Goetsch | Wednesday, April 06, 2016
A zombie narrative
by Diana Goetsch | Wednesday, March 30, 2016
THIS WEEK’S ARCHIVE PICK
by Anne P. Beatty
As L.A. teachers prepare to go on strike, we’re revisiting an essay by Anne P. Beatty about her time teaching high school in South Central Los Angeles, where her homeroom class often paused for a moment of silence to mourn students who had died in drive-by shootings. Her students knew that this was not the case in wealthier school districts. “They knew that somewhere there were schools with computers that worked, just as they knew that somewhere it was safe to walk through the streets at night,” Beatty writes. “They knew it wasn’t normal for 16-year-olds to die.” But what she found shocking, her students had to learn to endure. “Apathy was involved in giving in to the violence, and there was despair over the prospect of a better future.”