• Mel wrote a new post, Mercury Retrograde: a Review, on the site Mel 3 days, 18 hours ago

    It’s been a weird few weeks, y’all, and I’m blaming Mercury retrograde. You’ve probably heard of this astrological phenomenon, since it’s sucked up into pop culture in recent years. That may be because it happe […]

  • I’m currently working on an application to go be facilitated at School of the Alternative, which is a really cool-sounding self directed program for adults. I’m feeling really inspired by one of the app […]

  • Mel wrote a new post, On Facilitating in Your Joy, on the site Mel 1 month, 1 week ago

    Looking back through this blog, I see myself working through a lot of hard feelings around facilitation; while that’s a big part of this work, it’s definitely not all of it. I want this blog to be an accurate ref […]

  • “You only have to let the soft animal of your body love what it loves.” -Mary Oliver
    I’m trying to be kind. It’s difficult, because the word is tied up in the abstracted character-building of my childho […]

  • Mel wrote a new post, Share Your Learning, on the site Mel 2 months ago

    I have a confession: when I talk about the fourth Agile root, I often forget about sharing. “Growth happens in cycles of intention, action, reflection and sharing.” I’ve always had the hardest time with shari […]

  • Mel wrote a new post, What Is Writing Time?, on the site Mel 2 months ago

    Writing Time is a space that I hold. Writing Time is an hour a week (Wednesday mornings at 10 AM) where I am committed to writing. The most important part about Writing Time is that it’s low-stakes; this is an o […]

  • Mel wrote a new post, What Are You Up to Now?, on the site Mel 2 months ago

    I wrote a post back in the beginning of October about my weekly schedule here at ALC-NYC; now, at the halfway point of the year, it feels like a good time to check back in and see what’s changed and what’s stayed […]

  • It’s the final focused blog of the semester and my brain is a puddle. Iphy has a santa hat on her face sticking out like a cone nose; Hugo is reading his own nonsensical date-making out loud next to me and m […]

  • Mel wrote a new post, Your Bones Are Wet, on the site Mel 3 months, 3 weeks ago

    Think about it. All your bones are wet, right now. It’s kind of uncomfortable at first because WET is one of those squishy words, but if you push past that initial discomfort it’s kind of beautiful. The whole ins […]

  • I got into this work not quite by accident but certainly by intellect – I read my way into it. I haven’t posted in a few weeks and I know exactly why: I’ve been practicing instead. I’m trying to write this post, […]

  • Mel wrote a new post, On Rest, on the site Mel 5 months ago

    This week I did something really hard for me: I took a day off.

    It’s easy to fall into the trap of constantly moving when the world tells us that our value comes from what we produce. I get caught up in it […]

  • Last spring, I wrote a blog post about practicing that I’ve been thinking about a lot this week. You can go read the original post if you want – in it, I talk a lot about how facilitation is a practice, and r […]

  • Mel wrote a new post, This Week: Rose, Bud, Thorn, on the site Mel 5 months, 1 week ago

    If you’ve read this blog before, you’ve probably encountered “This Week” before – my day-by-day summaries of what we get up to here at ALC-NYC. This week, I’d like to try a different framework – Rose, Bud, and […]

  • Mel wrote a new post, Quiet Morning Writing Time, on the site Mel 5 months, 3 weeks ago

    It’s Wednesday morning, and we’re doing writing time in the back room. I notice that I have a tendency to start my writing by rooting it in the place I am – many of my poems begin this way. “At the market” or “in […]

  • Mel wrote a new post, What Are You Up To?, on the site Mel 5 months, 3 weeks ago

    I love how quickly the year falls into a rhythm. Perhaps it’s because we have so many returning humans, but we’re only on week 3 and already I feel like I’ve got a sense of how my weeks will go. It’s comfort […]

  • Mel wrote a new post, Where Have You Been?, on the site Mel 6 months ago

    We’re back at it! It’s the first full week of school after a wild, adventurous summer of travel; I’m in the library hosting Writing Time and enjoying the magic of shared quiet writing together (it actually took […]

  • Mel wrote a new post, What Do You Want?, on the site Mel 6 months, 2 weeks ago

    When I came out to my mom as a non-binary trans person, she asked me, “What do you want?” and I struggled to answer. I’d spent the previous 6 weeks up and down the state of California, living out of a backp […]

    • Thank you Mel.

    • Thank you for your commitment to the strong and beautiful self that you are. And for expressing what you want. I want to hold space for that and the energy you flow to it brings so much awareness in the unwiring of a lifetime of sameness and deepening the grooves of using language to respect and honor each other. 🙏🏻

  • Mel wrote a new post, ALF Summer, Take 3, on the site Mel 8 months, 1 week ago

    “You keep saying that,” David pointed out. I was talking about how valuable it is to be able to go back and read all the things I’ve written in the last two years – blog posts, yes, but journals and notebooks and […]

  • Mel wrote a new post, This Week: An Ending, on the site Mel 9 months, 2 weeks ago

    “It’s more of a negotiation now,” says Chuck to Timo, on the far side of the makerspace. It’s project time; they’re building longbows, which are clamped to the tables in front of the window, waiting for a cut b […]

  • For the last two weeks my countdowns have felt anticipatory, excited, tired, what-else-can-we-squeeze-in-before-we’re-done frantic; today I feel bittersweet and tender. There’s a week left of school but the […]

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