Crossing Borders, Making Homes: Stories of Resilient Women by Dalia J. Llera Ed.D., Dolita Cathcart Ph.D., Eleanor Roffman

By Dalia J. Llera Ed.D., Dolita Cathcart Ph.D., Eleanor Roffman Ed.D.

Struggle, terrorism and discrimination have an effect on the lives of ladies and their households around the globe. it is usually as much as ladies to create and re-create secure houses inside of themselves, households and groups. Crossing Borders, Making houses: tales of Resilient ladies is a set of narratives that illustrate the resilience, get to the bottom of and power of girls. The individuals are a racially and ethnically different team of foreign and native-born girls who've crossed literal and figurative borders of their fight for empowerment, social justice and peace. a big a part of every one woman’s tale is the dedication to creating optimistic swap in neighborhood and international groups. The women’s resilience and their dedication to social justice serves as thought to readers far and wide.

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Now, Mr. Grogan,” Sister said in a voice that told me there would be no more stalling. I took a deep breath and stood up, giving a sort of salute as I did. In an ill-conceived attempt to hide the evidence, I held the book as low as I could, my arms fully extended at belt level. But this served only to highlight my predicament. It looked like I was using the bulge in my trousers as a book rest. A couple of kids began to giggle. I soldiered on. “Soon they saw an animal jump out of the snow,” I read aloud.

My first Mass as an altar boy was uneventful. The older boys THE LONGEST TRIP HOME • 53 handled the important duties, and Tommy and I mostly concentrated on trying to look solemn. I genuflected a lot, mumbled through the prayers I never quite memorized, and got to ring a brass bell when Father raised the communion wafer toward heaven, and again when he lifted his chalice of wine. There was an art to bell ringing, and somehow I made both events sound like five-alarm fires. Our mentors were right.

Please, Sainte Anne, if you can make cripples walk and blind men see, I know you can make this thing go away. 22 • JOHN GROGAN Not even she could help. “Soon an old mother rabbit and five baby rabbits came to eat,” I read. More kids snickered. If Sister noticed my aroused state, she gave no sign. Finally she released me from my torture. “Take your seat, please,” she said and called the next student. I sat, and when I looked down, it was gone. In the weeks that followed, Sister continued to drill us about our sins and how we were to confess them.

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