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What’s with all this “Link” talk?

We've got a new word we're using around Skills... you might have noticed it starting to sneak into Facebook posts, calendars, or conversation: "The Link." "Wait- what? What link? A chain link? An online link? The guy from Zelda?" No. The Link. At Skills for Living. The Link is the name we are using to [...]

By | September 17th, 2015|Uncategorized|Comments Off on What’s with all this “Link” talk?

Dear College Student:

There are so many tips I would like to give the 18-year-old in the middle. Most of all: Just enjoy the ride.I hear you- questioning, wondering, doubting. You are unsure of your relationships, plans, and decisions. You are staring down the tunnel of your future- wobbly on where you will end up… who you will [...]

By | November 20th, 2014|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Dear College Student:

A delayed apology

If I had a time machine, I'd go back to my childhood, but bring my adult perspective with me. I want the opportunity to hug the little boy who was most likely abused and neglected. His clothes always looked worn and smelled like cigarette smoke. I wish I could go back- this time, armed with [...]

By | September 3rd, 2014|Uncategorized|Comments Off on A delayed apology

Kindness is Complicated

The following is a guest blog post by Jeff Whitney. Jeff is currently serving as a lead intern in the Skills for Living summer program. This is Jeff's third summer at Skills for Living. Prior to interning, Jeff was a Skills student. Jeff will be a senior at UMass Amherst this fall.       [...]

By | June 25th, 2014|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Kindness is Complicated

The Family that Marches Together (or, Thank you Mom and Dad.)

My dad is making this table for the Chapman Farm School silent auction on Sunday. It's beautiful, strong, and one of a kind. I love this photo for two reasons: 1. It reminds me of growing up. My dad always had a project on his workbench... A dollhouse, a rocking chair, or a piece of [...]

By | May 1st, 2014|Uncategorized|Comments Off on The Family that Marches Together (or, Thank you Mom and Dad.)

Emotional Landmarks

I drove by this spot today. It's a spot where almost one year ago, I stuffed my sister Amy and nephew James, and their two friends and baby son into my PT Cruiser and drove the hell out of Boston. It was April 15, 2013... about 45 minutes after the bombs went off. Amy and [...]

By | April 14th, 2014|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Emotional Landmarks

Failing sucks- and is totally necessary for growth.

Well, I failed again today. Two years ago, I spoke at the National Conference in my field. It was truly a big-giant-social-education-nerd-festival (in the best of all possible ways). I met people who loved their work as much as I did, and had big, crazy-awesome ideas to share. I learned a ton. I couldn't wait [...]

By | April 1st, 2014|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Failing sucks- and is totally necessary for growth.

Dear Teacher… Hear me out…

I love my seven year old son IMMENSELY. He is a gentle, compassionate, thoughtful child. But this kid SERIOUSLY needs to stop throwing me under the bus. This morning, in our house: "Tyler, I just opened your bag and yesterday's snack and drink are still there. Why?" "Oh, because I couldn't find it. I told [...]

By | March 11th, 2014|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Dear Teacher… Hear me out…

Two big problems (Made by you).

Yesterday was a pretty rotten day in our house. At 7:30am, my phone went missing. It was one of those super-long-I-have-a-million-people-to-meet-with days. I had no time for a missing phone. My five-year-old, Jennie, has had a life long interest in gathering random household items, stuffing them in little containers, and hiding them. Last week, I [...]

By | March 5th, 2014|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Two big problems (Made by you).

We are on your side, Malcolm

     Malcolm is a Skills for Living original.  Always cheerful and up for an adventure, Malcolm is a loyal, thoughtful, delightfully goofy presence at Skills- he's been an active part of our community from the very moment I opened our doors three years ago.      Malcolm is a force of optimism and energy. [...]

By | February 26th, 2014|Uncategorized|Comments Off on We are on your side, Malcolm