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Sheela Clary

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Sheela Clary is a teacher and writer born and raised in South Berkshire county. After many years away in Italy, serving as a Peace Corps volunteer in Papua New Guinea, and starting up a South Bronx middle school, she returned home to raise her family. Since earning her MFA in Creative Nonfiction, she’s written on issues of educational and economic equity, the nonprofit sector, parenting, humor and health. She is working on a book about the life trajectories of her former high school students. She lives in West Stockbridge with her husband and three children.

Articles by Sheela Clary

Stuck-at-Home Handbook — Installment #4

Monday, 6 Apr 2020 - Are you trying to teach your kids at home now? Author Sheela Clary wants you to learn from her mistakes. Would you share your own experiences? Please send them to Sheela.

Mourn, My Beloved Country

Wednesday, 5 Feb 2020 - I know that someday soon this alternate universe of good is bad and bad is good will reverse itself again. (It will, won’t it?)

A public education funding update from Sen. Adam Hinds

Tuesday, 14 Jan 2020 - As part of an investment in rural communities, Hinds and his colleagues recently pushed through a $1 million supplement to a $1.5 billion school aid package. “Rural” is a category that’s slowly being replaced by the more inclusive “Low and Declining Enrollment.”

Vietnam-era justice versus Trump-era justice

Friday, 22 Nov 2019 - In an interview at his home, local veteran Steve Pullen recalled two significant nights during his service, one in which he lost a significant portion of his hearing, and another when he found himself in a situation that could very well have resulted in his court martial and dishonorable discharge.

REVIEW: How do you define success?

Monday, 7 Oct 2019 - For the most part high-achieving, low-income students do not apply to highly selective colleges. Many under-reachers live outside of cities, are white, and attend smaller high schools. I have seen this phenomenon play out at Great Barrington’s Monument Mountain High School. Honors track low income students are more likely to apply to schools less selective than their grades and scores would recommend.

The third Sunday in September

Wednesday, 18 Sep 2019 - Perhaps it’s the ugly times we’re living through, here and everywhere, that makes me love the Josh, and having 373 reasons to cheer.

Our Golden Doors

Tuesday, 30 Jul 2019 - Jonathan and Fatima’s success story today — car parked outside and apartment whose rent they pay on time and which comfortably houses a growing family — was made possible by the very hard work, and very long hours, of many people, coordinating their assistance among many local social service organizations.

The Lolita Express vs. Team USA Express

Wednesday, 17 Jul 2019 - Which is it, America? You’re making me dizzy! Where do you stand when it comes to your female half? Are we queens of the world or the shit under your shoes?

Just the suggestion of justice is making my week

Tuesday, 9 Jul 2019 - We are a nation of laws, and this week, unlike in far too many recent weeks, it feels like the law is winning. It feels this week, if just for this week, like our law exists to protect the vulnerable, not to facilitate the cruelty of entitled men.

ISO: Adventurous investors for a community icon

Thursday, 2 May 2019 - There is a rumor that the Cove Bowling Lanes is the inspiration for the bowling alley that was a central setting in the Coen Brothers’ 1998 cult classic film “The Big Lebowski” starring Jeff Bridges, John Goodman, Julianne Moore and Steve Buscemi.