Nicole Herrera

Shoulders Back: Lessons in Resilience for, and from, My Girls

“Shoulders back, Nicole Jo,” chided my mother time and time…and time…again. A habit of hunching my shoulders has plagued me all my life, equal parts due to genetics and insecurity. This simple phrase was my mother’s way to guard me against poor posture and remind me to be confident. These words linger today, an angel …

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Attempting to Explain Why We Should Care about Other People

“I don’t know how to explain to you why you should care about other people.” This tweet, fired off by exasperated mother and YA author, Lauren Morrill, has since found itself on countless social media memes, featured in articles, and even misattributed to Dr. Anthony Fauci. Millions, including myself, have shared Lauren’s frustration and disheartenment …

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A “Year” of Immeasurable Grief and Infinite Possibility

We lost our Lola in April. If anything encompasses the turmoil and contradiction of the past year, it was our 13 ½ year old Belgian Malinois Shepherd’s life and death. Lola was wild and her energy boundless, though it waned slowly in her last year. She would sit on our front porch at our first …

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A Quick Reference Guide for Learning about Transgender People and Issues

Empathy and compassion is just the first step toward equity and inclusion. After reading about Natalee’s experience, you may find yourself wanting to understand more about transgender people’s experiences and the issues affecting them. Natalee and I are both educators, so of course we think knowledge and research is the key to achieving our goals …

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The Arc of Forgiveness

Please. Thank You. Excuse Me.  I have methodically embedded these good manner phrases into my children’s malleable little craniums for over a decade. I beam any time a restaurant server compliments my polite offspring. These tiny details of etiquette, when spoken sincerely,   are the seeds of growing kind, empathetic, and socially aware little humans.  While …

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The Moore Family

When Staying Silent isn’t an Option: A Salient Conversation with Ellery Moore

The city of Massillon feels smaller than it’s population of 32,000. I like to joke that Massillon connections are like the old game Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon, only most of us know each other by no more than 3 degrees. Among Massillon’s most well-known names and faces is Ellery Moore. Ellery endeared himself to …

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