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Jen Chau Fontán
New York, NY
A life-long activist concerned with issues around race, education, and leadership.
Interests: books, boxing, and changing things up.
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I wonder what the cultural relevance of this statement is in 2014. I can recall seeing it on many a soaked-through tee shirt at the gym. It's a mantra. "No pain no gain" is a philosophy to be proud of... Continue reading
Posted Mar 10, 2014 at The time is always right...
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Apparently it's a party in my uterus. This baby is already laughing! I'm starting to feel the kicks of our baby. I'm 21 weeks pregnant and somehow half-way there already. It happened overnight! On the other hand, the first week... Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2014 at The time is always right...
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It started with the reading I went to tonight. The author was engaging, reflective, honest and humble. Funny too. He talked about his process of writing, the mistakes he's made, and ranted a bit at the end about technology (prompted... Continue reading
Posted Oct 3, 2013 at The time is always right...
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my view from the tracks woman on train sleeping in the sun Wake up, think “I can’t wait til I’m back in bed later today.” Leave your home, think “I just want to be at work. I wish I could... Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2013 at The time is always right...
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When I got engaged a few months ago, I failed to immediately envision my perfect wedding (to the disappointment of many). Within days, we were asked whether we had a date yet. The answer was no and continued to be... Continue reading
Posted Mar 15, 2013 at The time is always right...
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Even though it's after 10pm and I'm full of fried chicken, I am also energized and hopeful. This is always how I feel after a Swirl dinner and I get to talk to others who similarly want to be honest... Continue reading
Posted Sep 27, 2012 at The time is always right...
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It's been almost a year since I last wrote here. About a year since we lost Fuzzy. More than a year since I left New Leaders... ...and Queens. Almost two years with Gerry. Three years since I got my Masters.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2012 at The time is always right...
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In the past couple of years, I have noticed a certain complacency that I never noticed before, in my eleven years of leading Swirl. The same passion and the same excitement around building multiracial communities had faded a bit. In... Continue reading
Posted Oct 13, 2011 at The time is always right...
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One of my heroes passed away yesterday - Derrick Bell, a law professor and civil rights advocate. Years ago, when I read and resonated with his book, Ethical Ambition, I wrote him a note to thank him. I felt inspired... Continue reading
Posted Oct 6, 2011 at The time is always right...
Yes! Hope you find it useful. And yes, this makes a lot of sense. Comforting womb-like space...that may be good for my writing! :) I'm going to try that. Thanks for your comment!
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I just finished reading an interesting book by Scott Belsky that helped me to re-think the ways in which I work. I definitely recommend it if you like to reflect on your own systems. One idea that I found fascinating... Continue reading
Posted Oct 5, 2011 at The time is always right...
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How often do we truly feel seen by others? A part of a community that will hold us in the good times and the bad? I have been reflecting on how rare that feeling has been for me - of... Continue reading
Posted Sep 29, 2011 at The time is always right...
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Sometimes while I am on the subway listening to music, I come across the perfect song to which I can set my montage. I visualize scenes taken from my current life that go with the sound/beat/tempo of the music. You... Continue reading
Posted Sep 27, 2011 at The time is always right...
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Tonight's conversation at the Brooklyn Historical Museum (BHS) was thought-provoking and energizing. From discussing the "mixing" of neighborhoods through immigration and migration, to exploring the ways in which different moments of history have given way to today's dynamics, to hearing... Continue reading
Posted Sep 26, 2011 at The time is always right...
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Sunday family dinner is great because: My dad's lo mein is the best I get my fill of mom news - her version of what's important via newspaper clippings I laugh a lot We are surrounded by great childhood memories... Continue reading
Posted Sep 25, 2011 at The time is always right...
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One thing that I'm finally learning is to walk away from the tug of war. You want someone to do something and so you pull with all of your might. The person looks you deep in the eyes from across... Continue reading
Posted Sep 24, 2011 at The time is always right...
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Seth Godin is a business/marketing guru and I subscribe to his blog. Today's post stuck with me and I'm going to try a little harder to write every single day. I believe in the power of practice, so I should... Continue reading
Posted Sep 23, 2011 at The time is always right...
Jen Chau Fontán has shared their blog The time is always right...
Sep 22, 2011
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Today - this weekend - a lot of us are spending time thinking back to our lives and where we were when the Twin Towers fell. It's hard to believe that it was ten years ago, many of us say.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 11, 2011 at The time is always right...
Thanks Amanda! Great suggestion. I actually read Didion's book a while ago but it may be a good idea to go back to it. Thanks for your kind words!
Toggle Commented Aug 19, 2011 on Good grief at The time is always right...
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For the last couple of weeks I have been grieving. Fuzzy passed away on August 1st. He was my grandfather, but more than that, one of my closest childhood friends, my greatest critic and supporter rolled into one, my favorite... Continue reading
Posted Aug 17, 2011 at The time is always right...
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In my years of diversity work, I am pretty sure about one thing. The people who are "good" at talking about race issues are those who have practiced. As a participant in discussions about race, I have heard certain white... Continue reading
Posted Aug 10, 2011 at The time is always right...
Nice! Yes, maybe the wall would help me. I tried with cushions, but no wall. Also, one of my teachers is having me do forearm push-ups to build my arm strength. Basically, you do plank on your forearms and then move your body into downward dog, still with your forearms on the floor. So your arms don't move, but your body goes from plank to downward dog and back again. I think it's working (since I can't lift my arms after a couple of sets of them). We will keep trying! :)
Toggle Commented Jul 22, 2011 on To be a guru at The time is always right...
Thank you, Natalia! Yes, as scary as it is at times, it always feels like the right thing. Thanks for reading!
Toggle Commented Jul 22, 2011 on What me, vulnerable? at The time is always right...
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It has been nearly two months since I left my full-time job to start out on my own - consulting non-profits and educational orgs, and building my own organization, Swirl. As I embarked on this new phase of my life,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2011 at The time is always right...