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Regalia: Woven Into Every Stitch

Regalia: Woven Into Every Stitch

May 17, 2023

Dear WinkWorld Readers,

As the incomparable Amanda Gorman writes in her poem, “Memorial” (2021, “Call Us What We Carry,”):

When we tell a story

We are living


That would explain why so much great art arises from trauma, nostalgia, or testimony (p.74).

When read that, I immediately called Dawn, our daughter, who was having a particularly challenging day.  I told her to go write, and write she did! 

Hope you enjoy Dawn’s writing as much as I do. I believe that Dawn captures how such beautiful writing can come from pain.

I have written about some of my experiences which Dawn references. See below.

Critical Pedagogy 4th Ed – Pivotal Experiences




  • Sharon Whitehead- van Löben Sels

    I absolutely loved these two stories, Magnificent women with beautiful memories.❤️❤️

  • Sharon Biegen

    Both Dawn’s and your posts are beautiful and were incredibly moving for me. Sending much gratitude to you for sharing yourself and Dawn with us! –Sharon

  • Debra Schneider

    Joan, I had the SAME experience. I didn’t have funds to get the regalia (later, a former teacher/good friend read me the riot act, wished she had known and would have gifted it to me), but later, as I worked with HS kids and we were asked to wear college t-shirts and such, I bought it and brought my diploma(s) and THAT to college awareness day. And I wore it to my students’ HS graduations. Now I have no use for it, but still love it and the reasons I got it and wore it. P.S. Loved Dawn’s piece, too.

    • Joan Wink

      Thanks for sharing, Debra! We were together a lot during these years and never shared these stories with each other. Thanks for your comments on Dawn’s writing. I loved her piece, too.

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