Idiom of the Week: From the Bottom of My Heart

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Meaning: To be very honest; to be speaking truthfully.


I think you’re the best mom ever. I mean that from the bottom of my heart.

I’m speaking from the bottom of my heart when I say I’m glad to be here today.

You can tell he’s speaking from the bottom of his heart – it looks like he;s going to cry.


Pop Quiz:

What’s the opposite of from the bottom of my heart?

A.  Sincerely

B.  Insincerely

C.  Deeply

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Here are some photos from a recent outing our students took to the M’Finda Kalunga Community Garden to do some spring planting prep work. More on the garden below…


M’Finda Kalunga Community Garden is a kind of “communal backyard” for those who live and work in the area. By volunteering to participate as gardeners, we express a shared interest and commitment to gardening, as well as acknowledging that we are also here to maintain the garden as a community green space.

In exchange for this small patch of nature, we’ve agreed to be active participants in the maintenance and growth of this valuable community resource. Members have responsibilities which, when shared equally among all of us, are not time consuming or difficult.

The M’Finda Kalunga Garden means “Garden at the Edge of the Other Side of the World” in the Kikongo language. It is named in memory of the “second” African American burial ground that was located on nearby Chrystie Street between Rivington and Stanton Streets.

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Job and Resource Fair Video & Pics

Yesterday the University Settlement Adult Literacy Program hosted a Job and Resource Fair featuring: the 2020 Census, Chinese-American Planning Council (CPC), CUNY – Borough of Manhattan Community College, English for Heritage Language Speakers (EHLS), Henry Street Settlement, Seward Park Library, SUNY – Manhattan Educational Opportunity Center (MEOC), University Settlement Human Resources, and Workforce 1. Enjoy the video above and the pics below:

New Literacy Review!

Last night we celebrated the release of the Literacy Review, Volume 17 at NYU. The Literacy Review is an annual collection of writing by adult education students throughout New York City, and it is produced and published by the NYU Gallatin Writing Program, under the leadership of Professor June Foley. Advanced Writing Class student Marilia Valengo, along with many other adult literacy students across NYC, read before a crowd of over 200 people.

In the video below you will see writers included in this year Literacy Review talk about their writing – watch for Advanced Writing Class student Murielle Mobengo at the 1:05 mark:

More posts on the Literacy Review to come!