“I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality. I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word…”
-Martin Luther King, Jr.
I feel like Paul Revere: Chen Chen is coming! Chen Chen is coming. Tonight, Fayetteville Library, 7pm, via Skype. Do not miss this. I believe, in all my heart, his book, will be a National Book Award finalist. It is that freaking great! It is in its second print. It has 5 stars from Booklist (the magazine Librarians use for book selection, and years ago I used to write book reviews for them). Gee wiz, As I keep saying: May the pug be with you! (He loves pugs).
ONLY TWO WORDS. _______ & _______ If you had only two words to give as a gift to a young stranger to help them have a more meaningful and happy life, what would they be?
(Note: And the word “love”, likely to be selected by many of you, is not allowed. 😉 )
my little rant for today: words matter. if you are making the argument, say, for example: “I march for all women, regardless of race, age, etc.” — what i hear, is “i march for white middle-class, able-bodied, straight cis-women and i don’t want to talk about race or class or disability or sexuality or gender or anything else because it’s not about that” even though you think you are saying “i’m a good person because i care for all women so don’t make this about race or gender or gay rights”. thing is, there’s no such thing as a “monolithic woman”. to truly care for women’s rights — and really fight for all women — it is imperative that we absolutely talk about race, gender, etc. intersectionality. say it with me.
so yes. Using the word “REGARDLESS” is dismissive and negating. stop it.
end of rant.
Holding onto his momma after a bath Sid is the sicklier one of the two, and when they were put in my care I already knew their chances of making it were slim. But they are still alive today, and most importantly they are warm, safe, and loved. So even if they don’t make it, I’ll be glad they weren’t alone and scared #everylivingthingmatters
TWO DAYS TO GO! If you haven’t heard, for the last several months Aubrey Gail Ferreira and I have been in the process of launching an exciting children’s book project and teamed up with amazing women illustrators and art directions to write a poetic series of illustrated narratives centered around women and girl, inter-generational characters, addressing meaningful social dilemmas. The stories came out of my own daughter’s panic at 5 years old (which felt very early for these concerns) about her professional future, her genuine happiness in “the work force”, and insecurity about her lack of understanding about how money works. After attending field trips with her pre-school, she met the woman head of state of Germany and many other professionals and public figures, but wasn’t able to understand her own pathway. I couldn’t find any books that addressed this topic fully and in a way that really responded to her elaborate and intimate questions, to address the complexity of a child’s interiority, so … I began “story-channeling” a series of nighttime stories over several months. A few years ago she asked me to create an actual book, so finally it’s happening – along with a wider platform to present broader tools and talks that delve deeper into the themes presented in the stories.
These are some of the earliest storyboarding sketches. Now we are inviting public support for this kind of new narrative.
A new children’s book about a thoughtful, questioning, resourceful girl who decides she would like to try out not going to school, sets out on an adventure to answer some of the big questions she doesn’t even know she has. She meets Power Guides, women mentors who model meaningful ways of earning money, who exhibit interests and knowledge that developed through life experience, and who share their unique sources of happiness. In this poetic narrative, the girl learns how to find her own practical and metaphysical ways to fulfill her desire to address pressing social dilemmas. Her name is Entrepreneur. The first book in the series is called Entrepreneur Finds Her Way.
We are trying to reach at least 10 more backers today! Consider sharing with friends, colleagues, or organization you know that may be interested in supporting such a project. We are also very much open for deeper donor relationships, so if anything comes to mind, I’d be happy to send more information.
And check out the pretty great backers rewards here:
It’s not everyday you get to work with 1,000+ hand selected pieces of china from the 1900’s for someone’s wedding. Each plate, teacup and set of silverware was particular to the guest. The Bride and Groom had been planning these settings for two years, and I was to see them through! Centerpieces I made were themed around famous literary figures such as Poe, Rowling, Dickens and Twain.
As a Quaker, I pray for this country that we might survive this current darkness.
Ask yourself: what is the most loving thing you can do today?
Mine was to keep promoting tolerance in a period when the President is preaching intolerance. My “Poetry and Art in the Bus” is a part of this spreading of love, respect, forgiveness….
Here is what children have to say:
ON THE FUTURE, VIRTUAL REALITY, & THE POWER OF GODS: the dream of humanity overall has been to communicate ever faster, to travel ever farther, to create ever more ambitiously, to aspire to break through the constraints of the physical body and even through the very rules of physics, space, and time.
Very shortly, a variety of new technologies, particularly the technology of virtual reality, will enable humanity to build entire digital universes whose rules are as boundless as imagination – where, if we wish, there will be no limits on communication, transportation, and the scope and scale of creation. Physics in these virtual worlds will be the rules we choose, not the rules by which we must abide.
This godlike power will make the world we currently think of as reality and the physical bodies into which we are born likely seem to most — particularly those who are born once this era has begun — as unacceptably limited in almost every way.
Entire religions, entire cultural traditions, and our entire global civilization will change or be largely replaced eventually whether any individual wishes them to or not and for better or for worse.
Shaping this new era and, even before that, steering the transition to it will be the social change opportunity of this century… and perhaps of all time.
Denial will be an ethical tragedy. Involvement is an ethical obligation.
You are alive at the greatest pivot point of history. This is almost the moment when we humans pass ourselves the baton from the gods we have always imagined must exist and grant ourselves the unlimited powers we have always imagined were possible.
History is yours, humanity. You cannot run from your birthright. Embrace it. It has already begun to embrace you.
i’m adding this to my daily reading — lots of concerning bills already introduced — ex: to legislate that life begins at fertilization (taking steps to reverse roe v. wade) and to also withdraw from the UN and all related agencies…WHAT? and hey there’s a bill proposed to commemorate muhammed ali on a coin…