On British Education Secretary, Michael Gove, banning American literature from English exam syllabus

If Michael Gove, Education Secretary, has banned American literature from our children’s exam syllabuses that’s not good....more

Maleficent Movie Review (NO spoilers)

My movie reviews have always been brief, and somewhat vague. I refuse to divulge plot details, as I personally never read movie reviews until AFTER I have seen a movie. I want each film I see to be an utterly pure experience, viewed through untainted eyes. I recommend everyone see movies in this manner. In fact, do yourself a favor and stop reading reviews before seeing movies. I promise you that your movie going experiences will be better....more

We are the possible

As you surely know, we lost Dr. Maya Angelou yesterday. That is, the world lost an important voice of wisdom and grace. But for many women, especially those of us in our 50's,  she inspired and strengthened us.  She demonstrated by her powerful presence, by her words and even her voice, that we are also powerful, especially when we declare ourselves worthy and open to the possible. Our voices are possible, because of her. Thank you, Maya.“A Brave and Startling Truth”...more

19th Century Farm House Antiques

Yesterday, discouraged by a chilly and cloudy day and a lack of sales at my shop, I found myself at the estate sale my friend Tina has been putting together with the prospects of a fresh pick and to satisfy my urge to buy more pieces of history. This was for the second sale as the one for the house had already been done two weeks earlier. ...more

Red

As Og sat he pulled up the holographic bulletin board, and pulled his favorite laser pointer from his shirt pocket.  It was made to resemble a light saber from the movie “Star Wars” and was one of the few culturally relevant objects he treasured from Earth.“Red.” Og voiced, and the word materialized on the screen.Everyone at the table sat silently, waiting for Og to continue.“What do you think of when you hear the word “Red?”...more

Six Subversive Story Books

My husband loves Pete The Cat. He recognizes it is not fine literature and that the "message" is a little clunky, but he doesn't care. He wants my daughter to remain calm and happy when she confronts the unexpected, and so Pete The Cat's unflappable spirit in the face of dirty shoes pleases my husband, who is much gentler and more forgiving than I. ...more

Maya Angelou: The Closed Door That Isn't.

When my favourite writers die, after the initial sadness has subsided, I begin to think of it in terms of gain, not loss.Yes, they have died; they have left the physical world. They are no more, and yet they aren't.I read a quote earlier, supposedly by William Hazlitt:Words are the only things that last forever; they are more durable than the eternal hills....more

Maya Angelou, a Phenomenal Woman, Has Died at Age 86

Dr. Maya Angelou, who was known most for being an award-winning poet, renowned author and civil rights activist, rose from an unkind childhood.  Through personal experience, she understood poverty and segregation firsthand.  She became one of the first black women to have the benefit of conventional success as an author.  Today, she died at age 86. ...more

Maya Angelou's Passing

I just saw that Maya Angelou has passed at the age of eighty six. My heart sank and I felt as though a friend had been taken from me. I honestly didn't read much of her poetry, but her book I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings has always been one of my all time favorites. ...more

Freed: The Story of a Teenage Low-Life

Originally posted on ChapterTK.com Feelings of inadequacy are not new to me. For reasons unknown, I’ve dealt with that feeling for most of my life. I’ve grown used to the fight, giving the world my all even when I feel rejection.I’m sharing one of my favorite poems, today. I don’t know that it’s any better than the rest, but it carries more emotion for me. This poem depicts my fight for acceptance and self-definition....more