These Hands

Originally posted on Children's Books Heal:
These Hands Margaret H. Mason, Author Floyd Cooper, Illustrator Houghton Mifflin Books for Children, Fiction, 2010 & 2015 Suitable for Ages: 4-7 Themes: African-Americans, Civil Rights Movement, Hands, Grandfathers, Family Relationships, Prejudice, Tolerance Opening: “Look at these hands, Joseph. / Did you know these hands / used to tie a triple…

Weekend Edition – Why Writing Matters (How to Justify Your Passion)

Originally posted on Live to Write – Write to Live:
Sometimes, the gravity of real life threatens to pull me out of my creative orbit. The inescapable responsibility of being human weighs heavily – the “Real World” of work, relationships, and surviving on this fragile planet crushing in on me like pressure on an ascending deep…