So we didn’t have a peaceful and uplifting inauguration this week, but there were some good things that happened this week that I wanted to mention… In Thursday’s post, I talked about all the good news surrounding the inaugural poet/star, Amanda Gorman, including her best-selling books, her modeling contract with IMG, and her upcoming poetry … More Good News Friday
So, I know this should have been done yesterday, but it was supposed to snow last night (and it did!) so I ended up making a last-minute grocery store run and ended up running out of time. However, the point is still true this morning. National Youth Poet Laureate Amanda Gorman was the surprise hit … More Inauguration Poetic Follow-Up Week 1: Amanda Gorman Makes Poetry HOT Again!
The Washington Post had a recipe for an Indian-inspired Caribbean dish called aloo channa. In Indian cooking, aloo means “potato” and channa means “chickpeas,” so what’s not to love about that combination? The potatoes are cooked in curry powder, but there are also New World chiles in the dish. It wasn’t like anything I’ve tried … More Meatless Monday, Kamala Edition
Yesterday, I posted sometime I had mostly written the night before, the night of the inauguration of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris. I was focused then on I believed the meal reflected the inaugural theme of unity and how all the different parts or aspects of America are America.. After a day of reflection, I’m … More An All American Inaugural Dinner, Part 2
I’ve been pretty transfixed watching the inaugural activities today. If you’ve been reading my blog lately, you will know one of the highlights of the day for me was the incredible poem by Amanda Gorman, the first National Youth Poet Laureate. I had high expectations, but she blasted past them by not only giving us … More An All-American Inauguration Dinner
I’m writing this post in the pre-dawn hours of a day that I personally have looked forward to for over 4 years–the end of the Donald Trump presidency and the beginning of the Joe Biden presidency. But before I throw myself into the celebration of a new administration, with my new focus on the Beloved … More Guess What Famous Person Most Inspires Me to Compassion this Inaugural Day Morning
At 5:30 PM this evening (Tuesday, January 19), the National League of Cities is organizing a national recognition for the victims of COVID-19. Cities across the country, including our local city of Raleigh, will be lighting building in the color of amber in memory of the nearly 400,000 lives lost during the pandemic. Places of … More Amber Hour This Evening to Honor COVID Victims
On past Martin Luther King Days, my son and I have often participated in some kind of park clean-up service activity, either sponsored by the Town of Cary, my homeschool group, or my spiritual center. This is yet another tradition that has been upended by social distancing requirements imposed by the threat of COVID-19. So … More Martin Luther King and January 6
This morning the official Inaugural Planning Committee released its lineup for the Joe Biden/Kamala Harris inauguration ceremony next Wednesday. While most Americans are probably most excited to hear that Lady Gaga and Jennifer Lopez are performing, I was DELIGHTED to see a poet’s name on the list. And what a poet! Joe Biden has chosen … More YAY! Looks Like We’ll Get a Biden Inaugural Poem!
Well, I’m still processing all the events of January 6 and beyond. In the meantime, however, we have one final Inaugural Poem to enjoy before the inauguration of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris next week. I actually had my high school students analyze this poem on January 5, the day before the madness struck. This … More Inauguration Poetic Countdown: One Week