what better way to celebrate the day than walking all together
the local merchants
the roller derby team
the pedal bikers
the musicians with a cause
the snow buddies
and so many, many, more.
“diversity is about all of us,
and about us having to figure out how to walk through this world together.”
jacqueline is the 2018-2019 National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature. She received the 2018 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award and the 2018 Children’s Literature Legacy Award, and is the 2014 National Book Award Winner for her New York Times bestselling memoir Brown Girl Dreaming, which was also a recipient of the Coretta Scott King Award, a Newbery Honor, the NAACP Image Award and a Sibert Honor. In 2015, Woodson was named the Young People’s Poet Laureate by the Poetry Foundation.
our first snowflakes fall
and from the looks on their faces
i’d say the fall pumpkins
are having a hard time
accepting the arrival of the winter weather
and wish it would all just go away.
“ignoring facts does not make them go away. “
for all the oddballs and misfits out there,
eventually, if you just follow your path,
you will reach somewhere no one else has.
you are uniquely meant to do something that only you can do.
image credit: vintage halloween
(my glamour shot after returning from the salon and in full singing mode)
i love that my class
that i am not a top notch singer
they are the best audience ever
very non-judgmental and accepting
as i belt out my tunes
and try to get them on board
i often improvise my own lyrics
when i only know part of them
think of something i’d like to add
many times accidentally
creating my own key
it’s all about the gusto
and not so much the skill.
“music in the soul can be heard by the universe. “
the ponies and friends all came out for the dance party
this time is was a love fest and tea
everyone was welcome
all colors, sizes, shapes and species
they were in their finest fancy fashions
and ready to have fun.
one pony told them she didn’t want to come
because it looked like a boring party
they were kind of sad but then they thought
maybe some other ponies had been mean to her once
and she was just acting that way
because she didn’t want to get her feelings hurt again
so they invited her back and showed her how to be nice.
“kindness is always fashionable, and always welcome.”
at the asian new year birthday celebration
of our young friend, y
wearing her traditional korean holiday dress
and bowling shoes
basketball, rock and roll, and football
playing on the big screens
of the american bowling alley
celebrating with grandies and more friends
indian, african-american, lebanese, irish, iranian, korean
adults, children, babies
all enjoying the fun
all sharing a meal
all blowing out the candles
“preservation of one’s own culture does not require contempt or disrespect for other cultures.”