animal image credit: bbc news, cynthia bennett
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.
(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.”