“Instruction does much, but encouragement everything.” (Letter to A.F. Oeser, Nov. 9, 1768), Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Early and Miscellaneous Letters of J. W. Goethe: Including Letters to His Mother. With Notes and a Short Biography This is a poem by Alan Lowe. You might remember that Alan is the gentleman who – along with Sue Clark, the members of the Poets Club of Lincoln, The Lincoln Library and The Friends of the Lincoln… Read More

“Now each square’s a pathway back to childhood” Quilt Sitting on my couch, I snuggle under a quilt made from Grandma’s coats. Each square’s cut from a day we went out together to shop, to lunch, or church. I would lean against her in car, streetcar or taxi when I was weary of it all. Grandma would hug me, pull me close— my cheek against each season’s coat, comforting me. Now each… Read More

“Girls are one of the most powerful forces for change in the world: When their rights are recognized, their needs are met, and their voices are heard, they drive positive change in their families, their communities, and the world.” Kathy Calvin, United Nations Foundation President & CEO They come like thistle and thorn, and write their rage upon my body. They come like locusts and feed on the fields of my soul…. Read More

“I think this to myself even though I love my daughter. She and I have shared the same body. There is a part of her mind that is a part of mine. But when she was born she sprang from me like a slippery fish, and has been swimming away ever since. All her life, I have watched her as though from another shore.” Amy Tan, The Joy Luck Club Note: This… Read More