“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

Who Has Seen the Wind? Who has seen the wind: Neither I nor you. But when the leaves hang trembling, The wind is passing through. Who has seen the wind? Neither you nor I. But when the trees bow down their heads, The wind is passing by. – Christina Rossetti, The Complete Poems (Penguin Classics) The last Wednesday Writing Prompt, Foraging for Blackberries, May 8 was a call to write about observations of climate… Read More

“The winter seemed reluctant to let go its bite. It hung on cold and wet and windy long after its time. And people repeated, “It’s those damned big guns they’re shooting off in France– spoiling the weather in the whole world.” John Steinbeck, East of Eden Summer arrived a bit ahead of schedule with dry air, stifling heat, persistent drought and languid children, too hot and too sleepy. The weird winter weather put a damper… Read More

“When we honestly ask ourselves which person in our lives mean the most to us, we often find that it is those who, instead of giving advice, solutions, or cures, have chosen rather to share our pain and touch our wounds with a warm and tender hand. The friend who can be silent with us in a moment of despair or confusion, who can stay with us in an hour of grief… Read More