Giving Thanks, On Optimism, Courage, and Candor


On Optimism: As a cancer survivor, I can assure youthat the only thing that saved mewas a small voiceinside of methat suddenly started screaming,”Life is worth the effort!” I wanted to live for granddaughter Morgan’s wedding. I wanted to be at all our grandkids’ weddings, too. Her little hands, smiling face and voice gave me […]

Market Street, Bus Ride Into Empathy


Empathy. Can’t teach it, surely can model it. “Market Street”, 2015, a Newberry, Caldecott and winner of other prestigious prizes, reads as a modern masterpiece for children of all ages. Not only does it appear to be a gentle intergenerational love story between a boy and his grandma, we experience diversity, kindness and empathy throughout […]

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