Did you see yesterday’s (February 1) Google doodle? The doodle appropriately featured “The Father of Black History,” Carter G. Woodson, and, when clicked, provided links to the many articles and websites focused on Woodson. If you missed it, here it is [image links to Google search on Woodson]. Woodson was concerned about the role of … Continue reading Carter G. Woodson, Black History Month, and “Lifting the Veil of Ignorance”
I am a little torn about today’s “Focus on Black” post. I want to continue sharing the wonderful cards in the Sisters of the Harlem Renaissance collection, but each woman deserves much fuller treatment than I’m providing here. As I’m typing I’m reminding myself that this is my blog (aka a breakaway from the heady stuff) … Continue reading More Sister Writers of the Harlem Renaissance: Johnson, Larsen, and Bonner
Since today begins Black History Month in the United States and since I’d planned to blog about children’s book illustration postcards today, I was curious about whether I have any children’s books postcards featuring the work of African American illustrators. I went through every postcard in my collection and, as suspected, I do not have … Continue reading Children’s Book Illustration Postcards: From NZ to the USA
Seeing the sun, the moon and the stars, I said to myself, ‘Who could be the Master of these beautiful things?’ I felt a great desire to see him, to know him and to pay him homage. –St. Josephine Bakhita Today’s “Focus on Black” post comes because I was a little surprised to learn that … Continue reading The Fortunate One: St. Josephine Bakhita
Last week, when my son and I were going through books and other materials looking for “the perfect” historical figure for his Black History Month project, we stumbled upon the beautiful portrait of “Queen Charlotte of England.” Though he did not choose her (no surprise there), he suggested that she should be the focus of … Continue reading All Hail the Queen!
Happy New Year! I realize today is January 1 and New Year’s greetings are resounding throughout the world. January 1 means a clean slate, a fresh start, a brand new year to get some things done and get some other things right. In those various ventures, I “wish above all that you would prosper and … Continue reading Happy Anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation
For the last several weeks, my mood has been “poetry.” I’ve been reading it, thinking about it, writing it. Perhaps, this mood has been driving my need to get in touch with what I call “ur-Chandra,” the person I was eons ago, before “life” invaded “living.” When I was a teenager I spent whole evenings reading … Continue reading Poetry Break with Jasmin Oya
One of the disturbing things about living in the American South is the painful history that is constantly in our faces–monuments to “confederate” leaders, former slave quarters, plantation homes, street names, buildings and spaces where “significant” events took place. Although I am convinced that it is important that we keep the past before us to … Continue reading One Little Boy and “Four Little Girls”
Obviously, I’ve been neglecting my posting responsibilities re: Month of Letters. But this is a low-stress, just-for-fun blog, right? No pressure. I’m here now and that’s what matters. 🙂 So far, I have kept my commitment to send a letter, note, postcard, and/or greeting card every day during the month of February. I focused my … Continue reading Month of Letters: Postcard Shower!
I went on a brief trip to Chicago–for the College Language Association’s (CLA) annual convention–late last week. The conference is always a treat, and I can’t believe I hadn’t attended since 2012! CLA was founded in 1937 by Black scholars and educators to strengthen teaching and scholarship in literature(s) and language(s). The organization was formed because, … Continue reading Paradise: Moments and Connection