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!
As much as I would love to use today’s blog post to write about fun and lighthearted things as we enter the weekend, my heart has been heavy all week. We began classes for the semester a few days ago, but just before my first class, I ran across a photo snapped on the first day of … Continue reading Guest Post: “The Moral Moment” by Dr. Blue
I’m baaaaack with another monochrome photos post. I can hardly believe the last monochrome post, “Animals in Monochrome,” was in January. I didn’t realize how much time had gone by. I attempted a “Water in Monochrome” swap earlier in the year, but there were no takers, so I was pleased as punch when my penfriend … Continue reading (Monochrome) Photo Play: Water, Light, and Fairies
Did you know that May 5-11, 2013 is National Postcard Week (NPCW)? I just learned about NPCW last year, but so far, I haven’t been able to participate fully. It comes at such a “bad” time for college profs. We’re typically in the throes of finals and grading, so anything extra–no matter how much pleasure … Continue reading National Postcard Week!
I received a beautiful package a couple of days ago that brought a genuine smile to my face even before I opened it. Doesn’t this hand-decorated envelope make you smile? Dee enclosed gorgeous handmade black and white photo notecards and a lovely letter that I will cherish. She empathizes with the loss of a sister, … Continue reading There’s Something About B&W…