Black Ice now on iTunes!

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Thanks to sound editor Zach Carduner at Wexler Studio in Kelly Writers House at the University of Penn for helping me to record Black Ice. Years ago, the director of The Price of a Child audiobook told me that reading into someone's ear is not so much performance as storytelling made intimate by technology. Almost like imagining the book into being again, this time with a friend. I tried to remember that as I read Black Ice all the way through for the first time in 25 years. Can't access iTunes? Here's the link to the recording on the Writers House site: http://writing.upenn.edu/wh/involved/groups/ bookgroups/materials/Black-Ice.php

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Mercy: A poem for graduation season

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We have a photo of me lying, just like this, with our younger daughter. And now, that daughter is graduating college, and this little person, our third grandchild, appears, Lord have mercy. We say it through every season of our lives. Mercy.

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SafeKidsStories.com

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Twice a week, SafeKidsStories posts a new story about how some child or children have been made safer. We're talking Big Picture: not just, are their bodies safe, but their minds and hearts, their social networks and spirits.

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From Buck, by MK Asante, featured SafeKids author

I stare deeply into the blank page and see myself. I feel something I've never felt before: purpose. I don't know what my exact purpose is yet, but I know it has something to do with this pen and blank page. I am a blank page. Holding the pen this way, snug and firm in my fist, makes me feel like I can write my future, spell out my destiny in sharp strokes." -- MK Asante, Buck: A Memoir, 2013