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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The Power of Three

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One Saturday morning over McDonald’s coffee and breakfast sandwiches at their apartment, I tried to explain our new project, Safe Kids Stories, to my father and his girlfriend. Our first “series,” I said, had to do with how choosing a book could make one safer, even if only in one’s mind and heart. I told them about the wonderful blog by John Lavin, a high-school English teacher in Kensington. Then it occurred to me to ask: Was there a book that made my dad feel safer?

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Medium.com/ Safe-Kids-Stories

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Twice a week, SafeKidsStories posts a new story on Medium.com 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? Dr. Rebecca Alpert let me pose this question to students in her Sports and Religion class at Temple University. Here's one powerful response!

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From Buck, by MK Asante, featured SafeKids author

At exactly which point do you start to realize that life without knowledge is death in disguise? 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