New Year, new blogs

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At the end of Aretha Franklin’s December 29, 2014, concert at the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia, we in the audience stood clapping, clapping, turned toward the left side of the stage where the Queen of Soul, swaddled in gold and white, had just disappeared...Before the concert my daughter and I had vowed to scream “Nessun Dorma” if she came out for an encore.

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Spring '15 Non-Fiction Writing class

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In this Spring Term's courses, my UPenn writing students will write stories for children (English 121) and describe, report, and illustrate stories of children and safety so that we can see it with the clarity and imagination with which we now see danger (English 135). They'll be aiming to publish on a new site, SafeKidsStories.com, set to launch next fall. If we do the job right, we will shine a light on thousands of people in our midst creating safety and peace with and for kids. If we make it fun to read, look at, and listen to, too, then we’ll be on our way to a stealth culture change.

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SafeKidsStories.com Community Launch!

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For the community launch of SafeKidsStories.com, UPenn SP2Dean John Jackson, Philadelphia School Superintendent Bill Hite, Police Dept. Director of Strategic Communications Denise James, and Philly Youth Poetry Movement's Greg Corbin join with fabulous teachers, students, and citizens to explore what's being done, right now, in our midst, to make children safe.

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Join us at the Community launch of SafeKidsStories.com

3 p.m., Saturday, 24 January, 2015: Community Launch event for SafeKidStories.org. Hosted by Slought Foundation, 4017 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104