February: Black Present

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I'd like to add my grateful tribute: to Mahalia, whose voice comes to me in trouble, to the gorgeous young singer Ledisi, and to Ava DuVernay whose live-giving film re-members and brings the struggle that was Selma alive in the age of Ferguson and drones. My 12- and 10-year-old nephews sat next to my 30- and 21-year-old daughters and me in the dark, taking it in. Precious Lord, bless the women and men who imagine freedom for us, work for it, march for it, and live and die for it.

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Ash Wednesday Ashtanga

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Lessons for Lent from ancient India via the Moon-Day talk of my yoga teacher, Meghan McCollough-Kirk.

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SafeKidsStories.com

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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 joined 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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Lighten up!

They say that poets and musicians have fun at parties. They drink and dance and exchange numbers on napkins, while novelists sit in the corner with a cup of coffee, taking notes. (OK, OK, so I'm playing with some poems, and a kids' story, and a libretto. Playing!)