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Original Publish Date: 
May.19.2014

 

 

 

 

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Brightening Glance

 

The gym’s ball-light cast silhouettes,

blue stars that swarmed the stage, then disappeared.

In scarlet caps and snowflake wings

your class lined up, obedient, to sing.

Brain numbed by Phenobarbital

you could not shape stiff mouth and tongue to speech,

struck dumb by seizure’s afterburn.

We wondered if you knew why consonants

required such practice--/s/ and /f/

surmised by reading others’ lips and hands

but rarely heard, that register

destroyed before you even woke from birth’s

abruption, drowned by protocol.

 

Clutching hands, we imagined your unease.

The song began; you stood alone,

small and stunned, frozen in our hopeful gaze

like some nocturnal animal

surprised by morning light.  And then you ran,

stage front and center—electric

sneakers flashing out their coded firefly

language—to gallop a ballet,

eyes searching for us in that darkened crowd,

their glint defiant and alive.

We laughed and wept, now understood: You knew,

you’d thought it through, in secret glee

rehearsed your dance, and in such dancing, sang.

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Does She Have a Name?

By George Witte
Original Publish Date: 
Nov.15.2013

Being a single mom is often seen as a joy-stealing and dream-dashing cross to bear. The truth is, it's hard. Some days it can seem impossible.

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May you bless a single mom in your life today...

Peace and the Single Mom Book

Peace and the Single Mom: 50 Moments of Calm

By Jennifer Maggio
Original Publish Date: 
Sep.15.2011

When 19-year 0ld Jennifer found herself pregnant...for the fourth time..she was completely lost - lost in a tragedy wrought by years of sexual abuse, homelessness, and poverty.

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The journey of single parents is a long, winding road riddled with ups and downs. There are 15 million families in our country parenting alone. Why should you care? What can you do? 

The Church and the Single Mom

The Church and the Single Mom

By Jennifer Maggio
Original Publish Date: 
Jan.09.2008

We live in a world where children so often are given the message that the ends justify the means; where harmful, even violent behavior in families, in communities, and around the world goes unnotic

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Just Because It's Not Wrong Doesn't Make It Right

Just Because It's Not Wrong Doesn't Make It Right: Teaching Kids to Think and Act Ethically

By Barbara Coloroso
Original Publish Date: 
Sep.04.2001

In this companion to her bestselling Kids are Worth It!, parenting educator Barbara Coloroso shows how parents can help children find a way through grief and sorrow during the difficult t

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Parenting Through Crisis

Parenting Through Crisis: Helping Kids in Times of Loss, Grief, and Change

By Barbara Coloroso
Original Publish Date: 
Apr.30.2013

Kim Wong Keltner is a Tiger Baby all grown up with a daughter of her own . . . but is she a Tiger Mother? Heck, no.

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Tiger Babies Strike Back

Tiger Babies Strike Back

By Kim Wong Keltner
Original Publish Date: 
Oct.30.2009

This collection spans geographies of war, homelessness, homemaking, longing, and hope as it travels through Palestinian, Lebanese, Jordanian, American and other landscapes.

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A Few Reasons to Oppose the War

 

because wind soughs in the branches of trees

like blood sighing through veins

 

because in each country there are songs

huddled like wet-feathered birds

 

because even though the news has nothing new to say

and keeps on saying it

NO still fights its way into the world

 

because for every bomb that is readied

a baby nestles into her mother

latches onto a nipple beaded with milk

 

because the tulips have waited all winter

in the cold dark earth

 

because each morning the wildflowers outside my window

raise their yellow faces to the sun

 

because we are all so helplessly in love

with the light 

 

 

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These poems were written over a span of two decades, during which I moved between countries and cultures, seeking always for a space I could call home. Now I understand that home is in the writing - and in the connections we make.

Geographies of Light

Geographies of Light

By Lisa Suhair Majaj
Original Publish Date: 
Aug.07.2012

Think homeschooling is only for a handful of eccentrics on either end of the political spectrum? Think again.

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The Year of Learning Dangerously: Adventures in Homeschooling

By Quinn Cummings
Original Publish Date: 
Jul.17.2012

 

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The End of the Point

The End of the Point

By Elizabeth Graver
Original Publish Date: 
Sep.21.2004

At some point in our lives, many of us will face the crisis of an unexpected illness.

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When a Parent Has Cancer: A Guide to Caring for Your Children

By Wendy S Harpham