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Thoughtful Thursday: Trying to Breathe

Whenever some racially based fresh hell befalls a Black person we at GCP, along with so many others, are compelled to cry out.  Sometimes we write about how to talk to our children about the latest horror, trying to walk that fine line between telling them the way of the world to help build their armor and scaring them [...]

Thoughtful Thursday: Memorial Day Gratitude

Memorial Day is a few days away.  While we are usually celebrating it as summer's official start, this year it makes much more sense to think about what the holiday is really about:  honoring those who have died during war while serving the U.S.  Honoring our war heroes. These days our war heroes have expanded beyond members of the [...]

Happy Mother’s Day from GCP!!!

Happy Mother's Day to all the Moms, Grandmothers, Aunties, Godmothers and Bonus Moms from GCP!!! Hope your Mother's Day is filled with people you love, things you love to do, and gratitude from the children and others that you love to do things for. To honor you all, we offer two poems, both by the beloved Maya Angelou (1928-2014). [...]

Thoughtful Thursday: Be Encouraged

  There are glimmers of encouraging COVID-19 news these days: mortality rates falling, hospital admissions going down and releases going up, a drug showing promise at combatting the virus.  In this spirit, today's Thoughtful Thursday offers poems of encouragement and hope.  First, a favorite from Lucille Clifton (1936-2010), "Blessing the Boats", which holds the promise of a better day.  "Instructions [...]

Thoughtful Thursday: Poems on Poems and a Bonus Poem

For today's Thoughtful Thursday (yes, we KNOW it's Friday, but in Covid-19 world the days are all running together) we continue to celebrate Poetry Month with a couple of poems about poetry. So meta, right? We start with Elizabeth Alexander's (b.1962) "Ars Poetica #100", in which she encourages her students (who are all of us) to find our poetic [...]

Thoughtful Thursday: Teach Your Children Poetry

Since you are primarily in charge of teaching your children these days, why not teach them some poetry?  April is Poetry Month, after all.  In today's Thoughtful Thursday we will look at three poems by African American poets (all women, in fact), which you and your children can enjoy learning about and discussing. If you need some motivation to [...]

Homebound Easter Sunday Celebrations

Tomorrow is Easter Sunday, and as we all know it will be celebrated this year in ways unlike any other.  Social distancing requires us to stay out of churches and cancel family gatherings, and we will be spending Easter at home with whatever members of our family with whom we have been isolating.   Here are a few home bound [...]

Thoughtful Thursday: Marilyn Nelson

Today's Thoughtful Thursday features the poems of Marilyn Nelson, whose work we first featured in December 2019 . Marilyn Nelson was born in Cleveland, Ohio and was raised on several military bases, as her father was in the Air Force. Dr. Nelson, who began writing poetry in elementary school, earned her BA from the University of California, Davis, a masters  [...]

Parenting Lessons from Ellis Marsalis, Revisited

As the world pays tribute to Ellis Marsalis, we wanted to repost this GCP post from June 2012 which focused on his talent not as a musician, but as a parent. Parenting Lessons from Ellis Marsalis Last night I had the incredible pleasure of sitting at a friend’s small dinner party for Jazz at Lincoln Center and listening to [...]

Thoughtful Thursday: A Tribute to David Driskell & Ellis Marsalis

              Yesterday brought news that rocked the world of art and culture.  Two African American giants, one of art and one of music, are gone, fallen to COVID-19:  artist, art historian and curator Dr. David Driskell, and jazz pianist Ellis Marsalis.  In today's Thoughtful Thursday we pay tribute to these great men. Dr. [...]