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Moms: Thank You For Your Service

  Happy Mother's Day!   To all the moms, stepmoms, bonus moms, godmothers, favorite aunties (real and play), all you women who are devoted caregivers to children, thank you for your service!!!! Thank you for your caring, your devotion, your going beyond what is expected and understanding what is needed, for doing things you never thought you'd want or have [...]

What To America Is The Fourth of July?

On July 5, 1852, Frederick Douglass gave a keynote address at an Independence Day celebration and asked, "What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?".  He acknowledged the Founding Father's ideals of freedom, but lamented that these ideals were painfully hypocritical in light of the existence of slavery in the U.S. Five young descendants of Douglass recently gathered [...]

Let’s Focus on African American History Beyond Juneteenth

Did you celebrate Juneteenth with your family this year?  My father's family is from Texas, so I grew up hearing about Juneteenth celebrations from Texas relatives, but my family didn't celebrate it in NYC.  Fast forward to yesterday–Juneteenth celebrations were everywhere!  Some companies gave their employees the day off, social media exploded with Juneteenth graphics, memes and hashtags, and [...]

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). [...]

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: HBD, Dr. MLK!!

Happy Belated Birthday to Dr. King! While we as a nation will officially celebrate on Monday, we should not forget (or let our children forget) that January 15th was his actual birthday. Today's Thoughtful Thursday will break from our normal poetry/inspirational quotes offering to ask: How are you planning to commemorate Dr. King's holiday?  Here are an assortment of [...]

Thoughtful Thursday: Soon It Will Be Christmas Day!!

In less than a week Christmas will be here!  In celebration, today's Thoughtful Thursday brings some of our favorite Christmas poetry.  First we have the glorious "Christmas Carol" from Paul Laurence Dunbar,  followed by the delightful "[little tree]" by e.e. cummings.  We end with the traditional crowd favorite, "Twas the Night Before Christmas", which, depending upon which scholars you [...]

Thanksgiving Family Dinner Do’s and Don’ts

With Thanksgiving a few days away, everyone is gearing up for family gatherings and good eating.  Whether there are just a few of you or you are having a family reunion around the table, it is important to enjoy the time together for this holiday meal.  Here are some Do's and Don'ts to help make sure the holiday is [...]