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How Do We Talk To Our Children About These Latest Mass Shootings?

All hell broke loose, it seems, while  GCP was on vacation last week.  Not one but TWO mass shootings, where innocent victims were targeted by deranged shooters.  We experience the shock, anger, and helplessness of watching people's lives be cut tragically short at a community festival, at the local Walmart.  As adults we are shook to the core.  It's been [...]

Thoughtful Thursday: Poems for Black Boys

For today's Thoughtful Thursday we return to our roots with poems for Black boys.  Our inspiration:  Did you hear about the 10 year old Black boy who faced criminal aggravated assault charges after an elementary school dodgeball game?  A (white) classmate was injured after being struck in the head with a ball the boy threw during the game. The [...]

GCP on “The Process”: College Admissions Questions Answered!

University of Pennsylvania Dean of Admissions Eric Furda hosts "The Process", a Sirius XM monthly show on college admissions, and I was his first guest for the July show.  It aired on Sunday morning, and if you missed it you can hear it at https://soundcloud.com/siriusxmentertainment/the-process-7-26-19 And what will you hear in my segment?  Lots of college admissions advice and tips. [...]

Thoughtful Thursday: Joy Harjo, Our New U.S. Poet Laureate

Last month, Joy Harjo was named the U.S.’s 23rd Poet Laureate.  She is the first Native American to be appointed to this role.  She takes the position in September 2019, following U.S. Poet Laureate Tracey K. Smith, whose work has been featured often in Thoughtful Thursday posts. Harjo was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma in 1951, and is a member [...]

Your College Admissions Questions Answered by Experts: Here’s How

GCP parents, do you have a son or daughter thinking about college?  Want to have your burning questions about the college admissions process answered by a top college dean of admissions?  Then here is some exciting news:  This Friday, July 26, I am joining Eric Furda, Dean of Admissions of the University of Pennsylvania, as a guest on his Sirius XM Radio Show "The Process", which [...]

Thoughtful Thursday: A Small Needful Fact

There will be just one poem for today's Thoughtful Thursday.  "A Small Needful Fact",  by Ross Gay, pays tribute to Eric Garner, whose life was ended in 2014 by a police officer's illegal and deadly chokehold during an attempt to arrest him.  The medical examiner ruled the death a homicide.  A Staten Island grand jury decided not to indict the [...]

Helping Our Kids Deal With Racial Insensitivity

The NYT article "When a Black Student Plays Along With the K.K.K. Joke, What's a College to Do?", written by Ronald Crutcher, the (African American) president of the University of Richmond, details the aftermath of his discovery of an 1980 photo of U. Richmond white students dressed as Ku Klux Klansmen surrounding a grinning African American student posing with [...]

Thoughtful Thursday: Summertime Poetry

As we near mid July, today's Thoughtful Thursday celebrates Summer.  We do so with a variety of poems about summer from a variety of poets.  We start with a classic from Paul Laurence Dunbar (1872-1906), who "In Summer" waxes eloquently about a song for a summer's day.  Then we have a delightful ode to a "Firefly", a familiar summer [...]

It’s National Summer Learning Week! How Are You Celebrating?

National Summer Learning Week,  July 8 - 13,  is a celebration of keeping kids learning, safe, and healthy every summer, ensuring they return to school in the fall ready to succeed in the year.  Established over 25 years ago by the National Summer Learning Association (NSLA), the celebration this year will have a daily focus on a different theme: [...]

Thoughtful Thursday: Commemorating the Fourth of July with Langston Hughes

It's Independence Day!  We celebrate this Thoughtful Thursday on our nation's birthday with two poems from one of our most beloved poets, Langston Hughes (1902-1967).  In "I Too",  Hughes imagines a future in which he will truly be seen as an American.  In "Let America Be America Again", he laments that the principals of freedom on which our nation was [...]