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Thoughtful Thursday: It’s National Hispanic Heritage Month

Did you know that National Hispanic Heritage Month began on September 15th and ends on October 15th?  And why, you may ask, does this celebration of the histories, cultures and contributions of Americans whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America start in the middle of one month and end in the middle of the [...]

Thoughtful Thursday: Back-to-School Quotes and Poems

Our boys and girl are back in school!  Today's Thoughtful Thursday offers some inspirational words and poems to celebrate the start of their new school year.  The poem "Workshop" by Billy Collins (b. 1941) presents a delightfully irreverent analysis of itself within the poem and will appeal to all who spent time analyzing poetry in high school English.  In [...]

Thoughtful Thursday: Toni Morrison

In early August 2019 we lost Toni Morrison, the first African American woman to win the Nobel Prize in Literature.  In today's Thoughtful Thursday we celebrate this gifted author by sharing some of her inspirational quotes.  Share these with your children and enjoy. On Writing –If you find a  book you really want to read, but it hasn't been written [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Thoughtful Thursday: Politics and Poetry

Politicians campaign in poetry and govern in prose, former New York governor Mario Cuomo once said.  But we are didn't hear much poetry during this week's Democratic Presidential Candidate's debates.  So for today's Thoughtful Thursday we offer a few political poems.  We start with "America" from Claude McKay (1889-1948), a bittersweet ode to our nation. From Adrienne Rich (1929-2012) [...]

Thoughtful Thursday: Father’s Day, Continued

Hope all you GCP dads had a terrific Father's Day!  In your honor, today's Thoughtful Thursday presents three poems which pay tribute to fathers.  First, a sentimental,  heart-warming salute to hard working Dads everywhere in "Only a Dad" by Edgar Guest (1881-1959).  Then, a GCP favorite, "Those Winter Sundays" by Robert Hayden (1913-1980), which also recognizes a father's daily [...]