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Not Again…How Do We Talk With Our Children About These Mass Shootings?

As we all know, on the morning of November 14, 2019, a sixteen year old boy walked into his high school, Saugus High School in Santa Clarita, California, pulled out a .45 caliber handgun from his backpack and fired on a group of students.  In 16 seconds he shot 5 students and then himself.  The shooter and two of [...]

Thoughtful Thursday: Honoring Veterans

Today's Thoughtful Thursday continues the celebration of Veteran's Day  with two poems written by African American veteran Yusef Komunyakaa (b. 1947)  about his Vietnam War service. Komunyakaa served in the United States Army from 1969 to 1970 as a correspondent; he was the managing editor of the Southern Cross during the Vietnam war, for which he was awarded a [...]

Take Your Family To See HARRIET This Weekend!!!

GCP has been off the grid for a few weeks but we just had to pop back in today to say Run, Don't Walk, to see the great new movie HARRIET which is opening in theaters nationwide tomorrow, November 1!!! We saw it when it premiered at the Toronto Film Festival, and it is an exciting and inspirational film [...]

Thoughtful Thursday: Contests for Your Budding Writers and Artists!

Is your son or daughter an inspiring poet?  A good writer?  A talented artist?  Time to enter a contest and show the world these talents!  Today's Thoughtful Thursday showcases a few contests your creative children may want to enter. Click on the links for more details. National Poetry Month Poster Contest: Students in grades 9 through 12  can enter [...]

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 [...]

Moms Unite!

I spent this past weekend at a business conference which included presentations from several very dynamic and accomplished women.  These were some impressive and powerful women, many of whom mentioned their children as they talked about their lives. It was great to hear their stories. I must confess, however, that as I listened to them I also heard a [...]

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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 [...]

Your Baby’s Starting College! How to Help You Both With the Transition

For those of you who have children heading to their freshman year in college, this is an exciting time.  Your son or daughter is probably nervous, enthusiastic, optimistic, and  filled with anticipation as they begin the school year, and no doubt so are you.   Here are a few tips to help you with the transition: Ask Your Child to [...]

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 [...]