Monday, August 1, 2011

Things that make me smile.......

A blank journal page, soon filled with thoughts, worries, wishes and dreams.

Photographs of my Grandmother around the same age I am now.  She is beautiful and I see so much of myself in her, in her style,in her persona, and in her lips.  We have the same exact mouth, its so funny, it makes me smile wide.
 This is the manuscript to a book called "Write to Live", an anthology of Poems and Essays written by Students at Leadership Preparatory High School in Oakland California.  A poverty, crime stricken, gang populated city.  Thanks to my Aunt Barbara, and Barnes & Nobles, who is publishing this book, I have the honor of editing this awe-inspiring collection of young talent and raw experiences.  I can't even begin to tell you what this journey has done for me in the mere time that I have been editing. What they have been through, and the artistic way of how they express it is more then motivating. Students that I have never met, their work, their strength has sparked something inside of myself. I guess it's a fire of motivation.  I am so grateful that this opportunity has been brought to me, and so proud to be apart of something so moving and liberating. Everything happens for a reason, and this was brought to me for a reason, and a damn good one.  I owe each of these students a thank you.


  1. I love blank journels such an inspiration!

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  2. EEEE. Can we talk about how much I love that pen? I seriously think half of my love of journaling centers around my obsession with writing utensils.

  3. Wow that sounds like such an amazing book. I can't wait to see that it's for sale so I can pick up my own copy.

  4. That books looks amazing!
    I so miss my journaling days! I carry a book around in my purse, hoping for that time I will have to wait somewhere and find the time to actually write, but life just seems too busy :(
    Hope you are having a great summer!

  5. journaling for me was something I did quite so often in highschool. I remember taking a break from it and now I'm jumping into it. It's not quite a hundred percent, but enough that I'm enjoying it.