Drum Dream Girl

I so enjoyed re-reading DRUM DREAM GIRL by Margarita Engle, illustrated by Rafael López. Wonderful to see two friends create such verbal and visual music. I look forward to sharing this drumbeat book with my granddaughter Bonny.
Pat
Drum Dream Girl

Let Us Hold Hands During LGBT Month

How saddened we have all felt at the Orlando tragedy. We grieve. Each of us can make this world and our country a better place.

In this time that fears faith, let us hold hands.
In this time that fears the unwashed, let us hold hands.
In this time that fears age, let us hold hands.
In this time that fears touch, let us hold hands.
brown hands, trembling hands, calloused hands, frail
hands, white hands, tired hands, angry hands, new
hands, cold hands, black hands, bold hands.

         ©Pat Mora, from Agua Santa Holy Water

MUSE, a women’s choir in Cincinnati, OH, included the poem on their album Sing to the Universe Who We Are. Jennifer E. Stasack composed the music to accompany the poem. To buy the album, visit the MUSE website.
Listen to the song:

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It’s National Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Month

Yum! ¡Mmm! ¡Qué Rico! America's SproutingsIt’s National Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Month! Visit the USDA website for resources and recipes for families and schools, and celebrate with a food poem from Yum! ¡Mmm! ¡Qué Rico! America’s Sproutings.

Pat says:
I so enjoyed writing the haiku in YUM! Most of the foods are fruits and vegetables. Delicious!

Illustration by Rafael López from Yum! ¡Mmm! ¡Qué Rico! America's Sproutings.

Illustration by Rafael Lopez from Yum! ¡Mmm! ¡Qué Rico! America’s Sproutings.

A Woman for President

Hillary ClintonYears ago, when my youngest, now an Austin cat veterinarian, was in kindergarten or first grade, she brought home her Weekly Reader, Eekly Reader to her. It was a presidential election year, and she looked at the pictures of the two candidates and asked, “Where are the ladies?” I’ve told that story for years. Over forty years later, a woman is finally a candidate of a major party. Hooray!
Pat
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Water, Water, Everywhere

June is National Rivers Month, when all paddlers, fishermen, outdoor enthusiasts and others are encouraged to organize or volunteer with National River Cleanup.

June 8 is World Oceans Day, a global day of ocean celebration and collaboration for a better future.

Celebrate the wonder of water this month as we value this glorious natural resource!

Illustration by Meilo So from Water Rolls, Water Rises.

Illustration by Meilo So from Water Rolls, Water Rises.