2021 report by the Guardian says, “…33.9% of children of primary school age in England are from a minority ethnic background…” while only “8% of children’s books have a minority ethnic main character.” I had many conversations – with many people – on this subject, but I don’t think I fully grasped the importance of representation until my initial book consultation with a nine-year-old British/Ghanaian … Continue reading Diary of a Tween — Diversity and Inclusion in Kids Literature
My 2019 ended… well… with passing away of one of my mentors and friends. Mine and other journalists’ tributes have just been published by the Voice News. And, I couldn’t start 2020 without acknowledging the impact this editor/publisher and friend had on my writing and life. “…Barbara Campbell trained me as a journalist while I was freelancing for Black Heritage Today and International Women’s Month magazines. She taught me … Continue reading Let’s Make the Most of Our Time…
I’ve been relaxing with family ☺️ (in between dramas 😠) while preparing for Christmas which, in Poland, starts tomorrow with a rather fancy dinner called “Wigilia”. We’ve just celebrated my grandma’s 80th birthday & I’m so grateful for being able to share these special moments with the people I love. I hope you are surrounded by warmth, kindness and loved ones in this wonderful season & that … Continue reading Peace, Love & Poetry – Merry Christmas…
Have you ever lost a friend? Well, listen to the story about an umbrella which had lost a very good friend and really took it to heart. This story has a happy ending though. 🙂 Sometimes, when friends leave it is only to make space for the new ones. Yet, the umbrella had to go through stages (sadness, anger, grief and forgiveness) to be ready … Continue reading Story of a Broken Friendship
. I admit. I have made so many mistakes I have twisted my life with my twisted ways . I did things before they should have been done I run when I should have sat. I sat when I should have run. . There’s no way to turn back the hands of time What is done already cannot be undone… Till it can. . So, … Continue reading See You in Tomorrow.
Once upon a time, a fine umbrella was left behind It happened so fast, a man jumped on his train Forgetting his fine umbrella That had sheltered him from the rain… . Umbrella laid motionless on the station’s bench Frightened it would be picked up & thrown in a trench It was closed, no longer open, very very sad – Unable to understand why life … Continue reading Story of a Broken Friendship
. . Our eyes cry the same type of tears Our hearts feel the same type of pain . I don’t need you to smile if you’re hurting By His Grace, I can handle your hurt . You don’t have to be strong all the time You don’t have to pretend it’s just fine… . I’m not scared of your tears. I won’t run away What do … Continue reading It’s OK if You’re not OK