Thanks Stacey, Tara, Dana, Beth, Anna and Betsy!
My community is worried, a little, about coyotes in the neighborhood. They are concerned that the leaves are collected in a timely manner. I'm not sure what to do. Both things, actually, are important. Yet, there seems to be something more important I'm missing, because tragedy continues.
Here is a beautiful post I bookmarked in October, and I'm sharing it as my slice of life. In my part of the world, my work, it is a personal goal to do something about the dearth of literature about diverse peoples. I share with students and with colleagues. I purchase as much as I can.
Early in the writing is a quote from this post: Why does diversity matter? The answer to that question should be simple and straightforward: because everyone deserves to be a hero. Because everyone deserves to be seen. Because representation matters.
And Junot Diaz is quoted too: If you want to make a human being into a monster, deny them, at the cultural level, any reflection of themselves. I hope as teachers and writers we can make a difference.
Here is the the link, at the NaNoWriMo website.
And I'd like to thank Tara, at A Teaching Life, for the nudge to speak.