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Picture Book Review: Sam's Birthmark

Sam’s Birthmark by Martha and Grant Griffin, illustrated by Mary Anne Smiley. Griffin Group Publishing, 2012. Review copy obtained through a public library.

According to the end matter, Martha and Grant Griffin were inspired to write Sam’s Birthmark after their son, Barron, was born with a port wine stain (vascular birthmark) on his face. 200 more words



It’s half past midnight and I keep staring out the window at the bare swaying branches glistening beneath the orange lamp post. I close my eyes and a moment with my daughter earlier in the day replays in my mind. 243 more words



I’m striving to become more aware of what my body is telling me and making sure to not only notice what’s happening inside me, but also around me. 135 more words


The Revival

When my grandmother passed away several years ago, I salvaged a few dusters from her boxes of belongings. Dusters are basically Filipino “house dresses” or in American terms, muumuus. 225 more words


Let It Flow

Last night, the sun was so vast and breathtaking as I was driving, I had to stop, get out and try to get some shots of it melting into the lake. 92 more words


Still I Rise

The first book I ever purchased was “Poems” by Maya Angelou. I brought $10 to school that day because I had been looking forward to the book fair for weeks–I must have been in 5th grade. 387 more words