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A Blessing For Independence Day

Our 4th of July blessing is the final two stanzas from the poem “One Today” by Richard Blanco, composed for President Obama’s second inauguration.  We are all together under one sky in this nation and in our church, with hope waiting for us to name it.  144 more words


I think that today is a spectacular day

In honor of the Supreme Court’s ruling today I would like to post Richard Blanco’s inaugural poem delivered on January 20th, 2013. His words have special resonance on this day.


America's Inaugural Poet Visits Cuba Amid Warming With US

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EL ESPARTACO, Cuba (CBSMiami/AP) —  America’s inaugural poet visited Cuba amid renewed relations between the U.S. and the island nation. 892 more words



Home. Place. Belonging. These are the three words poet Richard Blanco repeated during his June 11th talk in Lousiville at the Convention Center. Blanco, President Obama’s inaugaural poet who penned the very popular “One Today,” described how he became a poet, how he . 462 more words


Book Bits: Juan Felipe Herrera, XPRIZE for Literacy, 'Target Tokyo,' Karen Campbell

While reading an article in the Minneapolis Star Tribune (Indie bookstores are places where words live) I liked the idea of service-oriented, often-homey, independent bookstores that manage to hang on against the tidal wave of Amazon by providing wonderful experiences for readers. 1,077 more words

Writers Richard Blanco and Ruth Behar launch "Bridges to/from Cuba"

According to Christine Armario (AP), poet Richard Blanco is launching a writing project to lift what he calls Cuba’s “emotional embargo.” Blanco and writer Ruth Behar, both Cuban-Americans, told The Associated Press they are launching “Bridges to/from Cuba” as a forum for Cubans on and off the island to share their hopes for the future as the U.S. 551 more words

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Summer Reads

by Darlene Cah

The phrase “summer reads” conjures images of lazy days on the beach and breezy novels that make your heart race—Stephen King or Nora Roberts. 660 more words