Have I told you how creative you are?
Barack Obama

Celebrating Poets over 70

Saving by Sharon MacFarlane

Holocaust by Bennett Gurian

The Wind’s Shadow by Sandra Seaton Michel

Writing with Spirit

My Writing Day – Guardian article by 84-year-old Booker-Prize-winning author Penelope Lively

Aging in Community

Building Sustainable Communities

Recorded talk by British Columbia author Guy Dauncey about the role of intentional communities in building an optimistic future.

Oak Hill Co-Living Project

Cohousing project recruiting compatible co-owners in Rockwood, Ontario

Granny Pods Popular Housing Alternative

A small unit built in the backyard can be a family’s solution for intergenerational living. Often known as granny flats.

Book Review

Book Notice

Of Thee I Sing: Letter to My Daughters
Barack Obama; Loren Long, Illustrator;
Knopf Books, 2010.

While Barack Obama was president of the USA, he published this magnificent children’s book with an engaging illustrator.  This delightful “letter to my daughters’ uses an effective affirmation strategy which grandparents everywhere can emulate.

Have I told you lately how wonderful you are? how strong/kind/ creative/ you are?  We writers can learn to write this way to our loved ones, each affirmation offered along with a little story as Obama does.  Obama features Chief Sitting Bull as a healer, Georgia O’Keefe as creative, Billy Holiday for her song (joy and sorrow, deep), Jackie Robinson as brave, Helen Keller as strong.

Writing Exercise

Following the pattern of Obama’s letter to his daughters, write to a grandchild or a young friend. Affirm one of their (emerging) qualities, one after the other, with a brief story or concrete reference for each one.  Send the letter for a birthday or to make an ordinary day special.

With this shadow photo,

I bid you adieu

  Ellen