CDA – The Charity I Support

Recently, I have picked the charity that I am going to donate all of the proceeds from my book to! It is called Children’s Development Academy (CDA). It is a school that supports early education for children ages 1-5. It is specifically for children whose families cannot afford to send them to the regular pre-k and preschool. Recently, I had the honor of visiting the charity. The director, Ms. DeCan, took me on a tour of the school and showed me where the kids study and play. They do have a wonderful playground to enjoy! Then I had the most wonderful time with the young students in all three pre-k classrooms! The kids were so happy to meet me and eager to hear some of  my poems. They were so engaged in a lively discussion afterwards.

The CDA is such a special place and I look forward to visiting many more times in the future!

I would like to thank everyone who has purchased my books or who has given a donation to this wonderful cause. This would not be possible without you. THANK YOU!

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If you would like to learn more about the CDA and its mission, you can follow these links:

CDA Website

CDA Facebook

Merci, Mme. Maryse!

 

My French teacher, Mme. Maryse, recently surprised me with my book of poems translated into FRENCH! It was SUCH a nice surprise! Mme. Maryse must have spent so much time on this project! Mme. Maryse decorated every page with a different image and color to match the theme of my poem. It is such a beautiful book! I am so lucky to have a teacher like you. Merci, Mme. Maryse!

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Throwing Petals

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I have the most magnificent Magnolia tree in my front yard. A few weeks ago, it was in full bloom. The pink petals of my strong tree would sway all the way down to the ground.

It was late in the afternoon – the sun was dimly fading away. Mom and I walked out through our front door with Coco, who was sniffing everything! I bent down and picked up a handful of pretty pink petals, and threw them into the air. They landed where I had hoped they would – all over Mom. Suddenly, Mom bent down as well, and did the same thing as I did – she threw a handful of petals. We were smiling and laughing. I will always remember that day…

Sitting in Cafe Nero

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The scent of hot coffee fills the air in the streets of Glasgow. The door of Cafe Nero is swung wide open. “Should we go in?” My family and I exchange confident glances. Hand-in-hand we walk into the warm cafe, out of the eyes of the clouds who threatened to rain.

We ordered two hot chocolates and a cappuccino. We took a seat in three soft chairs by the window. Once our warm, marshmallow-covered treats were on the table, and we had documented the moment with photos, we dug into the delicious, creamy dream. We talked and laughed and enjoyed, sitting in Cafe Nero.

 

The Day When the Moon Stole the Spotlight From the Sun

Photograph by Silvan Lupas

 

Today was the day the Moon stole the spotlight from the sun, but only for a mere moment. Yet everybody and everything notices. People crowded the roads, hoping to get a glimpse of the sun. The crickets chirped, as they only do at night. Dogs howled, firm noses pointed up toward the sun, who desperately attempted to shine past the Moon’s solid body. I took a deep breath of the suddenly cooler air and enjoyed the surprised dusk that felt misplaced in the middle of a hot summer afternoon.

How did you enjoy this tremendous spectacle?