Wednesday, May 28, 2014
She worked hard to overcome so many things; racism, sexism, etc. Rather than letting her troubles get her down, she became strong.
Oprah Winfrey said of Dr. Angelou, "...The world knows her as a poet but at the heart of her, she was a teacher. 'When you learn, teach. When you get, give,' is one of my best lessons from her.
"But what stands out to me most about Maya Angelou is not what she has done or written or spoken, it's how she lived her life..."
Dr. Maya Angelou was a great human being. Even though I did not know her personally, I miss her.
And I hope I can be even a little bit like her.
Thursday, May 15, 2014
Nurk, the title character, is a somewhat less brave grandson of the great heroine, Surka. He has a picture of his brave grandmother in the front hallway of his little house, and he admires her, and her inspiring journal, but clearly doesn't feel like he can be quite as brave as his grandmother. But he is drawn, somewhat reluctantly, and quite by accident, into an adventure where he finds himself faced with the choice of being brave to save an unjustly imprisoned dragonfly prince, or turning around and going home.
And the choice Nurk makes? Well, I won't give that away. But suffice it to say, I highly recommend this book. It was a fun read!