28.3.14

It's Friday!

You know that girl at your job that just lives for Friday?

The person that you greet cheerily on a Wednesday and you ask casually how they are doing.  You're not really looking for an answer but you're too late to withdraw the question because you have already asked and you mostly get strange and sometimes mumble-ish answers that you care not decipher, about some kind of anything.

About the way she forgot to open her sugar and threw the whole packet into her coffee cup, stirred and then recognized the paper floating in the top and went to buy a fresh k-cup but was out of change.

You know her?

The amazing lunch she packed the night before- but got so caught up in catching up on some email on the train that morning that she totally left it in the seat beside her in her haste to pocket her not so smartphone and engage in a light jog from the subway to her office in an effort to beat the clock.

No?

But you some how catch the end wind up because it's clear and true..."But it's almost Friday, two more sleeps!  And she walks away with an uneasy wink and or nod.

It didn't take long.

It snuck up on   me   her.

Let her know you have good news for her today...It's Friday!

CJ



24.3.14

Trip Down Memory Lane?

It felt like it.

In February I had the privilege of visiting the Kindergarten students at Ionview Public School for Black History Month.

We talked history, we talked culture, we talked poetry and got into some spoken word- we also did some drama and got a double dose of dance fever!


It was a good day.

And then get this...


To my absolute delight I got an email inviting me back the week after March Break to get a dose of every single grade level in the school. (I usually share and talk to bigger kids)

I didn't think the one good day in February could be topped and on second thought it wasn't even topped - rather multiplied by SIX!

For the last week I have been sharing my love for poetry, spoken word and a little bit of hip-hop on a daily basis.  I've been presenting original works, speaking on the topic of your words coming alive but even greater inspiring and being inspired by an absolutely wonderful group of staff and students.

DELIGHT!
(did I say that?)

COMMUNITY!
(yup!)

BUILDING
(exactly!)

The poetry that the Ionview students have shared with me and songs they have presented me with during the sessions have been over the top.  I am very grateful for the opportunity to share with such an enthusiastic and respectful group of kids.

Here's a poem that I wrote about my week:

Poems About
(Inspired by the writings of the students at Ionview P.S.)

I've heard poems about honey,
poems about money,
poems about fruit,
and dance moves.

Poems about racing,
poems about chasing,
about dancing 
and musical toots!

Poems about dreaming,
poems about reading,
poems about writing
and food.

Poems about feelings,
poems about greetings,
poems that have left me quite moved!


So back to the part about the trip down Memory Lane...I used to be an Ionview Student.  I attended from Junior Kindergarten until the end of the Seventh Grade.  I felt like I saw and got to hang out with a lot of my old friends that week, who might I mention have turned out to be some really #goodpeople.

CJ





9.3.14

March Break

I wanted to share a comprehensive link for the City Of Toronto's program listing that have been made available pretty much on a dime.

Here you go...thank your city later!


Click the link:

TORONTO (The GOOD) Activites for March Break to keep your from breaking!





Not from Toronto or have other tips on mastering your Spring Break?...please feel free to post them in the comments! 

I'm listening!


CJ


8.3.14

International Women's Day!

Wishing you and all of yours a very 


Here's a piece of a project that I have been working on...let me know what you think! :)