Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Promoting Literacy & Celebrating Community

AHHAH (Arts Holding Hands and Hearts)
explains their purpose as “empowering youth, strengthening families, and mobilizing communities through literacy, mindfulness, and expressive arts.” AHHAH’s programs have touched and improved the lives of many people in the Coatesville and Kennett Square area, about 35 miles west of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

The programs are online now in keeping with safety precautions during the pandemic. But a child can still have a bedtime story read to them, and people of all ages can participate in mindfulness or yoga sessions. (See AHHAH’s Facebook Videos.)

AHHAH held a “Labor of Love” fundraising campaign Labor Day weekend. Videos were released throughout the weekend with dramatic readings of poetry written by youth participating in AHHAH programs. AHHAH expressed gratitude to their volunteers and supporters, and six individuals were presented with Community & Volunteer Impact Awards. I am honored to be one of the six.

Individuals can make a difference, especially during stressful times. If you need help, reach out to those around you. Friends, neighbors, or other community members may need your help. Something as simple as a kind word can brighten someone’s day. As individuals or by working together, we can help improve the lives of others.

Saturday, October 3, 2020

Undisciplined Writer

I admit it—I’m an undisciplined writer. I’ve gotten sloppy in my retirement, enjoying my time off even though I’ve mostly stayed at home this year. There’s no reason NOT to write. Is it a COVID slump? Perhaps, although it might be the senior citizen version of youthful acting out.

My productivity ebbs and flows, but when creativity and inspiration hit, it’s not always focused on writing or the most effective use of time. This week, I created a party game for a book launch scheduled early next year for a book that’s still being edited. Today I was double-booked for webinars. I tried and failed to watch them simultaneously.

It’s been busy on the literary front, but I’m being pulled in five different directions by five different writing projects. I’m not getting anything accomplished.

I really should make a schedule and stick to it. For example, go to bed at a reasonable hour rather than binge watching series reruns until midnight. Don’t skip my daily walks. (My dog reported me to the ASPCA last week.) Most importantly, schedule writing times during the week and PEN them into my calendar. I have too many erasers handy to use a pencil.