An Earlier Heaven

According to George Bernard Shaw, “A happy family is but an earlier heaven.” Shaw’s sentiments manifested themselves this past weekend, when Tosin’s cousins and their children vacationed in the DMV from Nigeria. They used the opportunity to visit Rebecca’s mom, Tosin’s aunt, who lives and works in Maryland. We were glad to link up. Our […]

A DC Creative Writing Workshop Cypher

A few years ago, I started as a writer-in-residence with the D.C. Creative Writing Workshop, and worked my way up to senior program director. I owe this nonprofit and its Executive Director Nancy Schwalb so much. I shot these clips, not sure what I would do with them. They sat on my phone for two […]

Universal Children’s Day – No Age Limit on Making a Difference

Ryleigh Kastra and Joshua Williams fed needy people in their communities. Rachel Beckwith brought clean water to African villagers. These young people, all of whom Youth Service America (YSA) recognized as Everyday Young Heroes, weren’t in their teens when they decided to make a difference…they were children. Yesterday was Universal Children’s Day, which the United […]

Making a Difference in Congress Heights

Full disclosure: I’m the senior program director for the DC Creative Writing Workshop. The article below features the story of one of our high school students who takes part in the writing club. I thought his story was worth sharing here. Thinking of where he would’ve ended up without the DC Creative Writing Workshop’s after-school […]