Chaka Giangrosso has written a beautiful book, I Love My Gua, about the special relationship of a little girl with her grandmother whom she affectionately calls Gua. This book struck me in particular because of my son’s special relationship with my mother who is called JuJu. The importance of children building loving relationships with their grandparents is crucial in order for them to experience the unconditional love of a grandparent and wise lessons taught by them.
Poetic Theater Productions' 5th Annual showcase of original work by #veterans, Veterans Voices, expressing their experiences and stories from within and beyond the #military will be held this coming Saturday, March 7th at 2pm Wild Project, 195 East 3rd Street, New York, NY. The event will feature theater, poetry and music. According to Eastern North Carolina native and veteran Omar Columbus— whose #poetry will be featured at the event, "Poetic Theater Productions' 5th annual showcase of original work by veterans, Veteran Voices calls upon the traditions of past warrior cultures such as the Greeks, Romans, and Native Americans, who welcomed their military home in rituals of storytelling. Reviving these practices, military veteran artists take the stage to share their stories and experiences in a way that is both healing and informs others, sharing the moral burden of war. Following the showcase, there will be a post-show discussion on the movement to support existing and new programming in New York which highlights veteran voices...
Many of us are working toward our dreams and are in need of an extra push to help us find the right path. Erika Wallgren is a military spouse, mother, educator and life coach on a mission to help others find a career they love and are passionate about. I recently had the opportunity to speak with Erika on Hodge Podge Podcast about her life a milspouse, college professor and what led her to career development coaching.