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Monday, March 31, 2014

Mass Poetry & National Poetry Month

On the eve of National Poetry month, I attended Mass Poetry's Inspired Leadership event at The Huntington Theatre in Boston. It was a well-balanced mix of leaders from Governor Deval Patrick to a throat surgeon and one of my favorite readers of the night, a Dean and Spoken Word Coach from Codman Academy.  It was glorious to among a crowd of 400 on a rainy Monday night, listening to poetry. A rare experience to say the least. I commend Mass Poetry for bringing leaders together to share their favorite poems. More importantly, I'm grateful for their innovative approach to making poetry accessible to the masses. For more information about Mass Poetry, check out their website.
Join us every Sunday at Four Bridges/SpeakEasy, 11am slt for our Open Mic Poetry & Story Reading.

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Adventures of Lola: Thrifty Living

Happy Women's History Month! I can't believe spring is almost here. I'm moving my clock forward which means less sleep. I've taken a break from editing to write new Lola stories. Yay! So, check out her latest social commentary on being a closeted penny pincher. If you enjoy it, leave me a comment...

Lola is a closet thrift shop enthusiast.  After all, one person's trash is another person's treasure. Her grandmother taught her how to bargain even in department stores because money was always tight, but for Lola the fun to was in the hunt to find hidden gems. On weekends, she scours neighborhood yard sales for random finds. While the guests at her hotel find comfort in shopping at designer stores. Lola can spend hours in messy second hand stores searching for deals. She's relaxed among other scavengers and disorganized piles.  Even when Lola  fails and leaves empty handed she is happy to have a had a chance to buy, the power to buy isn't always at the forefront for the working poor.  Lola worries a bit now because being thrifty has become trendy. Celebrities and stylists are buying vintage for the red carpet. Her hotel guests are showing up at the same sales.  Leave it to the rich and famous to glamorize other people's struggles. Lola thinks to herself, "They ruin everything."