In 1987 President Reagan proclaimed March “Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month” to provide the encouragement, independence and opportunities Americans with developmental disabilities need to reach their potential. As interpreted by the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, “Developmental disabilities are severe chronic disabilities that can be cognitive and/or physical, appear before the age of 22 and are likely to be lifelong. Some developmental disabilities are largely physical issues, such as cerebral palsy or epilepsy.
These gritty grrrls defy the damsel in distress trope!
Young people's literature is filled with characters of emotional depth and range, internal conflict, conviction, and courage that impressionable young girls can relate to and/or draw inspiration from. As this is the season for doling out awards to film, TV, and books, I am sharing my favorite historical fiction books teeming with gritty grrrls and intrepid womenfolk who defy the "damsel in distress" trope despite their complicated circumstances.
"You see I'm searching for a real love and I don't know where to go. Been around the world and high and low and still I'll never know.
How it feels to have a real love 'cause it seems it's not around. Gotta end it in this way because it seems he can't be found."
- Mary J. Blige
The African diaspora is comprised of global communities whose ancestry descends from the abduction/exile/immigration/relocation of people from the African continent. Whether the stories take root in the Americas, the Caribbean or Europe, the characters in these books have African parental origins, yet their riveting, colorful life experiences run the gamut. In celebration of the African diaspora during Black History Month and beyond, check out this assortment of intriguing tales, some almost lyrically told, with characters you will cheer, chasten and/or comfort.
Three cheers for our successful launch of the new Mature and Motivated Program, "Awesome Adult Coloring Cafe!" In January, a total of 15 adults joined us for our two sessions. While coloring to their collective heart's content, our participants sipped herbal tea and reveled in the room's atmosphere permeated with the sounds of meditative music and the scent of aromatherapeutic oils. A reporter from Reuter's news agency was on hand to film and interview participants on the nascent popularity and therapeutic benefits of this leisure activity aimed at adults.
Several violent acts of prejudice, many involving youth of color and the police, have risen to the forefront of the news over the past few months. Children may not understand if they see present-day protesters out in public, or when they encounter similar images of Civil Rights era discrimination and demonstrations. Children also may be confused by the tension many people still feel when dealing with police officers, the friendly, uniformed, community helpers we teach them to trust and admire.
Join us throughout January for a mini spy camp adventure!
Delving into the world of spies illustrates only a small amount of the capers, hi-jinks and danger that goes on behind the scenes of famous events throughout history. With the International Spy Museum in the Washington DC area is it any wonder that this topic is so popular?
A stress-free hour of art and music to soothe the soul.
To our beloved busy Adult Petworthians:
Petworth's Mature and Motivated encourages you to slow down, take a break and soak up the peaceful ambiance as you join us in the 2nd floor program room on Wednesday, January 13th (and every 2nd Wednesday each month) at 5:30pm for a relaxing hour of adults-only art therapy.