Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Linda's Write Spot: Black History...

Linda's Write Spot: Black History...: Fact #22 Female science fiction author Octavia Butler was dyslexic. Despite her disorder, she went on to win Hugo and Nebula awar...

Black History...

Fact #22
  • Octavia Butler
Female science fiction author Octavia Butler was dyslexic. Despite her disorder, she went on to win Hugo and Nebula awards for her writing, as well as a "genius" grant from the MacArthur Foundation.

Linda's Write Spot: Many of our mothers and fathers inspired us to rea...

Linda's Write Spot: Many of our mothers and fathers inspired us to rea...: Fact #23 When African-American neurosurgeon Ben Carson was a child, his mother required him to read two library books a week and giv...

Many of our mothers and fathers inspired us to read and write even though they were illiterate

Fact #23
When African-American neurosurgeon Ben Carson was a child, his mother required him to read two library books a week and give her written reports, even though she was barely literate. She would then take the papers and pretend to carefully review them, placing a checkmark at the top of the page to show her approval. The assignments inspired Carson's eventual love of reading and learning.

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Hot Springs Sentinel Record--February 22, 2014

New book for young children explains death in unconventional way



    Author Linda Pennington Black, of Hot Springs Village, has penned a new book to help adults explain death to young children.
    In “My Daddy is a Star,” a mother incorporates nature into her explanation of death to her young daughter, who can’t understand why her father was taken away.
    Zaliyah, a young girl, struggles to understand why her dad was taken from her so soon and so suddenly and turns to her mother for answers and consolation.
    Not knowing exactly how to explain death to a 6-yearold, her mother tells Zaliyah a story her mom once told her about the stars and angels to somehow make her understand about her dad. This unorthodox approach to an explanation is tailored for the young and seasoned.
    The author’s greatest passion and inspiration is writing for children. She is an award-winning poet and author of “The Adventures of Boots: The Giant Snowball,” an award-winner, “A Porpoise for Cara,” and “S.T.O.P. Bullying.”

Monday, February 17, 2014

Linda's Write Spot: Another piece of Black History

Linda's Write Spot: Another piece of Black History: In 1919, Alice Parker of Morristown, New Jersey, invented a new and improved gas heating furnace that provided central heating. You can view...

Another piece of Black History

In 1919, Alice Parker of Morristown, New Jersey, invented a new and improved gas heating furnace that provided central heating. You can view Alice Parker's patent below.