Fiesta time in San Antonio is filled with fun for the whole family. But Adriana and Alex are worried. Will people make fun of Adriana's mama because she’s blind and uses a cane? Will Alex be bullied because he looks different from the other children?
Together, they decide to be braver and make something new for themselves and the other kids in the class: fiesta canes!
Read how they make the special canes, how they decorate them, and how they plan to use them at the fiesta.
While "The River" speaks of creating harmony from complexity, other poems honor various people in the author's life. "Perspective" gives us advice on how to deal with pain, rejoicing in any release from it.
Many of the poems celebrate the joy of nature: planting and sharing, seeing a seed sprout, observing a spider and her web, or talking about how the grit in an oyster's shell can result in a beautiful pearl.
The majority of the poems relate all this to God and His divine light, to His love and His plans for us. Let Him, the divine silversmith, fashion you as He will.
The underlying theme, which leaves the reader warmed and comforted, is a profound appreciation of life. Let us rejoice with the author in its complexity, its beauty, and even its challenges, as they help to make us who we are.
Natalie Watkins lives in South Texas and loves weaving words and ideas. Inspired by the potential of the written word to engender empathy, she writes children's literature, poetry, creative nonfiction, and blog posts.
A proud member of the blind and visually impaired community, she provides support to those new to vision loss. In addition, she is on the board of a nonprofit that serves the blind and visually impaired.
Natalie appreciates the opportunity to share her work with others and has been published in the San Antonio Express-News and the Houston Chronicle. She has placed in poetry contests sponsored by the National Federation of the Blind and the organization Writing Works Wonders. She also enjoys being on panels at book festivals and doing readings of her work.
A wife and the mother of two teens, she treasures time spent with family and friends. When she's not stalking local chefs, she enjoys the indulgence of an aromatic glass of wine paired with a square of dark chocolate. Her plump cat enjoys exercise about as much as she does, but they do their best to avoid being total couch potatoes.