The First Word Ever: A Journal Reflection

for forty yearsthe sheets of white paper havepassed under my hands and I have tried     to improve their peacefulemptiness putting downlittle curls little shaftsof letters words     little flames leaping "Forty Years,” by Mary Oliver Writing really is amazing. Somehow these squiggly lines convey information that has allowed humanity to rise out of the field and …

How the Son of a Rural Sharecropper Became an Ambassador for Humanity: The Story of Blind Willie Johnson

At the age of five, George Johnson gave his son Willie a gift that would change his life—a cigar box guitar. As Willie picked it up and began strumming, it soon became apparent that he had a gift. A couple of years later, Willie’s stepmother was caught cheating, and his father beat her out of …