• Be Lovely,  Bright Places,  Life,  World Life

    Curly Headed Wonder: GERM Magazine Salutes Shirley Temple Black

    Shirley Temple became a professional actress at the age of three.  From 1935-1938, she was the world’s number one box-office star, even ousting Clark Gable.  The little girl with exactly 56 curls single-handedly “saved a major Hollywood studio from financial ruin” at age six; although, she received under $15 a month of her earnings as spending money.   She is widely…

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    Dear Abraham Lincoln…

    In honor of Abe Lincoln’s birthday, we thought we’d share part of a lovely piece written by brilliant author, illustrator, and designer Maira Kalman. “In Love With A. Lincoln” first appeared in the New York Times in 2009, and while the entire piece is too lengthy to share here, we had to at least share some of it. Please read…

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    Who are these white people, anyway?

    Martin Luther King, Jr. day has a special place in my heart for many reasons.  My mother was among the first teachers integrated in the North Carolina School systems.  My sister was in one of the first integrated graduating classes in 1981 in Greenville County, South Carolina.  That’s right.  1981.  And my son, Max, came home from kindergarten in Merton,…

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    Be Lovely 365

    Beings and things are not sacred enough to me. May I never sully anything even though I be utterly transformed into mud. To sully nothing, even in thought. Even in my worst moments I would not destroy a Greek statue or a fresco by Giotto. Why anything else then? Why, for example, a moment in the life of a human…

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    WriteGirl

    Sisters are doing it for themselves! WriteGirl is a Los Angeles based program for young female writers founded by all-around creative Keren Taylor. Founded in 2001, the program features experienced and accomplished female writers giving guidance to young women in a variety of genres, including fiction, poetry, play and screen writing, and journalism. According to the program’s website, they were…