Thanks, Carla, for the loan of this illustration.

Saturday mornings were mornings not to disturb parents who were sleeping in, grab a bowl of Frosted Flakes in our Tony the Tiger bowl we received from sending in cereal boxtops, and to sit down in front of the TV to watch cartoons. That was the 50’s and 60’s go-to plan. TV programming was tuned in to this phenomena, running cartoons from 6:30 a.m. until the 9:00 a.m. news. This blog dedicates Saturday mornings toward the same “target audience.” Here is a recommendation for the kid or grandkid in your life:

In honor of National Poetry Month, here is our recommendation for 4/23/22:
One of the “Gutsy Women” mentioned in this wonderful book by Rosemary Rosenfanz, is the poet, Gwendolyn Brooks.

In Gutsy Women, Roenfanz presents gutsy women poets and authors as the daily readings for Thursdays of every week. She heads up her article about Gwendolyn Brooks with a quote: “Poetry is life distilled.”

Brooks lived from 1917-2000, and was “one of the most highly respected, influential, and widely read poets of the 20th century.” In 1950, she was the first African American author to win a Pulitzer Prize ,” which she did with Annie Allen. ” [She] was the Illinois’ poet laureate (from 1968-2000) and the first Black woman consultant to the Library of Congress.”

“After working for the NAACP, Brooks developed her writing in poetry workshops,” publishing her first collection A Street in Bronzeville, in 1945. Her poetry showcased the plight of the Black, urban poor. In later years, she traveled extensively as an activist dealing with “the problems of color.” Her poetry influenced many young, Black poets of the 21st. century.

This book has been a delight to me, allowing me to read about
“gutsy women” of my era, and those who came before. Each day upon reading the short piece on a woman, I think, “You go, girl!” and am inspired to attempt to be “gutsy” in my own life. Thank you, Rosemary, for such a lovely daily “read.”

(This book was reviewed earlier on PWR.)


My Friday Firstliner today is a book I have looked through, read snippets from, and plan to review this weekend here on PWR.

The author, herself, sent me a copy of this book, and I was most happy to receive and review it, for I liked it very much.

Here are the first lines taken at random from the introduction:

365 Days of Gutsy Women is a secular compendium of the same compendium or tradition [ as the many books of daily readings now so popular], a year’s worth of readings that will inspire and fascinate you as you discover extraordinary women who have come before us.”

The book’s offerings include Activists/Rebels, Educators/Philosophers, Scientists/Innovators, Authors/Poets, Leaders, Artists/Musicians, Goddesses, organized well on each day of the week. It is a book I plan to start this weekend and continue reading on a daily basis (as the author intended) for the rest of the year. Stay tuned for more excerpts at a later date.