For my other writer/illustrator friends who pursue their creative work despite no public acclaim, I'm just as ecstatically proud of you. Your lives, your words, your art . . . it's always a choice to believe in and actively participate in making a Something from the looming chaos of Nothing. And I love you for making that choice each day.
Yesterday was also Martin Luther King Day, a day of service. My husband and I were last-minute volunteers at a local project hosted by our community college in Northern Virginia. I want to share pictures so you'll see another way Something comes from Nothing.
The Nothing: kids in Iraq and Afghanistan, whose classroom are often bare of essential supplies
The Something: folders, pencils, notebook paper, erasers, pencil sharpeners, rulers, pencil bags, scissors, colored pencils, composition books (all donated)
And the missing link: the people who gathered and bagged the supplies to send to Operation International Child, which ships them overseas to . . .
. . . be distributed by American troops to children.
If you work with kids or need a fool-proof service project, I highly recommend Operation International Children. You can view their "report card" here.