By Denise Lewis Patrick
From the seashores of Africa to the bowels of a transatlantic send to a balloting sales space in Mississippi to the jungles of Vietnam, all human connection is an issue of souls.
In this stirring choice of brief tales, Denise Lewis Patrick considers the souls of black women and men throughout centuries and continents. In every one, she takes the degree in their dignity, describes their goals, and catalogs their fears.
Brutality, good looks, laughter, rage, and love all take their turns in every one tale, however the ultimate influence is of indomitable, luminous, and hooked up souls.
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Ask the group members to share their responses with the group. Opening Activities: Warm-Ups, Icebreakers, and Other Brief Activities Covered with Love Journals Materials needed • Several different patterns of brightly colored fabric—approx. 3 feet (1 meter) • Three-ring binders • Ruled paper and typing paper • Scissors • Fabric glue (see Resources section) • Yarn or ribbon Purpose of the activity • To create a personal journal/diary to be used outside of the therapeutic setting • To develop healthy coping skills • To create a “safe” place to ventilate thoughts and feelings Description of the activity Cut fabric to the correct size to cover the binder—about 15 inches (40 centimeters) of a 44/45 inch (110 centimeters) length for a standard 1 inch (2 centimeter), 3 ring binder.
A script can be developed or group members can get into character and “ad lib” their parts. After the trial is complete and the wolf has received his verdict, ask the jurors what determined their verdict. Discuss perspective and the two sides of the story with the group. Variations of the activity • The True Story of…—Ask group members to take another common story or fairy tale and tell the “real” story (examples include Goldilocks and the Three Bears, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, and Pinocchio).
Pinkalicious loves the color pink. ” Pinkalicous feels sad and depressed that others feel that way about her favorite color and she stops making pink a part of everything she does. But then, she meets Purplicious, whose favorite color is purple, and Pinkalicious understands that it is okay to be herself and love pink. This book provides the opportunity to discuss individuality, being kind to others, dealing with sadness, and friendship. Description of the activity Read the story to the group and ask questions to ensure listening and comprehension (offer small prizes).
A Matter of Souls by Denise Lewis Patrick