Your Voice by Christiana McQuain

Crossing Bridges by Rev. Jan Taddeo

Things to Think by Robert Bly

Loss: the Little Boat by Bob Patrick


Poem: Valentine for Ernest Mann by Naomi Shihab Ny

On unlocking the gifts by shifting our expectations

“He really liked those skunks.

So, he re-invented them

as valentines and they became beautiful

At least, to him…”



Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World by Adam Grant

The Positive Power Of Negative Thinking by Julie Norem

Far From the Tree: Parents, Children and the Search for Identity by Andrew Solomon

Honors the poignant and inspiring journeys of parents whose child’s path does not fit expectations. Traces the terrain of moving beyond those expectations into love. (Movie based on the book: here)

Picture Book:

Amazing Grace, written by Mary Hoffman, illustrated by Caroline Binch



Tomorrow – cover:  Haley Klinkhammer

A Change is Gonna Come:  Sam Cook

Cover and tribute:

Can’t No One Know: Sweet Honey in the Rock


Movies & Television:

Far From The Tree (Documentary) On What happens to families when a child’s journey is not the one that was expected?

“Follows families meeting extraordinary challenges through love, empathy, and understanding. This life-affirming documentary encourages us to cherish loved ones for all they are, not who they might have been.  Based on Andrew Solomon’s award-winning book “Far From the Tree.” (Read a review here)

Akeelah and the Bee Want to feel like you are capable of defying expectations? This is the movie for you!

When They See Us On why we must confront our darkest expectations and deepest prejudices.  (Article on the movie found here)

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse The highly-acclaimed animation film about navigating societal and familial expectations while at the same time being called to great expectations.