El Camino de Santiago — the Way of Saint James — is the pilgrimage to the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela in Spain, where the faithful believe the remains of St. James the Elder are entombed. The medieval peregrino (pilgrim) almost always walked the Way for serious religious reasons, finding lodging and food where he might, and depending upon the kindness of strangers. Modern peregrinos have an easier time, sleeping in hostels with hot running water, and choosing their routes with care.

I chose the Camino Portugues, a 150-mile trek up the rocky coast of Portugal. Unlike religious pilgrims, I barely gave St. James a thought; I sought only 3 weeks of silence, solitude and physical challenge. My tight schedule left no time for medieval legends or spiritual revelations. The Camino, however, had other plans for me.

she-lives-cover_1A community organizer and civil rights activist, Kathleen Bolden founded the Warren-Sharpe Community Center to support and empower at-risk youth and their families. Her campaigns for peace and justice continued until her untimely death at age 57. This collection of essays — written by the people who knew her, loved her and fought by her side — chronicles the life of this extraordinary woman through childhood and motherhood, civil unrest and social injustice, tragedy and triumph.

All proceeds benefit youth programs at Warren-Sharpe Center.

veg-casserole-fullsizeInspired by First Lady Michelle Obama, the children of Warren-Sharpe Community Center planted an urban garden. Soon they were harvesting vegetables and cooking healthy meals for everyone on their block.

In August, 2015 they would step onto the South Lawn of the White House, and see for themselves that dreams can come true.

In a neighborhood with more guns than jobs, the Warren-Sharpe kids created a garden of hope. Veggie Casserole is the story of what they’ve learned — about gardening and cooking, about reclaiming their community, and about building the future with their own hands.

All proceeds from this book benefit youth and garden programs at Warren-Sharpe Community Center.