Much Given, Much Expected

“To whom much is given much is expected. This biblical passage from the Gospel of Luke conveys a belief that I and many of my African American family and friends hold dear. Many of us recall a defining moment or childhood lessons that influence our philanthropic giving.”

I’ve opened with these lines from Giving Back to say thanks to many of the people who gave their time, talent and treasure during the development of the book. The word cloud below is yet another way of giving props….as was done here too.

An Irresistible Call

In pursuit of a dream, have you ever struggled to quiet the disquieting? Worries rise and can deafen precisely when you lean in to listen to your heart. Below is a paragraph from “Author’s Notes” in Giving Back about tuning out the noise to write my book.

At times, doubts would swarm with stinging questions about whether the vision was attainable. I questioned whether I was up to the sacrifices and risks that seeing it through seemed to require of me. People I spoke with believed in the project; they saw the significance of documenting our stories and producing a socially relevant book. This helped fend off some of my fears. Even with dispiriting episodes, I could never suppress for long the call of these stories.

Full text of “Author’s Notes” transformed into a word cloud

— VF

Blue Dream

“I thank you God for this most amazing day, for the leaping greenly spirits of trees, and for the blue dream of sky and for everything which is natural, which is infinite, which is yes.”  — e.e. cummings

And what’s a blue sky without a cloud…or two.

From readers of Giving Back

Today’s Forecast

Warmth with Scattered (Word) Clouds

“A warm smile is the universal language of kindness.” — William Arthur Ward

Clouds Do Come

“Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add color to my sunset sky.” — Rabindranath Tagore

It’s been a while since I posted a word cloud (fyi, word clouds happen to be one of my favorite things ever). Here’s one reflecting recent posts on this blog.

And you can always revisit this cloud…and this one…and this one…and this one, too.

Have a wonder-filled day!

— VF

Perfectly Cloudy Thoughts

Rain and clouds outside inevitably precipitate word clouds here. This week’s cloud is a distillation of recent reviews and media stories about Giving Back. Leave it to a cloud to make the book perfectly clear.

“Behind every cloud is another cloud.” — Judy Garland

Judy’s quip proves true hereherehere…and here!

Cloudy Days

Rain falling steadily outside, I decided to post a word cloud. Yep, I’m at it again. Just like…and here. The words of praise pouring in for Giving Back flood me with delight. — VF

Artful compilation of words from advance praise on Giving Back (

Silver-lined Cloud

Yesterday, I told you that I felt a cloud forming. And I was so right. (Wordle strikes again!)

Using advance commentary from over a dozen previewers of Giving Back, this lovely word cloud emerged. May it be the only cloud over your Labor Day weekend.

Four more weeks . . . !

Sunshine Amidst Clouds

Admittedly, I’ve got a thing for word clouds. ( has altered my life!) Loving words and artful images, I can’t help but be enthralled when the two are combined—hence my book. Anyway, here is this week’s word cloud using the latest commentary from advance readers of Giving Back. A reminder that good things can shine through the cloudiest of days and moments. — VF