Tuesday, January 20, 2009
HOPE: New York City Omens and Miracles
My middle name is Hope. That makes it easy to believe in lucky omens. Look closely at my books, you will find my good luck omen, a white dove, hidden in the art.
A white dove came to visit the Brooklyn gardens where I live. I named the beautiful bird Saraswati, a goddess from Indian myth who dresses in white; a bird is always her escort. A symbol of wisdom, Saraswati expresses as scientists, teachers, librarians, writers, artists, musicians, and poets.
At the same time, picture book author and friend, Miriam Cohen, saw a white dove in her backyard gardens in Queens!
We sold our book DOWN IN THE SUBWAY right away. The book is still going strong 10 years later.
Omens are in your home town too. Look for them.
New York City is filled with miracles. This sure reminds me of my white dove.
Create miracles. Live your dreams. Wisdom + Effort = Miracles.
Image: The white dove is on the cover of A CITY IS.
Illustration by Melanie Hope Greenberg.