I heard that night is the darkest before dawn.

Dear friends and fellow book lovers,
this is a bittersweet post. Bitter because of the way I stopped maintaining this website, without an explanation, while fading gradually away from the literary arena. Sweet because the passion that first drove me to start this blog is still there, despite the ongoing pain. Books don’t tell you how long it takes to grieve, or how deep the tears cut into your skin.

So what happened?
Life. Nothing more, with its load of treasures and trials. Even though we know that day will come, I’m not sure we’re ever prepared to witness our parents decline and leave, with the toll that sometimes follows; not sure we’re ever taught the words that will soothe them when the night approaches, the medical techniques that will steal some time for the present, make room for one more smile, one more joke, and one more hug. That was 2011 and 2012.

The blog etiquette.
Yes, there is a guide of good manners of blogging. Interestingly, none of those I read addressed what I need to add here, though I’m sure many of you would agree with me: Courtesy toward the readers and writers and the publishing team behind, requires that you let them know publicly of an upcoming hiatus, not just privately.

Thank you:
To the people who kept in touch, emailed to check in, to the strangers who even offered to help with Multiculturalism Rocks! for free – accepting was a bit more complicated than a simple “Yes,” without prior planning. Sincere and yet surprised thanks to the readers beyond borders who’ve kept visiting this blog pretty much every day.

The present
I’m blogging again, here and there. The posts will be up in their own time, I won’t give a schedule that I’m not yet sure to strictly maintain. I am resuming activities one step at the time, and one day at the time. I’m revising and writing new materials. My agent, Mira Reisberg, PhD, of Hummingbird Literary, is submitting an exciting picture book manuscript based on a true story, highlighting an aspect of life in an African village, seen through the eyes of an American girl.

I hope that you’ve all been well.
If you’re a writer or illustrator, I look forward to enjoying your work in the upcoming weeks. Please, be free to share about it in your comment and to leave a link to your website. It would be my pleasure to stop by and say, “Hi!”
If you’re a reader, I look forward to many conversations about books, cultural diversity and just life in general.

Wishing you a wonderful week, thank you for reading,

PS: My devotional website is bilingual, at least for the time being (note: it will always be multilingual). In the past, Multiculturalism Rocks! had posted a few bilingual posts (French/English) and even trilingual (French/Spanish/English), to honor the requests of some of our foreign readers and just because, well, it was fun and it’s the world we live in! 😉 Your input regarding that topic is much appreciated. Thank you.

8 thoughts on “Lessons Learned

  1. New beginnings…tis the right time, the right season, and the experiences you’ve been through will only enrich you and us, your readers. You rock!


  2. Welcome back, Nathalie! I missed you! I’m sorry about your parents’ illnesses and passing and hope things are better for you these days. I’m also glad you did not, in fact, fade away from the literary arena. (When I think of “fading away from the literary arena,” I think of the enigmatic Cesária Tinajero of Roberto Bolaño’s brilliant novel The Savage Detectives, as she disappeared into the Sonoran Desert and the protagonists drove off looking for her.) Good luck with your picture book!


  3. Thank you so much, Lyn! It feels fantastic to be “back,” and I’m deeply touched by the warm welcome. A big thank you for recommending Roberto Bolaño’s The savage Detectives; I look forward to catching up with you soon.


    1. Thanks so much, Medeia! I can’t wait to read about what you’ve been up to, as well as your latest book recommendations. I look forward to talking more to each other.


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