Mimi Brian Vance


The #Forbiddenwords Night Before Christmas
The #Forbiddenwords Night Before Christmas
by Mimi Brian Vance (c) 2017

'Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house
Not a fetus was stirring, not even a mouse.
The stockings were hung in an evidence-based way,
Entitlement surely to fill them someday.

Girl, boy and transgender were snug in their beds,
While visions of sugar-plums danced in their heads.
Upset by the growing diversity gap,
We parents were missing our long winter's nap.

When out in the world there arose such a clatter
I sprang from the bed to see what was the matter.
Grabbed the TV remote and my phone in a dash
Logged in to check up on the latest news flash.

Reporters all standing on new fallen snow
Are we under the threat of a nuclear blow?
We wish we could dream of the kingdom of sweets,
Instead we have nightmares of Donald Trump's tweets.

Democracy's vulnerable freedoms we know
Were hit by another group word-ban. Oh, no!
Then what to my wonder, I started to hear
The start of a protest so loud and so clear.

With science-based knowledge we'll rise and reclaim
Some sanity in this political game
And even though warned that we should not resist
The people will nevertheless still persist!

No time for more stanzas, we must get to work.
Let's push back against this, with kick and with jerk
With voices and keyboards, use all of your might
Stand up against censorship! This is our fight!

#censoredChristmas #sayitanyway


The Words by the Handful Series
By Mimi Brian Vance
Four stories to help you and your baby communicate with baby sign language.

Milk and More
Boat and Bath
Book and Bed
Baby and Bunny

Tummies on the Run
by Andrea White and Mimi Vance, Illustrations by Rob Shepperson
"...Tummies round and flat and fun
A world of tummies on the run."

by Andrea White and Mimi Vance Illustrated by Rob Shepperson
"...Sheets, pillows, blankets, beds
Snuggles for all sleep heads..."

By Mimi Vance and Andrea White, Illustrated by Mary Cooley Craddock
"...Water on the move,
Sparkle, glisten, groove,
Sprinkle, shimmer, spray,
Mist that whispers "play"!

Veggies Vroom Vroom / Vegetales Intergalacticos
by Andrea White and Mimi Vance, Illustrations by Bill Megenhardt
"...Artichokes for landing gear,
And mushroom bumpers front to rear."

Mariachi Man/ El Mariachi
by Andrea White and Mimi Vance, Illustrations by Bill Megenhardt.
"... Jars are changing - can it be?
Look! It's a Spice Band in front of me."

Selected Works

A little piece inspired by 7 banned words.
Going for a run - from a child-in-a-stroller's perspective.
Celebrating Houston's Discovery Green Gateway Fountain
Mom's shopping for vegetables, but I'm building spaceships!
Dad's shopping for spices, but I see something else!
Sharing Sign Language with Your Child - A Four Book Set
For A Good Night's Sleep

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