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Quote of the Week: “Don’t Make Assumptions”

January 24, 2009

Find the courage to ask questions and to express what you really want. Communicate with others as clearly as you can to avoid misunderstandings, sadness, and dramam. With just this one agreement, you can completely transform your life.~ Don Miguel Ruiz“The Four Agreements”* I LOVE this book!

8 Amazing Inaugural Moments

January 22, 2009

8 AMAZING INAUGURAL MOMENTSat the Presidential Inauguration of Barack ObamaTuesday, January 20, 2009 (6:13 am to 1:30 pm, approx) 1. Masses and masses of happy, hopeful people. The emotional voltage was so high and so positive on Tuesday that it was as though, for this brief moment in time, everything was right and fulfilling in …

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Quote of the Week: “Don’t Take Anything Personally”

January 17, 2009

Nothing others do is because of you. What others say and do is a projection of their own reality, their own dream. When you are immune to the opinions and actions of others, you won’t be the victim of needless suffering. ~ Don Miguel Ruiz“The Four Agreements” * I LOVE this book!

Richard Pryor’s “I Wasn’t Really Running” Classic

January 13, 2009

Remember Richard Pryor’s classic piece about his children lying?

“Why do the police terrorize our communities?”

January 7, 2009

When I was a student at Howard, I was at one of the countless grassroots organizing meetings regarding some madness that was going on in DC. I don’t even remember what the specific subject was, who got shot, who was wronged, or anything like that. I simply remember that it was about police brutality and …

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Quote of the Week: “Be Impeccable with Your Word”

January 5, 2009

Speak with integrity. Say only what you mean. Avoid using the word to speak against yourself or to gossip about others. Use the power of your word in the direction of truth and love. ~ Don Miguel Ruiz“The Four Agreements” * I LOVE this book!

5 Things I Did to Close Out 2008

January 1, 2009

Pampered myself Called my family Closed my eyes and envisioned a brilliant 2009 Paid down on my communication gap Closed out a lot of loose ends And thanked God for the peace and quiet.

Quote of the Week: “Instructions for Life”

December 31, 2008

[the first time i read this, several years ago, i thought it was wonderful. now…i see that i’ve grown more cynical. i like it still, but am wondering about some of the lines here, especially the last one. but read it, there are some gems here!] INSTRUCTIONS FOR LIFE(author unknown) Give people more than they …

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In Memoriam: Earth Kitt

December 26, 2008

Singer and actress Eartha Kitt has died, her publicist, Patty Freedman, told CNN on Thursday. Kitt, 81, died in New York, where she was being treated for colon cancer, Freedman said. Her daughter, Kitt Shapiro, was by her side. She was performing almost until the end, taping a PBS special six weeks ago in Chicago, …

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What I Love

December 24, 2008

Tis the season where love is comtemplated more now then any other part of the year. Here’s a random list a just a few of the people and things that I love, from the silly to substantive (just a few): God, my parents, my siblings, my extended family, chocolate covered peanut clusters, pecans, pecans with …

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Quote of the Week: Sonia Sanchez on Writing

December 24, 2008

“…I write to keep in contact with our ancestors and to spread truth to people.”

Quote of the Week: Toni Morrision on Fear (Song of Solomon)

December 20, 2008

What difference do it make if the thing you scared of is real or not? (from Song of Solomon)

This Week, I Turn 40.5

December 20, 2008

[This week, on December 15, I will be 40.5. Here’s an essay I published a few years ago that you might enjoy. Many others did.] Forty Backwardsby April R. Silver (2006) Last month I turned 38. With 40 fast approaching, I’ve been more reflective than usual. I’ve begun to observe life from over my shoulder, …

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Quote of the Week: Toni Morrison (Bluest Eye)

December 11, 2008

There is really nothing more to say — except why. But since why is difficult to handle, one must take refuge in how. (from The Bluest Eye)

The Kidding of Children

December 6, 2008

“God has lessons for us, but sometimes God has The Devil to deliver them.” That’s the soul of the message that I got from wise woman NANA CAMILLE YARBROUGH a few years ago. Don’t know what we were talking about, but it applies to this next entry. I dated said deliverer once, but I learned …

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In Memoriam: Odetta

December 5, 2008

From Yesterday’s Put On BLAST!(December 3, 2008) Dear POB! Family, I’m sorry to share this news: Odetta, respected around the world as the “voice of the civil rights movement,” has passed. Sonya White was the first person that I know of who shared the news that Odetta was in the hospital (that was a few …

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Quote of the Week: Zora Neale Hurston on Self-Love

December 2, 2008

I am not tragically colored. There is no great sorrow dammed up in my soul, nor lurking behind my eyes. I do not mind at all.

Quote of the Week: Zora Neale Hurston on Maturing

November 27, 2008

There are years that ask questions and years that answer.

ARS on WBAI Radio Michelle Factor

November 21, 2008

Quote of the Week: Zora Neale Hurston on Reaching

November 21, 2008

No matter how far a person can go the horizon is still way beyond you.

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