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I Am Not Blogging!

March 1, 2009

Remember Richard Pryor’s classic piece about his children lying? (see Jan. 13 entry or go here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x541sggu4x4 Well, that’s how I felt about previous announcements about me re-launching my blog. I’ve had my blog for years. My interest in “blogging” would shift as easily as my moods, but I’d always …

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Quote of the Week: “Closer” (From My Daddy)

February 28, 2009

“You’re closer to your goal today then you were yesterday, baby.” That’s what my loving father used to say as words of encouragement to his weary daughter trying to get through college. Thank you, daddy. That helped more than you know.


February 27, 2009

I was on a panel with Playthell Benjamin and Mele Mell yesterday at LIU. The topic was THE DILEMMA OF BLACK LEADERSHIP IN THE OBAM ERA. I was invited by my friend Curtis Stephen, a distinguished journalist and former student there. It’s been a long time since I’ve been around …

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Quote of the Week: “You Look Like a Hoochie Mama”

February 24, 2009

That’s what one of my mentorstold me upon seeing this photo: “It’s the boots.” she said. I hollered! It’s a different look for me, yes (for those who don’t know me, I’m a jeans and tee-shirt kind of woman). But hoochie mama…don’t think so. In fact, only two women that …

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An Apology From The Post…Really?

February 19, 2009

This morning, Ariel “Asho” Fernandez sent me a link to the New York Post cartoon. I saw it and was like, “Oh My God! What the hell….?” I was speechless and hurt…and pissed off! Then I came to my senses and all I could yell was “It’s The New York …

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Quote of the Week: Life Lessons from Jenny B. (Moms)

February 16, 2009

“You can’t say you love me and *?@! me over at the same time.” “Call it crazy when you see crazy coming!” “You have to deal with some people with a long-laddled spoon so they won’t bite your finger.” Jenny B. on the finer things in life: One day I’d …

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As We Prepare for Valentine’s Day

February 13, 2009

i just can’t get enough of this picture!

Quote of the Week: “You must be the change…”

February 10, 2009

“You must be the change you wish to see in the world.”~ Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi (aka Mahatma Gandhi)

Quote of the Week: Your Data

February 7, 2009

“Back it up!” ~ everyone who has every lost their computer files

Quote of the Week: “Always Do Your Best”

January 29, 2009

Your best is going to change from moment to moment; it will be different when you are healthy as opposed to sick. Under any circumstance, simply do your best, and you will avoid self-judgement, self-abuse, and regret. ~ Don Miguel Ruiz“The Four Agreements” * I LOVE this book!

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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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) …

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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 …

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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 …

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