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Every Monday, Everyday….

10 Oct

Who would have thought he could make a living cutting & pasting?

There is a point in my day where I experience and existential crisis, followed by an emotional one. As I do, every Monday, and subsequently every day, I give up. I throw up my hands. “You will never be the you that you dreamt of.”, my ever loudening sub conscience yells at me. I resigned to do nothing, as I often do, and wait for inspiration. Sometimes it appears, sometimes…it doesn’t.

Let me go back a little. I am a perpetual pessimists. I know, sad, silly, but its just part of my make up, can that change? Yes, with more therapy, perhaps. Anywho, many years ago I came up with a mantra, just to stop myself from beating myself up so much. It was, “This is the first day of the rest of my life.” I would say it every Monday. No, I would proclaim it every Monday and feel great about it. Now, every-time I had a set back in my day, no matter how small, I used the mantra to reset. Continue reading


(S)He Ain’t Heavy….

3 Oct

Did he ever get him?

This Gilbert Young painting, titled “He Ain’t Heavy”, was created over 30 years ago. The artist said, “Once you’ve reached ANY level of success, reach back and help someone else. No “If,” “Ands,” or “Buts.” ‘Nuff said.” Unfortunately for our community, the lesson has not been learned and He Ain’t Heavy would better be posed as a question.

We have failed. We have failed to support each other and develop our communities. Allowing, no, virtually sacrificing our dollars and allegiances to people and businesses that do not support us and do not reinvest our money in our communities—or only in a nominal way. When I say we, what do I mean? I mean we the black Caribbean woman. Although this is a forum for all women who consider themselves a daughter of the Caribbean diaspora, there must be acknowledgment of the divisions/differences if we are to move towards true cohesiveness.

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You Will Be Missed, Wangari Maathai

26 Sep


April 1, 1940 – September 25, 2011

Professor Wangari Muta Maathai, Kenyan environmentalist, activist and Nobel Prize laureate passed on yesterday. Founder of the Green Belt Movement, Prof. Maathai facilitated the planting of over 40 million trees in Africa, reducing soil erosion. Through her environmentalism, she was able to empower Kenyan women to step up and become involved in this process. This is just the tip of the iceberg when speaking about all she accomplished and added to this wounded world.

She will be missed.

“The planting of trees is the planting of ideas. By starting with the simple act of planting a tree, we give hope to ourselves and to future generations.”

–Wangari Maathai