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  This morning I am in deep contemplation about many things. In fact, I burned my breakfast toast not once, not twice but three times–how that happened– I have no idea. I always thought toasters had built in timers but perhaps I am not in the present but suspended in time? I am deep in […]

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The Power of a Mother’s Prayer

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               The Power of a Mother’s Prayer   This past weekend, I stayed in our childhood home, my mother’s home of 60 years after finishing numerous business meetings in Portland. I love coming home. There are so many memories, scents and sounds that reflect both a joyous and yet tough childhood. It’s hard to […]

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Opening my heart and evolving my faith

I love this photo–it so reminds me of me in my spiritual walk which is so dichotomous. Sometimes I am so serious and oft-times I am filled with joy. Growing up a Buddhist, I memorized and chanted all of the critical scriptures but discovered through research that women were thought to never be able to achieve […]

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Teach, Teach Your Children Well

I love FB timeline pop ups, they make me smile recollecting all of the many wonderful experiences that enveloped our lives when my three sons were young. It was not easy raising three boys as a single-parent and it was especially challenging raising three young teen boys of African-American heritage during a time when prejudice, ignorance and stereotypes […]

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“The more educated a man the less he knows.”

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artwork (c) Terrence Booth Jr, Pima Artist There is an old Pima saying– I heard many decades ago “the more educated a man the less he knows.” I have been pondering that quote a great deal most especially as I look at the huge graduate loan debt I will be paying off over the next […]

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STILL WE RISE

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  YOU HAVE A PURPOSE. I have a purpose. Last night I went to bed so encouraged. I realized after watching the PBS documentary BLACK AMERICA SINCE MLK: AND STILL I RISE—my life has significant meaning and purpose and I encourage you to reflect on what you can do and where you can continue to […]

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One More Cup of Good Coffee Before I Go

Have you ever heard that song by Bob Dylan–one more cup of coffee before I go? Is that about unrequited love or is it about him not settling? Maybe it is about the struggle of enjoying the moment but not wanting to put up with something less? You can read so much in to a […]

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USE THE FINE CHINA

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We humans have such peculiar habits and traditions. Loved ones gift us outrageous china to celebrate our wedding nuptials or send us beautiful linens to congratulate our anniversary and we store them away. Our children buy us way too expensive gifts on our birthday sometimes proudly with their first paycheck and we put the present […]

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The Dual Blessing of the Comfort Zone

I have never, ever worked, studied or lived in the “comfort zone” always challenged myself to stretch, be uncomfortable, constantly work–work hard for the sake of the greater good. Such earnest effort were drilled in my spirit culturally by both parents. It was also important to me– that my life’s work had some meaningful purpose. I […]

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Oh My Papa

  Honoring My Father–dedicated to a leader before his time Oh, my Papa, to me he was so wonderful, Oh, my Papa, to me he was so good. I never understood your intensity and why you had such a temper Yes, the world was unjust, close-minded and discriminatory. But why was it your battle to […]

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