No need to apologize!

2016 has not been the kindest.  I have learned hard lessons about life, and love particularly — matters of the heart. I have also been forced to make harsh decisions about what is best for me, and I began reevaluating relationships — on all levels. I am not sorry for what I’m feeling. I’m not depressed over what I’ve experienced. I am no longer expending energy on relationships with family members whom I have previously

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Great Music Lives On…

Stuff like this song performed by Jarrod Lawson and Tahirah Memory makes my heart smile…

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Proud Woman of Color

I was challenged a few times ~ what an honor ~ to post 1 picture that represents me being a ‘Proud Woman of Color’ and though you may have seen this particular picture more than once, I chose it again because I continue to emulate the queen whose lap I sat on at the age of 4 (1972). I knew then that I was a Nubian Princess because she was the epitome of black pride.

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An Open Letter from A Loving Mother to Her Only Son

That September 4th morning in 1992 when I realized that my trip to the hospital meant that I was about to bring forth a life, I leaned over the top of the banister at your grandma’s house and cried. I broke into wailing sobs. Thoughts raced through my mind from wondering if I would be a good enough mom to you, to being honored that God would bless me with such a precious gift! And,

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Life & Death

   It’s not about the way in which a person departs this life but by how they’ve lived it & the manner that they’ve touched so many others ~ tonight’s tribute to my god brother/cousin, Hassan Jeffrey left me feeling honored to have been a part of his life but saddened that I didn’t know the parts of his life that others shared ~ there was standing room only and many moments when there wasn’t

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Death: Too Much is More Than Enough!

I said to someone recently that 2016 has had the ring of death in the air like never before & they attempted to shush me by saying that we just pay more attention to death now because we are getting older. I disagreed w/that statement then and still, now. 2016 is not even 5 months deep & the loss has spanned from celebs that we thought we knew because their faces were part of our

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Healthy Change 

  I am a picky eater — have always been. I love vegetables, dried fruit and smoothies, but I can’t live without seafood (particularly: fish & shrimp). I love rewarding recipes, blogs and articles that insight new ideas about what I might like to concoct in the kitchen. A late night commercial led me to this website, I Eat Grass that I plan to look into with passion. If you’re reading this, and know of other places

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Not what I used to be!

Blessed in a marvelous way by this! Tina Campbell put her whole heart into singing, Destiny! #havmercy http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Az5tH-E4OhY&sns=em

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It was all a dream…

The other day I was awakened from one of the most startling dreams I’ve ever had.  I remember wiping tears away because I was relieved by what the dream had revealed to me. In the dream, I learned that my mother had not actually died nearly 4 years ago.  

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Blessed!

   Thank you, God for a morning that allowed me to: shine the spotlight on others whose gifts are worthy of true notoriety, fill a friend’s ears with loving encouragement, to hear music w/2 good ears after spending my yesterday trying to find a sign language interpreter for individuals who will never hear what I do, for being able to inhale, exhale and use 2 additional gifts called eyes! Thank you for my blessings ~

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Forgiveth Others…

…so that God can heal your inner being and continue to bless you! I did something difficult today ~ something I have prayed on for moths ~ something I’ve kicked & screamed about ~ something I swore in 2015 that I would not ~ I found forgiveness in my heart & picked up the telephone that weighed nearly 100,000 lbs at that moment ~ I made ‘the’ call that I’ve dreaded ~ I was brushed

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Unforgiveness!

Joel Osteen’s message this morning reminded me to rid myself of ‘unforgiveness’ ~ something that I have been praying on for nearly 4 years ~ I replay in my mind those who wronged my mother, in life and death & it angers me while causing extreme pain… Unforgiveness is blocking my blessings.

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Throwback Cut of the Week!

Inspired by Michael A. Gonzalez’ article Slept On Soul/Randy & The Gypsys — mentioning an album by Randy Jackson’s band, Randy & The Gypsys that I rocked so hard back in the days! I popped one cassette, replaced it with another and ultimately brought a cd for my discman (dating myself, for sure – smile!). Reading that article made me think of other songs that put me in a great space & gave me the

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Internalizing…

  

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Cupid’s Hunt Podcast Collaboration 2016: “Jumbled Love Bits”

I’m looking at my contribution to 2016’s Cupid Hunt Mix: Podcast Collaboration as an attempt to return to my own old norm.  That was the norm when I loved, lived and breathed anything with a rhythm.  So much has changed within me over these past few years … life has taken me on a journey that I would not want to repeat, unless it meant rewriting each chapter — and that will never be —

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Life: Make a Better Effort 

  

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Not My Will, But Thy Will

As the year 2015 winds down, thankfully I can say that I have made it this far. “Tomorrow is not promised,” is something we often hear — and may have even said ourselves. The honest truth is that the next minute is not actually promised to any of us!

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Kashif: Forever A Favorite!

There’s not much to say, other than — listen!

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Take Me to the King

Day 3 of the Soul Music Challenge: changing things up a bit because thoughts of my mom woke me out of a dream a short while ago. (I was calling out to her w/no response from her. I actually heard myself calling her & was alarmed.)— When I first heard Tamela Mann sing the song ‘Take Me to the King’ it hit me hard because it definitely could have been written by mom: she was

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Days of War: A Reflection 

Looking back over my life: remembering 1990-1991, having spent my time during the Gulf War in Khobar Towers, under constant missile attack. The war was short-lived but the hard work of caring for, and being accountable for the Iraqi prisoners in the camps we supervised continued for us beyond the disturbance. As a member of the 800th Military Police Brigade, I met people from around the globe during that time & had hope that those

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