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02 January 2017

The Arrival of 2017 & Severe Challenges to a Happy New Year!

I was somewhat hesitant to post another New Year's message given my overall disappointment over the 2016 election results and the upcoming ascendance of Donald Trump to the White House on January 20, 2017. I use the word ascendance for he has conducted himself in a dictatorial manner as president-elect. He is interfering with  President Obama's administrative affairs, hobnobbing and actually supporting Russian leader Putin, distorting facts, and selecting a predominately male cabinet with dubious reputations and questionable ethics. The list goes on. 


As I reviewed the conclusions of my previous  2016, 2014, 2013 & 2012 messages; there was a common thread of hope and recognition that all is not lost despite chronic mayhem, injustice and all forms of global chaos. There was an acknowledgment of those issues and events in our lives that exemplify the best of our humanity, for we've certainly observed the worst.  However, I do not agree with all the media/pundits' passive reconciliation of the fate of America under a Trump presidency... I'm just not there.  The future is tenuous and hoping for the best without a more assertive and relentless check and balance approach to the incoming administration may be our undoing. I have considerable respect for the intelligence and due diligence of Joy Reid and some of the more courageous journalists when it comes to monitoring and speaking out on those issues that threaten security and freedom for all. Her assessment of  the results of a Trump Presidency is commendable. 

Joy Reid :  " What Trump Voters 'Won' "

   

25 November 2016

Calling for the Elimination of the Antiquated and Unfair Electoral College

THE DAILY KOS featured an article by Chris Bowers on the need to challenge those who want to adhere to a system that has cheated at least two contenders, in recent history,  from the white house.  The popular raw vote of the people dismissed and as a result a man who by far besmirches what the Presidency and America should be about gains power.  A new coinage of PTSD has emerged...Post Trump Stress Disorder for many especially those of color and immigrant groups.

May I suggest you read:

23 November 2016

THANKFULNESS/GRATITUDE/THANKSGIVING UPDATE

 This is a re-posting of a compilation of former Thanksgiving messages .  Once again, we are at the crossroads of human suffering with a lot of recent trauma related to President elect Donald Trump, killings of unarmed black youth, pathological hatred,  justice denied, overall escalation of human misery, global wars, persecution, genocide and the unremitting and daunting effects of poverty. The latter is just to name a few.  In the midst of all this...we continue to  publicly celebrate the rite of Thanksgiving.  Acts of kindness still abound, many people are doing well despite the hardships expressed which is usually the case.  "Many things are true at once" , however, we must not forget or fail to continue to advocate and diligently work for changes that enhance humanity and lend to making subsequent Thanksgivings more meaningful.
 
"Gratitude is the inward feeling of kindness received.  Thankfulness is the natural impulse to express that feeling. Thanksgiving is the following of that impulse." ~ Henry Van Dyke ~

'Together We Give Thanks' ~ Kathrerine Roundtree
It's that time of the year again and I find myself still trying to reconcile the concepts of being thankful or grateful for what we have and frankly what we hope that we'll keep and certainly relieved that things aren't as bad as they are for much of humanity. "Fearing to lose what you have is not the same as appreciation" ~ Terry Guillemets ~
I've written several posts on this holiday from different perspectives including that of some Native Americans.{ See link 'National Day of Mourning.'} There are the exasperated  sighs  from  folks who find some form of gratitude or thankfulness in the most dire circumstances when they encounter people like me. Their perceptions are that we are the ones hardwired to focus more on the maladies of humankind instead of being thankful for those blessings that others share or for those who are doing relatively well despite their problems.  The consideration of societal and individual limitations coupled with solution building can enhance one's ability to be truly grateful in the face of dreaded happenstances.  As a collective we should give thanks.  I do believe that.
There is, however, a passage from one of Dr. King's sermons that reinforces my perception that we should always shine a light on and work towards the resolution of the suffering and injustice that much of humanity endures on a daily basis. The celebrated day of Thanksgiving is no exception.  The passage reads: "The first question which the priest and the Levite asked was: If I stop to help this man, what will happen to me? But... the good Samaritan reversed the question: If I do not stop to help this man, what will happen to him?"


With that said; I  enjoy reading articles and collecting quotes on thankfulness and gratitude. Many of them made a distinction between being thankful and having gratitude.


"Being thankful is to acknowledge the contributions of others. While, thankfulness represents an understanding of such contributions, it does not necessarily represent a deep, heartfelt embrace of the contributions."
"Having gratitude is to really feel and embrace the contributions of others and the power of the universe in your life.  Gratitude moves the intellectual acknowledgement of being thankful to a deep feeling representing the intersection of intellect and soul."  ~ Wecare ~

14 November 2016

We've Lost Another Analytical Journalist of Integrity and Excellence




Noted Journalist, Television Newscaster & Author

SEPTEMBER 29, 1955 ~ NOVEMBER 14, 2016






We will miss you and your in-depth reporting and assessments on domestic and global issues.  Bountiful blessings to you, your family and friends.

"I Have No Doubts"

20 September 2016

Anticipation: The National Museum of A-A History & Culture Opening

Founding Director:  Lonnie Bunch

September 24, 2016 marks the opening of a project that has been in the works for many years: The National Museum of African American History & Culture.

The scholar featured above, Lonnie Bunch, has steadfastly worked on this project for 10 years with the assistance of many.  He has met his goal of creating a museum with the huge task of presenting the black experience in America... the good, indifferent, bad and ugly.  The task was multi-fold; educative, devastatingly truthful, entertaining as well as empowering through artifacts, exhibitions, personal mementos and documents. This herculean display of the arduous plight of a people forced into slavery and their ongoing resolve to fight for dignity and full citizenship over the centuries merits not only our engagement but global participation. He didn't soft-pedal the experiences of Africans and their descendants which may or can be offensive to some, yet, has managed to be inclusive of all Americans through the lens of black experiences in this country.

Dare I say...that this will be a dynamic museum with historic,current and future events to show and tell! 

Link(s):
 

24 August 2016

THANK YOU MR. CURRY: GOD SPEED & A SAFE JOURNEY!

" I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith".
~Timothy 4:7 ~
February 23, 1947 – August 20, 2016

04 August 2016

Women of Color Trending in Fencing & Gymnastics: Olympics 2016

'BLACK GIRL MAGIC 2016'

Ibtihaj Muhammad - Sabre Fencer
It's been a eye-opener for this senior citizen to find that there are African-American women perfecting their skills in fencing and honing their craft to the point of participating in this year's Olympics.  I have a sense of pride and curiosity as to how they were introduced to the sport and what was it about fencing that piqued their interest. Ibtihaj Muhammad is a lovely Muslim woman from New Jersey and 2007 graduate of Duke University.  From what little I've read and of course the source; it was her religious beliefs and strict dress codes that led to a sport where she would be fully covered. She's been a member of the United States Fencing Team since 2010.  Competing with her skills is the fact that she is the first woman to wear a Hijab to the Olympics.



Nzingha Prescod - Foil Fencer

Nzingha Prescod is returning to the 2016 Olympics after competing in the 2012 at age 19.  She's from Brooklyn, N.Y. and is a recent graduate of Columbia University.  The accolades and awards cited on her bio are many.  She has continued  to hone her skills during the interim and she as well as Ibtihaj will keep us spellbound  as they both compete for the gold. 
    

Three Gymnasts of Color Lead 2016 Team