29 December 2017

The Musings Of A Septuagenarian Novice & And The Welcoming Of 2018 With Trepidation And Conviction

What I've noticed during the beginning of each decade of my existence; there was always a set of unique circumstances that marked its uniqueness beginning with the age of 10 (Denarian (10-19).  I started my menses and my life of care-free days at the playground with the softball team was restricted and I began my years of dependency on Midol once a month not to mention other prohibitions. During my 20th year (Vicenarian) my politics were more to the left and Pan-Africanism and research on the history of my ancestors on this continent and globally with their detractors/oppressors became a preoccupation. I took nothing for granted and as Malcolm X had stated; think for yourself and always research what you hear and come to your own conclusions.  During my mid-twenties, I married and began a family which was no easy task due to medical concerns.  As I began my thirties (Tricenarian) my husband and I were surprised with another pregnancy and I completed my graduate studies.  Upon my 40th year (Quadragenarian); I was diagnosed with Breast Cancer and fought valiantly through 2 separate diagnoses...five years apart.

16 December 2017

MERRY CHRISTMAS & HAPPY HOLIDAYS



The message this Christmas is brief and I've also featured the various archival  holiday messages on my sidebar. Many of the issues raised then haven't changed and I imagine will be with us for years to come.  The Merry Christmas vs Happy Holidays controversy and the validity of the differing points of view are re-visited.  I've been quite clear about my views on the subject, however, I recently read an article by John Pavlovitz, a self-described "20-year ministry veteran trying to figure out how to love people well and to live-out the red letters of Jesus." and it broadened a few concepts I had about this subject.  In my opinion, this article has been one of the better perspectives on Why I'm a Christain who says "Happy Holidays".

*Enjoy this season of love, communion, goodwill, and charity. 

11 December 2017

A Few Thoughts On "God A Human History"


Author Bio
I was first introduced to this book and author while viewing a Super Soul Sunday segment on OWN.  Oprah was interviewing Reza Aslan about this somewhat controversial book on his concept of God.  Mr. Aslan has an impressive bio and I've provided a link for your convenience.  As a practice, I usually present books that I find interesting on my sidebar with links to reviews and occasionally will do a Goodreads review on my sidebar sites of interest. This one particularly held my fascination and I wanted my subscribers or those who've not heard of his work or his background to read and share their impressions.  I must say, that this book also provided a more succinct language acumen for my own questions and perplexities about "The Almighty" and other names associated with this omnipotent force 'from which all knowledge flows.'

11 November 2017

THANKFULNESS/GRATITUDE/THANKSGIVING UPDATE 2017

 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 Donald Trump, killings of unarmed black youth, pathological hatred, Russia-gate 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 ~

 
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