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Skokiaan!

Every now and then, I’m a sucker for good music.  When it comes to great music, I just can’t keep myself from sharing it. I want to make this Wednesday light and happy, and after you hear this song by one of the greatest, you can’t help but want to get up and dance to this tune! When they said that Lois Armstrong was a genius, you know they were not kidding!  Zee and I just finished listening to this song several times and each time we just had to get up and move. I know that not everyone likes Jazz, but you’ll be surprised how far Jazz will take your feet.  So I hope everyone enjoys and have a...
Moving Forward into the New Year

Moving Forward into the New Year

I can’t believe this is the last post of the year.  Amazing isn’t it?  How time files, and months go by?  Soon it will be Christmas all over again.  But before I start thinking about next year’s holiday season, I’m going to reflect and think about this year. This year was far from easy for me.  I have had my fair share of loss of family, and a personal loss, and plenty of ups and downs.  I’m so glad that this year is over so I can get off this crazy ride we call 2011! But even if everything didn’t go my way, and according to my plans, I’m still very thankful. I was allowed to live through another whole year. I was able to reconnect with my father’s family after a long time of being apart. So many life’s lessons was taught to me in 2011, that if I didn’t experience them, I would not be the person who I am today. Regardless of how this year has gone–good or bad, happy or sad–2011 was a gift, all of it.  If you made it through to make it to 2012, then you should look forward to future, and be thankful that there is a future for you to shape and mold. Let go of the past and go for the future. Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you imagined. – Henry David Thoreau For that, I’m happy that there was 2011, I’m happy for all the trials and tribulations that I have been through, because they are now behind me.  They have taught...

Poetry that Moves You

A few nights ago, my husband and I watched a movie: Invictus. If you’re not familiar it is the story of Nelson Mandela when he was elected President, and his goal of trying to unify a divided country. Throughout the movie, the word Invictus kept popping up. It turns out it was a poem that Mandela kept with him during his 27 years of incarceration. It is what kept him together. After I heard it, and read the whole thing, I can see why this poem can totally lift you up, and lend you courage. Invictus was written by William Ernest Henley. When he was 17 years old, he suffered from tuberculosis of the bone. The disease spread to his foot compromising his heath. In order to save his life, doctors had to amputate his leg directly below the knee. I don’t know if it’s true, but according to Wikipedia, he wrote this poem while recovering from his surgery. Invictus Out of the night that covers me, Black as the Pit from pole to pole, I thank whatever gods may be For my unconquerable soul. In the fell clutch of circumstance I have not winced nor cried aloud. Under the bludgeonings of chance My head is bloody, but unbowed. Beyond this place of wrath and tears Looms but the Horror of the shade, And yet the menace of the years Finds, and shall find, me unafraid. It matters not how strait the gate, How charged with punishments the scroll. I am the master of my fate: I am the captain of my soul. For me, these are just powerful...

Consumed With Thoughts

I have a feeling that next week is going to be a very busy week for me. There are so many issues I want to talk about, that I know it’s going to take me some time to get it all sorted. It’s so hard not to write about things that are consuming you. For example, if you experienced a tragic event, you can’t write about sunshine and roses. All you can think about is that event. But to answer your question–nope, I didn’t go through a tragic event, but my mind has been opened to so many social things at the moment. My inspiration cup is full to the brim, and I need to get some posts out before I’m consumed. So, here are just some ideas of what you can expect from me in very near future (in no particular order): • Continuation of Awakening My Parental Consciences A while ago, I mentioned that I was reading a book, called Unconditional Parenting. I have so many opinions about this book, and honestly how this book was received when I first mentioned it a few weeks ago (You can read it here). It has taken some time, but I have gone through this book more than once, and made my notes (feels like college again), and I’m ready to share it with you. • Prisoners of War from the War on Drugs This is a long-standing war that was launched by Nixon at the end of the Vietnam War. While it sounds like a legit war, in all honesty, there is corruption and destroyed lives that are left...
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