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For pleasant Dreams

Sometimes the things you sleep under are more than physical cover.  These are the photos and items on my headboard in Ghana.  May love prevail in spite of all odds and any physical circumstance that try to intrude on our peace of mind.

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“The End of a Season“ was Rev. Dr. Jeremiah Wright, Jr’s sermon top this morning at New Covenant Baptist Church of Orlando this morning.  But, the sub-theme could very well have been ‘From Slavery to Freedom.“   He opened with Deu 34:1-6 but backed up to 32:48-51 to drive his point home.  I had been missing him each time he came to Michigan, but had the opportunity of seeing and hearing him this morning in Florida!

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True art evolves us — opens our arms and weakens our prejudices so that the ever-present seeds of healing and renewal can take root in our soul.

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Many in the world were glued to their TV sets today watching the royal wedding of Prince William Arthur Philip Louis (now Duke of Cambridge) and Kate Middleton (now Duchess of Cambridge).  It was grand and many will say that this is an image of Royal Love.  But, I have another image to share with  you.

Keshia Thomas serving as a Shield
I originally wrote this article on Aug. 5, 2005.  I expand it here using the same title:  Love Makes All the Difference in the World.
A dear friend of mine (Eddie GM Robinson) wrote a song entitled “Love Makes All the Difference” and it is my favorite on that particular CD.  He is a master artist being able to conceptualize and hear the music, write it and play most of the instruments and then sing the lyrics!  I always marvel at the expanse of his talent.   When the work is done right, his listener will automatically select that song from their mental library and associate it immediately with an appropriate event.  Such was the case for me with this song and this event.
On 22 June 2006, there was a Klu Klux Klan rally in Ann Arbor Michigan.  An awesome demonstration of the force of love was captured in a photograph and story published on that day.  (unable to insert photo here).  I will try to relay that image to you here.
At some point between standing and falling, the man on the ground became one with Keshia Thomas.  Her heart opened and Andrew Cutraro (freelance photographer) caught the moment.  Keishia was 18 at the time and we can wonder how and why at 18, this young African-American woman came to be in such a position?
On June 22 in Ann Arbor Michigan, Keishia used her body for the purpose many say Jesus used His – to cover the sins of another.  She shielded a man from a crowd of anti-Klan demonstrators who were beating him with sticks after he was spotted wearing a confederate flag shirt. Ms. Thomas is reported as saying: “Just because you beat somebody, doesn’t mean you going to change his mind.”
Prior to this, it is reported in People magazine, that she was one of the angry demonstrators who rushed toward the man who was reported to be a spectator (not a participator); yet he wore the trappings of a Klan supporter.  As the attackers reached him, the blows, kicks and punches began.  But something happened in an instant inside this Black high school senior from Ypsilanti that caused her to risk injury and throw herself over the fallen man to protect him.  Though she may have thought him to be a white supremacist, Thomas is reported saying: “He’s still somebody’s child.” Later on, Keishia is reported adding: “People don’t have to remember my name. I just want them to remember that I did the right thing.”
Eddie recently released another CD that has a title “Only Give the Best (there is in you)”.  Keshia may not know it or label her action as love, but it was the ultimate expression of the virtue of which the Master teachers have been speaking.  Truly she gave the very “best” there was in her to protect and possibly save someone she did not even know.   She helps us to believe that truly Love does make ALL the difference in the World.
When you think of Royal Love, you can think of William and Kate or you can think of Keshia Thomas whose compassion burst out of its boundaries and demonstrated itself in protecting a stranger.  Thanks Eddie for reminding me.
(Note:  This blog can be found in its original form at Intimate Longings.)
Now is the time, you are the chosen.  You are already prepared.
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At the peak moments of your life, how did you react?

If you look very closely, you will see people in the lower right-hand corner of the above picture.  They are standing on a mountain that reaches high above the clouds.  I can only imagine how awesome this experience was for them.  However, I too have witnessed and beheld some marvelous sights and heard some angelic sounds during my lifetime.
Fully engaged during those times, I have felt
Humbled
Ecstatic
Blessed
Loved
Awed
Grateful

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“I was never a victim of the times I lived in.  In fact, I was a success because of the times I lived in.  My style of personality became the style.   I was sort of the New Woman at a very early point.”  – Katherine Hepburn

Well, when you look at the photo above, you can say that her looks didn’t hurt her ability to be a success.  But, for the remainder of the day and on through 2011 and beyond, let us put aside the outer appearance of you girl — which can change and work against you if you are too invested in it.  But let us begin now to focus on that inner quiet beauty that has been gently nagging you over the years to come out and show its face, its creativity, its compassion, its interests, its art, its love, its peace to the world.   All of these gifts are not just for you…we are waiting to see and hear and feel them too!!!  In other words, WE NEED YOU!

To all my Girlfriends and every other friend (whether to me or to others), may you be open and receptive to Health, Wealth, and Manifold Blessings in this new year!

Oh, here is later photo of Lady Katherine with elegance, grace and style Ever-Renewing Woman

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I am sure we all agree that as we approach the next century, (that) the media are too important to leave to men alone. –Judy Woodruff, co-chair of the International Women’s Media Foundation

Judy said this in 1992.  Hummmm…how far have we come Sisters?  Looking at almost every form of media around the world, I don’t think we got Judy’s message!  So, start taking those pictures, start hosting those shows, start making that music and singing your song!  Start buying those networks, start publishing those newsletters and blogs and newspapers and magazines and … for sure…start publishing those books!  And let’s write the Foundation for some funding!

Get the Words Out! Workshop in Kenya

Photo of officers from the African American Women’s Leadership Congress presenting at a workshop to girls in Kisumu, Kenya East Africa

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