Posts Tagged ‘love’

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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Rollo May defined for us ‘integrative power’ as a caring form of power — aligned with love.  Work for social justice, for peace, for overcoming poverty and alienation, for building a more truly humanizing future…is not even possible without a combination of  love and power.  Love itself is not possible without power or self-assertion.  And power without love is easily reduced to manipulation and exploitation.

Thus why the fire can share light without burning once it is arrested.

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It is amazing how we can forget and then remember, with great fondness, those who have touched our lives in deeply relevant ways. This reminder can be a word, a voice, an event, a sound. In my case, it was the picture to the left.   I was searching the net for international drumming festivals and organizations that would be associated with them.  I found Drums.org where the master Olatunji once served as an advisory board member.  That unforgettable smile so reminds me of my father’s.  It caught my eye and refreshed my memory of this giant. 

As a young woman in love with music, I was captured (at that time) by a gorgeous young man who also played the conga drums. He was the one who introduced me to this master teacher:  Babatunde Olatunji.   With such fond memories, it was with great sadness that I read the next few words: “passed away, Sunday, April 6, 2003, 7:30 am, age of 76.” How amazing! that, in my mind and heart, he was still wearing his earthen suit somewhere making sounds of joy and passion until I read those words.

So that I and others will never forget, I create this memorial space here among my entries and add this most marvelous photo of him in honor of his life, his work, and most of all — his music.  Amazing!

Babatunde Olatunji

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