Monday, November 30, 2009
Sunday, November 29, 2009
As I stroll through blogland, I have formed some really wonderful relationships with some of you. I have certainly gained a whole new appreciation for the exponential power of love. It is no more evident that love reigns supreme around the world than through what I have seen and experienced here in blogland. You are amazing human beings who lead by example. Nuff, nuff respect.
So, one day... I had another idea. You know me and my ideas ;) I reached out to a few of my fabulous blogger friends. "When winter begins to set in here", I nervously said to them, "why don't we giveaway a few *gift of jewels*?" With absolutely no hesitation on their part, we shortly set off to make or select our gifts for you.
December 1, 2009 to December 7, 2009, I am joined by my enlisted friends to present a small *gift of jewels* package, which will be given away to one of you. Each day, one gift will be featured on this blog. You can enter as many of the giveaways as you wish by leaving a comment on the featured post. The seven (7) randomly selected winners will be announced on January 7, 2010. Entries will remain open until January 6, 2010. Best wishes.
Much Love to the *GIFT OF JEWELS* GIVEAWAY contributors.
you melt me :)
Tracy, Pink Purl
Gayle, Planet M Files
Beth, Be Yourself, Everyone Else is Taken
Se'Lah, Necessary Room
Margie and Kath, Souers du Jour
Vchelle, Operation You
Christina, Soul Aperture
Tara, Paris Parfait
*Please stay tuned for the presentation of gifts...
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Harvest season was always a time of celebration and thankfulness. Thankful for the richness of soil. Seeds to sew. Hot, sunshiny days. Strength to carry on. And even the rainy days which watered the plants to ultimately bring us to that moment. We gave thanks and celebrated life.
Today, I give thanks to all of you who have stuck with me through one year of blogging. A most sincere *thank you*. I have been truly blessed with the most amazing friends in blogland. Please know that you are greatly appreciated.
Wishing you all a happy harvest.
Sunday, November 22, 2009
We began flipping through the pages of the November 2009 American Girl catalogue. We perused the list of historical dolls. My daughter smiled contently when she saw Addy and commented that she was the only brown one. As we turned each page, she paused to read the description of each doll. Then something strange happened. We couldn't find Addy featured in the catalogue. All the other historical dolls were there, but Addy wasn't. After double and triple checking, we decided we'd call the American Girl company next week to inquire about what is obviously a publishing mistake.
I could see her interest pique. She quickly grabbed the holiday edition of the catalogue to see if the mistake was in there too. And I, for one, was relieved when on page 36, Addy appeared.
Beside her photo, it read, "Meet Addy Walker 1864: a courageous girl determined to find freedom and reunite her family." As politically correct as that sounds, I still had to break it down for her. "Baby, Addy was a slave girl." Her brows furrowed. "Mummy, what's a slave?"
I walked over to her closet and retrieved a vintage playset I've been saving for her, "The Story of Harriet Tubman, Conductor on the Underground Railroad." We read the enclosed pamphlet and soon after, she made the connection between Harriet Tubman and Addy Walker. I explained that even she and I are descendants of slaves. And right on cue, in a soft whisper, I heard the innocence in her voice as she asked, "Mummy, are there any slaves today?" I pray for the day when we can tell our children, "No baby, there are no slaves."
*To help stop human trafficking, please visit the Blue Heart Campaign.
*Inspirational Monday was created by vchelle over at Operation You. We miss ya Vchelle!
Thursday, November 19, 2009
*Various Artists: Forever loving JAH compilation
*Have a Conscious Friday and a divine weekend.
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Sunday, November 15, 2009
*You can find *the simple things* at Soul Aperture. Won't you join in or simply stop by and enjoy. Give thanks Empress Christina for always being so uplifting.
Saturday, November 14, 2009
Friday, November 13, 2009
*Capleton & Glen Washington: Jah Gonna Work It Out
Have a Conscious Friday and a divine weekend.
Thursday, November 12, 2009
Monday, November 9, 2009
Sunday, November 8, 2009
the rush of water
relaxes my soul
even the branches
have reluctantly released
the leaves from their clutches
they reveal empty nests
where tender eggs once lay
the birds now perch on treetops
gazing over the valley below
singing the most beautiful song
to usher in the morning.