Monday, March 28, 2011

Friends of Makeda - a small RAK...


(a small Random Act of Kindness)

have you ever been touched so deeply by the loving-kindness of another that all you wanted to do was pass it on? Well, let us sit down and reason for a moment...

Several years ago, when my daughter started her preschool experience, our lives were forever touched by the most special of angels and undeniably, the most dedicated teacher I have ever met in this lifetime...her speech and language therapist, Mrs. H. Some of you who are frequent visitors of my Necessary Room might recall me discussing her here. For any parent seeking educational support for a child who requires "special needs assistance," I only pray you can find the support of a teacher like this.

In just a few months (May 2011), Mrs. H. is going to retire from decades of teaching her small preschool classroom, which is comprised primarily of children who have speech and language challenges. Significant financial contraints in the state's public education budget have not deterred her from weaving her magic, using a holistic approach to nurture these children and help them all realise their individual strengths. Needless to say, i simply adore her!

So I got this idea...before Mrs. H. leaves her classroom in May, I thought I would call upon you to help me with performing a small random act of kindness. To provide the children in her classroom some perspective about the global connectedness of humankind, and as a gesture of loving-kindness, would you please join me in sending the class a postcard from your corner of the world? They will track each postcard's point of origin on a world map kept in the classroom. At the end of the school year, the postcards will be evenly distributed to the children as a keepsake from their classroom experience with Mrs. H. It's sure to provide them something to talk about ;)

If you'd like to join me in sending these preschool children a *Friends of Makeda* postcard, please email me at and I will gladly provide you their mailing address. Please note that I have Mrs. H's permission to do this.  She would like to thank you in advance for your thoughtfulness.

All *Friends of Makeda* postcards should be mailed on
or before May 2, 2011, Teacher Appreciation Day.

As always, thank you!
One love, Se'lah.

Saturday, March 26, 2011

sprinkle the jewels...

i think i will go to the post office
and pick out the prettiest stamp they have
to put on my *gift of jewels* postcard.
(little se'lah)
~ ~ ~
I want to thank you all for making this special international pen-pal project possible. By now, each of you should have received a personal email from me with the contact information for the secret intended recipient of your jewel. If you have not received yours, please feel free to notify me at

Approximately 50 jewels are being sprinkled from 11 different countries around the globe and one of them will soon land in your mailbox.   where will yours come from i wonder? hmmmm...

Puerto Rico

Remember, since no two people have each other, no one else knows who or where their jewel is coming from so please do not spill the beans. ;) You may send your jewel anonymously if you so desire, or you may include your return mailing address. either way is love.

All *gift of jewels* should be mailed on or before
April 22, 2011, Earth Day.

One World. One People. One Love.

*may i ask one little favour of you? when you receive your jewels, could you please stop by this post and share your thoughts with us. to make it easier, the *gift of jewels* photo button in the sidebar will directly link to this post. 

Happy Earth Hour!

let the festivities begin..

Friday, March 25, 2011

earth light...

This Day, Empress Menen's Earth Light, I am preparing to follow her example in spreading love all over the world.  Little Se'lah and I are busy as little bees randomly selecting the recipient of your loving-kindness in the Gift of Jewels project.  I was thinking about making my postcard when Little Se'lah caught the card-making bug.  She has offered one of her handmade creations to give away to one of you as the "secret jewel".  isn't that sweet?

After the sun hides behind the horizon tomorrow, we will gladly join billions of people worldwide in turning off our lights for one hour in observance of Earth Hour.  The thought of quiet time....aaaaahhhh.  Time to meditate.  Time to practise mindfulness.  Time to pray by candlelight for all the sufferars around the globe.

There are many women and children who go to sleep at night worrying about bombs falling out the sky or cowering beneath weapons of human destruction pointed their direction.  Many have nowhere to run.  No place to hide. (exhale).  I need not go on because that thought alone is enough to reduce me to tears.

Imagining the depth of the suffering of all people would have been overwhelming were it not for the solace I find in the stillness of JAH.  So I seek peace, and embrace love until it fills my soul, and then I release it out into the universe.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

*gift of jewels* roll call...

Greetings my friends,

Only a few hours remain until registration closes for our festival of love, the *Gift of Jewels* pen pal project.  I am bouncing off the walls over here, just waiting to see which one of you beautiful souls out there I will sending my shiny jewel off you find yourself daydreaming too?  Thanks again for your wonderful participation - this project is only possible because of you!  thank you.

a simple postcard
drenched in loving words
arrives in your mailbox,
always right on time. 
can there be anything
more beautiful?

iasa, blissfully unaware lounge singer

ladyfi, lady fi

kim, a box of chocolates

elizabeth, landanna

teresha, marlie and me

sherry, indigo girl

pearl, pearl maple

brian miller, waystation one

connie, loose lemons

vickie, operation you

joanna jenkins, the fifty factor

kate i, inspired

birdie, simple ways

kamana, journalling through photos

kristin, hello sweet world

MiSspOetiCk, just me

still dreaming

baracka, walk by faith

christina, soul aperture

cathie, m.e.

*If you've already signed up but don't see your name on the list above, please forgive my inadvertence and let me know so I may include you in our little festival of love.

*Also, if you are participating and have not emailed me your mailing address, please do so before March 25, 2011.  one love.

Monday, March 21, 2011

a call for peace...

peace is ___________

fill in the blanks ;)

Friday, March 18, 2011

we are one...

just sending out some loving vibes to all of you...

have a conscious friday and a divine weekend.
one love, my friends.

*tonight the full moon is 18% bigger and 30% brighter than usual.  this will not happen again until 2029.  hope you are gazing at the same moon ;)

Thursday, March 17, 2011

our changing world...

all across the globe
there is great suffering
i can feel it in my heart

Earth Hour 2011
i will again take 7 minutes
to pray for those in need.

* Earth Hour will be observed worldwide at 8:30 pm on on Saturday, March 26, 2011.  Like our festival of love, Gift of Jewels project, this has now become an annual event here in my necessary room.  Candles. Prayers. Love.  what more can a girl ask for?

*Special acknowledgments:

- my sweet emerald isle.  may your enduring spirit quiet the rumbling earth.

- to our brothers and sisters in Haiti, clinging to hope for assistance.  i still see you. 

- oh japan.  first hiroshima and nagasaki.  now this?   i hold you up in prayer.

- to those living in areas of turmoil on the African continent, oh how i wish for peace.

- to all the sufferars, if only i had the resources...but for now, i give you my love.

- to Selah's Angels...thank you so much for all that you do.

- thanks to all of you for your continued support.  i couldn't ask for better blog friends.  one love.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Gift of Jewels: a festival of love...

With Spring's pending arrival, I thought this would be an opportune moment to spread a little love to one another.  What better way to do this than with our bi-annual spring celebration, the Gift of Jewels pen pal project.  Oh how I've missed our little festival of love.  This edition, however, will be a little different than the ones we've done before.  This time, we will only be doing a simple postcard exchange (no gifts please).

For those interested, won't you please join me in sending a randomly selected person a postcard from your corner of the world. It can be personally hand-crafted or a purchased postcard.  We must all agree, however, to honour our commitment because some loving soul will be eagerly awaiting your postcard's arrival.

If you wish to participate in the *gift of jewels* project, please leave a comment on this post by March 25, 2011. 

All participants should also email me directly at with their snail mail address and preferred blog link. I will randomly select the intended recipient of your jewel from amongst the registered participants. You will receive a personal email from me shortly after the registration deadline with your secret recipient's information. As always, no two people will have each other, so you'll just have to wait and see where your jewel will come from? For the shy at heart, you can certainly send your jewel anonymously if you wish ;) Please know that your information will not be shared with anyone other than the person selected to send your *gift of jewels*.

All *gift of jewels* should be mailed by Friday, April 22, 2011. 

Ooooh, I can hardly wait...

one love.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

be still...

can you feel the calm?

Monday, March 7, 2011

letters to buju banton...

I feel like I've been absent from class lately, but I want to thank you all for the loving kindness you show me each day, whether through your thoughtful comments, emails or postal mail.  It surely lightens the load when my burdens are heavy.  thank you oh so very much.

It is especially important during challenging times to show one another love and compassion.  Sometimes, predestined circumstances take us to the most unforeseen places.  It is in these dark hours that we most need some positive light to shine through and touch our souls.  While we each have our own path to walk in this life, as citizens of the world, is it not our responsibility to help one another should we stumble along the way?  

In this vein, my sister Empress Marcia and I are promoting Letters to Buju Banton, a grassroots movement inviting all mindful beings and reggae fans across the globe to put their pen to paper and write Buju Banton a personal letter (or postcard) of support.  May our kind words and prayers provide Buju the strength and courage he needs as he embarks upon this uncertain chapter in his life.  For more details, please click here.

I take heed to no truer words, "Never look down on someone unless you are helping them up" and so I extend my heart and hands to all those in need...  one love.