August 5th Was Her Choice…

She’s gone now…

Every August 5th… I remember…because that was her choice…

She chose a day that represents Freedom…Change…and Adventure…All the things that she embodied.

She lived and exercised her freedom in her thoughts…words…and deeds…respected and fought for her freedom to express and to be true to herself…as she respected and fought for the freedom of others…She was no shrinking violet…she spoke her mind and put forth the truth with eloquence…supported change…and lived her life with adventure! I took it all in…and jumped into my life embracing Freedom…Change…and Adventure!

I am who I am…because of her…

Now…she lives in my heart…and flies through time…and space…a light of brilliance…in the Cosmos…in Divinity…She waits…to make her next choice.

She…was my mother….

I am forever grateful and blessed…

That August 5th…was her choice…

To shine here…on Earth…for 83 years…

Thanks Mom…

Your Love will last…

Forever.

Nature Walks…

There is a beautiful natural park nearby, where I go to spend some time in nature…I walk through the forest where there are trails to walk and enjoy the scenery…

 

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Then…I saw other things that were out of place…and did not belong…

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CFD06647-73E4-44A6-A787-CD6F2C52529D   This should not be the way to “reward” nature for its beauty…Keeping our environment free of litter is a small price to pay to enjoy it…Our planet is not our dumping ground or trash bin…When we take our dogs out for walks…the bags should be placed in a bin…not left on the ground…and water can be used on the spot to wash it down before it dries unsightly, and stains…

If we cannot respect and take care of our planet and environment…how can we take care of one another?

Our planet and environments are alive with life…supporting life…just as we are being supported and given homes…food…the air that we breathe…

Wouldn’t it be devastating and life threatening if our planet decided it no longer wanted to support human life? Makes one wonder….

Please…think twice about that cup…wrapper…cigarette carton…disposable mask …gloves…dog waste…do the right thing…use a trash bin…don’t destroy our natural landscapes and forests…streams and rivers…lakes and oceans…nature walks… with litter and waste.

Love extends itself to our planet…Please…Take care of Her….

The beauty of Nature is a gift…

Show that we can be thankful…

Imagine what the world would be…

Without a walk in Nature….

 

 

 

 

As April Ends…May Begins…

I pitched in and made masks for my community and posted that they were free to have to those who wanted to be protected, and to protect others if they were symptomatic, or asymptomatic…I received a fairly good response…yet and still, when I had to go out for food shopping, I noticed that people were out and about without masks…speaking to each other face to face, unmindful of social distancing and acting as it everything was as it was before this virus descended upon the world population…

As April Ends…May Begins…with the strange belief that all is falling behind us….businesses can reopen…people can once again repopulate common areas, and all will be right with the world, once more…Nothing could be further from the truth!

How can it be believed that after a little more than a month of sequestering, the virus has been controlled–without a vaccine–enough to put the population at risk of increased reduction due to additional infection, just to restart the economy?

Imagine….should the virus erupt three times as destructive to the populace of the world due to the rush to make money and move product, will there be enough people left to stimulate this revived economy?!  We must value human life more than the material gains so many wish to rush back into producing…Human lives and the environment cannot regenerate or reproduce at such an accelerated rate should the majority of it die or be destroyed…Sense and sensibility must prevail to preserve life and this living planet.

As April Ends…May Begins at high stakes…Don’t give in to the superficial and replaceable elements of materialism…Let’s save our souls…by saving and respecting our lives and the lives of others…give our planet extended life…Wear masks…wear gloves…practice social distancing…until a vaccine is produced we are all targets of this virus…our callousness to our planet weakens her reserve…be mindful…be courteous…considerate…compassionate…kind…don’t dump, litter or disregard the need to recycle, conserve and clean up after ourselves…this virus lives on materials cast aside, filled with live germs to infect the innocent and unsuspecting.

You are your brother and sisters’ keeper…your brothers and sisters are the world population…be good shepherds and shepherdesses…mind your flocks…who are your neighbors, families and friends, known or unknown, and all of the earth’s living, breathing entities and animals…be wise…be prudent…love… will show you how.

As April Ends…May Begins our journey toward recovery…Caution and reserve are the keys to the new world…Proceed with care…We are the key masters…..

 

There Is Peace…On Every Front…

There is Peace…On every front…

Isn’t it strange how what was once thought to be so important that it was worth fighting over, no longer has any importance…when something more extreme enters the picture, like a life or death pandemic?

Has anyone noticed that there has been no warring or terrorist attacks…anywhere?  There has been no mention of wars or conflicts anywhere…and whatever is going on in conflicts…Covid-19 will put an end to those soon enough…

This virus is blind to hatred…discrimination…racism…prejudice…skin color…ethnicity…language…culture…young…old…rich…poor…celebrity…famous…stations in life…careers…royalty…the good…the bad…the beautiful…the not so beautiful…as far as its concerned…no one is safe…no one will be spared… Unless we turn it around…by paying attention…by listening…and acting in the best interest of others as well as ourselves…

And in order to see the big picture we must practice love and compassion.

I want to share another one of my favorite songs with you…  Let There Be Peace On Earth… When you read these words, feel them…put yourself into them and live them…because everything begins and ends with us…and if we close our hearts to what is possible for every last one of us who are presently residents of this planet Earth…we will be reminded by any means necessary…and the reminder sitting on everyone’s doorstep right now…is Covid-19…

Let There Be Peace On Earth

And let it begin with me

Let There Be Peace On Earth

The peace that was meant to be

 

With God as our Father

Brothers (and sisters) all are we

Let me walk with my brother (sister)

In perfect harmony

 

Let peace begin with me

Let this be the moment now

 

With ev’ry step I take

Let this be my solemn vow

To take each moment and live

Each moment in peace eternally

Let There Be Peace On Earth

And let it begin with me

 

Songwriters: Jill Jackson/Sy Miller

I took a little poetic license to add “sister(s)” because that’s the way it is…

Everything has taken a back seat to Covid-19…and it will be here…living amongst us…guiding us back to the basics of life…living… and what matters most…Humanity.

There is peace on every front…

And it begins with you….

March Comes In…Apocalyptic?

It goes without saying that God will not be mocked…And for those who chose and still choose to challenge this “spirit commandment,” the resulting misdeeds are no match for what has been put into motion by the Guardians of Destiny…

March Madness? March 2020…Apocalyptic?  You see…You witness…You decide.

A virus springs up as if out of nowhere….taking many lives while changing the course of daily lives and living around the globe…God will not be mocked…

These are times of extreme change for Humanity…the more choices that are made to divide and conquer us, the human family, the more extreme the lessons become…

March comes in…Apocalyptic? Only if the current formula continues to be dished out among the masses…Life in all of its forms…is precious and valuable…and needed, to complete the cycle of lasting life here on this planet…All life must be respected…all life must be given life…to continue.  All life is connected…all life is affected…when we are not at our best…

Our country made a huge mistake in exchanging morals…values…progress…the hearts and souls of the American people…our Allies around the globe…and the worth of our country…for a White House Administration and Dictator, that wielded division…isolated greed… and evil in all of its forms of devastation from Racism to reversing Women’s Rights…plunging our progression and change back …not only decades, but centuries…shunning the role of leadership in giving a hand up to those countries in need…as this country was once in need…when it fought for independence to be a nation that embraced those who were cast aside… welcoming them with open arms…because of their diversity and differences…We cannot forget…We must remember how we came to be, and the missteps (the present WH administration) that must be remedied…to save a nation and its people…We have gone on far too long in letting injustices prevail…injustices that invite our demise…

March comes in…Apocalyptic?  Maybe….to remind us how far we have strayed from our ideals… and God.  God will not be mocked…You see…You witness…You decide…

Decide to do what is good for the benefit and well-being of all…what is good to nurture our connections to each other and to everything and everyone… living here in this country…and around the world…including our world…Earth has a life…and it is being taken away…She will not be silenced and her disasters are her voice…God will not be mocked…

March comes in…Apocalyptic…and is bringing the gift of change…the opportunities of change are everywhere…let’s start with this being an election year…Make changes.

With the Coronavirus…follow the given guidelines and save lives by doing so…including your own…humanity is counting on each and everyone of us…for survival.  We are connected…we touch the lives of others…near and far…in what we do next…At this moment in time, our actions are shaping everyone’s future…Be wise…be prudent.

This is our greatest test of viability…our choices will influence what the Guardians of Destiny leave on our doorsteps come April…

March comes in…Apocalyptic? Well…that really is up to us. What path will you choose?

Twelve days remaining… will reveal a directed outcome…Apocalypse…or the dawning of a new era of humanity?

You see…You witness…You decide….

 

 

New Year’s Eve 2017…Time For Another Year-End Clearance…

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Here we are again…another year ending.  Time for reflection. Time for the yearly recap…Time for another year-end clearance.  Every December 31st the ritual begins.  Out with the old, in with the new…the new…the new.  Is it really going to be a new year? Or just a rehashing of the old year brought into the New Year?

Looking back on the year 2017, and remembering some of my adventures on my journey through the past twelve months, I recall an incident which occurred on December 5th.  A co-worker instigated what was called later, a “verbal altercation.”

The saddest part of what I witnessed was that the person he approached was blamed for the incident he escalated due to his agitation, lack of focus and insensitivity to their feelings.  It came out later that he was indeed not on the same page as the person had told him.  I watched him become increasingly defensive when that was brought to his attention.

I watched as this young man rallied his coworkers to defend his behavior.  They did, painting him as the victim and the other person as the abrasive and loud perpetrator who attacked and embarrassed him, without reason.

The crowning blow of this travesty was their director.  She never asked the person who was really the victim their side of the story.  The true victim sent an email to the director saying that she had a conversation with the young man, there seemed to be some confusion, and asked to discuss the incident with her… The director ignored her email and approached the young man who initiated the “verbal altercation”, the coworkers, and others, outside of the department, never once approaching the recipient of the young man’s agitation and escalation, and began to build a “stereo-typical” event of character displays always present, in people of color.

The young man, who is a supervisor, had a conversation with me and disclosed that he was under a lot of pressure and overwhelmed by his duties, and didn’t have time for much else, which distressed him.  He admitted to me that he wasn’t on the same page as the coworker he confronted, however, there were things that were mentioned by the person, like their job description, which he felt was inappropriate.  He had mentioned his job description and saw nothing wrong with it, but found fault with his coworker using it to clarify a job duty in their “conversation.”

The coworker, who was going to resign due to lack of work next year, tendered their resignation after a meeting with the director, who would not listen to the employee’s story of what happened, and started to ‘create justifications’ involving the person as changes in their behavior!

The person who resigned was a person of color, and an older female.  The young man involved was not a person of color.  This story is detrimental to our year-end clearance…

My credentials include being a Legal Redress Chair for the NAACP, and a Board Member of the ACLU. As such, my training has given me specific criteria in determining human and civil rights violations.  I also witnessed in this workplace, a female coworker, not of color, create dissention between her and several coworkers and a director of an adjoining department, and she was given the benefit of the doubt, and mentored by the same director who shutout the older female person of color, until the director of the adjoining department barred this employee from working on any projects from her department, shutting down the workflow to the offensive employee.

This incident culminated last December 2016.  The director gave the disruptive employee time to look for another job, keeping her through Christmas, and when she found a job in early January 2017, she allowed the employee to resign, rather than being fired.

The employee of color resigned on December 7th, two days after the alleged verbal altercation she was named as having instigated, without any support from her director or her “team” which she  faithfully supported.

Out with the old…in with the new.  If we do not examine ourselves and truly work on real change, by changing the old which define our actions, as well as ourselves…new years will never be new…just rehashing the old, destructive elements which divide and conquer humanity; laying waste to any possibilities of peace on earth…goodwill toward all…and a planet attempting to heal from ongoing wars and the constant onslaught of depletion and pollution of her resources.

Clear out the old…this is the moment of your “year-end clearance.” Hold back nothing.  Clean the slate, don’t just “clear it.” Be true to yourself and work on breaking old habits and destructive beliefs, and work on and welcome change… Until we genuinely work on ridding our hearts, minds and spirits of that which “steals, kills and destroys,” new years will come and go without much more than ritual fanfare…without much hope…with ongoing excessive, old baggage being rearranged under the guise of “new.”

Walk into the New Year…don’t trip into it…don’t fall into it…your year-end clearance is now…Tomorrow is a new year, Embrace it with a renewed you! It all begins with you…

On second thought, JUMP!!!

God has given all of us the gift of free-will…with free-will, we can create…Let us create a new future, beginning with this new year…

Peace…Love…Change…Brotherhood of Humanity…Protect our Planet…we are ready…we are receptive…

Enter, 2018…we are NEW, we welcome you!!!

God Bless us all…everyone and everything which gives us the ability to be Bringers of Light and Change…and Love.

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!!

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Peace On Earth…Goodwill Towards Men…

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Christmas Day, December 25, 2017…What does it mean, “Peace on Earth, Goodwill Towards Men?” In all of Christmases past, have we ever practiced the true meaning of these words? Why is it only a phase that comes out but once a year?  Why isn’t it goodwill towards every human being on earth; men, women and children alike? Can we also extend this goodwill and peace toward our planet and all living things supporting life in any capacity of betterment?

We must return to the message and the purpose which gave birth to this phrase….Peace on Earth…Goodwill towards men…

How far have we ventured away from any possibility of Peace? From Goodwill towards anyone, including ourselves? Do we know who we are…where

we’ve been and where we’re going?  Have we gained any insights at all into our connectivity to one another? Goodwill towards men…

Rediscover compassion…love…brother and sisterhood…humanity…peace…goodwill…environment… Mother Earth….

Father Time is ticking…will this be our last Christmas to understand? Putting off tomorrow what needs to be practiced today…is having its consequence.

Give with all of your heart and soul…Love…Peace…Goodwill, to everyone and preserve our home…our Earth.  Christmas Day, December 2018, hangs in the balance.  Everything begins with you.

Peace on Earth…Goodwill Towards All!

Merry Christmas, Baby.

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