Do not be distracted. There are real, deep-seated, long-term issues at hand.
I spent years searching for my grandmother, Carrie Carr Green. She was a mystery to me all my life. There aren't many people living who ever knew her, so the stories I’ve heard have been few and wispy thin, like some old tattered lace, not enough to wrap around and warm me like grandmothers should.
Scholastic Books and Random House have scraped the bottom of the racist revisionist history barrel with their new children's books, A Birthday Cake for George Washington and A Fine Dessert, respectively. Tens of thousands of Americans are marching, writing, voting, occupying, climbing flagpoles and even dying to illustrate the importance of facing our truths and rectifying our past, and current, wrongs. But not at Scholastic and Random House. No, they're busy revising history and spoonfeeding our children lies about happy slaves hellbent on pleasing their massas.
My BFF and I like basketball in general, but love women's college and professional basketball. These athletes are serious!
When all of us are appreciated for who we are, not ignored or minimized, then we can find truth and take cover under the All Lives Matter umbrella. But for the moment, it is abundantly clear that some lives matter more than others in America. So excuse me while I focus on the shortchanged for a moment.
I keep two kites, a blanket and a picnic basket in my trunk at all times. Never know when the wind will pick up, strong and steady, enough to pick up a spaceship or a dragon or a beautiful butterfly at the end of a long, taut string, and lift it and my spirits high above the trees.
I pass by people every day when I'm downtown who I know don't have anything. They sleep under the overpasses. Some are mentally unstable, others have substance abuse issues. Many have been released from prison with nowhere to go. Others have been evicted because of a job loss, and seek shelter in places no human being should ever be forced to go. For many, homelessness is not just physical, but psychological as well.
Relax. God's got you.
Strive to love all of you. Yes, that part, too. Love you through your changes.
Let me be blunt: I don't have any more money to give you. There. Is that clear enough? Will you stop the incessant emails, letters and calls from perky work-study students?
I was beaten until I was in my late teens. I didn't understand it when it was happening to me, and I had no desire or intention to pass that onto another generation. I wasn't a bad child; I was smart, precocious, talkative and very, very curious. I didn't get any of that by accident.
I firmly believe that most of us experience uncertainty at some point. We are often overwhelmed by stress in our fast-paced society. It's critical that we keep in mind that the devil always wants to get us into a place of despair and hopelessness. Isolated, tired and confused, we are easy prey. Know that if you are a born-again Christian, the turbulence you experience is not your final truth. You may be experiencing great financial trouble, but our God takes pleasure in the prosperity of His people. Sickness may be bothering your body, but the Word of God says that by His stripes you are healed!
So, as another season of my life comes to a close and the sadness and grief of those lost dreams and hopes seem to ease, I realize…
AWWWW HELL! LIFE IS STILL GOOD!!!
In early February I read several Facebook posts and Tweets from folks lamenting Black History Month — it's existence, the need for it, the short month selected for such a huge celebration, etc. Some complained only the "giants" were lauded. Others claimed they celebrate Black History every day, so no need for a separate February designation.
If I had to choose one thing that makes a huge difference to home and personal organization, it’s that getting organized is much easier to achieve via small, daily organizing actions than through grand, life-changing plans. In general, big plans to get organized bring out the perfectionist in you, which leads you to procrastinate. Let’s face it: if you are a very sloppy person you are probably also a procrastinator. The more grandiose your vision of a perfectly organized life, the more procrastination will sabotage you. Even if you do go on a massive organizing rampage, the results will be short-lived unless you keep up good decluttering and organizing habits.