Tuesday, March 23, 2010
Sunday, March 21, 2010
Push the envelope, embrace the unexpected, step out of your comfort zone and you’d be surprised to find that the survival instinct kicks in and stops you from falling flat on your face.
I've just gotten home, after doing something I never thought I could do. Some months ago, I was asked to host a program on cyber radio. I mulled it over even though my first reaction was to look behind me, coz I knew the person making the request could not have been talking to moi! Anyway, after some thought, I remembered the promise I’d made to myself a while ago which, in essence, was to embrace every opportunity that comes my way. Bearing that resolution in mind, I agreed to do it. Of course, the procrastinator in me, provided ample opportunities to put off the all important preparation, so at the last minute, I was scrambling, listening to my personal selection together with those borrowed from a close friend. Patiently making lists and deciding what to play was fun and saw me skanking around my living room, wishing that I had a good party to attend. That was the inspiration I took with me as I made my way to the studio, together with a good dose of trepidation.
I guess I surprised myself, after being literally thrown into the deep end following the briefest of explanation of what knobs did what – the first airing of The Conduit Show went well. Now don’t get me wrong, there were a few glitches, but thanks to my guest and co-host for the night - Judith Kitson, I actually embraced the experience and enjoyed myself and judging from the commentary in the chat room, the guests did too.
That’s just my small teachable moment, which I’ll continue to apply to my life. For too long, I’ve let opportunities pass me by because I didn’t have faith in myself and the spirit of survival, but I’m learning every day, when President Obama said, “Yes We Can”, he wasn’t just talking about himself – he was encouraging all of use to embrace the inner power, turn it outward and accomplish what we will. Today, the 44th President will go down in history when he ushers the health care reform bill successfully through Congress. When he burst onto the political scene at the Democratic Convention in July 2004, as the then candidate for US Senate from
In the words of another great man, whose vision and pride in himself as a black man we have still not fully realized in our lives - Up You Mighty Race!
Wednesday, March 3, 2010
In salute of all our sisters,
I think its time to say,
we’ll remember you not just this month
but each and every day.
Were it not for those who went before
to break the barriers down
We’d have no shoulders to stand on
To claim what is our own
So to the sisters, no matter where you may be
not just black, but also white and brown
Lift high your heads and wear a smile
This day come claim your crown
ripped, protesting from the motherlands
stripped of identity, culture and family
poked and prodded by countless hands
On fleeting breezes from far away oceans
We hear your voices, the call resounds
blood coursing through veins
in constant motion
Echoes long-stilled beating hearts
once vibrant and proud.
Straddling time’s immeasurable span
eternal spirits ever encourage us
their countless profound contributions
blueprinted in our hearts and all around us
we recognize the feats performed against all odds,
when others gave up in defeat,
You found the strength to carry on.
A testimony to your special sense of purpose
no achievement was too hard,
Now we must rise to meet the challenge
and accept the changing of the guard
We salute you , the known and unknown,
the famous and anonymous,
Mothers, grandmothers, sisters,
Wives, surrogates, aunts and all
Ancestors - instill in us that spirit that makes us work
for the good of the community
And not just for personal glory
Women warriors who have blazed trails before us,
light the way for us to follow in your footsteps.
Tuesday, March 2, 2010
Up in the cool cool hills of
A rocky climb, whether man-made or cut from the countless feet that have trod the path seeking healing, cleansing or just refreshing, leads to the famed spot – The Mineral Fountain at
As if out of nowhere, we’re joined by two “guides” who later demonstrate their prowess as masseuses. The water at
There is a reverence to the spa treatment that reflects the spiritual aura of the place. The guide chants as the water cascades from head to foot, an ancient blessing and prayer to the creator, giving thanks for life, nature and God. This is where meditation and reasonings naturally occur, there is also license to smoke marijuana if one so desires, but for many, the awesome wonders of the world are manifested at
At the end of the spa treatment, when trying to settle our bill, my companion and I were gently admonished that respect for the healing powers and other-worldly qualities of the water dictate that no money changes hand in the river or near the natural spring, articulating a primeval fear that disrespect of this natural wonder will lead to the source drying up, a fact which our guide pointed out has happened in the past.
Two urban women experienced a little of the mysticism of
c Sheron Hamilton-Pearson February 13, 2010