Friday, April 27, 2012
Thursday, April 26, 2012
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
she wanted to be a blade
of grass amid the fields
but he wouldn't agree
to be the dandelion
she wanted to be a robin singing
through the leaves
but he refused to be
she spun herself into a web
and looking for a place to rest
turned to him
but he stood straight
declining to be her corner
she tried to be a book
but he wouldn't read
she turned herself into a bulb
but he wouldn't let her grow
she decided to become
and though he still refused
to be a man
she decided it was all
Tuesday, April 24, 2012
Monday, April 23, 2012
Thursday, April 19, 2012
Phenomenal Woman - Maya Angelou
Pretty women wonder where my secret lies.
I’m not cute or built to suit a fashion model’s size
But when I start to tell them,
They think I’m telling lies.
It’s in the reach of my arms
The span of my hips,
The stride of my step,
The curl of my lips.
I’m a woman
I walk into a room
Just as cool as you please,
And to a man,
The fellows stand or
Fall down on their knees.
Then they swarm around me,
A hive of honey bees.
It’s the fire in my eyes,
And the flash of my teeth,
The swing in my waist,
And the joy in my feet.
I’m a woman
Men themselves have wondered
What they see in me.
They try so much
But they can’t touch
My inner mystery.
When I try to show them
They say they still can’t see.
It’s in the arch of my back,
The sun of my smile,
The ride of my breasts,
The grace of my style.
I’m a woman
Now you understand
Just why my head’s not bowed.
I don’t shout or jump about
Or have to talk real loud.
When you see me passing
It ought to make you proud.
It’s in the click of my heels,
The bend of my hair,
the palm of my hand,
The need of my care,
‘Cause I’m a woman
Wednesday, April 18, 2012
insert picture of the counted cross stitch I made for Repeat's birthday here. started Summer 2007 - completed April 2012
see post October 28, 2009
Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us.
We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant,
gorgeous, handsome, talented and fabulous?
Actually, who are you not to be?
You are a child of God.
Your playing small does not serve the world.
There is nothing enlightened about shrinking
so that other people won't feel insecure around you.
We are all meant to shine, as children do.
We were born to make manifest the glory of God within us.
It is not just in some; it is in everyone.
And, as we let our own light shine, we consciously give
other people permission to do the same.
As we are liberated from our fear,
our presence automatically liberates others.
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
Monday, April 16, 2012
Thursday, April 12, 2012
Wednesday, April 11, 2012
*"An understanding of the incarnation in terms of biological gender positivism does not square with the tradition according to which the humanity and not the masculinity of Jesus has saving significance," says Elisabeth Schussler Fiorenza "Luke 13:10-17: Interpretation for Liberation and Transformation," Theology Digest 36 [Winter 1989]; Jacquelyn Grant contends that "The significance if Christ is not his maleness but his humanity" (White Women's Christ and Black Women's Jesus, p220).
Geese appear high over us, pass, and the sky closes.
Abandon, as in love or sleep, holds them to their way, clear in the ancient faith: what we need is here.
And we pray, not for new earth or heaven, but to be quiet in heart, and in eye,clear.
What we need is here.
Monday, April 9, 2012
Saturday, April 7, 2012
So let me just tell you that Wednesday, March 21, 2012, was the worst day. I went early to the doctor's office to discuss the results of the A1C blood test --the test that measures your sugar levels --the test that determines if you have diabetes or not. And even though the chronic disease is prevalent on both sides of my family, I wasn't too worried. For you see, I've been trying to forestall a diabetes diagnosis for years. Long ago I made changes in my diet such as: drinking water instead of juice or soda, using sweetner instead of sugar, but I digress. The doctor's office...the conversation - the short version:
Doctor: Your A1C level is 6.7. We prefer them to be 6.5 or below. So I am writing you a prescription.
Me: tears...full on sobs...shoulder shaking wails
Doctor: Oh my (hands me a tissue) After waiting a while,and when the wails turned to sniffles. Here is your prescriptions for a Glucometer, lancets and tests strips. (I take them as the doctor continues) Now, no juice or soda, sugar, corn, dairy...
Me: but I don't...but I haven't...
Doctor: (continuing, I guess she didn't hear me?) We want to see you every three months; you should get your eyes checked every year; watch your feet - if you get a cut on them come in to see us right away...words, words, words... yes it's a good idea to make the three month appointment before you leave...
Me: (I must've of said something) okay, I will. thank you. yes okay.
I left the doctor's office. I walked out the side door straight to my car, where I sat and cried for twenty minutes...
Friday, April 6, 2012
...Christ died for us in order to enter into utmost solidarity with us as victims of violence and to mediate God's forgiveness to us a perpetrators of violence. ...
...Christ died for us in order to open a new future for a new humanity in the midst of our violent world. ...
Daniel Migliore, Faith Seeking Understanding, Violence and the Cross p160
Wednesday, April 4, 2012
All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten - Uncommon Thoughts on Common Things - Robert Fulghum
Most of what I really Need to know about how to live and what to do and how to be I learned in kindergarten. Wisdom was not at the top of the graduate school mountain, but there in the sand pile at Sunday school. These are the things I learned:
Don't hit people.
Put things back where you found them.
Clean up your own mess.
Don't' take things that aren't yours.
Say you're sorry when you hurt somebody.
Wash your hands before you eat.
Warm cookies and cold milk are good for you.
Live a balanced life--learn some and think some and draw and paint and sing and dance and play and work everyday some.
Take a nap every afternoon.
When you go out into the world, watch out for traffic, hold hands and stick together.
Be aware of wonder.
Tuesday, April 3, 2012
This year my Dear Daughter took me on a DC Harbor Cruise to see the Cherry Blossoms in bloom. Or at least that was the plan. The blossoms blossomed early. Then it got cold. Then the wind blew. Then they were gone!
It was very cold on the cruise! But I was warmed by the time, attention and the planning that my daughter did on my behalf. (She tells me that's my love language)
|On the Cruise - 3-25-2012|
|Outside the Smithsonian - 3-26-2012|