Beautiful

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Poet and orator Dr. Maya Angelou died May 28, 2014 in her home in Winston Salem North Carolina.  She will forever be remembered for her wisdom and inspiring spirit that led others to be someone else's rainbow in the clouds.

Poet and orator Dr. Maya Angelou died May 28, 2014 in her home in Winston Salem North Carolina. She will forever be remembered for her wisdom and inspiring spirit that led others to be someone else’s rainbow in the clouds.

I’m a woman, phenomenally. Phenomenal woman, That’s me.” –Maya Angelou

 

15yrsBeautiful is my favorite word in the English language
It towers bold and triumphant
Transcending realms
Not needing clarification
Welling up from within
Reaching from the depth of a soul
Pouring fluidly from cracks and pores
Becoming transparent in actions
Making it a description, one’s character trait

Mandela: An icon has passed away but his legacy lives on forever

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"No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion.  People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for loves comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite."  Nelson Mandela 1918-2013

“No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for loves comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.” Nelson Mandela 1918-2013

The whole world is in mourning after the news that South African revolutionist Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela died Dec. 5 at age 95 in his home.

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Former South American President, anit-apartheid leader and human rights advocate Nelson Mandela died Dec. 5 at age 95.

Over the last few days we have heard lots about the life and achievements of a man who spent 27 years in prison due to his opposition of apartheid then went on to become the first black president of South Africa.  He won his political seat in a democratic election, a system he believed in and fought hard to make a practice of in his country.

Mandela’s life is a story of freedom and forgiveness.  In a era filled with a plethora of racial hatred, he endured much abuse.  Yet his determination never favored.  The real inspiration, however, was ,despite it all, he advocated not to lash out at his enemies, but to use love as a means to overcome life evils.  Mandela believed in the inner strength of a person saying “when people are determined, they can overcome anything” and to look to our own selves to create change.

This icon’s life is not only a legacy, but a moral compass and a blueprint for true leadership.

What is a true leader?

A true leader is someone full of beliefs- a believer of themselves, others and the greater good.
A true leader is sacrificial.  They are not above the cause, but an insert into the cause.  
The cause is not a task but a life mission.
A true leader appreciates the advantageous differences in persons, because it brings about different ideas and plans.
A true leader values the human emotion of fear, and see’s it not as an hinderance but another obstacle to overcome.
A true leader walks in confidence with strides of wisdom… whether that’s in front of or behind the crowd.  
A true leader is Nelson Mandela.  

Rest in Peace Mr. Nelson Mandela. Your legacy and spirit is with us forever.

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Rodney King gone at 47

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Rodney King, 1991 victim of a brutal police beating, was found dead at the bottom of his pool.

Can’t we all just get along!

That was the question Rodney King asked 21 years ago, after he was beat to what felt to him like death by police in 1991.  It is a a question many people still ask today.

Sadly, King will no longer question unfair treatment.  He was found dead Sunday, June 17 at the bottom of his backyard swimming pool.  He was 47.

We’ll Always Love Whitney

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August 9, 1963 – February 11, 2012

One of my few childhood memories is watching “The Bodyguard” on T.V. waiting for the time when I could stand up and belt out my favorite song… “Don’t make me close one more door/ I don’t want to hurt anymore/ Stay in my arms if you dare/ Or must I Imagine you there/…I’ll have nothing”

At that age, I had no clue what the song meant.  But it still somehow spoke to my soul. Whitney Houston has been resonating with me since.

I could not contain my disbelief when I was first told International Pop Legend Whitney Houston was deceased.  I quickly turned to facebook and looked through status’s, that confirmed the truth.  I then googled the story.

Houston, 48, was found unconscious in the bathtub of her hotel suite Saturday.  She could not be revived by paramedics.

I still hear your voice…

Everyday Musings, Inspiration, Short Story

I still hear your voice.

You’re presence whispers in the little things I do. No big memories, its the little things that matter.

Your omnipresence is so surreal. In the bathroom, as I splash water and it drips down my face, I am reminded of nights I spent at your house. “My second home.” My free space.

As I move to the kitchen, I recall your ubiquitous cookbooks and complex spice racks.  My experimental place where I first baked a cake. Mmmmm good times…

Your memory never escapes me.

I remember our “family” get togethers at my place. Mom made her famous Kool-aid punch, you always brought the smoked meats.

Now you’re the second of our family to be gone. The first was my sister gone too soon. Now you, my other mom. Both of you claimed by diseases that we spend thousands on reasearch for but no man can cure.

CANCER YOU GOT A GOOD ONE!

Who would have known this would have been our last summer together.

I took seeing you in the hospital for granted. I never like those places. No matter how friendly the staff- the smell, doors and people suffering puts my stomach in pretzel knots. Nausea surfaces into my throat each time.

But sometimes life makes you do things you don’t want. I wanted to support my mom, your most faithful visitor, and you were there. So I went.

‘At Last’ Etta James suffering is over but her life sings on through song

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My mother always told me, even if a song has been done a thousand times, you can still bring something of your own to it. I’d like to think I did that.

Etta James, born Jamesetta Hawkins, has died at age 73 due to complications from leukemia just a week from her birthday.

As soon as I heard the news, I turned to listen to the song that has blared from my Itunes many times before…”At last/ My love has come along/ My lonely days are over/ and life is like a song…”