Monday, August 11, 2014
I grew up with Robin Williams comedy. His comic genius was extraordinary. I know he has been through many things in his life, and not every day can be funny, but I still admire him as a person and in his work. It is sad that he took his life, but as a fellow sufferer, I can understand where he was coming from. Introspection is premature in this instance.
Just know, you need a plan rather than the spontaneous. And it appears this instance is spontaneous.
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The entire world before her. She loved to sing, dance and worship the Lord in Church. She wanted to go to nursing training school and did that for ~2 years until she met her husband.
From that point, her life became devoted to God, her husband and her children. She had 9 children.
There were times where the Black family could not make ends meet. Where the husband had to travel all over to make money. There were times that there was little food and magically she created a full course meal.
Then her husband got stable employment and a notable position, the woman returned to college and got her bachelor's degree in education, and after her last child was ~out of diapers, she taught school in her area.
The children who attended the school came from homes were the parents were worse off that her own family, but somehow, the kids her class excelled. The children who are now adults today, still recall fond memories of the teacher.
Then the grandchildren started being born. From the second oldest daughter to the first oldest son, then down to the second oldest son, and more. The grandchildren who grew near their grandmother remember how she loved them, but strongly from 1930's style discipline. The grandchildren who grew far from their grandmother did not quite completely understand her mentality until they became a lot older.
What was so remarkable about this woman? She was not famous. She was very opinionated. She sometimes seemed haughty. What was it all about?
GRANDMOTHER was resilient in spite of it all... She took the good with the bad. She prayed on it. The Bible was a reference book for all decisions made in the family. It had to follow within those guidelines. Over time, she found her voice, she expressed it in a pleasant manner, but astutely. Her behavior for her generation was like that of Coretta Scott King. In fact she met her... Resolute, stylish, her skin was tough through her trials, so when microaggressions were raised, she use them like that "Wipe Out" TV show obstacle course. And people would say all kinds of mean things to her. She should raise her head, proudly with her stance and quietly state, "They talked about Jesus Christ... You saw what they did to Him."
Living in the South, around White Supremacists racists, she recalled an incident when she was returning from somewhere on a dirt road when some White boys ran her off the road in their truck. She said if she did not jump out of the way, she would have been hit. But she broke her coccyx tailbone, the last bone in her vertabral column when she jumped. I think that hurt her emotionally as those were her experiences in racism.
Her education is what propelled her for debate. When she was a teenager, she could argue her points legitimately. However, this was Depression and early 1930s and women, especially Black Women had little or no agency to move beyond their dreams. The fact she got married very young, 1934 and the home was hard to keep, without God, somehow, it worked for my grandparents. How it worked, snippets are there.
The reality is, it was no picnic or sunshine for the two of them, but the fortitude and choices they made. I believe they were very smart, intellectually. But they had to be wise. My grandfather loved the Bible as much, but he knew how to speak eloquently with a commanding voice. My grandmother was more reserved, but you HEARD her words.
When I became a young adult, I had a chance to spend a lot of time with my grandparents. I did not grow up around them, so whenever I could, I'd leave Spelman and go to Daytona Beach to speak to them about life. I would not have graduated from Spelman if I did not visit my grandparents. My grandfather told me his expectations that resonated with me. My grandmother told me how to do it through the Lord, chapter and verse.
As I got older, I watched my grandmother's mannerisms, style and grace. They were not like my parents, not many of my parents contemporaries. They were not like anything I watched on television. My grandmother was too illustrious, too glamorous, and way too fabulous for the comprehension of anyone on television.
When she would visit my parents, she would love to shop for anything in the mall. She would go to Neiman Marcus and test the lotions and the snooty counter woman would remark with a microaggression, "that's blah blah blah expensive..." My grandmother would happily reply, "Oh? Give me some more!"
Very few of my friends had elder women like that that they respected.
I was fortunate to have her prominent in my early adult life. Black women are finding their stance and voice in ways to achieve their dreams. I think that is amazing and important. I am of a different generation, where my generation barely has voice, but has a lot of agency. The younger women are just..."WOW!" However, I'm saddened to read their bitter tone sometimes, I catch myself with those feels, I'm amaze they can say it so succinctly and it is real, and it is painful without much recourse. I wonder how these women will stride through life. It's already hard. And to put on a happy face seems dumb and old. While one can catch more flies with sugar than with salt, these young ladies are tired of cowtowing to that. I agree, wholeheartedly. But is that the battle here? Or the war? Because if it is only the battle, being enraged and using your voice on blogs for it is short-lived and temporary and not a great strategy for winning this war. Of course assuming there is war and if there should be one -- forget the fact that is a very male dominated construct.
I just go back wondering what my grandmother would say about all of this... She would say:
Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.
People around me can bash me, demean me, destroy me and hate me. But in the end, it is just me and they cannot touch that, because it belongs to God.
That is the way I will continue living my life until I die.
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Monday, July 14, 2014
More people are getting kidney stones because they are dehydrated. What can be done? Drink more water! How much depends on what your healthcare provider says. Generally 8 glasses per day or ~1-2 Liters per day. Good water. Clean water. Pure and balanced water.
Water - H2O is quintessential for life. We cannot survive without water. When we fail to consume adequate amounts of water, we suffer. Water = Life. It is the conduit to our soul. So if you have clean water, you are truly blessed and you should drink it. If your water is not clean, that requires experiences beyond the scope of this blog. No offense to those who don't have clean water - I would not know?
As I understand it, it must be boiled, then filtered for potability. As to the process, I do not know. There are Iodine tablets, but they only last so long.
Water as a resource of potability will be lacking in the future. We have not conserved our water. We must find ways to do that.
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Saturday, June 28, 2014
Woman says she accidentally kicked SPD cop who hit her | Local News | The Seattle Times
1) Woman and her "baby daddy" got into a heated argument at a friends house. The daddy left and she followed him. Both had too much to drink. He drove, but she walked to the baby daddy's house.
2) Police were called and an overseer stated someone had to be arrested and go to jail. He picked the woman and rassled her to the backseat where her foot slipped and hit him in the chin. He then punched her in the eye. She was in jail for 4 days and release without being charged.
3) This is PISS POOR news reporting and in HATE BLOGS run by white supremacist groups this story is seen as a "Nigger Whine"...
4) THIS IS WHY I HATE SEATTLE BECAUSE THIS TREATMENT OF BLACK WOMEN IS ABUNDANT AND WOULD NOT FLY IN THE DEEPEST PARTS OF THE SOUTH, EVER!
5) Couples argue and fight and it's not fair. Sure, there are MUCH BETTER WAYS to handle misbehavior as a couple, but without that knowledge, people don't JUST KNOW! Especially if one's upbringing was NOT to argue fairly without raising one's voice -- using one's words. Anger is abundant as is resentment. It takes a long time to learn how to have verbal spats with out the logic fallacy of vehemence.
BUT NOT IN SEATTLE! NO YOU GET ARRESTED IF YOU ARGUE WITH OUR SIGNIFICANT OTHER ABOVE 1 DECIBEL!
^^^^This would be called domestic violence!
Moreover, this is really TONE POLICING... It's what white supremacists do with their privilege to invoke a a choke hold on African American women in Seattle.
Seattle better get a grip of its hate or else it will be cinder blocks...
Don't be scared bigots. Preparation doesn't matter. It is the price that will be paid for the bigotry.
Original Article in case Seattle Times erases it.
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