Inspirational Quotes: Courage from The Boss


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On Spiritual Healing: Actor/Activist Lammar Rucker’s Kryptonite Personified


Earlier this evening, I received a distracting email. It happens to all of us, so it wasn’t that big of a deal. It did, however, delay an errand I needed to run to the store, which ended up being a blessing in disguise.

You see, had I not taken the time to respond to that email, I wouldn’t have been delayed in getting to my local Whole Foods.

Had I not been delayed in getting to Whole Foods, I would have been a few minutes earlier getting to the  produce section.

Had I gotten to produce just seconds sooner, I would have missed the sexy black dude with the athletic physique that I was checking out with the sideways glance as he got his carriage.

Had I not taken the time to look a little closer, I would have missed that it was Lamman Rucker dressed down in sweats and a baseball cap!

Had I been a crazy fan, I would have gone buck-wild! Instead, I just quietly acknowledged him and playfully touched his abs, a move to which he blushed in response . After I caught a glimpse of that GORGEOUS, trademark  smile of his, we both quickly laughed and I bounced off to do the rest of my shopping; he went on with his lady friends.  He was a great sport and gentleman – what more could you ask for?

So, sometimes you have to endure life’s temporary  delays and distractions.  You never know what (or who’s) around the corner!

Eyes on the Prize: The Complete Documentary on YouTube

Last week, on April 4, we quietly marked another anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King. Jr.  ‘Civil Rights’ has become a disturbingly ‘relative’ term in today’s world so it’s fitting that many families may need to take some time out and watch this complete documentary together to get a better understanding of the struggle. As published on earlier this year, the landmark civil rights TV series “Eyes on the Prize” is available on YouTube. Here’s the first part:

The intro from Kottke‘s site provides an excellent lead-in to material that requires no cliffnotes:

Using nothing more than archival film footage, on-camera interviews, period music, and a narrator’s voiceover, the stories of Emmitt Till, the Montgomery bus boycott, and the desegregation of southern schools riveted me to the couch like few viewing experiences have. As compelling as the history of the civil rights movement in America is, the production of the film deserves some of the credit for its power. To hear the stories of these momentous events told by the participants themselves, without embellishment, is quite extraordinary.

On Strength When You Have No Other Choice

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Good Vibes: Happy Birthday to One of My Private Collection Fav’s, Ms. Brenda Russell

brendaHer music’s been recorded by greats ranging from Luther Vandross to Oleta Adams. But while many people love Brenda Russell’s heartfelt lyrics and signature sound, few are familiar with this legendary song writer’s name or beautiful face. In today’s world of music, so many young artists are only familiar with the most recent singer who’s covered a song. Case and point: a duet recently sang Ms. Russell’s classic, ‘Get Here’ on the hit show, ‘The Voice’, attributing it to Oleta Adams, and not once mentioning that it was written and originally performed by Ms. Russell herself. Indeed, I personally prefer Ms. Russell’s version. True musical purists see this often with today’s generation, as was the case when Beyonce covered Etta James’ classic, ‘At Last’ a few years ago, and so on. There’s nothing wrong with a nice cover, but it does help to know the legend who provided the inspiration.

So, Happy Birthday, Ms. Russell, for providing us with some of the most beautiful music of a generation. Here are just a couple of my favorites, though ‘Justice in Truth’, ‘Piano in the Dark’ and ‘Dinner with Gershwin’ are also on my list.

Good Hair

Originally posted on dreams of love, peace and hair:

I remember begging my “hair styling impaired” mother for a relaxer when I was about 9 or 10 years old. The thought of being able to just brush my hair back and not worry about my edges or ponytails frizzing up because I went in the fire hydrant or because I ran around playing until I was drenched with sweat from my head to my feet. The thought of never again having to sit still for hours while her loving unskilled hands made a painful mockery of my “confused” hair texture by combing it after shampooing it and sometimes not using conditioner; I think that would be considered abuse today =). After weeks of begging I was told, “You must wait until you turn 11.” My 11th birthday seemed to come the next day. As I prepared to go to the salon for the first time to receive my prized…

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Oops, They Did It Again!! UConn’s Powerhouse Women Gotcha Seeing Double for the NCAA Championship!!