Friday, July 10, 2015

Genesis 1:29


Then God said, "I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food" Genesis 1:29.  I've been studying herbs ( North American) since the late 80's.  My great grandfather was an herbalist and so was my great great grandmother. In any event, this is my special tea. Herbal teas are great because you can tailor them to meet your body's particular needs. For example if you'd like to balance your blood sugar, add a tablespoon of cinnamon to your herbs or an equal part of some fenugreek. Fenugreek also aids in digestion. Yarrow is excellent for eradicating uterine fibroids. ( of course drinking herbal tea isn't a substitute for serious medical conditions, so please consult your physician). However, you can drink herbal teas to prevent certain ailments along with a healthy diet, exercise, and quiet/meditative time.
 
 
 

Yard Work

Just did some yard work. It's so refreshing and therapeutic to beautify/tidy up your immediate environment. I can't wait to see how it looks with the morning sun. Yep...I'm like that.! Ciao!

Friday, June 12, 2015

Tomatoes From My Neighbor's Garden

 Full of antioxidants, vitamins A & C, and beta carotene! My goodness I sure could tell the difference between a garden fresh tomato and a store bought one. My neighbor's tomato was much more denser and sweeter. I sliced one up and added some lemon pepper and viola! Thanks again A!

This Is What My Lovely Neighbor Suprised Us With

Delicious German Chocolate Cupcakes!  We got an unexpected knock on the door...and this is what we received! Yum Yum! Thanks A!

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Some Of My Origami Creations

On the long way back from Sedona, I kept myself busy with Origami. Here are a few of my creations.



Arizona

Arizona was a relaxing and informative trip. I mean I'm always learning and open to learning so I don't think there has ever been a time where I went to Arizona and DIDN'T learn something.  I hooked up with my cousin Jennifer in Tempe, AZ.  The highlight of my visit with Jennifer was when we took our children to "The Nest" on Wednesday morning. The Nest is a community of women that get together and chat and network. Across the street was the "Babymoon Inn."
Jennifer and I spent some quality time together along with our families. Our daughters played well together despite their huge age difference. Later on Wednesday, we headed to  Sedona. It was absolutely wonderful. The weather in Sedona was perfect. We hiked on various trails and visited the hummingbird man, Ross Hawkins.  I also worked on my Origami skills and made a few items too. I walked up to Bell Rock around 7am ish Thursday morning ( wasn't early enough) and spent some quiet time in meditation and prayer. I love staying by Bell and Courthouse Rock. Oak Creek Canyon  was one of the highlights of Sedona. Putting my feet in the Oak Creek too, although I don't care too much for the way the rocks and pebbles feel under my feet. Ouch! Stimulation my arse!                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              

Monday, May 25, 2015

Ain't Did This In A While

Phew! It took me 3 hours with two breaks to braid Ms. Sunshine's hair.

Monday, May 11, 2015

Mother's Day In Summerland, CA

I couldn't have had a more fun and beautiful Mother's Day! We headed to Summerland, CA and my goal was to go sea glass hunting. I didn't find one shard of sea glass...but Sunshine did find a red balloon floating and bouncing off the tide! Also got some great pics of a pod of dolphins very close to the shore!


 


Thursday, May 7, 2015

Breast Cancer Journals for Hope

Finally finished this beauties for my mother. She's going to give them to a couple of her friends. Love them!

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Like A Girl: Perspectives on Feminine Identity


Several of my photos will be included in this highly anticipated anthology published by Lucid Moose Lit. I seriously cannot wait. Lucid Moose Lit recently published ( one of my photos was included in this one) Gutters And Alleyways: Perspectives on Poverty and Struggle.

Urban Ocean Poetry Book ( More Good News)

I found out yesterday from the coordinator of the Urban Ocean Poetry Contest that a book is currently in production. The book will consist of all the contest winners since its inception in 2009. Now that's exciting and I can't wait until it's finished!

Sent By Jesus Dot Com

This card is available through the website Sent By Jesus ( along with some other fabulous Christian stationery). Yesterday I mailed it to a friend who entered the 12 Steps program for addiction a few years ago. He is currently sober for 11 years this year. I thought this card was fitting for his progress and uplifting for his journey.

Monday, May 4, 2015

Psalm 27:13 and my friend DJ

I'm finally getting around to examining and joyfully reading my friend DJ's journals. DJ was in my second grade class room in elementary school.  Although we grew up in the same neighborhood we weren't friends. However, in 2011 we connected  through Facebook. Now outside of Facebook and social media, we are friends .
 DJ is interested in putting a book together based on the writing in his journals as well as his life experience.  One of the many things I appreciate is DJ's level of optimism and faith no matter the circumstances ( it hasn't always been that way with him). He approaches his life experiences with humor and down to earthness ( yeah I made that word up, lol). Although DJ's writing is fruitful with bible scriptures, there is one that he repeatedly writes, quotes, and reveres. This scripture is:

Psalm 27:13New International Version (NIV)
13 I remain confident of this:
    I will see the goodness of the Lord
    in the land of the living.
 
I will keep you posted on this interesting journey of ours. Stay tuned!

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Urban Ocean Poetry Contest ( I won 1st Place)

Yaaaaay! Today was the  Sixth Annual Urban Ocean Poetry Contest Awards in the Ocean Theater at the Aquarium of the Pacific. I found out that I won 1st Place! The winning piece is entitled Blue Crisis. My friend Lethia accompanied me at the awards and on the Urban Ocean Poetry Cruise. There were some fabulous poets who read as well. I took some great photos as well.  Last year I won first place in digital photography!


 
 

Blue Crisis

 We are the stewards of

earth and ocean

regardless of the texture of our hair

or shade of our skin.

We are responsible for this

galactic ball of dirt and spit

that we’ve helped 

contaminate

corrupt

congeal.

We have to be fierce

with warrior like mentality

symbolically

brandishing sword and shield

to protect our oceans

and its inhabitants

from ourselves.

We are in a state of

emergency

 a blue crisis

as floating garbage dumps

drift on salty blue.

We are slowly poisoning

the amniotic fluid

of  Mother Earth

So we need to step up

clean up, shape up or ship out.

We are in a blue crisis

and truly it is up to us

to bring back harmony

and stability to the

oceanic womb

of the world.

 

 

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

We Found A Safe Space

Found this little delicate cutie in the backyard. I called our friend and hummingbird expert Ross Hawkins, founder of the Hummingbird Festival in Sedona, AZ and founder of  The Hummingbird Society in Sedona.  I called Signal Hill Animal Hospital and they gave me the number to another facility. I called them and they didn't have a license to handle wild birds...so they gave me Animal Control's number. They were closed but I got transferred to the fire department. They sent someone out, and they arrived with in 10 minutes! I was surprised because frankly, I didn't think they'd come out for a wee little hummingbird!  But they did!  I asked the animal control officer what they were going to do with it. She said the office works with a hummingbird care taker...so she's in a safe space! Sunshine named it "Alexis" so I guess she felt it was a female. Yaaaaay for hummingbirds!

Monday, April 20, 2015

Point Loma San Diego, CA

Lighthouse history is very interesting. Last month I went to check out Point Loma Lighthouse in San Diego, CA. The area is beautiful...there are many trails and a science center and museum. It's best to arrive when it opens or towards closing time, especially if it's a sunny day...because the sun is brutal! There aren't many trees around so there's definitely a lack of shade.

The Negro Church In America

Well, it's been a long time since I posted...actually a little over a year. Last year, my computer's internet connection just stopped working AND it crashed twice! Yikes. So now I'm back into the swing of things. I have been spending most of my time doing some intense research and reading. I'm working on a couple of new writing projects as well. I will try to post more often. Recently I ordered a book entitled The Negro Church in America by E. Franklin Frazier...I absolutely love it. I am almost finished with it.

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