Monday, March 31, 2008

I Want to Know more

I really want know more about the Songhai Empire. Long long ago, long after the exodus from Egypt by Hebrews, long after Egypt crumbled from its status as Super Power, arose the Songhai Empire. Africa's greatest empire. It was stationed incompassing Gao, a key passage way for merchants and caravan crossing the caravan; Timbuktu -an intellectual hub with its University of Sankore; and Jenne -a vital commercial spot and learning center. I wish someone would make a movie with this setting.

This info taken from THIS website.

I really want to know more about the Ndigbo people of Nigeria. The are also known as the "Jews of Africa" because of their shrewdness in money matters. (is that a backhanded way of insulting Jews, calling them shrewd?).More on that HERE.

Its THAT time of Year: Spring Cleaning



Yep, its time. It takes on a whole different level when cleaning is in preparation for the Passover.

If you go to any Jewish neighborhoods, there are probably yard sales going on. People can get crazy throwing away anything that seems uncleanable. The goal is to remove any substance made from flour /yeast /leavening agent.

The hardest things to clean are baby carriages! And if there are little children in the house, there is almost always a piece of cheerios lodged under a mattress or behind a drawer or something.

Passover is the time when the Jews celebrate the exodus from Egypt. It was a humbling experience and thus we try to eliminate any thing that could represent the ego -anything that can inflate and rise -hence, no yeast.

So what happens to all our pastas, cookies, cakes, bread, etc? Either we eat as much of it up, or sell it or just plain give it away to any one who wants.

Well, I guess I'll be pretty busy. I already got one room in the place "kosher for Passover" so four more rooms to go (not including bathrooms, but I hardly think I'll find anything there). The job I don't look forward to is the stove and oven.

Divide and.....

There are some pairs that always seem to go hand in hand. Admittedly, I never questioned it until I got older. Things like "ham and eggs" -some people don't eat pork. Eggs go quite lovely with cheese... "love and marriage" -some marriages, I don't know...."horse and carriage" -I guess one can use a mule if they had to...

The more serious ones, I had to make a conscious effort not to let it sink into my head. For example: "poor and stupid" --I remember going somewhere, and the speaker spoke of how the poor folks are so uneducated, And how can they be otherwise? They're poor! blah blah blah. While that may be true for some-it doesn't have to be!

In many Caribbean islands, and many African countries to be sure, many many people are very poor -moneywise. But they have a brain and they use it. Coming back to our own shores, there are beautiful examples of previously poor (moneywise) AA people who "worked their way up" by reading books on their own, sticking by people who were willing to teach them, etc. In fact, I think history -not to mention very current history- is full of people like that.

But somehow some invisible hand wants us to believe that once you're poor, you're automatically stupid.

I tell ya, sometimes I feel like I have been putting everything, every concept to task! lol

A new phrase that I've been thinking about is "divide and conquer". Everyone says it. You'd think the minute there is any sort of division, conquest is around the corner. But I think there is a more love-bound, positive way of dealing with categories.

First of all, there are many ways of dividing:

Personality traits
There's the enneagram that divides people into 9 types. (my personal favorite)
There's the Myers briggs system

Blood types
The four blood types: O, A, B, AB. Scientist have even discovered that how people eat, is effected by what their blood type is (Ex. Type Os love meat and can handle it more often then others, type B can handle dairy the best, As go for grains, etc. Here is more info.)

Country and/or ethnicity
African
African American
Caribbean
Caribbean American
Irish
Polish
English, etc. you get the picture.

Religion. Marital status. Intellectual capabilities. IQ. It goes on and on.

I think if left to the "wrong" hands, i.e. those who seek to conquer and so they divide, things can go very wrong -as in the case of race, I think. However, for personal, selfish (self-loving?) purposes, these divisions can be a means for helping oneself understand oneself better than they ever could staying in a herd.

In summary, one needs to know the origin and purpose of a division, that will help to clue us in as to whether its a sinister divide or a bland one. For those that are bland, it can go both ways good or bad; however we can use these for our own growth and self development.

Sunday, March 30, 2008

A New Underground Railroad is Born

Subject: The Dunbar Village Atrocity

Synopsis:

In the past week, a rapidly-moving viral email campaign was launched, and thousands of concerned black citizens spread the word about a shocking crime against a Black woman and her 12 year old son, in which crimes against nature were committed. (read more details of the crime here)

This email, entitled “Stop Al Sharpton and the NAACP from endangering Black Women,” described a stunning betrayal in which the NAACP and Al Sharpton held a press conference and demanded bail consideration for three suspects in custody for the crime. (source1) (source2)

Concerned Black citizens all around the country were outraged by the actions of the NAACP and Al Sharpton, and many vowed to withdraw volunteering and financial support from these agencies “until they make the safety of Black women and children a priority.”

On March 24, 2008 an NAACP memo that attempted to defend this betrayal was sent to Beverly Neal, who is the Director of the NAACP’s Florida State Conference. The memo claims that the NAACP was brought into this fray by Rev. Al Sharpton. Moreover, the memo was written by Maude Ford Lee, who is President of the West Palm Beach Branch of the NAACP. (read the memo here)

On March 27,2008, activist Al Sharpton went on the air to clarify his position on the treatment of the Dunbar Village Suspects. He invited writer Tonyaa Weathersbee and blogger Arlene Fenton to his show, to discuss the matter. Rev. Sharpton claimed that he never said that the Dunbar Village suspects were being treated unfairly, and that he did not want bail for the suspects in question.

Ms Weathersbee and Ms Fenton said that their research indicated otherwise, as indicated by video footage, eyewitness accounts, and the reporting from the Florida Sun Sentinel and the Palm Beach Post.

At the end of the radio show, Al Sharpton strongly condemned any activity that would promote bail consideration for the suspects in question. Rev. Sharpton admitted that “if the suspects were white, he would have been there sooner.” He stated that this is a problem with many black civil rights organizations. He apologized and vowed to uphold his prior promise to advocate for the residents of Dunbar Village. He also challenged all activists, bloggers, and writers to be accountable to each other.

To date, the NAACP has not made an official statement denouncing the Dunbar Village Atrocity, nor have they officially expressed regret to the victim. The NAACP also has not officially retracted their statement requesting bail consideration for the alleged rapists/torturers. To our understanding, neither agency has contributed to the Victim’s Assistance Fund or created a reward program geared toward the apprehension of the remaining rapists/torturers.


Conclusion

WE ARE SATISFIED with Al Sharpton’s qualifying statements that he made on his radio show on 3/27/2008. We will watch to see if he fulfills his promise to advocate for the residents of Dunbar Village, and we are willing to assist any effort that promotes safer black neighborhoods in West Palm Beach, FL.


WE ARE NOT CONTENT with the reckless, irresponsible actions of the NAACP (West Palm Beach chapter). We continue to urge all black people, women especially, to refrain from volunteering or giving financially to this organization until they take our safety seriously.


WHAT WE WANT

We want law enforcement to make a concerted, sustained effort to apprehend the remaining suspects. We want to see a genuine reward system in place to encourage members of the community to come forward with the knowledge of the whereabouts of the remaining suspects.

We want the NAACP (West Palm Beach chapter) to reverse their position that the alleged rapists/torturers of this case should be considered for bail.

We want both the NAACP and the National Action Network to cease downgrading the gang rape/torture/atrocity of the Dunbar Village by comparing it to an unrelated gang rape, in which guns, maiming, and forced incest were not involved.

We want to see genuine victim advocacy in the form of financial support for the relocation, medical expenses, and mental therapy for the true victims in this case.


The Dunbar Village Victim Assistance Fund

Individuals who would like to donate money to the victims can go to any Wachovia Bank and donate to the St. Ann’s Victim’s Assistance Fund. Donations will go directly to the mother and her son.

St. Ann’s Catholic Church will also accept donations. Checks can be made payable to the "Dunbar Village Victim Assistance Fund - St. Ann’s".

Donations can be mailed to: St. Ann’s Catholic Church, 310 N. Olive Avenue, West Palm Beach, FL 33401

If you would like to post this Open Letter on your blog, you can copy the HTML here:

(Blogger HTML) A New Underground Railroad is Born
(General HTML) A New Underground Railroad is Born

For more information about this Dunbar Village Campaign, you can visit any of the following blogs:

http://www.dunbarvillage.blogspot.com/
http://adifferentstory.wordpress.com/
http://anonymissblog.blogspot.com/
http://auntjemimasrevenge.blogspot.com/
http://blackfirewhitefire.blogspot.com/
http://blackwomenvote.blogspot.com/
http://charactercorner.blogspot.com/
http://electronicvillage.blogspot.com/
http://episcopalienne.blogspot.com/
http://essentialpresence.blogspot.com/
http://focusedpurpose.blogspot.com/
http://h-essays.blogspot.com/
http://lareinacobre.blogspot.com/
http://mynewblog-ravenelvenlady.blogspot.com/
http://politicalseason.blogspot.com/
http://privyconcepts.blogspot.com/
http://thesowingcircle.blogspot.com/
http://tributetoblackwomen.com/news
http://web.mac.com/roslynholcomb/iWeb/Site/Blog/Blog.html
http://whataboutourdaughters.com/
http://whattamisaid.blogspot.com/
http://www.blacksapience.blogspot.com/
http://yanmommasaid.blogspot.com/
http://www.somethingwithin.com/blog

Friday, March 28, 2008

Have a Great Weekend Everybody!

I was working on this post for some time now, but time is moving too fast, the weekend is approaching and I have to get off the computer. So, I'll leave y'all with this piece:

There is a funny story about a sage to whom two people were arguing vehemently their points. Person A and person B. Each one argued strongly and had evidence to back them up. Eventually, the sage, having a headache from the arguments said to Person A, "YOU are correct!"

Person B redoubled his efforts to prove his point and the sage turned to him and said, "And YOU are correct!"

An observer, person C exclaimed about the matter, "hey! they can't both be right!!" Upon that, the sage pointed at person C and said, "And YOU TOO are correct!!!"

This came to teach us that there are alot of truths in the world. Personal truths -and they are correct. But the Absolute Truth, is far from us. In fact, the more people there are in the world there more personal truths there are. The problem comes when we don't acknowledge that each person is a world unto themselves. Their truth on a personal level IS truth -assuming they used their minds, logic, and reason.

However, people get into conflict and strife because they do not acknowledge that what they have is only a personal truth and not THE ABSOLUTE TRUTH.

Its kinda like groupthink rearing its ugly head but on a personal minute level.

What does all this mean practically? What is the solution?

Hopefully, I'll have an answer after the weekend. Hopefully.

Yay BW Bloggers!

And a special standing ovation to Shecodes from Black Women Vote! blog who tenaciously pursued the case against Al Sharpton's weird move to save the "poor" rapists from jail. Many bloggers were involved in various tactics to "wake up" the good reverend.

You can read more at Black Women Vote!

Or the What About Our Daughters

Memories...A few of my favorite things..

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Not sure why I'm remembering this, but I remember when I used to live in Chicago. I had my own condo and a car and I loved PRETTY! Very often, I would buy lots of various bottles of soaps of different frangrance, lotions, potions, perfumes, hair stuff, just good smelling things to fill my bathroom. I even started buying candles and incense for the living room.

Some of my favorite products were Ocean Breeze soaps, Dove, neutrogena, anything that sounds like it'll wash over me and make me smile.


I also loved curtains and blinds and big windows. Sunshine, big amounts, was very important wherever I lived. I just made myself happy. The funny thing was, all this was occurring after I had left a very abusive place.

I was still in the process of retraining myself to look at people, not at their shoes, but at least some part of their faces. LOL

But there was an inner joy that could not stop radiating and that manifested itself in the way I kept my home.

I wanted big bouncey beds. Fat pillows, lots of them. Never mind that I don't sleep with not one pillow! And I also enjoyed cooking with various spices. Meat -any meat- was my favorite dish!

Its deep in my heart, probably deep in everyone's heart to be happy. To do things, little nothings, I suppose just to tickle themselves.

Let's indulge again, shall we?

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Breaking News: Burka Leader taken into Custody

I put the story in the "dealing with the Jewish Burka" post. Here to jump.

Additions in green.

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Sometimes the Bandage is Simple


Darfur women enjoying cooking with solar cookers! Solar cookers keep them from having to venture into the desert to find firewood. This search is usually where they end up getting raped.

Solar cookers Project

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

BW and Charity: A Different Perspective

Charity Rescues From Death

This is an old saying here. And I just was wondering: BW have been funding foolishness -probably unbeknownst to them for a while. Supporting cable stations that portray them in the most demeaning way, rappers that outright name call, civil rights group which are finally showing their true colors.

This in a way reminds me of a story:

A simpleton was in the habit of giving money to the beggars on the street. Even though he had a meager job, he was very well off and so, he gave. Once folks found out he was doing this, they admonished him. "You fool, don't you know these people are drug dealers?! Alcoholics! They don't deserve your money, they'll just go out and buy more booze /drugs!"

The simpleton was bothered by these accusations. He thought to himself, but what if this time, this one special time, one of them was ready to change?

Sometimes I wonder if because that simpleton gave so freely, that he also was "given" things he didn't deserve from Above (or the universe or whatever you fill in here).

Sometimes I also wonder if that is the case for BW. We are now opening our eyes to many of the foolishness out there, and are not giving out our money.

Does this mean that we've entered a new spiritual realm? No longer needing to be given that which we didn't deserve, but now able to demand justice and be expected to be just?

rather than learn the habit of not giving, surely we can find a better charity to fund. Charity is a great way of making God give back or making the universe owe us. It would be even nicer if that organization was actually pro-BW *smiles*.

Monday, March 24, 2008

Dealing With the Jewish Burkas

People are unsure how to deal with the introduction of the Jewish burkas. Some welcome it, some are worried that it will become mandatory, some just don't like it.

Here is a spoof created about it. In order to understand the joke at the end, you should know that many neighborhoods have signs that say, "Do not enter our neighborhood dressed immodestly".



Breaking News:

I regret to say that the lady who started the whole burka wearing has been taken into Israeli custody. She was accused of physically and sexually molesting all (?) or some of her 12 children.

There's no news out there as of yet except Israeli new in Hebrew, but you can catch a glimpse of her there. She's in black.


Movies That Teach

(a cross over from the Live from Israel blog)

Some sages teach that when its time for a certain knowledge to enter into the world, it descends. It enters the realm of "us". Then, whoever is perceptive enough will catch that idea. And those who are diligent enough will catch that idea, run with it, patent it, share it, use it to abuse others, or whatever depending on the type of person they are.

There are some other teachings that, while I enjoy learning, I had a hard time trying to apply it in a practical sense. But certain movies really help to bring the idea closer to home. Those movies are:

The Matrix (the first part ONLY)

The Secret

Zeitgeist

I'm sure many religions teach this, but for sure Judaism teaches that we need to "Wake up from our slumber!" And live in the present. The Now. Honestly, I am a simple person. When I was first learning Torah, I had to rely on my mathematical skills to really understand concepts such as clean vs unclean, etc. I am the kind of "deep slow learner", I guess, that I need my secular studies to enhance my religious studies. Funny.

Though I learned about how the imagination is a strong tool that can help us achieve phenomenal things. That was its purpose. However, wicked people are trying to redirect every one's imagination to the gutter.

One of Rabbi Nachman's teachings is urging people to wrestle their power of imagination back for themselves.

These things I also found in the movie Matrix. It was exhilarating to see it played out in somewhat of a practical sense. If the spiritual world was as tangible as the Matrix was to Nero, etc. It would make for less doubt! lol

Another teaching that I've been struggling with was the fact that the mind is very powerful. So powerful, in fact, that the Torah asks us to BE Happy, or to Hate Amalek, or to do something with the emotions. I used to think, how can I control my own emotions, they just respond like an impulse to things. Now this big black book is telling me I should reign over it?!

Certain holidays we are just "expected" to become sad like in Tisha B'Av. Other holidays, like in Purim, we are expected to be cheerful. I tend to be cheerful, so those parts are not so hard. But to condition myself to be sad.... To *feel* as though I was in Egypt just as all the other Jews of way back when were..... To mourn over the Holy Temple that was destroyed...... I needed help with those.

The Secret helped. Not saying I believed everything from these movies. I only gleamed from them that which enabled me to understand my Torah better. And that movie really showed how powerful the mind could be!

The most recent movie was Zeitgeist. So much conspiracy theories abound. I can't say that I believe it or that I don't believe it. Truth is becoming a commodity in this world -people are wont to shape it as they see fit or most advantageous. Thus, its almost impossible for me to dig up for myself and know truthfully what really is. This makes me fall back on the old tradition. (It also helps me to realize why the Druze kept their religion so secret. Less eyes, less tampering, less doubt. Also less proof but, I guess that's where faith comes in). In my case, I do have a simple faith (or try to). I do believe that Moses received the Torah from God, transferred it to Joshua, who transferred it to the Elders, and so on and so on. I know that I believe in the sages for sure up to the Tannaim. After that, I admit I have doubts here and there with a few exceptions (the Vilna Gaon, Rebbi Nachman, Moshe Chaim Luzzato to name a few exceptions).

At any rate, in the movie Zeitgeist it alleged that there is a sinister plan to unify the world -for the sake of greed. That, I almost don't doubt. Because if there is a move toward oneness, then I know God is behind it -even if He uses peoples' greed to maneuver things that way. In the end it will be good. (Nevertheless, my survival instinct makes me angry that so much lives should be wasted, and I want my own life preserved! Please God).

The movie also talked about living in the Now. A very important teaching!

The end of Zeitgeist proposed the answer of the power of love. Now isn't that what all the religions have been trying to express? What went wrong? Anyway, this is also a nice teaching but its very hard to live it practically.

I love life. I love being Jewish -being part of a stiff necked people who just never conform to things and are hated because of that. I can't help it. I pray that I learn honestly and live properly and do good. that is truly ALL.

Everybody And the Jews

Sometimes, In my little world, I forget but, I must remind myself of this: The relationship between the Jewish people and the rest of the world is hardly simple. Yes, I must remember it. History is my helper.

Friday, March 21, 2008

Important Notice:

DEAR READERS:

This mass open letter is a call to action for all black people who care about the safety and welfare of black women and children in America. If you are concerned about the recent developments about Dunbar Village, please copy the post below, and email it to all of your friends and coworkers.

WE WILL NO LONGER BE SILENT ABOUT VIOLENCE AGAINST BLACK WOMEN.

Copy and email below, and title your email: Stop Al Sharpton and the NAACP from endangering Black Women!

Let us know in the comments section if you are supporting the movement to protect black women from black on black violence.





Stop Al Sharpton and the NAACP from endangering Black Women!


Right-thinking black people everywhere are stunned by the recent betrayal of Al Sharpton and the NAACP in a situation that is just too outrageous to ignore.

This is a painful story to tell, but it’s important for the moral, law-abiding majority of black Americans to understand exactly why Al Sharpton and the NAACP must be immediately stopped.

On June 18, 2007, a black woman was gang raped by 10 youths and forced at gunpoint to have sex with her own 12 year old son in a housing complex called Dunbar Village in West Palm Beach, Florida. The young men not only viciously punched, kicked and sliced this sister and her son with glass objects, but they also blinded her boy by pouring nail polish remover into his eyes.

The young men forced this sister and son to lay naked in a bathtub together, and attempted to set them on fire (they could not find matches). The youths boldly took cell phone pictures so that they could enjoy their violent, immoral and sadistic acts at a later time. The violence continued for more than three hours, and although this sister’s neighbors heard her screams, no one called the police or came to her aid.

This sister and her son had to walk a mile to the hospital, because the assailants stole her car, and threatened to kill her and her family if she told the authorities.

Only four of the young men have been apprehended, while the remaining six are on the loose, doing Lord knows what in our communities. There is no manhunt for the remaining suspects.

As devastating as this story is, what the NAACP and Al Sharpton have done about it will simply take your breath away:

Not only did the NAACP ignore hundreds of requests to assist this woman because it was 'outside the scope of their mission', but they joined forces with Al Sharpton, and sent their lawyers to speak out IN SUPPORT OF THE RAPISTS.

You heard me right.

Even though there is conclusive DNA evidence and signed confessions, the NAACP and Al Sharpton are saying that it is 'unfair' to not offer bail to these four alleged rapists. They even had a press release about it.

IT IS TIME FOR SENSIBLE BLACK PEOPLE TO STOP THIS KIND OF NONSENSE ONCE AND FOR ALL.

Al Sharpton and the NAACP are banking on the belief that you and I will be just like this black woman’s neighbors. Join me by saying NOT THIS TIME. We will not turn a deaf ear to when we hear calls for help from one of our sisters and brothers who are being victimized.

Stop the NAACP and Al Sharpton’s National Action Network from committing this disgrace in our community. Just this once, let’s stand up and be counted by saying that we demand safe neighborhoods for our women and children.

Here is what you can do:

1. Spread the word. Forward this email if your conscience and concern have been raised. Send it to every concerned black citizen that you know.

2. Demand an explanation from your local NAACP chapter about this case. Cancel your membership to these organizations, and write a letter explaining that you will return when they prioritize the public safety needs of black women and children.

3. If you do not belong to these organizations, call and write them to tell them of your outrage and displeasure:

NAACP National Headquarters
4805 Mt. Hope Drive
Baltimore MD 21215
Toll Free: (877) NAACP-98
Local: (410) 580-5777

National Action Network
Rev. Al Sharpton
106 W. 145th Street
Harlem, New York 10039
212-690-3070
877-NAN-HOJ1


4. f you know an African American reporter or a black radio talk show host, forward this story them and ask them to follow up on it.

Each Friday at 9:00am, visit any of the websites below, which will give you an update on the status of this situation. DO NOT LET THIS GO. Let us start working for safer neighborhoods in black communities.


Read the history of the Dunbar Village problem here:

http://www.dunbarvillage2008.blogspot.com

ON FRIDAYS, CHECK THE NETWORK OF A NEW GENERATION OF BLACK ACTIVISTS:


http://blackwomenvote.blogspot.com
http://adifferentstory.wordpress.com
http://anonymissblog.blogspot.com/
http://auntjemimasrevenge.blogspot.com
http://blackfirewhitefire.blogspot.com/
http://blackwomenvote.blogspot.com
http://charactercorner.blogspot.com
http://electronicvillage.blogspot.com
http://episcopalienne.blogspot.com
http://essentialpresence.blogspot.com
http://focusedpurpose.blogspot.com/
http://h-essays.blogspot.com/
http://lareinacobre.blogspot.com/
http://mynewblog-ravenelvenlady.blogspot.com/
http://politicalseason.blogspot.com
http://privyconcepts.blogspot.com/
http://thesowingcircle.blogspot.com/
http://web.mac.com/roslynholcomb/iWeb/Site/Blog/Blog.html
http://whataboutourdaughters.com
http://whattamisaid.blogspot.com
http://whattamisaid.blogspot.com/
http://www.blacksapience.blogspot.com
http://yanmommasaid.blogspot.com
http://www.somethingwithin.com/blog

Thursday, March 20, 2008

A Conspiracy Theory?

Has anyone seen Zeitgeist? I just watched it last night. Just wondering what you all think. It was pretty interesting and clever what they said about the central bank. I want to ask an economist because, frankly, I never thought of it through and through and the Zeitgeist's point made sense.

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

A Lazer Beam: Lesson of the Ant

(taken from Rabbi Brody's blog)

Sunday, 16 March 2008
Learning Morals from an Ant

Go to the ant, sluggard; see its ways and become wise. (Proverbs 6:6) [Perek Shira, Chapter 6]

Ant Let's view an example of nature's classroom, the divine wisdom within each creation. Look at an anthill. Ants teach us three main lessons - honesty, faith, and diligence. Observe closely, and you'll see why.


Ants are invertebrates - they don't have a spine. Most invertebrates overheat and dehydrate in full sunlight; therefore, most of their activity above ground level is either in early morning, in late evening, or in full shade. If an ant tells a lie, his peers execute him immediately.

In bright sunlight, we don't see any ants crawling around. If we were to cast a shadow over the mound, a leader ant would peek his head out of the main entrance and walk around freely in the shade. Then, he'd return to the edge of the hole to call his buddies to come outside and join him. Meanwhile, if we were to remove the object that cast the shadow, and the emerging ants would not find shade, they'd kill the leader ant for lying to them. Ants don't tolerate the slightest form of dishonesty.

An ant lives for approximately six months, yet a grain and a half of wheat is sufficient food for its entire lifetime. If we were to dig down to the central warehouses of the anthill, we'd find about three hundred grains per ant. Each ant gathers enough food for two hundred years!

An ant never stops working, because he has faith that The Almighty will grant him a lengthy life. An ant never steals nor covets. The moment he takes a bite from a grain, the grain acquires the unique odor of its owner's saliva. No other ant will dare touch the grain of a comrade. So, by observing ants, we learn about honesty, diligence, and faith.

Shouldn't we demand from ourselves the minimal moral standards of an ant?

Sun

Middle Eastern Natural Healing

For my Jewish audience out there and anyone interested there is a natural healing blog (w/ a jewish bent) that is pretty interesting Its Jeffrey Geltman's blog.

Also, there is a site where you can read the Bible online. Its Mechon Mamre.

Both of these guys I consider good friends!

Monday, March 17, 2008

A Day in the Life of the BlackFireWhiteFire Family

Papa attempting to comb Rina's hair.



Thankfully, Mr. BlackFireWhiteFire has since cut his beard to a shorter length.

Did You Know about the Amero?

Its America's response to the European Euro:



I can't seem to find an unbiased view of the Amero, so you'll just have to weed through their propaganda and see if its good or not, yourself.



Thank you, Focuspurpose for the info.

Some Interesting Stuff!



I personally know of only one African King who lives not far from me. His name is Rabbi Gamedze.

But, checking out Grata's blog, we have a new -and very young- African King worth knowing! His name is King Oyo of Uganda. You can check out her post here.

Another interesting and new blog I just discovered is ChelB's. Its about the very real topic and Chelb's exploration of dietary help against fibroid tumors. Here is a link to her blog.

And last but not least, I got this from Roslyn's blog: How to Get and Keep a Man Worth Keeping. Yeah, I know, I already gotta man. But thought it might be useful for anyone else. Its from the Rantings of a Creole Princess.

Thanks!

Sunday, March 16, 2008

Defying Nature and Inspirations



One of the toughest jobs is to be happy. I look around and see so much hurt, so much pain, so much cruelty, greed, corruption, its very hard to be happy. It also doesn't help that I am in an intersection of two groups of people; both of which seem have parts which have been socialized to defy the natural way of things and live a lifestyle that is detrimental to themselves.

One street is the Orthodox Jewish street. Here people are encouraged to learn and learn and learn as much Torah that can fit in their heads -even cancelling or not going to doctors or dental appointments. Exercise is frowned at. But how can a whole group exist this way? I can understand if they took the best and the brightest. But to expect everyone to be like this, I don't know.

The intersecting street is the BC. Here people are encouraged to not snitch when crimes happen, young girls are left to fend themselves against grown men who know the game. Well. After years of messages denying ones self worth, some are actually buying into that propaganda.

These things are not natural!

In Judaism, there is talk and hope for the geula -the redemption. However, as some say, the individual redemption must come and then the rest will follow.

The way I see it. It is up to each one to say, this is what works for me. As long as its within the confines of living decently and not harming others, all good and well. Don't turn to see what the neighbors are doing, it just doesn't work for you.

You see, as my sister, Chaya, put it, everyone is a part of a big puzzle. But as long as we are not being natural and happy-enducing to ourselves, its like the puzzle piece is flipped upside down. Thus we can't see where we truly belong.

But if we allow ourselves, to be... OURSELVES! Then, only then, will we be truly happy and inspired. This is why it doesn't help to be jealous at a neighbor, they are a totally different puzzle piece -becoming just like them, ruins the real YOU.

One big enemy to this happiness is GROUP THINK. The act of everything thinking the same way, no disagreement, no swaying neither to the left nor to the right. That would be good in regards to the ultimate TRUTH -whatever that may be. But to follow another human being that way, not good.

When each individual can see another doing 'his own thing' and be inspired -even though its not something they themselves would do, this will help each one in their redemption process. What I mean by redemption process is their true self actualization process.

Let us BE!

Friday, March 14, 2008

The Shekhina

There is a Jewish concept called the Shekhina. It is God's presence in the world and is written in the feminine. Some sages say that you can tell how people view God, godliness, depending on how women are treated at that era.

This is not restricted to ww only. This is not restricted to bw only. Nor is it restricted to Jewish women only. Its about how women are treated. Can it be? Can all women be experience the same treatment each era?

I don't know. I can't speak for white non-Jewish women. But I do know that among BW, there is a desparate need to re-assemble and to fight -on their own about their own issues, because no one is picking up their slack; nobody else cares. Women are being raped, assaulted and killed like sheep in a slaughter house, without so much as a headline in the mainstream media.

In the Jewish world, the concept of women made to sit in the back of the bus has reared its head in some circles. People are struggling with this -some violently. To the point that if some unsuspecting woman sits in the front of one of those designated buses, she gets assaulted. Its happened a few times. Now I can't vouch for all the women who try to sit in the front of those buses -some say they are being deliberate to question the system.

Why is it so hard to respect and honor women these days?

Going back to the moon story. The man is represented by the sun. The sun is associated with male, giving, kindness, wisdom (not to be confused with understanding), external, the brains, the intellect.

The woman is represented by the moon. The moon is associated with feminine, receiving, giving back, understanding, internal, discernment, the heart, the presence of God in this world (the Shekhina), emotions.

When someone receives wisdom, its like receiving water. Its all good and well but we need something to contain it. To put it into context. Understanding is like the pipes. Now wisdom has a form and a direction. The eventual purpose is that someone receives wisdom. It enter their brains. They "digest" it and understand it so deeply that it goes to their heart. Then they act on it.

Very often, for selfish reasons, one does not want to accept a piece of information. Say, "all people are equal in the eyes of God" or "no one race is superior" or "women have brains" or [insert whatever is hard to digest]. That information never gets to the heart because they refuse to allow it. They lash out at the "heart" or block it. Sometimes I think this is what is going on on a human basis. The man /sun refuses to accept certain things even though its fact; they fight it by blocking or fighting the woman /heart or putting the value of woman /heart/ emotions down and over praising man /sun /brain.

When will things change? Still trying to figure that one out...

Remember Geraldo Rivera?

I was reading a post from WAODs about black teens having lots problem with VD. For some reason a memory flashed in my head. It was a funny commercial about Geraldo Rivera talking about "sex". Every time he said the word, his clothes got torn off one piece per word. At the time, that was a hilarious commercial. I still get a one sided smile on my face thinking about it.

But I wonder what it meant. Did it mean that every time someone watches those reveal all, talk shows that they are brought closer to behaving that way? Who watches those shows? (I don't have a television, so are they still around?) I'm sure when folks think things are sufficiently saturated and cooked in, I'll be hearing some survey or study stating that those who watch those shows -specifically BF- tend to end up more promiscuous than others.

Hmmmm....

A Tip for a Tip? Mommy Tips : Punishment

Hi all,

Over the years, I've gathered wonderful mommy tips which I like to use and share. Here's one!

When the children are just misbehaving and there seems to be nothing you can do with them. They should all be punished! That's right, send all to a bed......for jumping! This way they get a chance to let out all their stress, steam, and whatever else that needs letting out all in a contained place!

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Mourning One of the Fallen



Doron Mahareta, an Ethiopian Jew was one of the ones killed at the shooting at the boys /mens school near my neighborhood. The Lazer beams, aka Rabbi Rambo, has his story. Its a (typical) story of a simple Jew who does whatever he can to learn Torah, to work his way up from where ever he was.

In order to kill in cold blood, one must need to shut off their brain. I just can't conceive that someone can not think that a person had a past, struggles and victories, and hopes.

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

OMG! Purim is Just Around the Corner




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I got so involved in other things, I totally didn't realize Purim is just around the corner.

Purim is the time when folks go to the synagogues to hear the retelling of the story of Esther. She was the queen who was married to King Xerxes, etc. The book of Esther.

The fun thing about it is that its meant to be a crazy happy time. Accent on the crazy. So, guys get drunk under the table and kids put on costumes. I suppose I could put on a costume too...haven't decided yet; it depends on how rushed I feel.
Its a time of getting together and passing out baskets of food called mishloakh manot to one another.

I haven't bought baskets, I haven't bought costumes, I haven't decide who to get together with for Purim. I am behind! Well, it falls on March 21, so I still have some time.

We also bring groggers to the synagogue and everytime, during the reading of the book of Esther, that the wicked Haman's name is mentioned, everyone rattles their groggers. I brought baby rattles instead, but little Avi threw most of them out our four story window. sigh.

Can A WM Be A Role Model For His Black Son?

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I don't have the answer, I am just putting it out in the hopes that some IR blogger will have some input. I sometimes wonder what happens to the black stepson when the mother is a BW who married a WM. Or, in my case when the son is biracial but one can clearly see he has some black in him. Can they learn from the father even though his life experience can potentially be totally or significantly less troublesome than theirs?

The only reason I am thinking about this at such an early stage is because I see the bonding happening with my son and his father. Even though he's barely two, he knows "papa and I have a wee-wee!"

Its too cute!

Well, here's another thing for me to shed tears and pray about.

Funniest Picture Yet



I got this from the Field Negro's sidebar pic. Its just too funny! I"m not into politics and don't have a real stance on a candidate, but I do like to laugh.

Children are so innocent, its like they are just pride breakers. Folks as soon as you have kids, just chuck your pride out the window. lol

(Hat tip: Field Negro)

Breaking News: Al Sharpton Under Scrutiny

In the "black blogosphere" the internet area where many intellectual black women come together to discuss issues, events, and news there is an unprecedented outrage at Al Sharpton.

For a while they have suspected that his agenda did not include supporting or aiding black women and small children and today was the last straw.

The Dunbar Village case in which a Haitian woman was gang raped at gun point then made to assault her own son went by unnoticed by Al Sharpton and many black professed help organizations. This despite many requests and pleas by residences and bloggers alike.

But one year later, Al Sharpton is now heading for Dunbar Village -to lend a supporting image for the rapists.

Apparently he has sent lawyers down to Dunbar for the rapists.

For more on the story see: What About Our Daughters (links listed in previous post)

And Essential Presence (links listed in previous post)

And Black Women Vote!

There is a call by the women at Black Women Vote! to cancel all memberships and financial support for organizations that do not show record of having helped Black Women and children -such as the NAACP.

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Miriam's editorial piece: Folks this is nothing but a wake up call. There are many ways to wake people up...a whisper.. then a holler.. then a pulling of the ear.. then a slap in the face (what's going on right now) what more do we, black women, need to hear before we rouse ourselves and come together for our own sake?

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Help is on the Way for Dunbar Village....

For the rapists, that is! Can you imagine?! Rev. Al Sharpton is said to be heading back to Dunbar Village to defend --I hope you're sitting down for this-- the rapists!

More news from WAOD.

And a good breakdown from Essential Presence.

The InnerWoman and the OuterMan

I just realized that there may be some crucial points that I did not explain in the past post.

(1) To get a better picture of the Torah, Hebrew Bible better to read Ehav's post. It talks about how to understand the Bible -from the perspective of the people who lived it.

(2) I was just over at Sara's Blog and a commentor commented how women take pain internally whereas the man deals with it in an external way. Women in general are inner, internal where as men in general are external

For this reason, when reading the Bible, the initial view will be the outer one. The man's. Deeper understanding -an internal compass- is needed to discover the portion for the women.

Thus far, we have only mostly dealt with the external of the scriptures.
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Speaking if inner and outer, when we look at the Hebrew Bible from the outer perspective, its like someone who doesn't know the goings on and just reporting. A harsh decree seems like a harsh decree. whereas if one can look at things from the inner perspective, like a confidant who knows what's really going on, one should know that God does not desire a wasteland. He wants to bestow good. The universe is not out to self destruct. And things that happen is usually to create a balance or equilibrium to life (as opposed to punishment).

Monday, March 10, 2008

The Cursed Woman?

One piece of Bible that folks love to throw around is the fact that Eve ate the forbidden fruit and so now she's cursed.

But I'd like to humbly challenge this view.

But first, a story.

Long ago, Dasi had this wallet that she really loved. Her parents bought it for her before she really had anything to put in it. It was quite colorful and so, Dasi could always spot where it was.

As Dasi grew up, she began to acquire money. Also, she gained responsibilities: her own car keys, longer curfew, a job with her own closet to put her stuff in -in fact the amount of keys she had grew in proportion the the amount of responsibilities she had.

She would put her keys in the rings of the wallet, but eventually, they always cut the wallet, or worse her money! Finally, she realized, things are different. She now needed a new wallet. One without so much color so as to attract people to it -because she wanted to conceal her money; and one from better material that the keys won't cut into it. So, she brought a new black leather wallet.

The problem with the Tree of the knowledge of Good and Evil, wasn't that there was evil, but that there was a mixture of both good and evil! If it was pure good, Eve probably wouldn't be effected because I"m assuming she was already "good" the way God made her. And, if the tree was to give pure evil, that too would have been complete. She would be completely evil and probably be destroyed and that would be that.

But since the tree was to give a mixture, this created doubt and confusion in a person. Something we think for sure is right, turns out to be wrong in the eyes of others; or vice versa.

And so, the story goes, she was punished.

In the Dasi story, one can view the whole story from the creation of the colorful wallet. It was perfect and beautiful and fulfilled its function at the time. But when things changed, i.e. Dasi grew up, got more responsibilities and needed a 'better' wallet, one could view it as the wallet being "incompetent". And for this, its punishment was that it should be trashed and a new wallet enter the scene.

Or, we can see this: Because of the new function the wallet had to do ( contain both good and evil) it needed a new form. So, out with the old and in with the new. The new black leather wallet was only the new vessel that was needed, not that the old had any blemish and had to be "punished."

In the same token, when Eve ate of the forbidden fruit and had good and evil inside of her, it was not a "punishment" that she was made to have menses. It was rather, a needed change, a new vessel that was needed, so as to contain and deal with the good and the evil. And, I dare say, she was now ready to face the world and not remain in the Garden of Eden (home).

Undone in 30 Minutes Flat?




We have these cabbage patch dolls, black dolls with yarn type hair. My mother in law actually brought those; and interestingly, my mother brought them white cheerleader dolls. The girls love to play with the cabbage patch dolls. Usually, when I play with them (**blush** once in a while I try to give them lessons by doll playing) the cabbage patches are always the doll heroines over all the other (white) dolls and stuffed animals. My girls loved those dolls (Sara'ley and leah'ley, they call them) and always played with them.

Recently, today actually, we had a visit from old friends of mine who are from Colorado. They are dears! A family of about eight or more girls varying in ages. It was a wonderfully crowded house with chit chat going on at fast girly pace in Hebrew mixed with English.

The only alarming thing was that they all had blond -almost white- hair and very very fair skin. Such a contrast to my girls -even greater contrast to me!! But its okay, I enjoy having them over and don't really think about color until as an afterthought and review.

After the girls had left I noticed my girls started playing with the white dolls. Hmmm... perhaps its time for another *play* of doll playing....

Sunday, March 9, 2008

Clearing my Name and Position

First of all, I want BF to succeed. I want to actively do something to help them succeed. I'm not sure what, yet. I am keeping up with the Black Women Vote! blog and praying that everything and everyone stays focused and intact -without uncut attacks, etc.

Yes, I was a part of the Evia crowd. But from "bad happenings" I guess I got labelled a spy, and that was the end of that. I have tried many times to speak with them and clear the air via private email, to no avail. I still hold by Evia's teachings. I'm not too crazy about the mammy chronicles. But that does not take away from Evia, the person, or the rest of her message. (I really don't understand why people lump both Evia and Halima as if they are one, they are very different). I am saddened at the hurt, name calling, etc that goes on between all bloggers in general, but I will try to keep my head above water. If that is seen as wimpy or gutless, so be it.

One big complaint about IR bloggers is that they stress too much on the WM. I'm not going to get involved in that too much because, well, I just don't care to. Just noting that I am aware of that. I actually like the IR pictures they put up, that much I know. lol.

Sometimes I worry, do BW really -I mean really want to work together? Not everyone we meet will be 100 percent like us. To be sure, because I am married to a WM, I'm sure people will sneer -but you married a WM so therefore you're an assimilationist -in so many words. To be sure, if i'm not in a combative way, others may see me as spineless. No doubt if I change my mind on a topic, I'll be called on it.

When will BW love each other? How can grown people ....name call?! when will this hatred stop? Do we not understand that people can disagree at one or two points but that the rest can be called "common ground"? Is there any hope?

At any rate, I'll do what I can in my usual pace and in my usual tone. Hopefully, my steadiness will create my own name and position, regardless of the storm winds around me.

Wedding memory

A quick note. I was at Black Women Vote watching a video and it just reminded me of my wedding.

About a week before the wedding, I stopped at the salon where I usually went to get my hair braided and just couldn't decide who not to invite. So, I invited the whole salon!

At the wedding, there was a nice mixture of people. The typical white Jews, the Sephardi Jews, the AA, African, Caribbean Jews from the salon. It was so funny the reactions I got from alot of the white Jews.

"Miriam! I've never seen so many black Jews!"

"Wow, are these Hebrew Israelites?!"

etc.

I think the mixture created a nice atmosphere of togetherness, plus the prominent rabbis who were there, it was a fantastic meet of people. The dancing was wild. Jewish wedding usually consist of circle dancing. Each one tries to have a turn with the bride.

Anyway, one of the dances, all the black Jews came together and formed a circle to dance. That was very thrilling! Thrilling because on the one hand, we were holding hands all together as if "yay! we're here! we can celebrate together!" and on the other hand I wondered if the white Jews were thinking "unkosher" thoughts, lol

That was just a flash from the past.

Friday, March 7, 2008

Backseat Driving Series

Upon reflection, I remember when things began to go downwards. After the twins were born, they had to be rushed into the IC unit for premies. I laid in a nearby room recovering from my cesarean.

Although it looked gloomy, it was a wonderful time. My husband and I looked at each other. Both very inexperienced with babies and now we had two! How would we make it? Just these thoughts made us cry. We literally cried together. It was a beautiful moment. Warm and somehow we strengthened each other that we would do it. We were in the trenches together.

Until the mother in law came.

She's so take charge and competent. Its a wonderful trait. And she loves her son. That wonderful too. So, I couldn't see where the problem was. I could only observe the series of actions that followed, observe my own emotional reactions to them, but there was just too much to do for me to process all the information.

She came, with all her wealth and prestige. She is a highly sought after teacher of physics and travels around the world giving lectures. She came and went with my husband, her son, shopping for cribs, blankets, this and that for the new babies. I tried to come along, but it was just too painful as I was still recovering. So, I felt as though I was relegated to producing milk. The nurse recommended nursing for the twins to help them to grow stronger faster.

I felt like a cow.

I am not blaming her for anything she did. But I think upon reflecting, I was getting more and more jealous that she was taking up all the special moments my husband and I were supposed to share. Conversations with me seemed only around milk, how much, etc. When we did finally get one of the babies home, I also resented her presence when I wanted to nurse privately. Unfortunately, I was so overwhelmed by it all, I couldn't really pinpoint what bothered me.

Eventually, I ran away from home!

Yep, left everything and ran off to a friends house. For a day, I just pretended that I wasn't me. I immersed myself into her life and tried to brush off her "but didn't you just have twins?" questions. Even after I came back, I still didn't have my thoughts together and my words together to expressed my jealousy, my hurt, etc. After all, she was helping and doing good.

its the low moments that I really need someone to be strong for me because otherwise it may be hard, or harder to get up once someone gets a chance to walk on me (even unintentionally).

Have you had your glass of water today?





Aaaaaah! just as we speak, I am drinking a glass right now! Granted I didn't drink eight cups as seems to be the going recommended amount per day. (ppppfft!). But at least I know I got this one down!

have you had your glass of water today?

A sad day near my neighborhood...

A terrorist entered a boys school and opened fire. At least 500 -600 bullets was shot before he was stopped.

STory here.

And to think I was just near there walking with my kiddlings. **shiver**

Interview with the guy who shot the terrorist. Since this blog touches on race topic, I hope we all get a good view of ordinary Jews. Not your typical blond, European image we usually think of when we think of Jews.

Thursday, March 6, 2008

Wow, Instead of Jail, She deserves a Medal

Funny twist, how the world is run nowadays. A teacher who called out a pedophil against Ethiopian children in an orphanage is now facing a jail sentence!

Read story here.

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

A Matisiyahu Break

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Backseat Driving in a Relationship

The woman makes the home. I am in agreement with the idea that women shouldn't wait around; they should find good men and marry them.

The only problem one should be aware of is the aftermath.

Thank God, I feel I worked on myself and realized I deserve a good man, I deserve to be loved and even if it means I must cross the racial barrier, if I find that one guy who will love me elsewhere, I'm grabbing the chance!

Thank God, I did find someone like that! I think he's a great guy. However, as time went on and as children came, I began to slack off in taking care of myself. This caused me to lose my own self respect.

I would catch myself saying things like, "Oy! I"m so stupid! Why didn't I...." or "Ah! what's wrong with me!" Especially when the first delivery came -twins. Then I really stopped. Hardly any showers, hardly buying myself fun, girly, feel good things. Grabbing what I could eat when the babies would permit and stuffing my face before one of them began to cry for attention. If I knew something was wrong, but didn't get it validated by hubby, I would not do anything about it. I felt like I needed his opinion for anything.

It was crazy! But it took its toll. I wish I could insert something from the book of Proverbs here, but I"m writing on the fly. Whereas I used to feel like the biblical Rachel and Jacob. Now, I feel more like the unloved Leah and Jacob.

Anyway, this led to my husband acting towards me the way I acted towards myself. Disrespectful.

Now I have to work at righting the wrong that I caused myself. This was a very frank post, more for me, and hopefully for anyone else who tend to slide down on the self esteem ladder if not enough attention is given to it.

Now, I have begun to take care of myself again. Its like a lost sense, like not second nature but slowly slowly, I'll be alright again.

Can Somebody be Only 10% Wrong?

Bloggers, I beseech you.

If there is a way to understand that people can have good ideas. They can even have great ideas. But they can have a point that is wrong. Or a point that you don't agree with.

It doesn't make their whole being or their whole blog wrong.

This was a PSA.

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Questioning, Confronting, And Fighting

This post will not have an ending. I hope you, readers, will fill me in. Please!

There are different ways of dialoging with BF. I have seen the snap, neck twisting, quick talking, rhyme making, cliche way of putting someone down. I have witnessed the "think you white" intellectual discussion. I have heard the inbetween: the intellectually said, quick talk rhyme making (internal neck twisting and snap).

Sometimes, I notice with folks, If I ask something most politely, I don't get answered. If I come on in a confrontational way, we engage! But most times I really don't like to fight. Especially, if I am hoping for a commeradie type relationship.

What's the answer? What's the way to talk in the BC?

Is the Messiah Coming??



Can it be? Disney is in the making of a movie with a black character! And she's not a cat, nor a dog, nor a mouse or anything such thing. She's human?! Great signs and wonders in the world? Maybe the Messiah is coming soon.... LOL



Hat tip: Tania from It's My It List

Monday, March 3, 2008

A Tip for A Tip?

Tip for Tip?

Tip: A great tip for entertaining kids and leading them towards proper behavior. If you are having a family meal. Have a box full of little notes of praises that each one did. Its funner to fold the little notes. Then as you unravel them and read out, "Jimmy put ALL HIS TOYS AWAY TODAY!!!! YAY!!!!" Watch his face light up!!!

I personally throw in a few notes for hubby too!

Tip? Can someone tell me, are men truly clueless about women and women's emotional needs?

Thank you.

Sunday is So Blog day...

On Sunday I have like three windows up trying to catch up on the all the blog posts. Its so hilarious. I just so fast from blog to blog, I even impress my own self! LOL

Enjoy the day everyone! Positive thinking!!!

Sunday, March 2, 2008

Hooray for Citoya!

There was one bold resident at Dunbar Village, a housing project in Florida, who dared to try to make a difference. The place is loaded with crime, including the horrific incident with the Haitian woman and her son. You can keep up to date from the blog Dunbar Village 2008 run by Symphony from Essential Presence.

Al Sharpton promised to come by and bring publicity and clout to the matter, but at the last minute did not. There was no help forthcoming. The one resident, Citoya who made so much effort to fight for change in her community was left alone. With all criminals who are still loose aware of her attempts at change. It was very dangerous for her to stay for even one more minute.

Praise God, all the women at Black Women Vote! led by SheCodes made an effort on her behalf. Money was donated, calls were made, notices were put out on blogs. Here is the rest (the following is a cut and paste right from Black Women Vote!):

Citoya is all packed and ready to leave Dunbar Village. She is currently negotiating for a lease in a two bedroom apt in a safer area in West Palm Beach. But here is the great news:

Habitat for Humanity has expressed serious interest in building a brand new home for Citoya, within the next couple of months.

Wow! A brand new house is something that I had not even dreamed possible... thank you to blkSeagoat for brainstorming and getting that ball rolling!

Message from Citoya:

Hello Everyone,

I would like to thank everybody for their support, and all of the encouraging emails. I'm moving forward with the process to get my own home built. I am also talking with a local landlord to get a short term lease to live in the meantime.

Thank you SO MUCH and God bless you all!

Citoya


Citoya has expressed her continued commitment to working for social justice and safety in neighborhoods like Dunbar Village -- no matter where she lives. So now the ball is now in Citoya's court; she has enough leads to start a brand new chapter of her life.

She is also leaving Dunbar Village better than how she found it. Her efforts, combined with the help of several bloggers, has raised the awareness level that was necessary to begin to cut through the stubborn gridlock, red tape, and governmental malaise. The residents now have a police officer who walks through the complex, and video cameras in the hallways.


you can read the rest at SheCodes' blog.

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ITS A SIGN?

This is a wonderful example of what can be done when there is unity. Shecodes said it best:

"We definitely do NOT need to be a monolith to create monolithic changes for black women!"



Beginners luck, some may say as they wait for the other shoe to drop. However, the way I see it. Beginners luck is a way that God has of showing you, look at what you can do! Now fly! And then, the crunch work starts. We have to have perseverence, determination, and inspiration to keep pushing forward. We must not get lax from the initial ease of success.

God willing it should always be this easy!!!

Days at The Phone Company

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Mes Deux Cents posed a question about her phone bill on her blog and it reminded me of the days when I worked for the phone company. Did anyone out there work for a phone company???

Did anyone work at 411? The speed at which we were expected to respond was insane. But if we didn't do it, we were 'called in' by the supervisor for a 'talk'.

(Funny. Now when I tell my husband I just want to have a "talk" with him, he shivers thinking that all his sins will come back to haunt him and that he will feel two inches tall when its all over. I should take this past experience at 411 to go easy on him! lol)

And all those prison calls. Ugh! These lonely prisoners would call hoping for some outside contact. I guess 411 was free for them. My typical question was, "so what are you in for?" The answers would freak me and i'd find an excuse to 'accidently' hang up.

As time went on, I really wanted to do good at the job and could not afford to fuss with every boy who wanted "the pizza place by my granma's" with no address and no name, save his 'granma's' name.

Thus, if some caller called in to know what time it was, I'd say, "thank you for calling and here's the number for time..." Off they went into the machine to receive their number.
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Eventually, I moved onto customer service. That was a whole new ball game. There I was expected to solve customer problems, transfer them to the right place if needs be, and /or sell products and services. I was a pretty good sales person, if I do say so myself.

But the environment was slowly turning me off. The amount of rogue pay phone companies who would charge such exhorbitant prices for collect calls reeked havoc on peoples' bills. The amounts of 1-800 numbers that then transfered you to a 1-900 number also did a number on peoples bills. There were so many cut-throat companies out there.

The saddest part was running a credit check on folks who wanted caller ID, voice mail, two new phones, etc etc etc when I could see they won't be paying their bills in any near future -but they wanted to have what everyone else had.

Anyways, it was definitely an interesting, fast pace industry.

Fun days...

A Bit of Knowledge

There is this mysterious group of people, who I never knew much about. They are called Druze. All I knew about them was that they are not Arab, although they looked Arabic and they were not Israelis. They are loyal to whatever government of the country they end up in (they are/were? nomadic), and one of their prophets is Job.

Well thanks to Wikipedia, again, I have learned why they are so secretive. Do to so much persecution, they closed off entry of converts and for the sake of not arousing enemies since they are so few in number.

I also didn't know radio announcer, Cassy Kassem, is a Druze!