Sunday, February 24, 2008

Women in Civil Rights

Johnnie Carr was a personal friend of Rosa Parks. How many of you recognize her name?
Sometimes it is the quiet friends who keep us moving towards our goals, day in and day out. And they become their own voices, as did Johnnie Carr.
She died on Friday and it is a loss to be noted as much as Rosa Parks, and as much as Martin Luther King, Jr.
She remained active in Montgomery for many years promoting improvements in race relations and transportation and school conditions.
There is more to the AP press story and you can be sure there is MORE to Johnnie Carr's story.
My spiritual Mentor spoke of her with great reverence. And now I wish I had known her too.
Be your best self today. If you are not a part of the solution then you are surely part of the problem. What are you doing today that can improve race relations?
Are you in the same platitude state of mind that lulled people into inaction back into the fifties? Are you in a radical frame of mind left over from the sixties?
Or have you moved into an active force that is relevant to issues of today?
How many 97 year old Black Women do YOU know who are active in their communities right up until their time of death?
God Bless the family of Johnnie Carr and all who mourn her passing.
Let us not allow her absence to permit her to fade away unknown.

Sunday, February 10, 2008

Obama Update

Keeping pace with politicos these days...
since it is all connected to peace and how we shall continue to live our lives. . .

Lent is so early this year and the campaigns are so intense it is a real challenge to live with a sense of congruence.

Candidate Comments and News

The last two posts did not make it to the screen due to a computer glitch.
So this time. I will post it before it is finished and then return to edit later.

Friday, February 08, 2008

Super Tuesday Storms in South

The storms were bad enough that the hyped up candidates even stopped to talk about them!

It was about 3 AM at my house. The cat was driving me crazy. Mom was sleeping soundly.
The weather alert sounded off AGAIN. For about the 4th time that night. Good grief. Didn't it know I had to get up early to go to work in the morning??

This time it was LOCAL. This time it was clear when I popped out of bed and dashed to turn down the volume and tune in the station that we were in trouble.

Lightning like I have never seen before was EVERYWHERE. ALL the Time.
Bright enough that I could even see color!

The raging wind was indeed loud and seemed palpable. We have so many trains coming through our town that I could not tell if it was a train or if it was the wind.

It seemed like I could SEE and taste the wind. And yet, I stayed indoors.

We were fortunate, it did not land in our town. But in outlying areas ... wow.
Total tornado trashout.

A few hours later Mom saw spectacular lightning right at sunrise. It looked "as if" the thunder and lightning and heavy cloud cover smashed the sun back into the ground.

I missed that one. Wow.

What a way to enter into Lent the season of repentance and atonement!
Being reminded of the powers of nature and the fragile nature of our everyday living.

Today it is calm and I am resting at a nearby lake area.
Praying for those folks who were not as fortunate as we have been.

Maybe tomorrow I will be rested enough that I can help someone besides myself.

May your Lenten reflections be blessed.

It is clear which candidate I favor.
Between now and November perhaps I can help you understand why I do.

Saturday, February 02, 2008


Our Nation needs YOUR VOTE.
Our Nation needs real, progressive and POSITIVE transformation.

I believe Barack Obama is the candidate who gives us the best hope of uniting and inspiring the nation to move in that direction.

I believe he also has the ability to restore America's dignity and standing as a member of the global community.

Millions of people are going to the polls this Tuesday to pick our Democratic nominee.

I hope you'll join me in voting for Obama.

My personal wish is for a power-packed team with Obama as president and Hillary as VP
Now that is not impossible... other presidents have chosen their opponents as VP .

Please don;t give us another 4 years of Republicans or Clintons in the White House. '
Give us a break.
Give us Barack.
I respect your right to hold a different view than mine,
but I do want you to know this is a carefully chosen message that I write tonight.