Monday, April 30, 2007

Daily Word

God Will Do Mighty Work in You and through You"The crooked shall be made straight, and the rough ways shall be madesmooth."Luke 3:5Nothing in your life is too complicated for God. Every situation can beresolved as you trust God to work through you and through others as Goddirects. No matter how complicated the situation may be, you can rely onGod to direct you in the exact perfect ways to success.If you are in what seems to be a maze where you do not know the path tofollow, you trust God to lead you on pathways that lead to bettertomorrows. God never fails or disappoints. You have faith in the power andpresence of God's help at work in your life.God is working in every aspect of your life, establishing Divine order.God is the answer, no matter what the question. No matter what the need,circumstance, or challenge may be, God will show you how to meet it andmaster it.If you have a health challenge, you do not exhaust yourself in an effortto make yourself well again – all the while, feeling alone, and helpless.You are NOT all alone, and helpless. God is your help in every need andGod soothes and heals you.If you are facing a perplexing circumstance, you do not pressure yourselfto come up with the perfect answer ahead of time. You turn to the wisdomof God so that you will be Divinely guided exactly when you need it.If you desire to overcome a fear, God is your deliverer and your courage.You affirm in positive prayer that God is your unfailing source and supplyof all good.You keep your vision clearly upon God with the realization that God isdoing a mighty work in and through you.On this Monday, you realize that you can dedicate this week to doingeverything to the glory of God.In 1 Corinthians 10:31, our Bible states, "Do ALL to the glory of God."This week can be a very special week for you – a week in which you thinkabout the work you do as an activity in cooperation with God's plan ofgood.You may work in a stock room, or board room, as an apprentice, orpresident, but the most important thing you will ever do is to let God'slight shine through your work and all interactions with others. God isdoing a mighty work through you!Regardless of rank or title, you can make an important contribution.Whether you are a paid employee or a volunteer, you are one of thebuilding blocks supporting the well-being of God's creation.This week, you pray that the best use of your energy is to make each ofyour endeavors a labor of God’s love. You think of all that you havecontributed and you are willing to contribute more and declare, "It isgood!" You appreciate others and all they contribute to God's continuingplan for the betterment of our world and human kind.This week, you do not self-glorify yourself, but instead dedicate ALL tothe glory of God.______________________________________God Bless You! Make it a GREAT day!Reverend Christopher Ian Chenoweth, Founder The Positive Movement—reaching the ends of the earth with the positivemessage of God. Not connected to any church, Positive Christianity is aPrayer Ministry without walls, physical or denominational, that the worldcan instantly access and use without cost.By making a donation in support of the prayer ministry of PositiveChristianity, you help us make a positive, spiritual difference in thelives of over 768,000 people of EVERY religion with free Positive DailyInspiration and positive prayer help. You also help us bless ministers ofevery denomination with free Positive Weekly Sermons to lessen the burdensof ministry for those who give so much. You can make a secure donation online at:

Saturday, April 28, 2007

Could this happen to you?

Good Morning, Pat:

I heard on the news that the Atlanta community is rising up However, just the other day the police were in my back yard with flashlights looking around; I was not aware until my neighbor across the alley called me and informed me of this. I immediately telephoned the 22nd District and talked to the Desk Sargeant who said that I was absolutely right that they had no business in my yard snooping around without my knowledge. I immediately thought about that 92-year-old woman in Atlanta. I once had to write a letter to the 22nd District to keep them from serving subpoenas at the wrong address when they should have been on 97th PLACE instead of 97th Street. In my letter I cited cases similar to the Johnston case.
If they are seen snooping around in my yard again, the letter will come from my attorney.

Friday, April 27, 2007

Killing of Black folk at the hands of some unsrupulous police

The officers were let off with a Manslaughter charge and a sentence of 10 and 12 years. Our communities all across America should be in a rage because there is a blantantly disregard for Black life. To hell with Imus we need to deal with the killing of Black folk at the hands of some unsrupulous police. This is not a indictment of all police because in my heart I believe the majority of them are good, honest and decent human beings..


Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Record of Iraq War Lies to Air April 25

Subject: Record of Iraq War Lies to Air April 25 on PBS
After Downing Street is a coalition of activists investigating impeachable offences in connection with Iraq, taking its name from the May-June 2005 Downing Street Memos. You are not going to find any administration supporters here, but if Swanson's summary of the 25 April Moyers presentation is at all accurate, it should make interesting media:

Record of Iraq War Lies to Air April 25 on PBS By David Swanson After Downing Street Submitted on Thu, 2007-04-12 05:10.
Bill Moyers has put together an amazing 90-minute video documenting the lies that the Bush administration told to sell the Iraq War to the American public, with a special focus on how the media led the charge. I've watched an advance copy and read a transcript, and the most important thing I can say about it is: Watch PBS from 9 to 10:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 25. Spending that 90 minutes on this will actually save you time, because you'll never watch television news again – not even on PBS, which comes in for its share of criticism.
While a great many pundits, not to mention presidents, look remarkably stupid or dishonest in the four-year-old clips included in "Buying the War," it's hard to take any spiteful pleasure in holding them to account, and not just because the killing and dying they facilitated is ongoing, but also because of what this video reveals about the mindset of members of the DC media. Moyers interviews media personalities, including Dan Rather, who clearly both understand what the media did wrong and are unable to really see it as having been wrong or avoidable.
It's great to see an American media outlet tell this story so well, but it leads one to ask: When will Congress tell it? While the Democrats were in the minority, they clamored for hearings and investigations, they pushed Resolutions of Inquiry into the White House Iraq Group and the Downing Street Minutes. Now, in the majority, they've gone largely silent. The chief exception is the House Judiciary Committee's effort to question Condoleezza Rice next week about the forged Niger documents.
But what comes out of watching this show is a powerful realization that no investigation is needed by Congress, just as no hidden information was needed for the media to get the story right in the first place. The claims that the White House made were not honest mistakes. But neither were they deceptions. They were transparent and laughably absurd falsehoods. And they were high crimes and misdemeanors.
The program opens with video of President Bush saying "Iraq is part of a war on terror. It's a country that trains terrorists, it's a country that can arm terrorists. Saddam Hussein and his weapons are a direct threat to this country."
Was that believable or did the media play along? The next shot is of a press conference at which Bush announces that he has a script telling him which reporters to call on in what order. Yet the reporters play along, raising their hands after each comment, pretending that they might be called on despite the script.
Video shows Richard Perle claiming that Saddam Hussein worked with al Qaeda and that Iraqis would greet American occupiers as liberators. Here are the Weekly Standard, the Wall Street Journal, William Safire at the New York Times, Charles Krauthammer and Jim Hoagland at the Washington Post all demanding an overthrow of Iraq's government. George Will is seen saying that Hussein "has anthrax, he loves biological weapons, he has terrorist training camps, including 747s to practice on."
But was that even plausible? Bob Simon of "60 Minutes" tells Moyers he wasn't buying it. He says he saw the idea of a connection between Hussein and al Qaeda as an absurdity: "Saddam, as most tyrants, was a total control freak. He wanted total control of his regime. Total control of the country. And to introduce a wild card like al Qaeda in any sense was just something he would not do. So I just didn't believe it for an instant."
Knight Ridder Bureau Chief John Walcott didn't buy it either. He assigned Warren Strobel and Jonathan Landay to do the reporting, and they found the Bush claims to be quite apparently false. For example, when the Iraqi National Congress (INC) fed the New York Times' Judith Miller a story through an Iraqi defector claiming that Hussein had chemical and biological weapons labs under his house, Landay noticed that the source was a Kurd, making it very unlikely he would have learned such secrets. But Landay also noticed that it was absurd to imagine someone putting a biological weapons lab under his house.
But absurd announcements were the order of the day. A video clip shows a Fox anchor saying "A former top Iraqi nuclear scientist tells Congress Iraq could build three nuclear bombs by 2005." And the most fantastic stories of all were fed to David Rose at Vanity Fair Magazine. We see a clip of him saying "The last training exercise was to blow up a full size mock up of a US destroyer in a lake in central Iraq."
Landay comments: "Or jumping into pits of fouled water and having to kill a dog with your bare teeth. I mean, this was coming from people, who are appearing in all of these stories, and sometimes their rank would change."
Forged documents from Niger could not have gotten noticed in this stew of lies. Had there been some real documents honestly showing something, that might have stood out and caught more eyes. Walcott describes the way the INC would feed the same info to the Vice President and Secretary of Defense that it fed to a reporter, and the reporter would then get the claims confirmed by calling the White House or the Pentagon. Landay adds: "And let's not forget how close these people were to this administration, which raises the question, was there coordination? I can't tell you that there was, but it sure looked like it."
Simon from 60 Minutes tells Moyers that when the White House claimed a 9-11 hijacker had met with a representative of the Iraqi government in Prague, 60 Minutes was easily able to make a few calls and find out that there was no evidence for the claim. "If we had combed Prague," he says, "and found out that there was absolutely no evidence for a meeting between Mohammad Atta and the Iraqi intelligence figure. If we knew that, you had to figure the administration knew it. And yet they were selling the connection between Al Qaeda and Saddam."
Moyers questions a number of people about their awful work, including Dan Rather, Peter Beinart, and then Chairman and CEO of CNN Walter Isaacson. And he questions Simon, who soft-pedaled the story and avoided reporting that there was no evidence.
Landay at Knight Ridder did report the facts when it counted, but not enough people paid attention. He tells Moyers that all he had to do was read the UN weapons inspectors reports online to know the White House was lying to us. When Cheney said that Hussein was close to acquiring nuclear weapons, Landay knew he was lying: "You need tens of thousands of machines called 'centrifuges' to produce highly enriched uranium for a nuclear weapon. You've got to house those in a fairly big place, and you've got to provide a huge amount of power to this facility."
Moyers also hits Tim Russert with a couple of tough questions. Russert expressed regret for not having included any skeptical voices by saying he wished his phone had rung. So, Moyers begins the next segment by saying "Bob Simon didn't wait for the phone to ring," and describing Simon's reporting. Simon says he knew the claims about aluminum tubes were false because 60 Minutes called up some scientists and researchers and asked them. Howard Kurtz of the Washington Post says that skeptical stories did not get placed on the front page because they are not "definitive."
Moyers shows brief segments of an Oprah show in which she has on only pro-war guests and silences a caller who questions some of the White House claims. Just in time for the eternal election season, Moyers includes clips of Hillary Clinton and John Kerry backing the war on the basis of Bush and Cheney's lies. But we also see clips of Robert Byrd and Ted Kennedy getting it right.
The Washington Post editorialized in favor of the war 27 times, and published in 2002 about 1,000 articles and columns on the war. But the Post gave a huge anti-war march a total of 36 words. "What got even less ink," Moyers says, "was the release of the National Intelligence Estimate." Even the misleading partial version that the media received failed to fool a careful eye.
Landay recalls: "It said that the majority of analysts believed that those tubes were for the nuclear weapons program. It turns out, though, that the majority of intelligence analysts had no background in nuclear weapons." Was Landay the only one capable of noticing this detail?
Colin Powell's UN presentation comes in for similar quick debunking. We watch a video clip of Powell complaining that Iraq has covered a test stand with a roof. But AP reporter Charles Hanley comments: "What he neglected to mention was that the inspectors were underneath watching what was going on."
Powell cited a UK paper, but it very quickly came out that the paper had been plagiarized from a college student's work found online. The British press pointed that out. The US let it slide. But anyone looking for the facts found it quickly.
Moyers' wonderful movie is marred by a single line, the next to the last sentence, in which he says: "The number of Iraqis killed, over 35,000 last year alone, is hard to pin down." A far more accurate figure could have been found very easily.
will leave you speechless.

Monday, April 23, 2007

Combating negative images is just part of the undeclared war within the black commnity...


Combating negative images is just a part of the undeclared war within the black community, fought on multiple fronts.

We are up against:

"House Negro" fence-sitters. In the antebellum period in the South, such people always saw things through the eyes of their master or boss. No matter how bad things are, these people always follow whomever is in charge. An example is the way Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice follows President Bush.

"Old heads" - decent, well-meaning people, usually shaped by the civil rights era of the '60s and '70s. They are locked in the past, still thinking the black community's problems can be solved by a government program. They still think that marching and making white people feel bad will cause whites to do the right things.

Old heads also have a problem with free enterprise. They love money from the business sector but are averse to starting and promoting black business ventures. Old heads cannot understand that the path to freedom is truly lighted by money and capital.

I know many old heads whom I truly call friends. But their thinking is obsolete and has hindered the advancement of our community.

Those best known by the dreaded n-word - the most dangerous enemy.

I have never used this derogatory term, but there are many who fit into this group, such as sexist hip-hop performers and negative rap artists, as well as thugs and gangsters.

The famous comedian Chris Rock has said, "I love black people, but I hate n--." These are my sentiments exactly. I love black people but am tired of being connected to n--, who refuse to respect the proud legacy of our ancestry.

Bill Cosby, Oprah Winfrey, Louis Farrakhan and the late C. DeLores Tucker among the many progressive leaders who have sounded the alarm about our unwillingness to confront the negative ones amongst us - and our need to do so.

We need to cut off the dead weight of n-word attitudes, beliefs and practices. It is past time to air our dirty laundry. The fence-sitters and old heads must join with bold new leaders who are willing to confront our own people about their self-imposed underachievement.

Recently there was a community meeting to address yet another dismal showing of black student achievement in Anne Arundel County. It was held by the entrenched old-head leadership, with the school superintendent, Kevin M. Maxwell, in attendance.

The old heads were concerned only about what they felt the school system was not doing. I spoke forcefully, saying that while we in the black community have been condemning the school system since integration, the same problems persist: low test scores, high dropout rates, and high numbers of suspensions and expulsions.

Moreover, since 1980, program after program has been proposed. Not one has addressed the root cause of poor student achievement by directly confronting poor parental involvement. I called it "getting to the face of the problem."

As I stated at that meeting, I will not be a part of another 27 years of failure. That is how long I have worked with the old heads to try to address the slow growth of black student achievement.

The fence-sitters and the old heads are afraid to look into the mirror for the solution. The problem is us and the solution is us. It is easy to look to the system for help. That way we can always blame someone else.

It is time to say to ourselves that we've had enough of the n-word attitudes on teen pregnancy and crime, enough of the n-word belief in using and selling illegal drugs, and enough of the n-word belief that being smart is acting white.

My black people built pyramids, universities and strong neighborhoods.

My black people reflect the greatness of Jackie Robinson, Nelson Mandela, Malcolm X, Martin Luther King Jr. Maya Angelou, Coretta Scott King and Harriet Tubman.

We can do without crack houses, crack whores, carjackers, mall shooters, pimps, gangbangers, thugs, wannabe gangsters, drive-by killers, etc.

We've had enough of negative hip-hop and rap that treats our women with disdain.

Black people must move on. N-word baggage must be left behind.


Saturday, April 21, 2007

Nike Builds Ad Campaign Out of Imus Controversy

Nike Builds Ad Campaign Out of Imus Controversy
Indirectly Thanks Commentator for 'Moving Women's Sport Forward'
By Rich Thomaselli Published: April 17, 2007 NEW YORK ( -- Now Nike has entered the Don Imus fray, hoping a new ad will spark continued conversation about race in America.
Dean Stoyer, Nike's U.S. media-relations director, said the company was inspired by the women's team at Rutgers, which happens to be a Nike school.
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Imus Too Hot for MarketersP&G, AmEx, GM, Staples All Back Away From Controversial Talk-Show HostThe sports-apparel giant took out a full-page ad in the Sunday, April 15 edition of The New York Times, followed by banner ads on several websites that indirectly thank Mr. Imus for bringing the issues of race relations and sexism to the forefront. Fired by employersMr. Imus on April 4 called the Rutgers University women's basketball team "nappy-headed hos" following the team's loss to Tennessee in the NCAA national championship game. Following a national uproar that prompted a gaggle of sponsors to withdraw their advertising from his nationally syndicated CBS radio show and the TV simulcast on MSNBC, Mr. Imus was fired by both employers. The print ad does not mention Mr. Imus by name. It reads: Thank you, ignorance.Thank you for starting the conversation.Thank you for making an entire nation listen to the Rutger's [sic] team story. And for making us wonder what other great stories we've missed. Thank you for reminding us to think before we speak.Thank you for showing us how strong and poised 18 and 20-year-old women can be.Thank you for reminding us that another basketball tournament goes on in March.Thank you for showing us that sport includes more than the time spent on the court.Thank you for unintentionally moving women's sport forward.And thank you for making all of us realize that we still have a long way to go.Next season starts 11.16.07. Can be passed aroundThe ad was done by longtime Nike agency Wieden & Kennedy, Portland, Ore. Its only print execution was in the Times. This week, digital applications in the form of banner ads will run on,,,, and Each digital application will allow the user to send the ad to a friend. Dean Stoyer, Nike's U.S. media-relations director, said the company was inspired by the women's team at Rutgers -- which happens to be a Nike school. Nike pays the school's men's and women's basketball teams to wear its apparel, and the company's "swoosh" logo appears on Rutgers uniforms and warm-ups. "They represent what is good in sports and their accomplishments should be celebrated," Mr. Stoyer said. "We believe the elevated conversations around racism, sexism, inequality and disrespect in America need to move forward and not disappear when the events of the past weeks are no longer front-page news." Moving dialogue forwardMr. Stoyer said Nike specifically did not use Mr. Imus' name or image in order to keep the focus on moving ahead with the dialogue, and not reviewing what happened in the previous two weeks. Mr. Imus' words have created a debate on free speech and the First Amendment. Mr. Imus' main employer, WFAN Radio 660-AM in New York -- where he brought in an estimated $15 million to $22 million in annual ad revenue -- should have had an inkling of what might happen with the controversial Mr. Imus. Two years ago, the station placed billboards around the New York, New Jersey and Connecticut area with Mr. Imus' headshot, and the caption: "First Amendment at its best. And worst."

Thursday, April 19, 2007

The Movie is comin!!

Its time for Black men - Real Black Men to be heard. Everyday Black men who work, vote, read, take care of their families, and stay out of trouble. Which Black men's voices are heard in the media - most people hear the Rappers lyric's, they hear from spoiled & unstable athletes like T.O. and Mike Tyson, they hear from Rev. Sharpton, they see Black men getting arrested on Cops or the 10 o' clock news, they hear from Black women who tell them that 'Niggas ain't Shit', and they hear from wacko ultra-conservatives like Armstrong Williams and Larry Elder - who represents us? Regular Black men MUST make their voices heard whther through movies, books, or on the job.

Telling it Like it T is By: Mia

Telling it like it T I is...Speaking out on the young sisters..
I want to speak out on our your sisters of today. I realize that things are not how they use to be back in the day. I grew up in the 80's and yes things are much different now, I have watched these young girls degrade themselves doing things that a grown women in her 30's has not done. Young ladies where is your self-esteem and self respect? You ladies are our future and I am concerned. There is so much more to you than you realize and now is the time to set the pace for future blessings. I realize that alot of girls don't have the guidance that they need or the guidance that I had and some of my friends had growing up. There's alot of single mothers that work all day and they are very tired at night so something is missing for alot of the young ladies today. Also I realize that there is no more Big mama's around either. So alot of these young ladies are on their own and there is something's missing. So if no one has told you I would like to say you wonderful, beautiful,smart phenomenal young lady. You are so much more, know your worth respect your self cherish your temple it is a gift. Simulate your mind with only positive things surround yourself with positive people, you are a queen and you deserve only the best , except nothing short of that. Try that- I dare you and watch your life be elevated to another level.

Americans need to be honest about racial and ethnic problems

Panel looks at America's melting potMSU's Public Affairs Conference created forum for diversity dialogue.Steve Koehler News-Leader Whether America is a melting pot or an ethnic stew, it needs to examine the role diversity plays in its culture, according to panelists Wednesday at Missouri State University's Public Affairs Conference.
Yasmin Shiraz, an African-American author, and Joseph Boyce, a former editor with the Wall Street Journal, said the country should do away with the practice of setting aside months to recognize certain cultures or ethnic groups.

"Special months compartmentalize these sort of things," Shiraz said.
"Let's be honest and recognize women and blacks and Latinos all year long."
Boyce said the younger generation has shed many hangups about gender and race.
He added that Americans need to be honest about racial and ethnic problems.
"We know when we're doing something wrong and we know when we're doing something right. We know racists, sexism and discrimination."

The panel discussion was entitled "Melting Pot or Ethnic Stew? Recipe for the Future of the United States."
Avelino Gonzalez, who came from Cuba in 1960, considers himself an American first and suggested the country stop promoting cultural diversity.
"We're already the most diverse country in the world. I am not a Cuban American.
"I am an American," said Gonzalez, professor in the computer engineering department at the University of Central Florida.
"Cuban American implies I have divided loyalties."
Shiraz disagreed with Gonzalez's suggestion to stop promoting cultural diversity.
"There are some businesses, Fortune 500 companies, where minorities are not allowed or welcomed. They have one black, one Hispanic and 300 other employees," she said.
Shiraz said publishers of her book in 2002 changed the silhouettes of women on the book cover to have clearly African-American features because they felt she couldn't reach a general audience as a black writer.
"Books written by African-Americans are marketed almost exclusively to African-Americans," she said.
The world of movies, television and advertising is homogenizing groups, Shiraz said.
"Ethnic cultures are being told to tone down their ethnicity.
"They're trying to have everybody look the same," she said.
Annie Gill-Bloyer, the faith outreach organizer for the ONE campaign, which helps American awareness of HIV/AIDS and world poverty, said the melting pot metaphor doesn't work since there is one dominant culture and a number of minority cultures.
"As white people we don't often realize that we have a culture," she said.
Boyce said some Americans have resisted becoming a melting pot.
"African-Americans are the only group that didn't want to be here. They were kidnapped and brought here, but you're supposed to forget about that," he said as the audience of several hundred laughed.
Gonzalez likes the melting pot image.
"We need things to unite us, not divide us," he said, adding that he believes English should be the official language of the U.S. and that money should not be spent on bilingual education.
"English is the closest thing we have to an international language," he said.

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Wendy: On Dorothy Tillman

So and end of an era is at hand. I don't know who's best and what great or horrible things will befall the ward but I do have to say that the "Hat's" street organization was a little rough around the edges. Her "get the vote out guy" in front of my polling place seemed to forget all about her and instead was far more interesting in hitting on me than with passing out her literature and telling me with the virtues of her candidacy. For the lilly and white (and the part of me that has to remind myself that I can be comfortable with this stereotype), this guy looked more like he could be in the polling place (the police HQ) rather than outside of it.

In short a clear sense that she has no clue how to serve these upper middle class black and white folks. I know how that sounds but the main point to her loss is not, in my mind unions and their money, but her inability to bridge the changing nature of her community. Will Pat do a better job? At least she had cleaned up, present, kinda fit in folks around polling places - I have to walk by 3. Wonder how she's playing in the 'hood

What a trip! Good Bless Democracy.

Monday, April 16, 2007

Raising our Sibling's Children

Carmen & Gregory Foster:
Gregory has been in Carmen's care, nearly four years . Gregory is her Eldest sister's child. She and I recently sat down to discuss the challenges she faces daily, in raising an African American Male.
Patrice: Hey Girly
Carmen: Are you ready?
Patrice: How long has Greg been in your care?
Carmen: It will be four years in October..............
Patrice: Was there time to think about this major decision?
Carmen:Given the dynamics of what was going on in the home,compound that with Greg's personality, no.
Patrice: So you really had no time to think about what you were about to take on.
Patrice: Carmen, what has been most challenging for you mentally, in raising an African American ,son?
Carmen: Raising an African American son, my biggest challenge, has been teaching him to make better choices.
Carmen: For example: Greg and I were at dinner the other night, were talking, he said to me "I want to learn things the hard way"
Carmen: I hold Greg accountable for every decision he makes, and often I find myself holding him responsible, so that he can understand the importance of making the right choice.
Patrice: Fundamentally, what basis or guidelines do you have in place for yourself and Greg concerning your homelife?
Carmen: A Christian Home,Mentoring programs, being pro-active, extremely involved and totally vested and committed to Gregory's well being..
Patrice: What advice would you give someone in your situation?
Carmen: Continue to hold on and never give up, on your children.......
Patrice:Thanks Cita.......

Teaching “Our” Sons the Rules of the Road

By: Felecia Williams

As a single mother of a male child, everyday since his birth, I’ve questioned the choices I make regarding his well-being. Do I hug him too much, or not enough? Should I have read more books to him in his infancy, now? Do I spend enough “fun” time with him? What can I do to ensure that he becomes a strong, independent, respectful, and productive member of society?

Well, some wise person said, “No one ever did, or ever will escape the consequences of his/her choices”. It doesn’t get much clearer than that. Whatever choices I’ve made, good, bad, or otherwise, the consequences are already in motion, so I just pray.

I’m a woman raising a little boy, which I want to become a “man”. I don’t have knowledge of, nor do I desire the knowledge of being a “MAN”. So I speak of things I do know, and what I know is this; right from wrong; respect vs. disrespect; honesty vs. dishonesty; happy vs. sad. I know to be humble, show pride, say I’m sorry, and tell someone sincerely that I love them.

That’s not all I know, but I figure if I can teach my son those basic rules, the road will be less bumpy. There will be detours along the road that absolutely require the assistance of the navigational expert (GOD). For only He knows whether you should turn left or right at that fork in the road, or is the road dead ends, or the bridge is incomplete.
If you purchase a new Porsche, you don’t take it to “Joe” the alley mechanic for service you take it back to the place of purchase. They have the exact specifications for your make and model, and can fix whatever maybe wrong. The same goes for our lives and the lives of our sons and daughters. Constant consultation with our manufacturer will help to keep us on track with our maintenance schedule.

That being said, life is hard, but effort is a solo performance that only you can control. So I choose to put forth all the effort I have to ensure that at a minimum, my son has a copy of the rules. Of course at 4, I have a ton of time until he get his “permit”, but even then, he’ll need my presence to get behind the wheel. At the point when he can actually navigate the road without me, I’ll quiz him on the rules, for my own piece of mind. It’ll be a test for me, to see how well I’ve done.

Friday, April 13, 2007

The Cosmic Clock By: Leatha J. Patton
There is a universal law that dictates time, governed by a solar year, and remains in tune with that cosmic clock. This determines the calendar year and governs our existence. Each day of our existence can become a document or a detriment to our personal history in this journey called Life. Our ancestors in Kemet (Egypt) were aware of this fact and because of their vast knowledge of astronomy they were in tune with the universe, enabling them to create the calendar that we are still using. I have read that it took 26,000 years to create that calendar and, although in modern times might deviate minutely from its original, still allows us a method of tapping into that source that dictates time. As we arise each morning, each of us should be capable of and prepared to spend our waking hours in a productive way and not allow them to flee into eternity—lost! The present (one day) in life is God’s gift and it is our choice to spend it either productively or unproductively. Leisure time has not been ignored here, but even that time can be spent doing things that are of value and of quality. An unproductive day is a loss of a God-given opportunity to productively document and validate one day in the history of your life as a human being. This is the message that must be conveyed to our youth even before they become school age, that to become a productive human being even a child cannot be allowed to play all the time. If this concept is instilled in the child, it will become an integral part of the adult.

Presently absent is our tenacious will as a people, which in the past called forth our genius, brought us to that historical zenith and, thus, allowed us to reach majestic heights. It courted our splendor at a time when we were favored by that supreme force that loved us, enshrouded us in grace and spirituality, and the oneness with God, to become the envy of the world where we were once exalted and adored.

History has thrown us a curve. Thus, Black people have been placed in a precarious position from the very inception of slavery, on the continent even before colonialism and off the continent throughout the Diaspora. We are confronted with a global problem in this third millennium, in this 21st century. Black people have now been culturally and spiritually derailed and must recapture a knowledge of their past, in order not to repeat it, permitting us to continue our journey that can lead to a brighter future—adhering to the constant motion of that cosmic clock.
Leatha J. Patton

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