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Sunday, May 29, 2011

The Gigi Fund

Even before I leave this place, I want to thank three of my girlfriends for making my stay bearable, funny, and cathartic. Annette, thanks for the laughs my dear sister. You can make me laugh longer and louder than just about anybody. You’re a natural comedienne. Don't forget to tell that person that the $400 fee better include a layin’ on of hands, casting out of demons, AND a massage. Marilyn, the sermon was passionate, educational, and full of the Holy Spirit. Also, the meal was truly delicious – I don’t think I’ve ever tasted such succulent crab cakes. Ironelly, mi hermana, what a joy to see you and your little lady! She is as beautiful as you are. Congratulations on creating your new family. I can’t wait to see a picture of all three of you together. It’s always fulfilling to have a conversation with you. You’ve always felt like family to me. (Please tell your mom how much I appreciated her hospitality. She truly is a lovely woman.)

Mom, Dad, MaDear, and Cheryl – thank you for the Gigi Fund, and I think you know what I mean. We could NOT have made the trip without the gifts!

God is good and you all are a blessing!

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Beautiful Spring Day in Charlotte

As I dropped off Gigi at school this morning, she told me to get a picture of this beautiful spring day. This is what I found. When I figure out how to use my digital camera (I took this shot with my cell phone camera), I'll be able to take crisper, more vibrant photos. But this will have to do for now.
Plants/Flowers off Westinghouse in Charlotte

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Shake the Dust

Shake the Dust is a film in the making about break-dancers around the world. Although these young people are separated by miles, they share a love and passion for hip hop culture. The vibrancy, energy, and sheer elegance of these artists make this a special film.

Check out this clip:

"...I’ve also witnessed great hope and endurance in the midst of such suffering. I’ve seen joy and camaraderie in the face of adversity, and resilience amidst complete uncertainty of survival." -- Adam Sjöberg, the director of "Shake the Dust."

Click here to find out how you can help the filmmakers finish the film.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Minnie Riperton and Respect

Below is a clip of Minnie Riperton singing with her first band, Rotary
Connection. In the song, she asks for respect -- not like Aretha Franklin demanded in her version of the song, but in a more sultry, provocative way. Aretha's rendition makes me think of hot sauce and cayenne pepper, whereas Minnie's version brings curry and cinnamon to mind.

Given the feeling and passion that Minnie is putting into singing the song, I'm sure R-e-s-p-e-c-t is what she got -- among other things.

Friday, May 06, 2011

Wednesday, May 04, 2011

Reprise: Lao-Tzu Says

I posted this many moons ago, but I really love it, so it needs to be repeated. Here it is:

Follow diligently the Way in your own heart, but make no display of it to the world. Keep behind, and you shall be put in front; keep out, and you shall be kept in. Goodness strives not, and therefore it is not rebuked. He that humbles himself shall be preserved entire. He that bends shall be made straight. He that is empty shall be filled. He that is worn out shall be renewed.

-- Lao-Tzu (a Chinese philosopher)