Toni Morrison – No Place for Self Pity

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[Christmas, the day after, in 2004, following the presidential re-election of George W. Bush.]

I am staring out of the window in an extremely dark mood, feeling helpless. Then a friend, a fellow artist, calls to wish me happy holidays. He asks, “How are you?” And instead of “Oh, fine — and you?”, I blurt out the truth: “Not well. Not only am I depressed, I can’t seem to work, to write; it’s as though I am paralyzed, unable to write anything more in the novel I’ve begun. I’ve never felt this way before, but the election…” I am about to explain with further detail when he interrupts, shouting: “No! No, no, no! This is precisely the time when artists go to work — not when everything is fine, but in times of dread. That’s our job!”

I felt foolish the rest of the morning, especially when I recalled the artists who had done their work in gulags, prison cells, hospital beds; who did their work while hounded, exiled, reviled, pilloried. And those who were executed.

This is precisely the time when artists go to work. There is no time for despair, no place for self-pity, no need for silence, no room for fear. We speak, we write, we do language. That is how civilizations heal.

I know the world is bruised and bleeding, and though it is important not to ignore its pain, it is also critical to refuse to succumb to its malevolence. Like failure, chaos contains information that can lead to knowledge — even wisdom. Like art.

Read the entire essay HERE.

Organic? Not Always Necessary

 Organic? Not Always Necessary

Everyone is advertising organic foods these days, but organics come at a higher price. For example, in my local supermarket, organic bananas are $0.20 more per pound than non-organic bananas.  Which foods are worth buying organnic?

  • Meats like beef, pork and poultry
  • Berries
  • Apples
  • Greens like collards, kale, spinach
  • Coffee
  • Tomatoes

Read more here.

My Brother’s Keeper Alliance Hartford

My Brother’s Keeper Alliance Hartford

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My Brother’s Keeper Alliance (MBKA) Hartford needs your help. We are in need of mentors for boys and young men of color and would like you to partner during #100 Mentors Challenge Weekend. We are reaching out to people of faith and asking that you challenge your members to sign up and become mentors at your service of worship during the weekend of September 15-17. In addition to making an announcement, please consider other options such as:

  • Inserting flyer and/or announcement in bulletin
  • Having sign up table
  • Posting on social media
  • Displaying on any outdoor digital signs
  • Displaying on indoor overhead screens
  • Sending an email blast to members

If you are interested in participating please contact Courtenay Jackson at or call at 860.757.9889.

Historians Question Trump’s Comments on Confederate Monuments

Mr. Trump’s comments drew strongly negative reactions on Twitter from many historians, who condemned his “false equivalence” between the white nationalists and the counterprotesters. But “where does it stop?” — and what counts as erasing history — is a question scholars and others have asked, in much more nuanced ways, as calls have come to remove monuments not just to the Confederacy, but to erstwhile liberal heroes and pillars of the Democratic Party like Andrew Jackson (a slave owner who, as president, carried out Native American removal) and Woodrow Wilson (who as president oversaw the segregation of the federal bureaucracy).

“The debates that started two or three years ago have saturated the culture so much that even the president is now talking about them,” said John Fabian Witt, a professor of history at Yale, which earlier this year announced that it would remove John C. Calhoun’s name from a residential college. Mr. Witt called Mr. Trump’s warning of a slippery slope a “red herring.” There have been, after all, no calls to tear down the Washington Monument. Annette Gordon-Reed, a professor of history and law at Harvard who is credited with breaking down the wall of resistance among historians to the idea that Jefferson had a sexual relationship with Sally Hemings, said that the answer to Mr. Trump’s hypothetical question about whether getting rid of Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson also meant junking Washington and Jefferson was a simple “no.” There is a crucial difference between leaders like Washington and Jefferson, imperfect men who helped create the United States, Ms. Gordon-Reed said, and Confederate generals like Jackson and Lee, whose main historical significance is that they took up arms against it. The comparison, she added, also “misapprehends the moral problem with the Confederacy.”

Read the entire article here.

What do You know about Potassium?

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  • potassium is a mineral that helps cells work the way they should
  • it helps prevent kidney stones
  • it helps get rid of sodium (salt) and makes your blood vessels work more easily
  • bananas, oranges, and prunes (dried plums) have it
  • if you don’t have enough, you can get muscle cramps

10 Ways White Liberals Perpetuate Racism

10 Ways White Liberals Perpetuate Racism

… Microinvalidations are momentary acts that serve to invalidate the very people of color we care about. These unconscious interactions perpetuate the hopelessness many African-Americans, Latinos, Native Americans, and other people of color, feel in this country.Many of you may stop reading now, thinking, “Here we go with the political correctness.” You say to yourself: “I’m not perpetuating racism, and I’m certainly not invalidating people of color. Donald Trump may be, but not me.”

That’s what I used to think. But, right there, you’re committing a microinvalidation. It’s called Denial.

Racism just won’t die, because its roots are deep. Somewhere down where we don’t like to go, is a place where racism lives. It’s automatic and hidden. Binding and resistant to change. No matter how well-meaning we are, no matter how open-minded. Like the “root kit” on a computer, racism is hidden and operating without our knowledge.


Understanding White Privilege

Understanding White Privilege

What Is White Privilege? Privilege, particularly white or male privilege, is hard to see for those of us
who were born with access to power and resources. It is very visible for those to whom privilege was not
granted. Furthermore, the subject is extremely difficult to talk about because many white people don’t feel powerful or as if they have privileges others do not. It is sort of like asking fish to notice water or birds to discuss air.

For those who have privileges based on race or gender or class or physical ability or sexual orientation, or age, it just is- it’s normal. The Random House Dictionary (1993) defines privilege as “a right, immunity, or benefit enjoyed only by a person beyond the advantages of most.” In her article, “White Privilege and Male Privilege,” Peggy McIntosh (1995) reminds us that those of us who are white usually believe that privileges are “conditions of daily experience… [that are] universally available to everybody.” Further, she says that what we are really talking about is “unearned power conferred systematically” (pp. 82-83)

Read the entire article here.

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In her free eBook, Goddesses Never Age: The Secret Prescription for Radiance, Vitality and Well-Being, Dr. Northrup, the New York Times best-selling author, visionary pioneer and women’s health expert, offers an exciting blend of science, psychology, positive-thinking and medical knowledge for a comprehensive guide in uncovering the many gifts of getting older. This book is designed to examine, in-depth, the ways in which we can turn aging on its head to create a thriving life we love!

In chapters that blend personal stories and practical exercises with the latest research on health and aging, Dr. Northrup lays out the principles of ageless living, from rejecting processed foods to releasing stuck emotions, from embracing our sensuality to connecting deeply with our Divine Source. Explaining that the state of our health is dictated far more by our beliefs than by our biology, she works to shift our perceptions about getting older and show us what we are entitled to expect from our later years—no matter what our culture tries to teach us to the contrary—including:

  • Vibrant good health
  • A fulfilling sex life
  • The capacity to love without losing ourselves
  • The ability to move our bodies with ease and pleasure
  • Clarity and authenticity in all our relationships—especially the one we have with ourselves
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Reid Tracy
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