Have you ever read a slave narrative? If not, warning you may feel angry and sad to read about the dehumanization/humiliation of a person. You may understand better the brutality of slavery as you read how a person is beaten into admitting they are subhuman. However, if you can stomach hearing truth, and hearing it from firsthand accounts, please educate yourselves.

Some reading.

A few years ago, I had the most enjoyable time visiting Savannah, GA. I had no idea of the city’s rich history, and I discovered some truly GREAT food! I took the Trolley Tours every day (sometimes twice a day) to listen to the various tour guides give their spiel on the many, many, many squares (24 to be exact) in historic Savannah.

One of the things I learned was that Georgia had a ban on slavery during the colonial period. Yet they borrowed slaves from South Carolina to do hard labor such as clearing fields, planting crops, and the like. The First African Baptist Church, whose congregation was formed in 1733 of Africans, sits on the corner of Franklin Square. This church was important to me because it was a stop on the underground railroad. The floorboards inside the church still have the holes for the different areas where the slaves were hiding.

Read more about this beautiful historic church.

History is fascinating, and learning about Madame C.J. Walker today has been inspiring and fun! The one point that I’ve always wanted clarified was the fact that several sources state that Madame C.J. Walker was the first African American self-made female millionaire – why and how?

Why – She started losing her hair, and created her own concoction that she sold door to door.

How – Self-determination!

Read more on Madame C.J. Walker, and stop the myth that she made her millions as the inventor of the “straightening comb” and/or permanent relaxer – neither is true.


Lift Every Voice And Sing
Songwriters: J. Rosamond Johnson / James Johnson

History: Many people are surprised to learn that “Lift Every Voice and Sing” was first written as a poem. Created by James Weldon Johnson, it was performed for the first time by 500 school children in celebration of President Lincoln’s Birthday on February 12, 1900 in Jacksonville, FL. The poem was set to music by Johnson’s brother, John Rosamond Johnson, and soon adopted by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) as its official song. Today “Lift Every Voice and Sing” is one of the most cherished songs of the African American Civil Rights Movement and is often referred to as the Black National Anthem.

Lift every voice and sing, till earth and Heaven ring,
Ring with the harmonies of liberty;
Let our rejoicing rise, high as the listening skies,
Let it resound loud as the rolling sea.
Sing a song full of the faith that the dark past has taught us,
Sing a song full of the hope that the present has brought us;
Facing the rising sun of our new day begun,
Let us march on till victory is won.
Stony the road we trod, bitter the chastening rod,
Felt in the days when hope unborn had died;
Yet with a steady beat, have not our weary feet,
Come to the place for which our fathers sighed?
We have come over a way that with tears has been watered,
We have come, treading our path through the blood of the slaughtered;
Out from the gloomy past, till now we stand at last
Where the white gleam of our bright star is cast.
God of our weary years, God of our silent tears,
Thou Who hast brought us thus far on the way;
Thou Who hast by Thy might, led us into the light,
Keep us forever in the path, we pray.
Lest our feet stray from the places, our God, where we met Thee.
Lest our hearts, drunk with the wine of the world, we forget Thee.
Shadowed beneath Thy hand, may we forever stand,
True to our God, true to our native land.

Buddy Buddy Buddy

No automatic alt text available.It was confirmed yesterday that our Buddy-girl has bladder cancer. Funny, it was shared in a way to say – So, there’s nothing new!!! Yet, cancer was new!

Anywho, Buddy is gaining weight running around the house looking for her catnip mouse, eating, drinking, and pooping! 🙂 So, we just keep moving forward as usual! We don’t need to change anything, except meds – two new ones. 😦 Poor girl! That’s the hardest part of this whole thing – giving her meds.
Ryan and I are great! We are so glad that she found us, gave us this great experience, and look forward to however long we will have with her. My only anxiety, is that I don’t want to prolong her life when she gets to the – this is getting unbearable stage. So, pray that Ryan and I are wise and unselfish to that point. Until then – tuna all around! 🙂

Image may contain: 2 people, people smiling, people standing, sky, outdoor and natureEvery Thanksgiving morning for like the last… I don’t know how many years, Angela and I have walked a 5K. This year we did an organized walk with South Potomac Church. We participated in their 5K Turkey Trot!

My friend, Angela is a crazy fun-loving lady. She out did herself with this costume! Rasta-lock wig was too much! And the teal tutu for ovarian cancer – which she has – mmm just lovely! I love you lady, and am very thankful for our “get fit before we sit” – tradition!

I am looking forward to seeing family, making new friends, (we have a LOT of new people to me at our family gatherings), seeing my team win football, and most importantly – eating my favorite foods!

My all-time favorite food – STUFFING with gravy! I love macaroni and cheese, but stuffing and gravy. I could write about this duo for the next 30-days!