Saturday, May 30
Shadow

Author: lana1967

Images and Stories of Hope

Spirituality
The US has been through some changes in the past couple of weeks. First we saw the Charleston church shootings on the evening of Wednesday, June 17, 2015, which turned the country upside down by focusing attention on racism and gun control from the Democratic side and the Republican belief that it was a random, tragic event caused by the mental illness of the alleged perpetrator. Then South Carolina governor Nikki Haley called for the removal of the Confederate flag from the State House grounds. The governor of Alabama also ordered the flag to be removed from the state capital. Retailers of items bearing the Confederate flag image are removing it from display and sale. Saturday morning, June 27th, 2015, Bree Newsome climbed the 30 foot flagpole to remove the Confederate flag from t...
I Don’t Know What to Say

I Don’t Know What to Say

justice
I hadn't planned to write about what happened in Charleston this week. I haven't known what to say, and I didn't want to say the wrong thing. Goodness knows, there are plenty of people out there saying wrong things. Then I read this post. I don't want to be complicit. Racism is not okay. "Staying silent about racism supports racism." I keep hoping our world has moved beyond seeing each other with hate for the way we were created. I keep hoping our world has learned lessons about loving each other, about holding a hand out to those in need. Some of us have, and for that, and I am grateful. Why is it so hard to understand that the shortest distance between two people, no matter how different they seem to be, is their story? I've found varying attributions to this thought, one being my frie...

Let Me Tell You a Secret…

justice
oops...it's not really a secret! “The poet or the revolutionary is there to articulate the necessity, but until the people themselves apprehend it, nothing can happen … Perhaps it can’t be done without the poet, but it certainly can’t be done without the people. The poet and the people get on generally very badly, and yet they need each other. The poet knows it sooner than the people do. The people usually know it after the poet is dead; but that’s all right. The point is to get your work done, and your work is to change the world.” James Baldwin (1924-1987), American poet, playwright, novelist and social critic I read this quote on The Bardo Group this week, and I had to stop and process it before I could move on. I wish I were a poet. I like to think I have a poet's heart; but when th...