Tag: mother’s day

JOY … in our own separate peace

"I think this to myself even though I love my daughter. She and I have shared the same body. There is a part of her mind that is a part of mine. But when she was born she sprang from me like a slippery fish, and has been swimming away ever since. All her life, I have watched her as though from another shore.” Amy Tan, The Joy Luck Club Note: Sunday was Mothers' Day in the U.S..  ♥ Belated but sincere Happy Mothers’ Day to all the mothers and to all the dads, aunts, uncles, grandparents and older siblings who are covering for moms who are gone.♥ sometimes ...near impossible to see past the manic crowdsor to lift our eyes to look at the wholesometrees inscribing their calm upon the sky sometimes ...we record our fears with writing utensils,call them weapons, c

“BROKEN HOMES,” Single Moms, Remarkable Sons . . . Gill Scott-Heron, jazz poet

Family, music, poem
"All I really want to say Is that the problems come and go But the sunshine seems to stay . . . " My son sent me On Coming from a Broken Home (an excerpt from the album, I'm New Here) for Mother's Day in 2011.  Since then I publish some version of this piece every two years. I think Gil Scott-Heron's message here is important.  Gil Scott-Heron died around this time in 2011. He'd started out fiery and angry. Some will remember his forceful The Revolution Will Be Televised and other such works. He was always an artist of political integrity. It showed in actions such as refusing to perform in Tel Aviv because "we do not like wars."  Over time his style mellowed, but his ideals remained. Gil Scott-Heron is considered by many to be the grandfather of rap and the father of politica
Inspiration in Mother's Day

Inspiration in Mother's Day

spiritual practice, Spirituality
Today is Mother's Day in the U.S. It was founded by Julia Ward Howe as a reaction to the horror of the civil war that she experienced. It was meant to be a radical, peace-making movement. Well, Hallmark has absconded with the meaning of the day, but maybe we can take a moment and recover the words from Julia Ward Howe and reflect on exactly where we are in terms of reaching the ideals she challenges us to experience in her Mother's Day Proclamation. Arise, then, women of this day! Arise all women who have hearts, Whether your baptism be that of water or of tears Say firmly: "We will not have great questions decided by irrelevant agencies, Our husbands shall not come to us reeking of carnage, For caresses and applause. Our sons shall not be taken from us to unlearn All that we have been a...