Friday, July 29, 2016

Challenges and other stuff



I have made some bad decisions-- well, really, counting chickens before they hatched.   And when they failed to hatch, some things went downhill.  Blah!

My sweet kitten died from a blood disease:(

I got a dog that I'd owned previously back into my life; she's old but I'm so glad she's here:)


Life!


Thursday, April 21, 2016

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Three weeks for spring break. Yay!

So I teach only on Fridays.  Long day but I get to be lazy Monday through Thursday afternoon when I start preparing for class.  But spring break is next week and then we're off for Good Friday (although it's called Spring Holiday) and then another week until I go back.

I plan to read. 

Read.

And read some more.

Tuesday, March 08, 2016

Changing my life up

Have given notice that I will not be back for another semester of teaching.

Was afraid.  Like the security of a /the job, ha ha, and the money's good but there's something else I want to do and I'm going to pursue that.  A little fearful but I'm excited for the change and the challenge.




Wednesday, March 02, 2016

If Donald Trump becomes president,

Orange really will be the new Black.

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Republicans

Then: Obama doesn't follow the Constitution!

Now: Obama, don't follow the Constitution!


Wednesday, February 10, 2016

I'm no Beyonce fan

but really some white folks are getting a little crazy about that video/Superbowl performance.  Asking for police accountability does not equal hating the police.  Despite some racist encounters I've had with the police, I still recognize that 1 bad apple does not represent the bushel.  Anyway, it was entertainment.





Personally, I think she's an opportunist-- Black Lives Matter has been around for a minute, no? But really, stop shooting us.

Sunday, February 07, 2016

Black History Month

She posed as a man to serve the country

GO BRONCOS!

That is all.

Thursday, February 04, 2016

Black History Month--Octavia Butler knew the power of affirmative words


This is why it's important for children to know how to use words. They have tremendous power. 

Tuesday, February 02, 2016

Black History Month--Do You Know Who Diane Nash Is?

Had the honor of meeting her in Nashville.  Amazing woman.  Had not heard of her until I visited the Civil Rights Room in the city library.  Disappointed to learn that many did not know who she was.
Learn yourself something today

Monday, February 01, 2016

This is the cover of my chapbook upcoming from Winged City Chapbooks/Argus House.


Excited!

Black History Month

This

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

This man outside the grocery store was looking for handouts.

Usually I'm good for the change in my pocket but he was wearing a cap with a confederate flag so I just walked on.

Monday, September 28, 2015

Visiting, are you, Gwen?

I need to get to this blog more often.

That moon last night!

So beautiful.

Unfortunately, cameras missing batteries or not charged.

Someone showed me some pictures he took with his camera.  Beautiful.

Unfortunately, my camera on the phone is crap.  Sad face. Sad face. Sad face.

Monday, August 10, 2015




I will never learn

Yeah, it's a week before a new semester starts and I have yet to begin my syllabi:-/

Thursday, June 18, 2015

You are here

In Vermont and loving it.

Has rained for several days and all I want to do is lay around and read.  But I'm here to write.

Trying hard not to get on my I-want-to-live-in-the Northeast-kick again.
Trees making it hard for me.

Sunday, May 03, 2015

I've been playing "bingo"

Seriously. 

Wasting my time (i.e. my life) on games I had on the phone, and the tablet and the computer.

Have (kind of) shook that addiction.  Just collecting the credits and freebies at this point. Promised myself a marathon of bingo, but later in the year.  Much later.

There are stories to write and pictures to take and bears to sew.

Welcome back to your life, Gwendolyn.

I'm going to bawl like a baby!


News reports saying that B.B. King is under hospice care:(

Was hoping to see him perform again.  Still, I have the memory of hearing him and meeting him in Nashville when he played at the Ryman.

That thrill will never be gone.

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Monday, September 29, 2014

Monday, July 28, 2014

Saturday, July 12, 2014

                                       















                                                     

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Quote for Feb 23

Freedom has never been free.

Medgar Evers

Black History Month-- This one's celebrating non-Negros

I recently met Paul Salzman who (I found when I did a little research) is pretty famous as a director and photographer.  I went to see a film he did and listen to his talk because he'd been a part of Freedom Summer  and I wanted to make contact with him because I want to write something about that.

Anyway, he was one of the many Whites who put their lives on the line for change.  Their presence kept media attention on the Civil Rights battle and the atrocities that accompanied it.  Some blacks were bitter (understandably) that a different value was placed on a White life as opposed to a Black one (sadly, that has not changed), still, those White people and the abolitionists before did the right thing.

They helped change Black History and so here's a shout out for Mr. Salzman and all those who know it truly is about our character and not our color.

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Riley B.

The absolute BEST:

Oprah

You know a lot about Oprah.  There are two things I find amazing and anyone can change his or her life by doing what Oprah did:

1) She learned to read at 3 and has made this a lifetime passion.

 The ability to read.  It's a life-changer.

2) When her grandmother was teaching her how to do white people's laundry, she decided that that was not going to be her life.

The power of the mind to change things.  Embrace it, harness it and you can change most everything.

sniffle, sniffle, cough cough

Been sick.  Ugh.
Where were we?

Oh, yeah, Negroes you should know.

Sunday, February 09, 2014

Quote for Feb 9

"Never be limited by other people's limited imaginations."


- Dr. Mae Jemison, first African-American female astronaut

Black History Month

I once read a comment by someone who said that Black people didn't contribute anything to America.  Yeah, right.

You have light in your house? 

Here you are:http://energyquest.ca.gov/scientists/latimer.html

America, you're welcome.

Those "youngsters from Liverpool"






Saturday, February 08, 2014

Quote for Feb 8, 2015

“I made a lot of mistakes out of the ring, but I never made any in it.”

--Jack Johnson

Jack Johnson-- Black History Month


Heavyweight champ!
But he was something of an inventor too-- held a patent for improvements to the wrench.  Bet you didn't know that.

Did you see the PBS special back in the day--" Unforgiveable Blackness"?  The book

Bad Nigger! the National Impact of Jack Johnson by Al-Tony Gilmore is also recommended.

And the Johnson inspired "The Great White Hope" with James Earl Jones.


America spared little hatred for this black man.

Friday, February 07, 2014

The Beatles came to America 50 years ago today

“So this is America…They all seem to be out of their minds.”

 – Ringo

Two Negroes (yesterday's and today's) for Black History Month

Cathay Williams or William Cathay (Cathey) 
A Buffalo Soldier and a black woman!!

W.E.B. Du Bois
Met a woman in Nashville who knew him at Fisk-- wow!  He was amazing.

Wednesday, February 05, 2014

Quote for 2-5-14

I am sick and tired of being sick and tired.

--Fannie Lou Hamer

Black History Month--Fannie Lou Hamer


She was active in the Civil Rights Movement in Mississippi.  They beat her mercilessly, but they didn't beat her spirit down. 


Tuesday, February 04, 2014

Monday, February 03, 2014

Quote for Feb. 3, 2014


"I once wrote a short story called 'The Best Blues Singer in the World' and it went like this: 'The streets that Balboa walked were his own private ocean, and Balboa was drowning.' End of story. That says it all. Nothing else to say. I've been rewriting that same story over and over again. All my plays are rewriting that same story. I'm not sure what it means, other than life is hard."
– August Wilson

Black History Month

August Wilson

"Author, Author!"  a million times over

Sunday, February 02, 2014

Quote for February 2

For I am my mother's daughter, and the drums of Africa still beat in my heart.

- Mary McLeod Bethune

Black History (Negroes You Should Know)

Nella Larsen

read about her and works from her

Yikes!

What a spanking Manning and crew are getting.

Ouch.

Saturday, February 01, 2014

Black History Month or Negroes you should know



Diane Nash

google and learn yourself  something

Wednesday, January 01, 2014

Another brand-spanking new year

What might I accomplish in it?

Thursday, August 15, 2013

In this bright future you can't forget your past.

Bob Marley



THROWBACK THURSDAY











Wednesday, August 07, 2013

It's only two bucks

and I could win millions, right?

I only have to outguess or hope the machine outguesses 174.2  others,  I mean 174.2 MILLION others.


Monday, August 05, 2013

Quote for August 5, 2013

 Music doesn't lie.  If there is something to be changed in this world, then it can only happen through music.

--Jimi Hendrix

Don't understand it

-- how the songs I grew up with are now played on the "oldies" station, but whatever.  Heard this today and have been hitting replay on Youtube all evening.


Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Quote for July 30, 2013

 Waste your money and you're only out of money, but waste your time and you've lost a part of your life.
--Michael LeBoeuf


I had a birthday

Not that I celebrate them, however, several businesses with my e-mail address sent me best wishes.

Used to be free stuff from some.  Not no more.

One email subject line said there as a "gift" attached for me-- a % off coupon when I spent $75 or more at the store.  

A gift.  Yeah, right.

I wonder how many times a person can listen to this before tiring of it?


Was that the fastest summer ever???

Time to go back to work.  Already?  Really?

Will do two part-time gigs; cutting the hours of the job I had previously and back to teaching, a writing course totally new to me.  I've got a textbook to read and a class to design.

Now, time seems so short with so much to do.

And reading periods are opening next month--got stories ready, Gwendolyn?  Gwendolyn?

Seems like just yesterday it was the middle of May/the beginning of June when I was gearing up to Get. Things. Done.  Ha!

Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Quote for 7/24/2013

If you don't face the truth within yourself, it is hard to be honest with someone else.

--Debi Berndt

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

And another grandchild on the way

That'll make 1/2 dozen.  But they're all cuties.

A survey found that people would rather have a root canal than

speak in public.

Me, the other way around but a root canal it shall be.

This is my daughter doing what she does

 



This is my favorite song she's written and performed.



This is my youngest son doing what he does






Ignore the cussing and there's a R rating for content (heh heh).  I tell him not to cuss but who listens to their mom??  Still he's talented as heck.



Saturday, July 13, 2013

You didn't really think the verdict would be otherwise, did you?

Please.

This is American Justice we're talking about.

Twinkies are back!

Not that I care.  They're gross.  Late last year when they were disappearing, I was in the grocery store and this guy had several boxes of a certain confection in his cart.  He was telling someone that he was going to sell them on ebay.

Only problem, that he obviously didn't see, was that he didn't have a single box of Twinkies.  He had




Not quite the same thing.

Man I miss that kind of music and . . .

the platform shoes and passing around the Jacqueline Susann novels and my afro.

Yesterday morning was Great! Today, not so much.

Found the greatest hits albums of Bread, Boz Scaggs, Seals & Croft and the double album greatest hits of Gordon Lightfoot (!!!!!) for sale yesterday morning.  I so love 45's and 33LPs.

This morning, woke up to a clogged drain. Yuck,

Anyway this is my most favorite GL song:









My most favorite Bread song:








Boz Scaggs: (though Lowdown is excellent)



and my favoirte Seals & Croft:







Thursday, June 27, 2013

Rick Perry

Have always thought he was a very attractive man.

But he's a Republican and every time he speaks, it just all goes out the window.

If only he were a mannequin.

Monday, June 24, 2013

If you've ever been called a 'nigger'

(and I have) then you'd know why it's a big deal.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Quote for June 12, 2013

When it comes to life the critical thing is, whether you take things for granted or take them with gratitude.

 - Gilbert Chesterton

Oh, T.O.!

Mr. Owens the writing has been on the wall for a minute now.  Your NFL career is OVAH.

Your doing.  Be a man and take responsibility.  Reap what you sow and all that.  Karma.  What goes around. . .

And look at the bright side: surely your child support payments will decrease 'cause you will probably never see contract $$$$ like that again.

Wednesday, June 05, 2013

Quote for June 5, 2013

The only person who is spiritually smart is the one who has learned how to learn, unlearn, and change directions instantly, and start all over again, if your soul calls for it.


 -- Michelle Casto

Monday, June 03, 2013

Saturday, June 01, 2013

Been bummin'

and playing bingo on my phone.  So addicting.  Stayed up one night--ALL NIGHT--winning and losing.  And then there's slots--  Good thing I will never ever visit Vegas or Atlantic City. Gwendolyn = BROKE.  Anyway, am done with wasting time.

Decided that today was the first day of the rest of my life.  List of things to accomplish daily to get me something other than imaginary trophies for daubing 500 times or winning 100 bingos.

Right now I'm reaching for something I feel slightly beyond me.  Am qualified but my insecurity keeps creeping in, whispering why not me but I'm thinking why not me?  Scared and excited.  Courage is acting in spite of one's fears  so I will throw my application in the hat.  Besides you lose 100% of the things you never reach for.