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WHY I CREATED THIS BLOG

Short answer: because we all have something to communicate. This is therefore a brave and intentional space for creative self-expression inspired by my relationship with God. I am motivated to write from observing some of what I believe God created-by-design—nature, family, love, relationship. And, each piece is written by me, Dee, hence the title: “createdbyDEEsign” …

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Sound: 6 Word Story

The sound of silence is healing. Written for Shweta Suresh’s Saturday Six Word Story Prompt. The word is “sound.” Check out her blog for the rules and join in the fun. Thanks you for reading! First time to the site? Start here👈 and for more follow the blog here👈In creative solidarity, Dee

Shabbat Shalom: Grace

In addition to—the tranquility of Sabbath peace; the blessings of Sabbath worship; the refreshing of Sabbath rest; those Selah moments of pause like mini-Sabbaths that can be taken throughout the week; and the joy of Sabbath reflection—is the affirmation of GRACE. We know that God established Sabbath as a day of rest at the end …

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Lost Between Forever & Always

Meandering through the malaise of what could have been Dodging word-wars hurled in fiery exchanges Delicate foreskin of fortitude penetrated Breaking down defenses Wandering brokenly Love, lost somewhere between forever and always 2021 ©createdbyDEEsign. All rights reserved. Thank you for reading! First time to the site? Start here👈 and for more follow the blog here👈In …

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a Haiku

Holding on from fear When you know it is over Letting go of fear 2021 © createdbyDEEsign. All rights reserved. Thank you for reading! First time to the site? Start here👈 and for more follow the blog here👈In creative solidarity, Dee

Sunday Photo Reflection #5: The Lady & Her Fighter

Every lady needs a fighter, a warrior, a defender of her honor Not a page or a squire A man of special military rank, ceremonially inducted A mounted man-at-arms in devoted service of his lady Bounded, is he, to chivalrous acts An attendant and a champion true A knight in armor Shimmering Ornate Decorated Colors …

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Miracle: 6 Word Story

Brokenness is the MIRACLE of healing. You may like the piece on the Japanese art form of repairing broken pottery—KINTSUGI (also known as kintsukuroi)—literally translated to mean “golden repair”, is practiced from the philosophy of treating breakage and repair as part of the history of an object, rather than something to disguise. 2021 ©createdbyDEEsign. All …

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Gratitude with Empathy: Post-COVID

It’s almost 6 months to the day today, I was feeling the sickest I’ve ever felt and an ER doctor confirmed what I dreaded—I had contracted the novel corona virus. I shared that experience in “I Survived Covid-19: Gratefully Surrendered” I recall the days when I found it difficult to breathe, and the days I …

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Shabbat Shalom: Reflection

In addition to—the tranquility of Sabbath peace; the blessings of Sabbath worship; the refreshing of Sabbath rest; and those Selah moments of pause like mini-Sabbaths that can be taken throughout the week—is the joy of Sabbath reflection. Sabbath is a time of reflection. Many people tend to think of Sabbath as merely a command given …

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At the End of the Rainbow

Like a Leprechaun she traveled down life’s many roads searching to find the hidden places of treasures Embracing every loss and every gain till she discovered the most valuable gem The pot of gold at the end of the rainbow was always in her ©2021 createdbyDEEsign. All rights reserved. This post was inspired by Sonya …

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The Introvert & the Mask©

For those with personality traits which can be classified as “introverted”, give them quiet chilled events, few people and less stimulating environments and they’re in their element. I’m drawn to nature. I can spend hours by myself in a park, by a river, in a garden because the quiet and stillness that I find underneath …

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George Floyd: A Life That Sparked A Revolution

Who won the week? For me, that’s George Floyd. In life the world knew not your name. In death you changed the world, as your young daughter said. Your murder, viewed live on phone and TV screens across the globe, sparked anti-racism movements and protests for racial justice and against police brutality all around the …

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Sunday Photo Reflection #4: Raindrops on Rhododendrons©

Photo provided by createdbyDEEsign Raindrops cascading in ferocious quick succession Drop after pounding drop beating mercilessly against your soft petals Bobbing up and down you bounce back resiliently Absorbing liquid nutrients all the while knowing they’ll make your petals shine brighter Protecting a tiny ant snuggled up cozily in the depth of your embrace You’re …

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Love: 6 Word Story

When LOVE ends, it’s never even. Written for Shweta Suresh’s Saturday Six Word Story Prompt. The word is “love.” Check out her blog for the rules and join in the fun. Thanks you for reading! First time to the site? Start here👈 and for more follow the blog here👈In creative solidarity, Dee

Thought: The Final Frontier

Remember the Star Trek intro: “Space: the final frontier.... To boldly go where no man has gone before!”? With the explosion of the fourth industrial revolution and advances in technology, space is no longer the final frontier, it has been explored and so has the depth of the oceans and the core of the earth. …

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Shabbat Shalom: Fellowship

I previously wrote about attributes that Sabbath affords us—the tranquility of Sabbath peace; the blessings of Sabbath worship; the refreshing of Sabbath rest; and those Selah moments of pause that we can take throughout the days that are like mini-Sabbaths. This post is about another facet of Sabbath, fellowship. One of the things I miss …

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Some Days. Other Days.

Some days I amaze myself Other days I’m searching for the phone While talking on it 😜🤪🙄 Then I remind myself Hang in there Written for Jim Adams’ Thursday Inspiration, today’s prompt is “hang.” Thanks you for reading! First time to the site? Start here👈 and for more follow the blog here👈In creative solidarity, Dee

Sunday Photo Reflection #3: Garden Happy Vibes

Last year, around this time, NY was the epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic. I ventured out the house for only the essentials and sadly, but smartly, that didn’t include gardening supplies or plants. So, the garden languished all year—doing its best to be splendiferous with the remnants of what survived from the year before and …

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In God’s Hands©

Slamming door No goodbyes Footsteps fading quickly No backward glance Skidding tires Racing from a life built together Snow flakes— Gently falling, clinging to bare branches Teardrops— Slowly rolling, staining my round dark cheeks Small puddles— Forming, gliding along the window sill Tail lights— Retreating, fading in the distance In the beginning, talk came easy …

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…because of your “likes”, look what I got—

It’s an odd number for WordPress to acknowledge; but hey, I’m not at all complaining. Instead I’m shouting: THANKS to each of you my e-friends who stopped long enough to read, to appreciate, and then to hit “like”. It’s very encouraging for a new blogger. I’m grateful to you! And excited to continue on this …

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A Pastor’s Birthday Tribute©

When a piece is commissioned I usually consult with the client and/or friends or family to get the backstory to create a piece that is personal and reflective of the context the client wishes to convey. In this case, it was easy because this was for my beloved Pastor, Abraham Jules—writing it was pure joy. …

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The Climb. The Zenith. The Cairn.

One thing that’s kept me sane and connected throughout the pandemic is being in green open spaces. Mother’s Day was spent hiking in the wonderful Palisades Interstate Park. Running up leaf-covered hillsides, balancing across water-logged walk paths, conquering rocky terrains, swinging from trees in carefree abandon—my inner child came out to play. The changes in …

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Lovers’ Quote: Inhale Exhale©

This is for One-Liner Wednesday: lovers’ quote: “your inhales are of my exhales” ©2021 createdbyDEEsign All rights reserved Linda hosts One-Liner Wednesday. Check out her blog for the rules and to see who else is participating today. Thank you for reading! First time to the site? Start here👈 and for more follow the blog here👈In …

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When the vista is obliterated by history

This post is part of Weekend Writing Prompt: the word is “vista”, the length to be 29 words! Retraced ancestral path Standing in the “door of no return” The beauty of the vista before me obliterated I see instead anguish of fore-parents Shackled, stolen into slavery Copyright 2021 createdbyDEEsign ... enslaved Africans kept at this …

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BIRTHmonth: Day 30 Concluding Affirmation—I Affirm Today to Self-Love

Before-word: this year to celebrate my birthMONTH I declared an affirmation for each day. At the end of the month I conclude with the affirmation to self love, because you must first love yourself in order to love anyone else. This emanates from the ultimate love—the love of and for God. This was the April …

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BirthMONTH—Day 29: I Affirm Today to Appreciate Closed Doors

In my native dialect (patois) we say: “wha a fe yuh, cahn be un-fe yuh” (literally—what is for you, can’t be not for you). What the Most High intends to bless you with, you will receive because not only does He shut doors, He opens doors too! When a door closes, don’t pry it open, …

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One-liner Wednesday

This is for One-Liner Wednesday: lovers’ quote: “you taste like more, I want more”! ©2021 createdbyDEEsign all rights reserved Linda hosts One-Liner Wednesday. Check out her blog for the rules and to see who else is participating today. Thank you for reading! First time to the site? Start here👈 and for more follow the blog …

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BirthMONTH—Day 28: I Affirm Today to Live in Gratitude

I was helping my nephew with his assignment, when I saw a pensive expression that was far too intense to be just about his school work. I asked, “what’s up with that look?” With deep sincerity he asked: “why are you helping me ?” And he was not satisfied with “because you’re my nephew” or …

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Something About Spring

It’s in the melting of snow, the thawing of the earth ... ... and rain-logged-swollen rivers cascading It’s in colorful rainbows formed after rain suspends its falling ... ... and in days growing longer, warming up in sunny splendor It’s in the colorful array and fragrant smell of flowers blooming ... ... and the new, …

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BirthMONTH—Day 26: I Affirm Today to Prioritize Self-Care

Physical, social, mental and spiritual self-care—caring for your mind, body and spirit—is not a luxury nor is it selfish. Self-care is a necessity. When you exercise self-care, you’re committing to protecting your physical, mental and emotional health. And, you are absolutely worth it! ©2021 createdbyDEEsign all rights reserved Thank you for reading! Follow the blog …

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Vagrant—Someone Else’s Mother©

This piece is a contribution to Fandango’s One Word Challenge. Today’s word is “vagrant”. Unsteadily she trudgedEarthly possessions hauled in tattered, torn bagsHand extended in alms for she’s got hungry babes to feedBeneath the load she stumbledBalancing the weightClumsily breaking her fallMuttering in whispers she only hearsWords to comfort self, assail distressTo you she’s just …

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It Hurts©

In an age where we are most socially connected (digitally), under this pandemic we are the most isolated (humanly). How many are slumped over (literally and figuratively) from grief, loss, discontent or isolation causing what feels like a gaping hole in our core. Melancholy—the void that debilitates, immobilizes—is the essence of what Albert Gyorgy communicated …

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Sunday Photo Reflection: Spring Blooms & River Flow

It rained all last night and most of today. At the first sign the rain was abating, me and my trusty iPhone headed down the stairs and across the street to the walk path and river to capture nature in her glow. First I encountered the hydrangeas on the steps as I’m heading out, they’ve …

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Life Mottos from A-Z©

Accept you as you areBelieve in the good, do good Cultivate an attitude of gratitudeDo what you love, do you Embrace the flawsFind peace of mind Give with no expectationsHappiness is fleeting, create joy Invest in experiences, things are ephemeral Jump around in bed some times, find your inner child Kindness is life-changing, be a …

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BirthMONTH—Day 25: I Affirm Today to Exercise the Power of Choice

When the Most High God created us, He gave us a most powerful and beautiful gift—choice! The power and beauty of choice is that it’s predicated on there being more than one option or possibility; and, the path taken will over time make you you. If based on your hopes and not your fears, your …

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Restless©

Written for Sammi Cox’s Weekend Writing Prompt, the word is “restless”, length of 19 words. Words laced with malice hurling Balled-up fists pounding Cowering Shaking Fingers interlacing Body convulsing He finally broke her NOTE: 1 in 3 women globally experience physical or sexual violence, mostly by an intimate partner. This is a crime. Stop violence …

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Saturday/Sabbath Photo Reflections

Spring Blooms captured on my morning walk while embracing the gift of Sabbath—rest, reflection, restoration. ©2021 createdbyDEEsign. All rights reserved. ©2021 createdbyDEEsign. All rights reserved. ©2021 createdbyDEEsign. All rights reserved. ©2021 createdbyDEEsign. All rights reserved. ©2021 createdbyDEEsign. All rights reserved. Thank you for reading! Follow the blog here👈 for more.In creative solidarity, Dee

BirthMONTH—Day 23: I Affirm Today I Am Enough

You are enough. You have enough of what you need to be the exceptional you. You are enough. Don’t diminish your shine to blend in. You were made to standout. You are enough. You are worthy of love and acceptance. You are enough. All of you—flaws and all—make you uniquely you. Rock your flawsome. You …

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BirthMONTH—Day 22: I Affirm Today to Self-Assurance

God has a purpose for your life. Before you were even formed He knew you—the color of your eyes, the number of hairs on your head, the color of your skin, even your talents and abilities. He has equipped you with all you need to fulfill your purpose. Knowing and being sure that you possess …

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BirthMONTH—Day 20: I Affirm Today to Live With No Regrets©

Help me Most High to live each day so I can truly say: I loved You with all my heart Followed in Your prescribed path I pursued my dreams Got up when I fell  And tried and tried again I won some and I lost some Settled for nothing but the best I was good …

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BirthMONTH—Day 19: I Affirm Today to Find Peace In the Waiting

I’m not a patient person. No judgment. Just saying. Knowing, however, that patience is indeed a virtue I’ve been praying specifically for patience. And this prayer has truly been an object lesson in “careful what you pray for, you just may get it”. I don’t know if I thought God would have waved a “magic …

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Ode to Yoga: Focus©

Written for today’s Fandango One Word Challenge: focus #FOWC Unending lists of things “to-do”, less check marks on the side Moving hither, moving thither, all around is stimuli Linking breath with motion, getting present in body and mind Breathing-in-breathing-out, finding equilibrium Finding mountain, finding drishti, meeting palms at center of heart Pressing foot into inner …

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BirthMONTH—Day 17: I Affirm Today NOT to Betray Myself

Betraying yourself is being unfaithful to the authentic you. The you with all your weaknesses, quirks and flaws. The you with all your strengths, uniqueness and flawsomeness. When was the last time you said something unkind to yourself? Maybe even using words you’d never use to someone else. Or, have you been unkind or unloving …

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Christmas Tree Makeover: Spring-tree

I love decorating, period! It’s one other medium of my creative self-expression. I especially love decorating for Christmas; and, my number one most favorite part is decking the Christmas tree. I love it so much the tree often stays up way past the “acceptable” time. Dee’s Christmas Tree Only this year I thought: why not …

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Springtime Bunny©

It’s spring time I’m abounding with joy There’s a cute little bunny that drops by the garden each spring He’s an elusive frisky little fella Ears always at attention, pointed straight up to sky like soldier resolute to flight, not fight At best I’ve managed only to stare longingly at “His Royal Cuteness” Face pressed …

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BirthMONTH—Day 16: I Affirm Today, Me NOT “They”

Have you ever met “they”? You know that all-encompassing “they” that direct and control your life course, your choices, your happiness? The “they” in “what will they say?” or “what will they think?” But, they don’t live your life, do they? Then why should their opinion matter as much as they do, or at all? …

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BirthMONTH—Day 15: I Affirm Today to Live in Purpose (Haiku)

Why do I celebrate my birthday or do something meaningful to mark the day? It’s for one reason only: my birthday is a reminder of the moment in time that God designated as “mine”. I was born with a purpose-tag on me, and every day I’m afforded life it’s a reminder that my purpose-tag is …

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A Dream Deferred Comes Full Circle

Beforeword: I was searching through email for something and came across this message. At the time, I had just moved to NY for work. On the day I wrote this email, I was sitting on the cusp of history being changed and didn’t know it ... Last Thursday, after a day of trekking through New …

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BirthMONTH—Day 13: I Affirm Today to Trust My Journey

Life is a journey, and we each have our unique way to move through it. But, no matter how different our journeys will be, we all will end life in the same way. Different journeys, similar destination. The state you’ll be in when you arrive at the destination is based on the choices you make …

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Another Milestone: 100 Follows—THANK YOU!

Today the blog reached another milestone—100 follows! Yippee 🥳 THANKS to each of you. I appreciate you so much—you’re part of the motivation for my writing. From Mauritius to Macedonia, from Ghana to Sudan my words have traversed the globe connecting with people in places I’ve never been: how incredible is this?! THANK YOU! I …

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BirthMONTH—Day 12: I Affirm Today NOT to Base My Happiness on Externals

Basing your happiness on anyone besides yourself is giving people way too much power over your life. Period! Happiness is subjective, stimulated from within. It won’t be achieved based on acquiring things but the extent to which you’re satisfied with and grateful for what you have and use it to the benefit of others. This …

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BirthMONTH—Day 11: I Affirm Today to Wear My Scars Like Beauty Marks

We all have scars. Whether visible—from physical wounds, or invisible—from soul wounds. Scars are the evidence and reminder of a wounding or a traumatic experience. But, no experience is wasted. “Everything in life is happening to grow you up, to fill you up, to help you become more of who you were created to be” …

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BirthMONTH—Day 10: I Affirm Today to Thrive

Life is for more than just surviving. The Bible says it this way—life can be lived not just abundantly, but “more abundantly”. That means not just surviving life, but thriving in life. A thriving life will look different for each of us. I’m aiming to show up to each day fierce and bold; and to …

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BirthMONTH—Day 9: I Affirm Today, Self-forgiveness

word of the day—RELEASE—to allow substance to flow out of What’s done, is done Release yourself from what is done for it cannot be undone But, you may do differently A good starting point is forgiving yourself Self-forgiveness will open you up to receive grace, compassion, healing, restoration, love Thank you for reading! Follow the …

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BirthMONTH—Day 8: I Affirm Today to Level Up

Word of the day—PURPOSED—to have as one's intention or objective I read somewhere a definition of FEAR as False Evidence Appearing Real, and it stuck with me. The biggest obstacle to leveling up in life, love or relationship is F.E.A.R. The fear of rejection, or of failure, or of what someone may say. But, if …

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BirthMONTH—Day 7: I Affirm Today to Let Go

Word of the Day: RELEASE—to be relieved from something that confines, burdens, or oppresses To have the YOU that isn’t defined by the hurts or losses of your past, means letting go mentally and emotionally. Letting go doesn’t mean “getting rid of”, but “letting it be”. Release. Truth is, you can’t receive the now when …

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BirthMONTH—Day 5: I Affirm Today to Tell My Story Like It Really Is

Word of the day: STORY—telling an account of imaginary or real people and events What is the story you’re telling yourself? Whose story is it anyway? As the day unfolds, inevitably we’ll tell ourselves stories about what’s happening around us—in our own lives, about people we’re interacting with, and about ourselves. The story or narrative …

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BirthMONTH—Day 4: I Affirm Today Not to Compromise at My Heart’s Expense

Word of the day: COMPROMISE—accepting standards that are lower than what is desirable Going along to get along, or to be liked, is the worse kind of compromise. Why? Because it means you’ve given up something that you value to please someone else. The reason maybe you want to be liked or you want to …

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100 posts Badge

Celebrating this milestone with YOU—the you who read the words I write, the you who show your appreciation and encourage me with comments and “likes”—THANK YOU! The journey continues. I remain motivated by your interactions with the words I write, the thoughts I express and my perspectives on this beautiful complicated “thing” we must live—life! …

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BirthMONTH—Day 3: I Affirm Today to Speak My Truth

Word of the day:INTROSPECTION—to observe/examine your own mental & emotional processes You have a voice—not just the sound you utter through your mouth; but the power to express your opinion and attitude. Be bold and confident and own that voice in your head. Your voice is the embodiment of who you are—your voice is your …

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BirthMONTH—Day 2: I Affirm Today to Stand in My Truth

Word of the day: RESOLUTE—to be admirably purposeful, determined, unwavering It takes courage to be your unique authentic self, to be resolute in who you are at the core, to “do you” when everything else and everyone else around you screams at you to fit in a mold/in the status quo/in what is expected. When …

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BirthMONTH Day 1: I Affirm Today I’m A Work in Progress (Haiku)

Before word: Today marks the start of my birthMONTH. Yes, I don’t just celebrate birthdays I celebrate the entire month. I’m dedicating this month to blog words of affirmation, celebration, gratitude and life. Please join me in celebrating with/through words. Quietly, quiet Change, through seasons renewingLife, in makeover Thank you for reading! Follow the blog …

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MAMMA AFRICA© for International Day of Remembrance of Victims of Slavery & Transatlantic Slave Trade

with graceful ease you gave your children lifefrom the deepest and loveliest part of youyou shaped and molded us into the strong and dark image of youwith your lush vegetation you adequately provided for usyou sheltered us from the sweltering sunfrom the bowels of your soul came treasures untoldalways, you make us strong—MAMMA then the …

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It©

Here it comes again Living in the past What could have been, should have been Deception Preconceived notions Not knowing what she thought she knew so well Discovering beliefs Navigating norms Wishing things were different If only she could change, erase Hoping about impossible situations Retaking pathways of pain previously travelled Not letting go Troubled …

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POETRY©: A tribute to World Poetry Day & International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

Before-word: Long before the written text, poetry existed. It was the reciting to memorize genealogy, laws and culture. It was the verbal incantation of hymns, love songs and chants. It was the conveyor of prayers, stories, historical accounts, and instructions for everyday living. Long before colonial conquest—from the Nile to the Volta River valleys, from …

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