Freedom Seeker

24 Apr

I see a woman with wings

Trying to escape from a cage

And the cage door

Has fallen on her wings.

They are long wings

Which drag on the ground

When she stands up,

But she hasn’t enough strength

To pull them away

From the weight of the cage door,

She is caught and held by her wings.

-Langston Hughes

 

Moments of Silence: Make something…

19 Mar 2011 blog pics and video 265

There are times in life where so much is happening at once that you can become mentally drained and barely want to speak. I find it therapeutic, in those moments, to  create.

I started customizing journals some time last year of which I posted. I take plain old notebooks and make them pretty ;) These are a few of my latest designs…

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“Somebody That I Used To Know” – Gotye ft Kimbra

19 Mar

Interesting… KONY 2012

9 Mar

“KONY 2012 is a film and campaign by Invisible Children that aims to make Joseph Kony famous, not to celebrate him, but to raise support for his arrest and set a precedent for international justice.”

In 2006  or 07, while working on something for my school’s newspaper, I met an African man. He told me about the “lost boys” who wandered through desert area by night in groups…dozens. They were child soldiers, orphans of war, etc.. running away and trying not to be killed in the process. I wish I could remember everything he told me but I did write this shortly after meeting him…

Man from Africa

I met a man from Africa.
He’d seen a many things.
He spoke of war and treks abroad.
He spoke of kings and queens.
He painted a picture so vastly different,
stripped media’s disguise,
exposed social insensitivity, pulled away the blinds.
He was far surpassing numbness from bloody scenes of death…
A Lost Boy found
Ancestral bond
A strength of immeasurable length.

I have many thoughts on this issue and movement… For now, I will just pass this video along. Of course, no child deserves to live this way.

“I Keep Six Honest Serving-Men”

6 Mar

I keep six honest serving-men

(They taught me all I knew);

Their names are What and Why and When

And How and Where and Who.

I send them over land and sea,

I send them east and west;

But after they have worked for me,

I give them all a rest.
I let them rest from nine till five,

For I am busy then,

As well as breakfast, lunch, and tea,

For they are hungry men.

But different folk have different views.

I know a person small-

She keeps ten million serving-men,

Who get no rest at all!
She sends’em abroad on her own affairs,

From the second she opens her eyes-

One million Hows, two million Wheres,

And seven million Whys!
Rudyard Kipling - The Elephant’s Child

How to: Feed a Man

3 Mar 2011 blog pics and video 242

 

I’d been wanting a wok forever but hadn’t shopped around for one so I was very, very excited to get a 5-piece wok kit for my birthday not too long ago. Eager to test out my wok skills, I invited a friend over for dinner.

Note: all most women have to do is say “I’m cooking” and a man will pretty much invite himself. Let’s just hope your food is good. :)

These little pre-cut packages of veggies (Kroger) are perfectly convenient for making a quick stir-fry. All I had to do was chop up a couple chicken breasts, toss them in some seasoning, a little bread crumbs in-place-of corn starch and brown them in olive oil. I stirred in veggies, a cup of sweet and sour sauce and a little chicken stock. Then I covered it with the wok lid and tossed occasionally until it was done. I followed the recipe/instructions on the sweet and sour sauce bottle. It was easy.

The final verdict: (a) He said he liked it very much. (b) He went back for seconds

Gold star for me :)

But really, I’m in love with this wok and can’t wait to test out more recipes.

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Bookstore deaths and Bears

2 Mar

Alot of people around my age and older grew up on the Berenstain Bears. Whether it was the book series or cartoon show, we watched and learned about how to be good, be grateful and love our family among other lessons. I have fond memories of sitting in corners, flipping through the pages of the beloved book series, whether at school or with my mother at some community library.

Last week, the creator of the Berenstain Bears passed away and hearing the news reminded me of those moments. Conveniently, I have come across a few news articles in just one week about bookstore closings and the possible “death” of the neighborhood bookstore. With the popularity of e-readers, kindles and such, people are taking to the quicker more convenient way of book buying. I must say that although these things are clever, I will not be owning one any time soon. I absolutely love actual, physical books. I love dog-earring pages and roaming through real live book stores especially, on occasion, little community ones.

And word on the street is that libraries are also on the decline… Although I rarely step foot into a library these days, I feel they are extremely neccesary and every county/city/village/what-have-you should have one.

This has been an issue for a while now and it all makes sense. We are evolving thanks to technology but it will be a sad day when the bookstore OR library becomes a nostalgic memory. (Inspite of the news, I doubt it :) )

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