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Black Guilt--A Meditation for Women Like Me

Uncategorized Sep 22, 2018

I just got off the phone with an amazing African American woman leader.  She is in the style of Black women who keep the movement going.  The reliable worker bee who always picks up the phone.  You know, the women who type up the agenda, set up the registration, clean up, bring food, help transport people to the event, etc.  They are amazing. 

We couldn't do (fill in the blank) without them.

If you need something done, call this woman because she never says no, and...

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Hard or Easy—Is it a Choice?

Uncategorized Sep 11, 2018

I just got back from vacation a few days ago and I wanted to share two non-fiction books that I’m currently reading.

(Okay, let’s be real, I’m currently reading three books, one of which is a paperback thriller--but I’m only gonna share about one in this email. I’ll share about non-fiction number two next week.)

Emergent Strategy

This was recommended months and months ago, but I must admit I’m finicky about my books.  I don’t like to read what...

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Honoring Your Feminine

Uncategorized Jun 20, 2018

I’m on a spiritual retreat for the summer solstice led by two wise African America women and I feel blessed!!!  We are in the bosom of our mother in Mississippi, allowing ourselves to grieve, set new intentions and transmute our fears and distractions.  Please hold me and our group in prayer/heart!

This week I want to remind you to love on yourself.

I’ve got two minute long meditation videos that build your capacity to love you EXACTLY as you are.

Do these once a day for...

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Racial Bias Training

Uncategorized Jun 10, 2018

Starbucks held their one day anti-bias training last week.  

I offered them a few tips on how to use this moment to do some systemic work but ... you know how that goes!  Not to be deterred, I offered my own racial bias training in my community.  Two coffee shops came on as sponsors and we brought more people into the conversation.

Here are a couple of takeaways:

1.  We can't talk about bias without first placing it in the context of racism and the systemic...

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Just Do it! 3 Ways to Take Care of Yourself Now.

Uncategorized May 17, 2018
IMAGE BY MICHAEL JAMANIS

Last week I promised to share with you how to tend to yourself.  Below are 3 suggestions that can take 3 to 20 minutes.  Let me know your favorites!

Here are some suggestions:

1. Read.  I recommend literature that takes you out of our difficult stressful world but that stretches your imagination.  Check out my video book review of Ursula Le Guin's The Left Hand of Darkness.  Maybe making a short video review is even more restorative than...

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White Women, Black Women: The Rub

Uncategorized Mar 04, 2018
Let me first say that this topic has been brewing in me for a long time. My intention here is to air the hurt and engage in a dialogue that takes us somewhere.

When I was in grad school a good friend of mine was Caucasian. She and I lived together and had class together and supported each other through difficult times. We were close. But one day, my friend told me about an experience where the police stopped her for some minor infraction and ticketed her. She was enraged that she had been...

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