For Terence and Others of a Darker Hue

How long Lord? How long?

What needs to be done so that people of different skin colors can look at each other in the eye and see character or the lack thereof?

When I saw the video of Terence Crutcher my heart broke to see him with his hands in the air, moving slowing and it still was not enough to save his life.

The comments made by the police that he looked like a bad dude were horrible.

Assumptions are spoken very easily by “racist” all-knowing white people. In fact, they are mumbled, casually placed in conversation, stated as factual and screamed with hate by those of „other races“ toward black people simply because they believe it to be true.

I have wondered how people can work so hard to denigrate a group of people just to make themselves feel superior.

(Why have they have chosen to not know that Black Lives Matter?) Continue reading “For Terence and Others of a Darker Hue”

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The Middle

 

middle adjective | mid·dle | \ˈmi-dəl\
1 : equally distant from the extremes: medial, central
2 : being at neither extreme : intermediate  (1)


Long pauses are sometimes good if they give you a chance to rest. These breaks in routine can also be used to look over your inner map and track the progress that you have made. Hopefully, there is progress of one type or another that can be seen with your mind‘s eye.

Personally, as I look back over the distance that I have covered this year, I spent a little extra time in removing my lenses of doubt, fear and unbelief.

This year, intangible things have had their knotted roots untangled so that their growth patterns could be seen. That‘s why I hesitated in seeing myself truly as I am now because my inner core is not the same as it was at the beginning of the year. Being stuck in a moment was hard. Not being able to find my way out was harder still.

The person that has emerged is both familiar to me and at the same time she is a stranger.

At my core I have always truly known her.

But similar to the time it took for me to get used to wearing and caring for my hair naturally, she is a stranger that I have had to reintroduce myself to.

I am no longer at the beginning of trying and I am not at the end of having become myself in total fullness.

The middle is where I am.

The middle of beginning and ending.

In the middle of knowing and becoming that which is fully me.

Having begun surely and rightly, I can continue on this path making the necessary adjustments when needed. Or forced too to correct a wrong action.

I will arrive because God has promised.

And this promise is all the assurance that I need.

Love to you,

Patricia
(1) Definition by Merriam-Webster

(2) Stuck In a Moment

 

The Heroine from Sweden

I have a new Heroine and her name is Tess Asplund!

Every once in a while when someone does something so utterly morally right simply because their whole being knows it’s should be done is when I find myself shouting my approval from the sidelines.

What Tess did to show her defiance of hate was a spontaneous act of unmitigated bravery.

“We live in a Europe where far-right ideas are becoming more popular, and there is also a reaction against them. It is a time when people are longing for something to channel their urge to resist the Europe that builds borders against refugees, the Europe that cannot cooperate anymore. Tess has captured one of the conflicts of our time,” -Daniel Poohl of Expo, the anti-racist foundation in Stockholm, Sweden.

Last Friday I had a crazy-looking woman shout at me “to get out of the way of a person who is a jobholder” as I wrote my bike down the street of a very multicultural neighborhood where she looked to be out-of-place actually. Continue reading “The Heroine from Sweden”

Ystävänpäiva = Happy Friend’s Day

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Today I received this message from my sister:

“Happy Valentines Day Pet I love you”

It made me smile despite the typo (Pat) and helped to settle my mind about the meaning of love for today.

Just thinking of her taking the time to quickly type a message to me on her smartphone before going to bed to be sure that I didn’t feel alone when I read it in another country thousands of miles away, motivated me to sent out a few messages of my own to women that I care about.

I’m glad I did and I hope that they felt the love conveyed within my individual messages to them.

Today I learned that Finland celebrates “Ystävänpäivä”, or Friend’s Day.

There, close friends will open cards and gifts that they have sent to each other.

Wouldn’t it be a lovely thing to send a message to someone that you care about. You could even pick up the phone to call them just to say why you cherish their role in your life.

Love is not just about Valentine’s and Chocolates with red roses from those who love you. You can decide to make it a day where you tell those women and men who may be a little lonely somewhere in the world that they matter to you.

“Ystävänpäivä”, to you all!

Love, Pat

The Faces of Santa Ana

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Sometimes, what’s written leaves a lasting impact upon us. In fact, some words can motivate us to reach out to others who are living within the straits of difficulties beyond their control. This was the experience of Brian Peterson who decided not to just look past the needs of those without housing in Santa Ana California. In this Q & A he shares what lead him to begin the Faces of Santa Ana project. Continue reading “The Faces of Santa Ana”

Epitaph

There are not many of us who get out of life without being something good and something bad.

The other day I read through an article [1] that decried David Bowie as being a rapist and sex-abuser. I had never heard of anything liked this being said about him before so, I read through the article. What I retain from it is that a member of the author’s family had been abused and she alone wanted nothing else to do with the abuser, etc. She did write a few lines about David Bowie alleging to something that happened sometime in the past. If it is true or not I can’t say. Continue reading “Epitaph”

They Chose Compassion

Choosing compassion is quite descriptive of what Glennon Melton from Momastery as well as Elizabeth Gilbert, Brene Brown, Cheryl Strayed and Rob Bell who are the other members of The Compassion Collective would do. These 5, decided to join together to raise $1,000,000.00 in 24 hours to bring aid, support, comfort and care to refugees in Europe. It took them 31 hours and the support of 41,000 people to reach this goal. People who decided to follow them and be light givers in a time of great darkness to those in need.

They did this.

Yes! Continue reading “They Chose Compassion”

An Ever-lasting Legacy

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When I remember people that I have loved, it’s through thoughts of them being full of life and happiness. And through all the positive things that made them a person whose vibrancy comes to life again and again before my inner eye. Contrarily, negative people only come to mind if and when I remember a particular event or a feeling triggers the memory of the negativity of their time in my life. Continue reading “An Ever-lasting Legacy”

A Van for the Family

For some time now I’ve been following the work of an Artist who paints pictures of the homeless on Facebook. Faces of Santa Ana

A post that I read a few minutes ago caused so much joy that I’m sharing it with you too.

A Van for the Family

This is what one homeless man is doing to help a couple find shelter.

Will you help too? ❤ Patricia

Update:

$1, 563 was raised by 10 people in 3 days!

Three Cheers for Jesus all say “Hey! Hey!! Hey!!!” -River, Rebekah and John

‘Tis the Season, every single day of the year!

❤ Patricia