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DEAR SHAKESPEARE

Beware of the arrogance of the intellect. It is tempting to spout our ideologies. We are all full of concepts that we use to be right, saved, good, and righteous. We use rationalizations to justify our poor choices or to glory in our good ones.

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GONE WILD

It is a cliché, but so true, that often our pets are our best friends. Many of our life lessons come from loving another species. They broaden our outlook and expand our skills with communication. They love us in a way that is different from humans. They are authentic and true to their nature.

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THE LYRE

When I sit down to write, I often start by describing something in the room. It could be the way the light is coming through the windows; or it could be the blue vase filled with yellow roses, the petals just beginning to drop beneath the bouquet on to the table.

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WHAT INITIATED YOU?

WHEN I joined my first writing class, I couldn’t write anything that wasn’t cute or funny. My pen refused to express pain, heartache or misery. I didn’t want to hurt anyone with my words, or with stories of my difficult life.

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Connecting To Our Ancestors

What are the unresolved problems in your family? Did you have a relative who was alcoholic, lazy, critical, accident prone, suicidal, colorblind, shallow? Anything is a possibility. Which relative carried these troubles and how have you had to deal with them? What creative ways have you tried to heal them?

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I Never Meant to be a Masseuse

I never meant to be a Masseuse I never meant to be a Masseuse. If someone had asked me what I wanted to be I never would have thought of it. I’ve massaged over 20,000 people in the last 30 years Arriving at the doors of strangers with my table, sheets and oil. All colors, shapes and sizes, from movies …

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Healing the Wounds of Slavery

WHOLE LIFE TIMES October, 2002 When we were slaves, we left our bodies. We are still living outside of our bodies. I’ve asked you here to find out where we went.” This is what Pastor Johnny Ray Youngblood told me when we first met. The head of the St. Paul Community Baptist Church in Brooklyn, N.Y., Youngblood had discovered my …