Taking time to ponder

SassafrasI have been behind in my blogging and postings.  Many commitments have gotten in the way and it seems this month had more than most.

Another factor, I promised myself I would not blog about other topics until I completed my annual Black History Month post.

So I began a search for topics to write about and found a few, most that would require much more research than I have time, at this moment.

I also took the opportunity to read 12 Years A Slave” an accounting of Solomon Northups’ experiences. I wanted to read the book prior to seeing the movie, and have since done both.

 photoAs many of you are aware I recently hosted An Afternoon Tea Inspired by Downton Abbey at Morris Jumel Mansion.


Life is always filled with surprising coincidences.

The historical fact that connects these two, Anne Northup, wife of Solomon, and her children worked and lived at the Mansion for a number of years while Solomon was enslaved.


                   The book and movie have impacted me on many levels.

There is an unexpected afternoon tea scene in the movie quite unlike those depicted before.


Lupita Nyong’o (l.) as Patsey and Alfre Woodard as Mistress Shaw in “12 Years a Slave.” as seen in a review from the NY Daily News

Taking this opportunity to bring the past into the current I also attended a collection of 10 minute plays “on Trayvon, Race and Privilege” and view gallery installation entitled “HoodiesUP” at The National Black Theatre.

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As part of the installation my daughters choreographic work “Taste The Rainbow” was shown on screen.


These jarring events of the past and the current devastating events in the news (Jordan Davis being one of many) gives one much to ponder over many cups of tea.

It has been said; If you don’t know your past, you don’t know your future “ Bob Marley “Tomorrows People” 

Raising a cup to those who lived, died and continue the struggle for Human Rights all over the world.

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    Bob Marley? I am impressed as I didn’t remember that quote but I knew “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it” (George Santayana).

    And don’t worry, you are not the only one to have a lot of things to do and not enough time to do all of them when they are supposed to be done.

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    I still have yet to see the move “Twelve Years a Slave” or read the book. This post gave me further impetus to hunt either down.

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