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Joy and Expectation

Please join me HERE What’s your morning ritual to prepare for the day before you jump out of bed? Years ago, I began doing two stretches for my back and legs to relieve soreness before I got up. Later, I learned a simple Buddhist prayer to say as a blessing and protection for the day. […]

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A Little Black History – Part 2

This is the second part of the collaboration Brian and I created several years ago.

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“We Who Believe in Freedom”

Ella Baker co-founded the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, SCLC, with Martin Luther King, Jr. Yet, few know of her work. In 1981, Bernice Reagon, founder of the group Sweet Honey in the Rock, wrote Ella’s Song. The lyrics are as relevant today as they were decades ago. Enjoy.

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A Little Black History – Part 1

My husband and I collaborated on this several years ago. Enjoy.

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Practice Gratitude with the Avaaz Community

Avaaz Photo I have participated in Avaaz internet actions for years. For those who do not know, in the words of the Avaaz team, Avaaz is an extraordinary community of hopeful, practically idealistic people who choose to sign a petition or donate money when no one is looking. This organization has successfully delivered petitions, with millions […]

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Make Haiku Mini-Comic #43

Full moon shines bright Sparkling clear blue morning sky Sun warms chilly air Follow the instructions below to make this week’s mini-comic book. Enjoy. HOW TO MAKE YOUR VERY OWN ZCW MINICOMIC from Brian Payne, artist 1.) Download the image to your computer desktop. 2.) Set your printer to the fill entire paper/borderless setting and use the landscape […]

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Beauty of Change

The beauty of change is it’s contribution to growth, wisdom, and understanding. In the past year I’ve experienced major changes in location and employment. And now I begin a new change. Sometime in 2011, I decided that as a practicing Buddhist, I needed to make a vow. People who become nuns or monks make many vows […]

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Angela Davis and I – Poetry, Cinema, and Social Justice

1970, Professor Angela Davis and myself, a college freshman; Angela in the 80s our second meeting; Angela in 2012 at the Toronto Film Festival.——————————————————————————————————————————————————————– Angela My conscience commissions me/to take pen and paper/and give meaning to the meaningless word./Your silence castrates me./Day dawns but I am weary/the pages empty, the hours wasted./What is your glory […]

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I Am That We May Be

Illustration of book cover drawn by me The poems that I have posted the past couple of weeks were first published in 1974 in my book of poetry, I Am That We May Be. I used the Swahili name, Damali, which meant a beautiful vision, explained in my introduction: “Poems are visions to be shared […]

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