Wednesday, December 31, 2008

It is Unanimous by Hafiz

It is unanimous where I come from.
Everyone agrees on one thing:

It’s no fun
When God is not near.

All are hunters.
The wise man learns the Friend’s weaknesses
And sets a clever trap

The Beloved has agreed to play a game

Our sun sat in the sky
Way before this earth was born
Waiting to caress a billion faces.

Hafiz encourages all art.

For at its height it brings Light near
To us.

The wise man learns what draws God

It is the beauty of compassion
In your heart.

Written by the 13th century Persian poet, Hafiz.

Song Around The World

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Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Talk that Talk: Storytelling and Analysis Rooted in African American Oral Tradition

Talk that Talk: Storytelling and Analysis Rooted in African American Oral Tradition

JoAnne Banks-Wallace
University of Missouri-Columbia

Stories are the foundation of qualitative research. However, the development of qualitative methods rooted in oral traditions remains largely unexplored by researchers. The contextual and historical influences on storytelling and storytaking are critical features of the African American oral tradition that are often ignored or minimized in qualitative research. Despite the complex and often contentious history of African Americans, their oral traditions have not been explored to reveal the depth of their lived experiences and the way those experiences inform their health concerns. The purpose of this article is twofold. First, dialogues about storytelling and storytaking are revisited and critiqued. Second, a comprehensive analytic process for gathering and interpreting stories rooted in African American oral tradition is outlined.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Christmas posts from around the net

Check out this review of a new Bible translation on Subversive Influences

Jason over at Spoiled for the Ordinary has been doing some posts on alternate Christmas gifts

Christianity Today's Top Ten Theological stories of 2008

Chris from Stuff as Dreams are Made On has a post on a Christmas book he read.

He also has another post on Christmas books and films

Scary Film Review is doing a search for scary Christmas Horror looks at the unknown meaning behind several famous Christmas hymns

Sci Fi Catholic has a Keep Mass in Christmas Campaign

The folks at A Book Inside have a list of writer freebies on the net

The African American fiction blog APOOO has tons of twelve days of Christmas giveaways.

Biology in Science Fiction has a list of bio science fact books on their Christmas list recommendations

Gospel Com is working on a mobile Bible gateway blackberry

The folks at Enduring Romance are doing lists of their top ten

Tracey Michae'l Lewis has a neat meme which might make us ponder what we have done with our lives already.

Ozark, Suz Elgin Haden the great linguist and scifi poet has a great Holiday poem up on her lingustics site over at live journal

White Readers Meet Black Authors has a post for recommendations on Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa books by Black writers.

Monday, December 8, 2008

National Buy a Book by a Black Author and Give it to Somebody Not Black Month

I saw this over at ReadersRoom

National Buy a Book by a Black Author and Give it to Somebody Not Black Month is a brain child of A fun blog!

She did a follow-up post which is worth a look also.

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

RIP: Odetta


From the latest Smoke Signals Newsletter from wiconi:


Wiconi, in partnership with the Murdock Charitable Trust recently hosted a gathering of sixteen Native organization leaders to discuss how we can support one another in multiplying the effectiveness of our ministry efforts within our communities and nationally. We are revisiting conversations from five years ago about the need to establish a national Native leaders association. With more maturity as leaders and stronger organizations we are in a much better position to create this much needed entity. Today there are dozens of “mom and pop” native ministries that operate largely independent of one another. These ministries will typically die with their founders and never grow beyond their founder’s skills or abilities. For some this is fine, while for others they could be far more effective if connected to a larger association of leaders. After lots of discussion, wise planning and fund-raising, our goal is to host a national Native leaders gathering in December of 2009 to launch this new association.


In June of 2010 Wiconi International will join with Mending Wings and Christ for Native Youth to organize and co-sponsor of a major Native youth gathering here in Oregon or Washington. Plans are underway and funding is being secured and the venue finalized. Mark your calendars to help us get as many Native young people to attend in order to make this a dynamic spiritually impacting time for our next generation of Native leaders!

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Angelia Vernon Menchan: Author

Schae's Story
Paperback: 268 pages
Publisher: acVernon Menchan (December 1, 2008)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0978783557
ISBN-13: 978-0978783556

Here's the blurb:

In SCHAE'S STORY: A Woman's Transformation, readers will see the unveiling of a woman everyone thought they knew. We will be exposed to how difficult it is for the people around us to accept our desire to change. Also, that while many people preach that God will change someone’s life they really do not believe it to be true. Schae’s Story will also expose the many ways in which love manifests itself in a woman’s life, family love, community-love and most importantly the reciprocal love of God.

SCHAE’S STORY: A Woman’s Transformation….NOW AVAILABLE on amazon

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Angelia Vernon is also the author of IS NO NOT CLEAR ENOUGH FOR YOU
Is No Not Clear Enough for you tells the story of a young, spiritual emerging woman who knows at sixteen how important it is to own herself. Malaaka Green is spiritual, young, smart and beautiful. And one thing she knows for sure is that she is not going to do anything for or with anyone that is in conflict with her spirit or her future. Surrounded by a supporting cast of family, friends and foes, we get to see what the possibilities can be when a young woman owns her own destiny.

180 pages
Publisher: acVernon Menchan (December 1, 2007)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0978783530
ISBN-13: 978-0978783532
Angelia blogs at

Monday, December 1, 2008

I Need Africa More Than Africa Needs Me

First, let me give you a quick reminder of what I posted last week and let me encourage you to go to the Mocha website to check out the new campaign!

As I wrote on Nov 24th, I need Africa reminds me that we all need people. The west has really messed up the idea of families and kinship. We in the west suffer a lot of loneliness and isolation because of this silly nuclear family stuff. It's a western concept that is too rooted in individualism, property, etc. Also, I suspect that most Africans show us what human interaction really is. As humans we are people who like joy, who need love, etc. But the west represses us. Emotions aren't readily shown. Not that everyone in Africa is a free-spirited soul. I'm sure there are stiff-upper-lipped Africans in Africa. But when I look at documentaries about Africa and other indigenous people, I see that at heart we humans are simply loving, uncomplicated, un-gameplaying folks. I somehow feel we westerners have so many silly priorities and ideas of behavior going on that we have lost touch with what it means to be authentic humans. We westerners are often not genuiune. I also think the African world is quite aware of some spiritual truths we westerners don't want to think about. Yeah, yeah, I know. All that spiritism stuff.

Now, this is what Barrett Ward, the creator of this I NEED AFRICA MORE THAN AFRICA NEEDS ME campaign says:

When I think of Africa, the following images immediately come to mind: Starvation. AIDS. Child soldiers. Genocide. Sex slaves. Orphans. From there, my thoughts naturally turn to how I can help, how I can make a difference. “I am needed here,” I think. “They have so little, and I have so much.” It’s true, there are great tragedies playing out in Africa everyday. There is often a level of suffering here that is unimaginable until you have seen it, and even then it is difficult to believe. But what is even harder is reconciling the challenges that many Africans face with the joy I see in the people. It’s a joy that comes from somewhere I cannot fathom, not within the framework that has been my life to this day. Read More

Other blogs participating in this campaign can be found at Mocha Club's blog

"I need Africa video" IS UP AT
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