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     When I was a child I was raised under the culture that children should be seen and not heard.  We didn't eaves drop on 'adult' conversations, never talked back or 'sassed' a grownup and certainly respected our elders, whether they were wrong or right.  Of course we attended church regularly which was and as far as I know is still a strong part of Black culture.  The adage "It takes a village to raise a child" had great meaning in my childhood days.  Today, it seems we have lost a few generations because value systems nowadays seem to change like 'fashion'.

     Bernie Mac made a comment in the movie "Kings of Comedy" about the age of Grandmother's these days (Big Momma's) and a good point.  He suggested that Grandma's these days appear to be much younger than we remember our own Grandmother's were (I'm referring to those of us who were raised in the 60's...the 'olden days' as my kids say.)  As I peek into the window of today's society created by the media and constructed by that universal looking glass, television, I can see through what is popular and influences the children of today, and at the risk of sounding 'cliche' its true - they are our future and the future looks kinda scary if things don't change.

     It used to be, that what was popular was a 'good thing' which had value, something to be appreciated which benefited society.  Today?  Well let me give you an example.  Just the other day, I saw a broke down heap cruising through a neighborhood where people were barely living above the poverty level sporting some 'spinners'.  The shiny chrome gleamed under the Arizona sun, sparkling and spinning on all four tires damned near mesmerizing you.  When my concentration broke my eyes wandered up and around the body of the car they were on.  It was dented in so many places, a red plastic bag covered a busted tail light and part of an electrical cord held up part of the fender.  It was oxidized, and the "Landau" roof was weathered and cracking and torn in some places.  To add to the irony of it all, the stereo system was BUMPIN' and inside, the driver leaned with his forearm outstretched over the steering wheel, nodding his head to the beats playing.

     Some of you may be nodding your head as a testimony, because you may have witnessed somethings close to this.  Some of you WILL.  Call me 'old'/old-fashion but I would have had some cosmetic work done before I even bought the sound system!, but that's just me.  And if some of you reading this are wondering what point I'm trying to make then perhaps you should just leave off reading this blog and go search for an old buddy on 'myspace.com' or turn on Jerry Springer...a show that will definitely support the point I want to make.

     It just seems like the world has turned upside down.  What was 'bad' is 'good' now; what was 'black' is now 'white' and so on and so forth...

     Without writing out a 'mini-book' of examples of similar practices and theorizing on where to lay the blame I'll just give you the opinion which formed the topic of this conversation which is the contents of the 'heart' or 'spirit' or 'soul' whichever you prefer to call your seat of emotions.  I'll refer to it as the 'heart'. 

     We come together as ONE in times of crisis; like 9/11, Katrina and other disasters but that spirit of compassion, charity, community doesn't last long.  Television doesn't help with the media putting their spin on the news, or airing series after series which cause controversy especially when each day in some communities they sruggle to survive drive-by's, muggings and home invasions.  Just where are we spirutally speaking, today? and why?  Do you feel there's a reason to be hopeful?  Are there winds of change coming?  and if you believe there is a reason to hope, will you be making a difference or leave the job for someone else?

     I am but an unknown artist.  I AM a mother still to my natural 6 (finally adult) children and consider myself multi-blessed to be MOTHER to some children who CHOSE to ADOPT ME as their mother from the neighborhoods where we've lived.  I'm also a proud wife of 35+ years to one man and as I look through the pages of my life I find nothing but Joy and Happiness throughout inspite of those hard times we've all experienced.  ALL OF THIS combined fills me with the desire to bring 'light' into other lives but as I said I am an artist and with 'unknown' being the operative word here I can only DO what I know how, which is create through my mediums of poetry, music, song (with a few smatterings of my attempt at mastering visual art expression) to send my messages of encouragement, comfort and compassion hoping they reach the eyes, ears and hearts of those in need.

  While the internet has its negatives I am thankful for its positives in offering me another vehicle of conveyance of my message of love and understanding.  With all that said I invite all you readers an opportunity to post your opinions on this subject after which I'll take those comments which come closest to the topic, and give everyone an audience on our first broadcast of "Spiritually Speaking".  

   "Spiritually Speaking" will have its first broadcast 30 days from now and 'air' bi-weekly.  We'll showcase guests who some who are professionals, some with the expertise to discuss certain topics and most importantly some who are 'everyday people' who want to voice their opinions on topics announced ahead of time, play music of popular artists covering as many genres as allowed during our alotted time slot all in the spirit of promoting social harmony.    So I hope all who read this will visit my other blog sites and join me in this 'grass root' effort  of learning to 'love ourselves better so we can love one another better'.

Namaste

Paula


   
   


    

    
    
      

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