Sunday, July 31, 2016

Remember 2013 with... He Turned It

(Sharing 40 years of music... click here to go back to the beginning)

"He Turned It"
Tye Tribbett

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Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Celebrating 40 Candles

I am once again...

so grateful
so thankful

to have had the blessed opportunity to celebrate

another vacation
another birthday
another year

of God's grace and goodness to me

Goodbye 39...

Hello 40!

And this year I decided to

go big
party hard
withhold nothing

(and there's a good possibility that there is some video footage floating around out there to prove it!)

Aruba! Aruba!
because 40 years have taught me that life is


to slow down for us

while we try to figure it out

and no day can be reclaimed
once it has passed

And so instead of


what is next
we should wholeheartedly embrace it

by intentionally celebrating...

what is now

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Remembering 2012 with... This Place

Yesterday was my 40th birthday!

Which makes this 

really special

(because I started)

this task for
this reason


40 years
40 weeks
40 songs

that have made me smile down through the years

And I could not help but smile again...

when I saw that this song landed on my birthday weekend


I'm glad
so glad

I'm living my life in
this place...


"This Place"
Tamela Mann

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Sunday, July 17, 2016

Remembering 2011 with... Sitting With Me

(Sharing 40 years of music... click here to go back to the beginning)

"Sitting With Me"
Mary Mary

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Saturday, July 16, 2016

One Hundred Days of Grace (Day 100)

It's Five-Minute-Friday


there is drama all around us
(when what we want is peace)

but I've spent the past 100 days


the grace that surrounds me everyday
(because it's easy to find the drama)

But when what you want is peace

you have to open your eyes to find that it's right there too


the only drama
the only peace

we will ever have...

is only that which we create

One Hundred Days of Grace

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Remembering 2010 with... He Wants It All

"He wants it all"

(which to us creatures of space and time)


too much...
too taxing...
too complicated...

but it's simple really

because as your mother
all I ever wanted you to know, son 

is that...

He already has it all

but what He really wants is


Happy 14th birthday Micah!

"He Wants It All"
Forever Jones

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Friday, July 8, 2016

It Takes A Man... To Build A Man

It's Five-Minute-Friday
and I just wanted to let you know that I love you

and as I listen to the roofers finish the job above me...

I notice that not all of those men are up on the roof
at least one guy stays down at all times

and I feel like him today

Your father and I came together to conceive you

but more
and more

I find myself standing down while I

watch the two of you
listen to the two of you

discuss things that I know nothing of

I remember when I knew everything that you knew...

every word
every song
every book
every experience
every part of your day

(I even knew and understood what you needed
before you did)

But now...

I sit
and listen
and learn

and wait for my turn

because even though I am your mother

I know that it takes a man

a special man
a certain man

to build a man

Thursday, July 7, 2016

A New Kind of Strange Fruit

We used to hang from trees
but are now shot down

in cold blood
in brood daylight
in front of our children

strange fruit

A few years ago...

we planted strawberries in our front yard
but for years now they have been left

uncared for

and we don't even want them now

we don't even want them
(but we never addressed the soil)

so every year without fail
they spring up again

And this morning... 

when I passed by
I noticed them growing in



(and it is indicative of exactly how many of us are feeling right now)


uncared for and

'cause even though this is not the fruit we are used to

it is obviously

a new kind of
the same kind of

"strange fruit"

that just won't seem to stop growing


When The Inspector Comes

The holiday threw them off schedule
and my hubby was furious

We got home and realized that the inspector

had come
and left


a note
a reprimand

"Do not call me again until you are ready"

and I realized...

that when the inspector comes
he is not interested in hearing

your excuses
your experiences
your explanation

about any of it

All he cares to see is if...

your house is in order

("Don't get caught with your work undone")

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Family Reunion 2016

We had let...

a few years
a few miles

come between us

But then...

we realized that years and miles can never

diminish or

our bond
our blood


(Thank you Cedric for that reminder)

And so we "reunited" for what proved to be another amazing weekend!

Goode/Harris Family Reunion 1992

Harris/ Goode Family Reunion
July 1-4, 2016
Los Angeles, CA

Friday "Meet and Greet"

Saturday Picnic

Sunday Banquet


Family is not just who we love... it's who we are

Sunday, July 3, 2016

Remembering 2009 with... Anointing

(Sharing 40 years of music... click here to go back to the beginning)

J Moss

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