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Kwanzaa Day 6 – Kuumba. Creativity!!!

      Habari Gani? Kuumba! It means creativity!             We must strive to leave the world a more beautiful place than we found it by using our creative gifts. This is my favorite day of Kwanzaa! It is also the night of Karamu...

Kwanzaa Day 5 – Nia – Purpose

      Habari Gani!     Nia (nee’-uh) – Purpose. We must live our lives with purpose. We must have goals and aspirations. This is the only way we move forward. This year I got one step closer to being a novelist. This year my son started his...

Kwanzaa Day 4 – Ujamaa – Cooperative Economics.

Habari Gani?   Ujamaa (oo-jah’-mah) – Cooperative Economics.     Ujamaa means that African Americans must strive to open and maintain businesses. This also means that African Americans should patronize African and African American businesses. My family embraces all local small business. We patronize small bookstores, locally owned restaurants...

Day 3 of Kwanzaa – Ujima

  Habari Gani!     Ujima (oo-gee’-mah) – Cooperative Work and Responsibility. We must work together to make our families and communities strong. We are responsible for ourselves and we are responsible to our communities. What incidents of Ujima did you encounter in 2017? – I put up a...

Day 2 of Kwanzaa – Kujichagulia

  Habari Gani!   Kujichagulia (coo’-gee-chah-goo-lee-ah) – Self-Determination.     We must strive to define ourselves, understand ourselves, make choices for ourselves, and go through the world as we choose, and not as someone else forces us to. It means to take control of your own destiny. In 2017,...

What is Kwanzaa?

Yes, it is once again Kwanzaa time!  Time to eat benne cakes, roll out the Mkeka, set up the Kinara, light the Mishuma Saba, pass around the Kikombe Cha Umoja, and reflect on the Nguzo Saba! Hooray! Before we begin… Kwanzaa is not a Christmas substitute for African Americans…Kwanzaa doesn’t have anything to do with Christmas at all....

Life Hack: The Travel Bag

      I am done with touring for the year! Time to clean out and restock my travel bag!   When first I began to travel, I would load the bag with the toiletries from my side of the sink.  I’d take my lotion, skin conditioners, toothpaste, and...

Librarians Have The Best Stories

Blogging has been a very interesting experience for me. As I continue on into the years, I learn more about the insidious way my brain works. So, I promised to blog about Sydney, but I couldn’t think of anything particularly interesting to say about Sydney. Not because I didn’t...

Process v.s. Product while in Residence

I truly hate doing short residencies that are meant to end up in a performance. This is not the case if I am brought in to work with a group of kids who are already planning to present something. In a general classroom setting with a myriad of different...