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Sunday, July 16, 2017

wonder woman

With all the buzz about the movie Wonder Woman, it’s no wonder that I came across something I wrote in a journal several years ago. Part of a series of poems entitled wild women, I present…

wild women #3…ode to the super sHero

wild women
wear scars like badges
as they fight the hard fight…with love
defend and protect…with no restrictions
ignore the norm.
bucking tradition
they dive into perpetually changing rivers
and surface with childlike wonder and glee.
bare breasted, no breasts
they shiver with shock sensuality
during uninhibited frolic.
dance, climb, drum, play with abandon
are ready for action, regardless,
mounting challenges (and their lovers)
with equal dexterity
sassy vixens not sex victims.

age less with time
are ageless wonders
who are brave beyond the wild pink yonder.
faster than a whirling dervish
the can     
leap tall buildings in peep toe shoes
rock a jean jacket more skillfully than a cape
catch warm moonbeams with their more than capable bare hands.
a halo across their chests,
they soar like powerhouse queens
over risk free metropolis meadows sHeros telling Herstories
never in disguise.

wild women are strong
yet tender warriors.
they demand their rights
are calculatingly cleaver
using their affluence to influence.
investing in the present moment
they are never afraid of what will be what has been what is
don’t need to be told what to do.
and they do wear red.

Inspired by my participation in the Women’s March this past January, I am currently working on a series of collages that honor the super woman and speak to women’s issues. To hear a little about the series and my creative process, click to view a video produced by Art Life/Life Art and… 

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Sunday, July 9, 2017

about facebook

I read an article about Facebook’s ability to influence our opinion of ourselves as we view and read posts that may cause us to question our choices, what we're doing, who we know.  It’s human to wonder about our own lives when we see folks going to exotic places, grinning from ear to ear with people we may or may not know at a gathering we’ve not been a part of, read congratulatory posts for fabulous accomplishments, etc. 

Let’s face it, all pun intended, FB can not only be an influencer, it can also be addictive! Add that to working for yourself plus those days when you work at home -- you’ve potentially got the makings for a non productive day. I speak from what I know and what I know is an entire day passed without me realizing the clock was ticking until I looked up and it was 6:00PM. I couldn’t remember if I’d eaten anything or even gone to the bathroom! I’d gotten so distracted by whatever was happening on FB, that I failed to finish what I started at 10:00AM.

Facebook has its merits, this is coming from someone who did an about face, no pun intended, less than a year ago and finally chose to get connected. I've had the pleasure of reconnecting with so many people from my past, folks that meant something to me even though we had lost touch. I’ve actually dined, met for drinks or attended parties with some of them and let me say, a real face-to-face hug beats an emoji any day! That said, and this really is the take-away for today, we’re all where we're supposed to be. If we don't like our current situation, we have the power to change it and spending too much time on FB takes time away from focusing on that change. 

A photograph on Facebook is a snapshot of just one moment, it does not begin to tell the life story of the person(s) looking into the camera. Trust and believe, each and every one of us has experienced the dualities of life destined to appear on our path, only some will choose to post their down moments. So see you when I see you and until then…

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ps…as if I didn’t have enough to keep up with, you can also follow me on twitter and instagram @myeclecticeye

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Sunday, July 2, 2017

let's celebrate?

As the city prepares to celebrate the 4th of July, I'm reminded of something I wrote a little over a month ago...different holiday, same sentiment. 

memorial day

i walked early before hectic woke
remembering DC, the Hill as it was
viewed from a backseat of wide eyed marvel
eyes landmarking a childhood 
looking sadly now at 
a city in lock down for celebration… 
       a necessity 
                a declaration
                      a contradiction.
my city, like many 
imprisoned by circumstance
penalized with watched corners
subjected to searches
barricaded with silver and stone precaution
strategically placed…just in case.

we celebrate 
praying not now
we celebrate
with cautionary eyes
we celebrate
because life continues no matter,
because our city is 

in lock down for celebration.

Enjoy the food, fireworks and festivities and as you do…

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Sunday, June 25, 2017

we march

On January 21, with camera in hand, I headed to the Women’s March in Washington DC capturing several moments that caught my eye, struck a nerve; I snapped and sent, making sure those I knew who could not attend were right there with me. One of them enthusiastically exclaimed that I must share the photographs with others because, bless her, she felt I had seriously captured the mood, sentiment, and electricity of the day in a series of shots presented via text messages in chronological order. For some reason, I did not share them, took more than a month before I posted them on my website

Back in early May, I received or did I see on FB a call to submit photographs and other memorabilia from the March to be considered for an exhibit, “Who’s Looking Back?” which caught my attention. I knew I would submit, reviewed my portfolio, selected five and off they went.

When I arrived at the gallery, I walked into an intimate space, crowded with people looking at walls collaged with over 500 images taken by 100 photographers, one of them being me! I had to wade through chatting bodies to find my pictures, locating four out of five, trying my best to take pictures of my pictures as I squeezed into a spot where I could get the shot! 

It was an exhilarating experience being in a room packed with so much stimulation hitting me from all angles and suddenly I was right back on the Mall on January 21, bodies pressed together in unison for all.

It was oh so right at Gallery O on H this past Friday night for the opening reception. In case you missed, the exhibit will be up through July 28 so please stop by. Until then, below are a few of my photos that aren’t up on the wall, visit my site for more and as always…

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Sunday, June 18, 2017

who's your daddy

Well this is mine when he was in high school!!!

To all the men who healthily, lovingly and actively take care of, nurture, support, and raise(d) their biological, adopted, foster or other children who may be in their care…Happy Father's Day! Much praise to those who, though they don’t have children, give of themselves and devote time to volunteering as big brothers or mentors…y’all are Fathers too! And finally, on this day may we also remember those Fathers who have passed…you are missed.

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Sunday, June 11, 2017


you are a breathing thing.  
a memory to someone. 
a home to a life.
            - nayyirah waheed

When I read this it made me pause for a few moments to reflect, particularly on the last line which immediately got me to thinking about our living bodies as a “home to a life”… 

…thoughts rest in the uppermost level that is our head, minds open or closed like a window…  

…eyes invite light and all that is before us to come in or pull down the shades when there is something we don’t want to see… 
…ears listen for the familiar creaks of our bones, for intruders, react to the unfamiliar, hear what we wish… 

…actions and sounds burst from within when our extremities and mouth are in motion…

…nourishment sits at the table of our belly, waste finding its way to the proper receptacle (or not) without waiting for someone to take it out…

…breath serves as our air conditioning/heating system, skin helping to regulate the temperature of what comes to our doorstep based on its shade… 

…secrets, memories, joy and pain hide in our joints and sometimes need to be acknowledged, even fixed…

…and we decorate the exterior with all kinds of adornment everyday, totally hiding or showing who we really are.

Our body is the living breathing vessel that houses…us. Take good care of your property both outside and especially in, shower your home with gratitude, and coexist with whomever lives in your hood no matter the color of their exterior as you…

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Sunday, June 4, 2017


I love discovering something new when I walk and the other morning, there was a glorious something new just steps away from my front door!!! Peaceful, serene with water views, it’s a little oasis in the city I can head to when I need a respite or simply wish to spend mindful moments looking and listening to water, air and whatever else reaches out to my eyes, ears, nose and fingers. It’s a “bliss at the quick” spot!

We can all benefit from a few minutes of escape each day, found if we close our eyes and take a few deep breaths. Being outdoors in clean, fresh air can enhance those moments, so go in search of a special place near you sure to be found if you…

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