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the amazing Dr. Bernice Johnson Reagon

I have fallen in love.  I have fallen in love with the amazing Dr. Bernice Johnson Reagon and her Harambee Singers.

Bernice Johnson Reagon

The above is a direct link to the 14 FREE audio tracks!

This is a link to the FREE audio.  There are 14 AMAZING compositions in soulful and breathtaking song. Oh, if you love soulful heavenly voices, you will love this!

Dr. Bernice Johnson Reagon

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“Among the awards she has received for her pioneering work in African American culture and history are the MacArthur Award, the 1995 Presidential Medal for the Humanities and two Peabody Awards in radio production and film score composition” (



our earth deserves more respect

It’s a perfect South Florida day.  The air, not quite chilly, is crisp and cool enough for long-sleeves in the shade, but in the sun – oh, yes, I am going sleeveless!

There are a few clouds that appear as if an artist brush-stroked them there – white against an almost azure canvas.  Brilliant day.

I am sorry for those of you who are snowed in; though I hope you’re enjoying the pretty new snow as it appears moment to moment.  Oh, but we all know that after the fact, the old snow can make us royally blue over the gray and black and yellow awful mess it makes!

So, uh, that reminds me…. some folks are saying that “Global Warming is non-existent since it’s so cold and snowy….”    That ignorance appalls me.  I also know that for the most part it is not ignorance, it’s politics, so I’m not going there – not today anyway!! LOL!

Sad.  Very sad.

Our earth deserves more respect.

South florida sky

Not totally azureous...but lovely


my book addiction

I can’t help it; I buy books even when I have others piled up to read – I buy them anyway. I need to buy them; I love buying books… I love the feel of a new book, I love the smell even; I love how a new crisp book feels in my hands.  It’s like a religious experience.

My most immediate reading projects are piled high right next to me, here at my computer, in two piles, sitting there, begging to be read. (Every now and then my cat jumps on the desk and the books tumble all over the place!)

However, I have an excuse for letting my reading pile up:  I have been working on a Masters degree – an M.S. in Human Resources Management.  So, HR text books and reports were the only thing in my lexicon for these last two years.

These are the books (also pictured below) sitting next to me right now, piled up:

  • The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle – I need to finish this one, it’s being lent to me………but I have only touched the surface of it thus far.
  • The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion.  Am mid-way through…. I am enthralled, as usual by her writing.  I love this author, but have avoided this book, fearing it was too sad.  It’s not.
  • Babbit by Sinclair Lewis.  Been wanting to read this for years….found an old hardcover edition in a thrift store…anxious to get started.
  • Home by Marilynne Robinson.  This has been on my to-do list for years…
  • The Last Thing He Wanted by Joan Didion.  Another one I’ve been jonesing for.
  • Play it as it Lays by Joan Didion.  I have not heard about this one, but bought it together with the above Didion title…. couldn’t help myself…LOL!
  • All Over but the Shoutin’ by Rick Bragg.  Now, this looks really fine… a memoir about life growing up in Alabama.  Bragg is, I believe, a journalist for the NY Times at present.
  • Push by Sapphire.  I am just totally curious about this one….
  • Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold.  Really anxious to read this…. love the concept, but afraid it may be depressing.
  • Leadership is an Art (HR related material that I want to read)
  • Housekeeping by Marilynne Robinson.  I bought this recently when i bought Gilead.  I hear so many raves about her writing… can’t wait to start it.
  • The Love of a Good Woman by Alice Munro.  I love this author…she’s exquisite, don’t know this book, anxious to begin.
  • Gilead by Marilynne Robinson.  I know, I know… I have been a slacker and should have read this by now… my bad.
  • The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch.  I followed this brave man’s journey through his battle with cancer.  This will be a difficult and sad read, but one that I have to do.
  • bird by bird by Annie Lamott.  I have read most of this delightful book already…. just have not finished it.
  • The Situation is Hopeless but not Serious: The Pursuit of Unhappiness by Paul Watzlawick.  One of my professors told me this is a good read, so of course I bought it!
  • The Presentation of Self in Everyday Life by Irving Guffman.  Same professor above suggested this book to me, too.  He said it’s a classic.
  • The Road by Cormac McCarthy.  This book intrigued me so it’s on my shelf now… I can’t remember hearing anything about it…
  • Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert.  I am in the middle of this book…I find it enchanting.
  • The Memory Keeper’s Daughter by Kim Edwards.  This my mom gave to me – she loved it.
  • My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult.  Another of my mom’s suggested books.  I have not opened it yet, but did I read it’s a movie now?
  • Ophelia’s Fan by Christine Balint. My mom gave me this one, too. I wonder if the “Ophelia” of the book will have ties to Hamlet?

ohhhh, I almost forgot!!!  I just picked up Catcher in the Rye by Salinger.  I want to relive that book again….

What do you think of my list?  I sure would like some ideas/suggestions/feedback.

The books piled up next to me

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