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Friday, April 9, 2010

Classics suit me


So I went for a ride in my buddy Patrick's 1967 raging red Karmann Ghia, and ever since I got in that car, I can't get that car out of my system!

I've been saving gas money, being a powerful pedestrian, and casually carless since November 2008, when my ex crashed by beloved Tracker (boooooooooooooo!!!). I moved to Canada soon after, and didn't really see the need to get a car while I'm up here.

I have been searching around, and a classic like the one above is on my wishlist - perhaps when I get back to the States or the Karmann finds me in Ottawa. Whichever happens first, I'd ride!

ciao y'all!
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Europe Bound in T Minus 3 Days


I'm headed to Riga, Latvia (right next to Russia, just below Estonia) in a few days, and I'm super excited. Not just because of the trip, but because of the work that I'll get to do once I'm there.

The Transatlantic Community Foundation Nework (an initiative that I manage) will be collaborating with the Global Fund for Community Foundations to host a peer exchange with 22 leaders of community foundations around the world to discuss community-based implications of developing solutions to poverty (in all its hideous forms). It will be a wonderful gathering and exchange of ideas, solutions, and experiences. Follow the blog on TCFN's website for current updates from the event.

ciao y'all!
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Thursday, April 8, 2010

Secret #6


I'm in denial about several things. Some are more detrimental to myself than others, but I hope all these conditions get better soon.
Was in church on Sunday, which sparked a discussion about what my friend and I are in denial about. At first I thought only 2 or 3 would be on my list...then I kept thinking deeper....
  1. I'm not judgmental. Yeah. right. I'm as judgmental as the day is long. Wrong treatment at the store from an employee? I judge her patience. Improper timing on a turn signal? I question the driver's experience. Skirt fitting too tight and fake weave fitting too long? I criticize the chick's upbringing. I know it's wrong. I'm working on it.
  2. My finances are okay. Ha! One of my goals is to check all my accounts (I have a US savings and checking and a Canadian checking) each day. For what?!?!!??! Nothing new goes in daily, but it sure comes out!!!!
  3. The relationship between my father and I will heal. My brother's 10 years older than me, and he's still chasing his tail on this one. What makes me any different? All I know is that I call him every month (he never picks up the phone, nor does he call me back). I haven't seen him in years, and he keeps making excuses as to why I can't visit him in his space (he can't come to Canada because his passport was confiscated for not keeping up with child support). It's almost May. Guess I have another call to make. Persistence is painful.
  4. The conditions of Black America will improve. This - THIS - gives me reason to pause. I look at where we were 30, 40, 50 years ago, and I observe us now. Widespread imprisonment of males, deplorable high school drop out rates, drug abuse, unemployment, our language, the disrespectful way we treat each other, the disparaging terms and images we use to depict our women....on and on and on. My life's work has been to join those working to improve conditions so that all people can live to their full potential, co-exist in the healthiest of environments, and enjoy a sound and protected quality of life. We're working on this, but I wonder, how do we turn it all around?
  5. I don't care what people think. Why would I have a blog if I didn't?

That be it for now.

Ciao, y'all!

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Live and STRAIGHT from NYC!

Hey y'all!

Curly haired girls everywhere, I have NOT left the pack! It's day 27 of the 30 days till Dirty Thirty countdown, and I hit up the Twirls salon in Harlem (125th and Broadway) for some color, a cut, and a new 'do..................I love it~!!!!!!!! (just not sure how long it's gonna stay).

My homegirl and I are headed to church (First Corinthian) for the 9:00 am service (think we can make it on time????) and then to brunch at Hudson River Cafe. This is such an awesome trip! Will blog with more details soon..................

Happy Easter!

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