Sunday, March 23, 2014
So, the month the March is designated women's history month and for each day, I've noted some woman of note who has touched me in some way throughout my own history. To date they are:
March 1st: "And while I don’t expect you to save the world I do think it’s not asking too much for you to love those with whom you sleep, share the happiness of those whom you call friend, engage those among you who are visionary and remove from your life those who offer you depression, despair and disrespect." - Nikki Giovanni
March 2nd: "Never be afraid to sit and think." ~ Lorraine Hansberry
March 3rd: Anna Julia Cooper March 4th Jessie Little Doe Baird March 5th: Leslie I. Hill
March 6th: Anna Devere Smith March 7th: Julie Murphy March 8th: Kim Ransom
March 8th was also International Women's Day!!
March 9th: Toni Stone March 10th: Aretha Franklin: March 11th Lisa Taylor
March 12th: Eleanor Taylor Bland March 13th: Althea Gibson March 14th: Juanita Moore
March 15th: Mahalia Jackson March 16th: Dr. M. Joycelyn Elders March 17th: Veronica O. Davis
March 18th: Sylvia Woods March 19th: Wanda Sykes March 20th Diahanne Carroll
March 21st: Debbie Allen March 22nd: Grace F. Edwards March 23rd: Marian Anderson
The mention of these women in particular is not to slight any others. I laud them (us) all in whatever endeavor(s) they (we) pursue; for they (we) all are worthy of note. Every day of every month. Women. March.
In addition reveling in the stories of women, a visit from my dear friend Elizabeth which included a journey of downtown Chicago, parts of the IL leg of historic Route 66, and my (surprisingly VERY IRISH) heritage, the other minutes of the month have been about 1. getting a new job and getting acclimated to all that THAT entails. 2. tending to a cousin who is tending to a mother-in-law who had a stroke AND a husband who had a stroke and heart surgery. 3. tending to my daughter who had her heart broken and the stress that brings not to mention her work and school stresses. 4. working to focus myself on health (mind and body) and one stated goal: the ever elusive weight loss. 5.thinking about longer, warmer days and the return of bicycle riding season. Melody has been patient.
I'm still also working to complete the January Mandala journey. I did participate in the Women's Circle Traveling Journal, sending the journal on to the next link in the chain. I'll show the art produced for that in another post.
Yes, there is the last days of March to march through and I am happy for them. But, I am looking forward to April toward getting more involved with the new job, learning more terms and procedures. I am also looking forward to April toward focusing on A-R-T and hopefully, getting my cousin out of her house for some kind of recreation and down time. And of course, riding--rolling, rolling, rolling on.