Happy! Job Well Done!

This makes me smile!

Late Congressman John Lewis dancing to Pharrell’s Happy.

He said, “That’s my song!”

Rest in peace Congressman!

You worked tirelessly for us ALL…

Battered, and bruised but NEVER beat down!

When you were a young man, you knew SHE could be better so you held HER accountable.

Steadfastly until sunset!

We’ll pick up where you left off!

Rest easy now dear one!

Job well done!

Eternally…

HAPPY!

Yessir! That’s my Alabama AND Georgia homeboy right there! LOL!

Not Lost on Us…

What, to the American slave, is your 4th of July?

I answer: a day that reveals to him, more than all
other days in the year, the gross injustice and cruelty to which he is the constant victim.

-Frederick Douglass

I used to love celebrating the 4th of July when I was a kid.

You know, ice cream, apple pie, friends, family, freedom and liberty, right?

Well, I’m sad to report that my joy for the holiday changed once I went to school and learned the irony surrounding it…

What with slavery and all.

Here’s the odd part, nobody I talked to really wanted to acknowledge this ginormous paradox.

Trust me, no teacher, not even the Black ones, pointed this enigma out to me; it was something I had to figure out on my own.

I remember asking my mom why we were celebrating freedom and independence for America when our ancestors were slaves at the time.

Mama just cut her eyes at me and said, “HUSH your mouth!”

Clearly, I wasn’t telling her anything new…

In fact, I was pretty much stating the obvious.

But, I guess she didn’t want to deal with the heaviness that inevitably encroaches on Black folks whenever they attempt to reconcile the holiday with the history.

So, in my family, we simply opted not to go there.

Don’t get me wrong, since everybody was off work, we went with “the flow” and attended reunions, cook-outs and the like– sans the flag waving gratitude of independence.

In short, we worked it, but it wasn’t lost on us.

And, based on the quote I cited above, it most certainly was NOT lost on our dear Frederick Douglass, who gave a fiery speech to the nation back in 1852.

The premise of this magnificent oration?

“What to the Slave Is the Fourth of July?”
(1852)

Chile, Frederick read America for filth!

IN 1852 no less!

Honestly, I can’t help wondering what he would think about our current state of affairs and the super slow “progress” we’ve made.

Especially considering the fact that he still held out hope for our country all those years ago.

All in all, Mr. Douglass believed that The Divine was and is in control.

So do I.

Now…

As you think about that, please enjoy a reading (excerpts) from this important work-performed by me, LadyG, and my dear cousin and fellow blogger, Ron Brown.

LadyG loves YOU!

I See YOU!

THANK YOU! Holler if you HEAR ME!

Lady G is doing a global Roll Call of THANKS TODAY!

Just scroll down after you read this:

I can’t fully express how touched I am to see the whole world–people of every race and ethnicity, standing with black folks in the U.S. as we seek justice for George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and for the permanent dismantling of systemic racism in our society.

Flat out! We NEED your help to do it!

Please stay with us!

Y’all are SOLDIERS BABY!

If your country is actively involved in George Floyd protests, and I didn’t call you, please holler at me in comments; tell me what you all are doing over there!

I don’t want to miss anybody!

Either way, I’d love to hear from you in comments!

Lady G LOVES YOU ALL!

A Family Conversation: LadyG and Ron Brown Discuss All Kinds of Fools

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“A Family Conversation” is a storytelling audio series that features weekly discussions between blogging cousins LadyG and Ron Brown on current events along with some of our favorite posts from each other’s blog.

“A Family Conversation” is published on Wednesdays.

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This week, LadyG and Ron discuss one of his posts from February 2016, STORNADO.

In today’s conversation, Ron reads the original submission and recounts how his Gramp (Grandmother) and his Aunt used to talk about all kinds of fools; including the biggest kind of fool known to man…

The Stornado Fool!

Or was it Starnado?

Apparently, there’s some debate.

At any rate, as you might have guessed, Ron and I got sidetracked discussing conspiracies and all of the foolishness that we’ve observed lately; particularly in light of the current pandemic.

Please enjoy!

Contains some adult language and situations

Stornado (Part 1)

Stornado Foolishness (Part 2)

 

***In part 2, we refer to a woman who was coughing on fruit in the produce section of a grocery store.  We discussed her during an earlier conversation, prior to the broadcast.

***Dr. T.V. McCoo was Marilyn McCoo’s grandfather.  Her father, Waymon, went to school with our Grandmother (Mother).

**If you dare, visit the “Real Talk” page to listen to a deeper conversation between the cousins.

Did we slip?

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…into an alternate UNIVERSE?

Where we don’t know wrong from right?

Day from night?

Left from right?

Truth from lies?

Soldiers from spies?

Dumb from wise?

Laughter from cries?

Horseflies from pies?

Don’t worry, this is not poetry.

NOT EVEN CLOSE.

Simple word play for easy questions like….

Where are we?

Clearly, we dropped our MORAL COMPASS and lost our way back down the road a few stops ago.

Or was it a few years ago?

Who are we?

Do we simply overlook duplicity as long as it’s “our guy” who is being duplicitous?

Do we value all life?

REALLY?

To date:

247,752 valuable lives lost…

Millions of valuable lives affected…

And counting……………………………

And counting……………………………

And counting……………………………

Where is our common sense?

Do we blindly drink or shoot up the “Klorox” Kool-aid because someone thought it might be a good idea?

Where is our humanity?

Do we value ME  and MINE over THEE and THINE?

Are we expanding OR contracting?

Just a few questions for us to ponder.

Either way,

Lady G LOVES YOU!

REGARDLESS!

Check out this minute video:

 

 

 

A Family Conversation: Ron Brown & LadyG discuss their favorite stories(Ep. 1)

*** “A Family Conversation” will be a weekly recurring series that highlights stories told and written by Ron Brown and LadyG. Look for new posts on Wednesdays.

 

Welcome to our inaugural post!

Greetings my loves,

Today, I am presenting a conversation that I had with my cousin, Ron Brown, aka “The Professor,” regarding our favorite storytelling blog posts.

Baby, we’re recreating our own little version of  “The Decameron” over here!

Now, if you don’t know what that is, GO GOOGLE IT!

LOL!

And so…

Our focus, during today’s conversation, is on one of my favorite stories, told and written by, you guessed it,  Mr. Ron Brown, entitled, “A Man Called Boy.”

(Not to be confused with  ” A Boy Called Man.” )

Trust me, there is a difference…and it is deliciously intentional!

Anyway, in this recording, Ron not only gives details about the origin of the story, he also reads it with that melodious baritone voice of his!

Can you say 3-alarm Fi-yah?!

I mean, what more can you ask for?

Especially if you are, like me, a huge fan of his work.

That said, I hope that you enjoy what you hear today and remember to check out “A Man Called Boy”

You can read more of Ron’s stories on this blog by searching  for “Ron’s Time Tunnel” in categories.

You can also catch him at his own blog “Time Tunnel.”

Comments are welcome 🙂

***NOTE: Please ignore the sounds of lawn work and other random noises.  We are in our homes, living our best “shelter in place” lives! LOL!!!

Enjoy 😘

 

Stay tuned for Episode 2! Coming Up Next Wednesday! 

 

LadyG loves YOU!

Pandemic: The Winds of Change

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Lady G

 

A couple of days ago, I posted a ramble on how the threat of Coronavirus has changed the way we do things.

Think about it!

We shop differently.

We are much more vigilant about hand hygiene and seemingly minor coughs and such.

Students who are used to being in a brick and mortar school are now learning online.

More folks are working from home.

We’re holding teleconferences instead of physical meetings and conferences.

People are “seeing” doctors and mental health professionals via telemedicine.

Funeral homes are conducting funeral services differently.

Businesses are forced to become creative in order to shift their products and services to accommodate “social distancing.”

Now, if you had asked me about “social distancing” back in January, I would have looked at you like you were a damned fool!

Funny how this pandemic has FUNDAMENTALLY changed everything about what we do on a daily basis.

So….Methinks the winds of change are upon us!

Or to use another metaphor, allow me to ask:

Now that the “GENIE” is up out of the bottle, will we ever be able to coax it back in?

Do we need to?

Geez…I’ll be honest, I think that some of these things needed to change….PERMANENTLY!

Now, for the downside, I will say that I don’t think that it is good for us to remain homebound for too long.

However, in the words of that great physician, and infectious disease expert,  Dr. Anthony Fauci, “…(T)he virus makes the timeline…”

No doubt, he was referring to the timeline required for most communities to remain at home in order to slow the spread of coronavirus.

Nevertheless, I can’t help thinking about a domestic violence expert, I can’t remember her name, (Google it) lamenting the fact that people who are abused by a family member are now forced to be in close quarters with their abuser for an extended amount of time.

Picture it! The abuser and abused cramped together – tormented by the specter of  long-term unemployment—minus cash. NOT GOOD!

At any rate, as I mentioned in my ramble, some of our societal structures needed a major re-working.

Frankly, I am encouraged by the rise in ingenuity and goodwill that we’ve recently witnessed.  We’re seeing everyday folks sewing  make-shift PPE for health professionals and there are so many more wonderful examples of celebrities donating money to those in need.

And…

Fewer cars on the road equals less pollution.

Oh, and what about crime?  Are we seeing any reductions there?

But then there are debates like “mitigation” vs “containment”

Clearly, a future full analysis of our actions will probably render a mixed bag of results.

What do you think?

Are we becoming too distant from one another?

Are we finding new ways to become closer?

What changes should remain permanent?

What would you like to see go back to the way it was before?

What are the inevitable long-term affects?

I’d love to get your take!

Hit me up in comments!

LadyG love YOU!

 

 

 

*Peace and love to all who have died.

 

 

 

 

Crisis, Opportunity, and Innovation

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Clearly, I ain’t got nothing but time.

That said, I’d much rather spend said time in a way that is inspiring and hopeful.

Frankly, I am getting heart-sick listening to grim statistics being flashed on top of needless political posturing.

I grieve for the sick and the dying.  Not to mention the ones who have made a painful and isolated transition.

I worry for my friends and family who are on the front lines of caring for the ill.

A change in perspective?

Yes!

It’s a MUST!

And so…

I’ve decided that I am NOW going to focus my attention on “the helpers.”

My apologies to Mr. Rogers for taking so long to do so.

To that end, I have been watching videos and reading articles about folks who are using their knowledge, skills and abilities to solve the problem of medical supply scarcity.

Baby, these folks are on the grind!  They are using their “know how” and ingenuity to design and create face masks, N95 respirators and even ventilators!

YES baby, they are from ALL OVER THE WORLD!

(Special shout out to Georgia Tech engineers as I am Georgia born and bred!)

Hats off to ALL the folks who are doing the damn thang and to the folks who produced this piece.

Check out this link:

LadyG love you!

Coronavirus Ramble

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Shopping/Hoarding

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

Interacting with Family

Homeschooling

EV-ER-Y-THING!

Here’s my take (ramble/rant) on how the threat of coronavirus has changed the way I do things!

How has YOUR life changed?

Hit me up in comments!

 

Coming Events:  LadyG and Ron discuss our favorite blog posts.

 

 

 

 

Correction:  Taurus rules banking and such, which makes it closely related to its fellow earth sign, Capricorn which rules government.