Friday, August 31, 2007

Aurigid Meteor Shower

Ah, yes....after a week of developing training, a full lunar eclipse, and AMAZING weather, we will be treated to another celestial celebration with a meteor shower...

2007 is a GOOD year!

Tuesday, August 28, 2007


I've been enjoying eclipses and beaches and napping and Friedman's The Lexus and the Olive Tree, so I haven't been writing here.

In the meantime I've also been checking OLD email...and I found this awesomely angsty poem.

Ever just NOT recognize yourself from 5 years ago?

* * * * * * * * * * *
You Are My Valium

The world is crazy.
Am I the only sane one here?
The babble
The garbage
The insanity
All imposing on my Self, my Soul, my Sanity

The healing elements
lose their potency
The Sun
The Land
The Ocean
All free me from the Insanity
But the Insanity closes in,
Overshadowing them.

I turn to Knowledge and Entertainment
to bring my Self, my Soul, my Sanity
to its full strength
Knowledge is a dry companion. Its ego perpetuated by
quantity. He is an acquaintance.
Entertainment is a fairweather companion. Its presence
depends on the haute couture. She, too, a mere

I bring other Friends along.
Food and Drink. They add to the merriment.
Occupying my body.
Filling my mouth with Cleverness and Flavor.
Filling my mind with Lucidity.
They are fine combine with Knowledge and

Still. My mind is occupied only for awhile.
Their Charm wears off
and I find Myself weary
of their emptiness.
My Self, my Soul, my Sanity not pacified by them

My Self, my Soul, my Sanity
placid when I combine you with these things.
You are a mirror upon whom I reflect
these elements of my Life.
You calm me from the World's madness.

You are My Valium.

From April 16, 2002

Monday, August 20, 2007

Spawn of Grace Jones II

Spawn of Grace Jones II, originally uploaded by Eriqua.

I needed a change. My hair was getting long and so I was about to shave it again on Saturday. Of course then I thought...why not see what a mohawk is like? So I kept it.

Of course in the professional environment I have it modestly covered in a headwrap.

I do adore what I look like with my inner riotgrrl.

Thursday, August 2, 2007

Resort Suites in Scottsdale

Surprisingly the weather hasn't been unbearable.

I've been in Arizona for almost a week and thunderstorms and thunderheads have abound to protect me from the sun and to keep the temperature no warmer than 100 degrees.

I was expecting sweltering, crazy hot.

My lips are a little parched, but other than that I am keeping well-hydrated with bottled water provided for me at the various sessions I am attending this week at the KIPP School Summit.

I am continually impressed with education and the discussion around how it's practiced and its impact in the United States.

I am continually impressed that multicultural best practices continues to be a novel idea that needs to be instituted.

But I am also excited that tehre is no complacency.

Excellence is a must.

National Reparations Day - October 10, 2007

Ladies and gentlemen from traditionally oppressed populations,

our day has come! Damali Ayo has forwaded an invitation to all of us.

Read, forward, and see you on October 10!


(I've been waiting for mine for about 500 years...)