If Barack Obama Could Inspire People Of All Races, So Can I

One thing that astonished me so much about this whole election was how Barack Obama was able to inspire not only black people, but people of all races! The way this country is and the negativity of seeing a black person at such a high position, it was amazing how a black person could have such a big

Alice Walker’s letter to Barack Obama

To Barack Obama from Alice Walker
Nov. 5, 2008

Dear Brother Obama,

You have no idea, really, of how profound this moment is for us. Us being the
black people of the Southern United States. You think you know, because you
are thoughtful, and you have studied our history. But seeing you deliver the
torch so many others before you carried, year after year, decade after
decade, century after century, only to be struck down before igniting the
flame of justice and of law, is almost more than the heart can bear. And yet,
this observation is not intended to burden you, for you are of a different
time, and, indeed, because of all the relay runners before you, North America
is a different place. It is really only to say: Well done. We knew, through
all the generations, that you were with us, in us, the best of the spirit of
Africa and of the Americas. Knowing this, that you would actually appear,
someday, was part of our strength. Seeing you take your rightful place, based
solely on your wisdom, stamina and character, is a balm for the weary
warriors of hope, previously only sung about.

I would advise you to remember that you did not create the disaster that the
world is experiencing, and you alone are not responsible for bringing the
world back to balance. A primary responsibility that you do have, however, is
to cultivate happiness in your own life. To make a schedule that permits
sufficient time of rest and play with your gorgeous wife and lovely
daughters. And so on. One gathers that your family is large. We are used to
seeing men in the White House soon become juiceless and as white-haired as
the building; we notice their wives and children looking strained and
stressed. They soon have smiles so lacking in joy that they remind us of
scissors. This is no way to lead. Nor does your family deserve this fate. One
way of thinking about all this is: It is so bad now that there is no excuse
not to relax. From your happy, relaxed state, you can model real success,
which is all that so many people in the world really want. They may buy
endless cars and houses and furs and gobble up all the attention and space
they can manage, or barely manage, but this is because it is not yet clear to
them that success is truly an inside job. That it is within the reach of
almost everyone.

I would further advise you not to take on other people’s enemies. Most damage
that others do to us is out of fear, humiliation and pain. Those feelings
occur in all of us, not just in those of us who profess a certain religious
or racial devotion. We must learn actually not to have enemies, but only
confused adversaries who are ourselves in disguise. It is understood by all
that you are commander in chief of the United States and are sworn to protect
our beloved country; this we understand, completely. However, as my mother
used to say, quoting a Bible with which I often fought, "hate the sin,
but love the sinner." There must be no more crushing of whole
communities, no more torture, no more dehumanizing as a means of ruling a
people’s spirit. This has already happened to people of color, poor people,
women, children. We see where this leads, where it has led.

A good model of how to "work with the enemy" internally is
presented by the Dalai Lama, in his endless caretaking of his soul as he
confronts the Chinese government that invaded Tibet. Because, finally, it is
the soul that must be preserved, if one is to remain a credible leader. All
else might be lost; but when the soul dies, the connection to earth, to
peoples, to animals, to rivers, to mountain ranges, purple and majestic, also
dies. And your smile, with which we watch you do gracious battle with unjust
characterizations, distortions and lies, is that expression of healthy
self-worth, spirit and soul, that, kept happy and free and relaxed, can find
an answering smile in all of us, lighting our way, and brightening the world.

We are the ones we have been waiting for.

In Peace and Joy,
Alice Walker

5 Things You Don’t Know About Eve

So I’ve been meaning to do this since the tags started circulating and
filling my inbox. I am finally forcing myself, doing something that is a
difficult task; the "me" project. Talking about me is a hard thing to
do, which leads me into the beginning of this adventure…


Doll Hairs and Sense – Kids and Allowance

We are on our way to change – yay! But the financial crisis still looms and kids and money go together like peanut butter and jelly.

Time to start teaching our children about the mighty dollar. 
There are so many different ways that people look at allowance — chores vs. no chores ("no" is easier), when to start giving it (I say first grade), etc. But the simple fact is that kids can’t learn about money if they don’t have any.
A great rule of thumb is that whatever you decide to give them, you should give it weekly and it should be divided into 3 equal parts for spending, saving and sharing. As far as I’m concerned, the saving is for them to decide — and when they don’t save and they wish they had, they’ll figure it out pretty fast. And the "sharing" is for DONATING.
The Lesson: It’s all in their hands. Doling out responsibilities will give them a chance to rise to the occasion. 
***Added Bonus for You: No longer feeling like a bottomless pit (wallet).
If you would like to read more about teaching kids about giving back and gratitude, please visit THE ACME SHARING COMPANY at www.acmesharing.com 
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