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WEDNESDAY WISDOM

What plant did you save and keep alive? My Mother Dear had a perfect green thumb. She could plant a dry stick and it would bloom. She was a great plant lover. And, I hated everyone of them when I was growing up. Now, I wish I had paid better attention and, maybe I wouldn’t kill my plants.

Smell some flowers today!

SUNDAY SPIRITUAL

WHY ME?

I too have asked, “Why me?” I know that the dark and sinful deeds of my life were motivated by a heart even darker, and yet God loved me! I was undeserving, wretched, and helpless, yet He opened His arms and His heart to me. I could almost hear Him whisper, “I love you even more than you loved your sin.”

It’s true! I cherished my sin. I protected it. I denied its wrongdoing. Yet God loved me enough to forgive me and set me FREE!

“Why me?” It’s beyond my understanding. Yet I know He loves me–and He loves you too! ~~Dave Egner(Our Daily Bread)

SUNDAY SPIRITUAL

“The Hero Path”

We have not even to risk the adventure alone
for the heroes of all time have gone before us.
The labyrinth is thoroughly known …
we have only to follow the thread of the hero path.
And where we had thought to find an abomination
we shall find a God.

And where we had thought to slay another
we shall slay ourselves.
Where we had thought to travel outwards
we shall come to the center of our own existence.
And where we had thought to be alone
we shall be with all the world.”

― Joseph Campbell

WOMEN AND WISDOM

“Good girls go to heaven. But bad girls go everywhere.

Mary Jane (Mae) West (Brookly, NYC, 1893 – Hollywood, CA 1980) was an American actress, screen writer, playwright and sex symbol, which in the 1930’s with her suggestive and sexual dialogues became very popular, but also caused much controversy. These dialogues often explored the limits of what allowed the censorship. She wrote all her texts themselves. Some of these one-liners (e.g. Come up an ‘ see me some time and Is that a gun in your pocket, or are you just glad to see me?) are still regularly cited.

BLACK HEROES

 Buffalo Soldiers

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After the Civil War, six all-Black regiments were sent to the western frontier and became known as the Buffalo Soldiers.  The name may have derived from Native Americans comparing their curly hair to a buffalo’s fur.  Another is that their bravery and ferocity in battle reminded the Indians of the way buffalo fought. Whatever the reason, the soldiers considered the name high praise, as buffalo were deeply respected by the Native peoples of the Great Plains. And eventually, the image of a buffalo became part of the 10th Cavalry’s regimental crest. These troops were on the front lines of American westward expansion, tasked with protecting railroad lines and settlers, and earned 18 medals of honor for their service during the Indian Wars. Though they were continually discriminated against — they weren’t allowed to serve back East for fear of violent pushback from white citizens — the buffalo soldiers had the “lowest desertion rates” of any regiment in the Army. In areas where Buffalo Soldiers were stationed, they sometimes suffered deadly violence at the hands of civilians.

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My goodness! He is fearce and … What did he use that knife for?

The remarkable courage demonstrated by these proud African-American soldiers in the face of fierce combat, extreme discrimination in the Army, deadly violence from civilians and repressive Jim Crow laws continues to inspire and oppress us still.

WEDNESDAY WISDOM

There’s two thangs I’s gotta right ta, and these is, Death or Liberty – one or the other I means ta have. No one will takes me back alive; I’ll fights for my liberty, and when times come for me ta go, the Lawd will let’m, kill me”.

Did you know that Harriet Tubman was not only a Union spy during the Civil War, but that she also led raids and missions? Black contributions to American military history are continually downplayed or overlooked entirely. From Crispus Attucks, the first colonist killed in the American Revolution, to Gen. Lloyd Austin, recently confirmed as the first Black secretary of defense. African Americans have played a central role in military history. ~~ Daily Dose