Full Moon: Episodes of Tenderness 1/30/18

  • Wishing my great aunt and an old school mate happy birthday.
  • Sharing laughter with my mom over Ethiopia food and bowling.
  • Making my sister and her love tea with honey.
  • Massaging my knees and hamstrings.
  • Watching the moon in its bright fullness.

Gratitude List: 1/28/18

  • This corner of peace.
  • My partner made it safely to Trinidad and is surrounded by so much family to honor the life of her Grandfather.
  • Hearing my mother’s and grandmother’s voices.
  • Comforters.
  • Shea butter.
  • Stretching.
  • Text messaging my partners.
  • This practice.

Poetry: Lucille Clifton’s “blessing the boats”

may the tide

that is entering even now

the lip of our understanding

carry you out

beyond the face of fear

may you kiss

the wind then turn from it

certain that it will

love your back may you

open your eyes to water

water waving forever

and may you in your innocence

sail through this to that

-Lucille Clifton

Word & Song 1/24/18

Decompress.

Lean into the calm. Slink off the pressure. Release it all at once like a sweet summer storm. Return to your body. It is home. Feel your cells sing in chorus: “yes, yes, yes.”

Make my plans and you always in them. -Q-Tip in “Vivrant Thing” from his album Amplified.

Word & Song: 1/22/18

Harmonizer. As in one who brings harmony. As in one who knows how to communicate with many. As in who Binti and Mwinyi are.

“Time Moves Slow” by BadBadNotGood featuring Sam Herring.

Passage: “Binti: The Night Masquerade”

Am reading Nnedi Okorafor’s third book in the Binti series, Binti: The Night Masquerade. I am floored by the main character’s steadiness in reaching for peace, a way forward, even when war and wrath swirl and throb inside of her. This series teaches me that tenderness is heart and strategy and intention. It is communion. It is a technology that aids us in getting to better futures.

Gratitude List: 1/19/18

  • I hugged the man at the bus stop. We do not know each other’s names but we always greet each other warmly and always wish each other well. He feels like family.
  • I made it home safely.
  • Today was a warm and bright winter day.
  • I did not need my gloves.
  • The sky was actually blue.
  • Donuts.
  • That first few moments of taking off my boots. I felt free and like my feet can breathe and settle into the true shapes of themselves.
  • Water.
  • One of my partners texted a pic of an old photograph of their grandmother with great grandmother. They are wearing pointy hats. They seem amused and in the mist of celebration.
  • My coworker checked in and asked whether I needed anything after I named that I was tired.
  • My Lyft driver’s energy was jovial and warm. A welcoming way of easing out of another long work day. Plus their laugh is big, unapologetic and almost wild.
  • War’s “Don’t Let No One Get You Down.”

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