Earth Day, Harriet Tubman, and Elizabeth Keckley

Happy Earth Day, residents of Earth! I hope you are today and every day remembering to do your best to take care of the planet. It is the only home we have.

I saw this image Comewithmeifyouwanttolive of Harriet superimposed on a $20 bill and thought, Now that’s an empowering image I’d like to see on my money!

Lastly, I have given my reading of An Unlikely Friendship virtually no props, but am not quite ready. The friendship between Mary Todd Lincoln and Elizabeth Keckley was borne of opportunity and supported by shared grief as both women lost sons in the war. I am reading another book about Ms Keckley, Mrs. Lincoln’s dressmaker : the unlikely friendship of Elizabeth Keckley & Mary Todd Lincoln. Keckley It caught my eye because of the use of the same phrase in the title. This is more the story of Elizabeth Keckley than that told by Rinaldi, whose narrative spoke more about the relationship between the two women than about Keckley’s life. What Rinaldi did was present a woman from history about whom I had no knowledge until I turned 61. I bless her for contributing to my knowledge.

Happy Earth Day!




Something to ponder:

Mitch Teemley


Trees that outgrow their planters (and plants that outgrow their pots) become rootbound–strangled by their own roots. Unable to grow. Unable to take in nutrients. What to do? First, remove the plant from its too-small container. Second, trim away the unhealthy roots. Third, place it in fresh soil–in a place with room to grow.

People can be rootbound, too. I had a friend whose mother, like the woman at the well in John 4, married five times and was engaged to a sixth when Treena moved out. One year into her own marriage, Treena thought she’d chosen “the wrong person” and was ready to file for divorce. A wise counselor said, “Of course you think that. Divorce is Rootboundnormal for you.” You’re being strangled by your roots!

A family I’ve known all my life is rootbound by three generation of substance abuse. The grandfather modelled alcoholism until he died. His three sons drank with him…

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Earth Day’s A’Coming!

Been away a bit. It is always a good idea to sit a while and think.

Tomorrow is Earth Day, the day we set aside to highlight what humans are doing to try and protect our Mother.

Earth Day should be every day, and it is for many thinking people, but we have too many corporate fat cats protecting their profits at the expense of our Mother, making it very difficult for drylongso folks to make any clear headway in defense of the only planet we know of that supports our lifeforms.

Earth Day

Commit and do your bit for our Mother.

Happy Earth Day!

Earline in The Ever-After Bird

What an exciting story of abolition, family relations, and growing up in difficult circumstances. Earline ran away from her master before the enactment of the Dred Scott law that made it legal for slaveowners to cross state lines to retrieve their property.


Earline is interesting to me because she can swim. This was one of the skills she needed to use to escape from her lascivious master, who had impregnated her. Many young Blacks, particularly those living in cities, do not know how to swim today.


I foud myself wondering how she came to learn that skill that helped change her life. Was she taught to swim so that she could better take care of the master’s daughter, her charge?


I will not give any of this story away. I will say this is my favorite story to date. I am happy that my reading has coincided with Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day yesterday.


On to Elizabeth Keckley.


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Thank you, Mrs. Roosevelt

Eleanor Roosevelt was a nail-biter until she went away to boarding school at Allenswood. A letter she read from her father caused her to swear off nail-biting for good, but as an alternative she pulled a strand of her hair.

Mrs. Roosevelt suffered many tragedies early in life. She lost her mother, brother, and father to death, and was placed in a convent at age 6. She had very low self-esteem because many of her relatives treated her poorly because they thought she was unattractive. Even her mother thought this. It was at Allenswood, under the guidance of the headmistress there, Mme. Souvestre, that Eleanor Roosevelt blossomed into a graceful, poised, and polished young woman.

As a nail-biter who has stopped and started many times in life, I always remember Mrs. Roosevelt was a nail-biter and she still made a difference in this world.

Thank you, Eleanor Roosevelt.

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Good reading!

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Ann Rinaldi: The Ever-After Bird

I know I told you I was going to read about Elizabeth Keckley and her relationship with Abe Lincoln’s wife, but I started with The Ever-After Bird because the name was intriguing. Happily, I was able to find out what the Ever-After Bird is because CeCe’s uncle is an ornithologist who has made a serious study of bird life.

Here’s a spoiler: The slaves call the scarlet ibis the Ever-After bird because they believe that when they sight it, they will be free ever after.


I will try to get back to Mrs. Lincoln and Ms Keckley tomorrow.


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