Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Life Accomplishment: excellence.

Morning meditation: 

Pray in every situation. Know your worth. Don’t let the past harm your future. Stop comparing yourself to others. Trust your inner voice. Everything doesn’t need to be said. Love and forgive yourself first. Life is short. Strive to achieve your goals. Know your limits. Inspire. Believe. Words are powerful. Speak wisely.

Lori Williams

Lori Williams, jazz singer.

"The maturation of spirit, the development of mind and talent, and how beauty matures in playful ways has always been a source of wonder for those who appreciate how such things work in their own lives!

This is what I see looking at this photograph!" - Gregory E. Woods, Keeper of Stories 12/1217

Letter about jazz singer, Lori Williams from President of City Sketches, Inc.

Lori Williams performing at Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club. Tony Lewis in the back.

Marriage in Hollywood.

"The images created and sustained by Hollywood shaped the ideas of the modern American family in superficial, and significant ways. They solidified the authority of the nuclear family so far down in our collective memories the stability of, and ancient strength of the clan systems of the extended families and the traditions and rituals they have established deep in the indigenous mindsets got lost in the 'American Dream'.

The way people of the darker hue need to revive their souls is to shake this out of our systems as easily as one wakes up from a gripping nightmare pretending to be other than what it really is: the nightmare! The way white people need to perform the same task is different, and unlike the way others of us must unlearn! You see, those who created and seem to succeed from the dysfunction of the nuclear family have to recognize its enormity with fears acquainted with denial. At some point the various directions realization takes the different people towards wholeness, people will come together; but not superficially. . ." - Gregory E. Woods, Keeper of Stories [9/9/17]

Orson Welles, wife Rita Hayworth and daughter Rebecca at home in 1945.

Monday, December 11, 2017

Question and Answer period.

"Where has all the grace gone in the world."

"Grace has gone away to allow room for crudeness to grow, and change people to believe grace has no place to thrive within the soul!" - Gregory E. Woods, Keeper of Stories 12/11/17 

A Gentle Nudge.

Artist Pasckie Pascua. Woman and Red Flowers. 2017.

After procrastination, excuses, and a talk with the Creator, the idea feels good, fear leaves you and you are ready to believe in the magic of new beginnings.
by jojo brooks shifflett  

Anita Jo Shifflett, Lumbee author and lawyer. September 2017.

Sunday, December 10, 2017

a MESS, We're Screwed!

U.S. Diplomat’s Resignation Signals Wider Exodus From State Department
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An award-winning U.S. diplomat who was seen as a rising star at the State Department has issued a scathing resignation letter, accusing Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and the Donald Trump administration of undercutting the State Department and damaging America’s influence in the world.

Elizabeth Shackelford, who most recently served as a political officer based in Nairobi for the U.S. mission to Somalia, wrote to Tillerson that she reluctantly had decided to quit because the administration had abandoned human rights as a priority and shown disdain for the State Department’s diplomatic work, according to her letter, obtained by Foreign Policy. 

“I have deep respect for the career Foreign and Civil Service staff who, despite the stinging disrespect this Administration has shown our profession, continue the struggle to keep our foreign policy on the positive trajectory necessary to avert global disaster in increasingly dangerous times,” Shackelford wrote in her Nov. 7 letter, which is published below. One phrase was redacted on Shackelford’s request. 

“With each passing day, however, this task grows more futile, driving the Department’s experienced and talented staff away in ever greater numbers,” she wrote. 
Her former colleagues said her departure — and the sentiments expressed in her letter — reflect a wider exodus of midcareer diplomats who have lost confidence in Tillerson’s management and the Trump administration’s approach toward diplomacy.
“She’s emblematic of what we’re losing across the board,” said one of Shackelford’s former State Department colleagues. “She is the best among us. We should not be losing the best among us. And that should concern people that we are,” the former colleague said.
In her letter, Shackelford said she was leaving with a “heavy heart” as she recognized the potential of the State Department’s mission. She said she was “shocked” when Tillerson appeared to cast doubt on the importance of human rights in remarks to department employees on May 3. 


A tale for anyone...because you were beautifully made. 

Once there was an elf named Theodore, who was the subject of much laughter. For he had big ears and buck teeth. He would spend his days wandering the path between the green wood and the golden meadow. Feeling lonely and ashamed of his appearance one day, he happened upon a very old and gnarly tree. As he approached the aged tree he suddenly heard voices and one by one little white mice popped out from under the roots of this great tree. These mice were very different from the town folk who used to call Theodore names, for they were friendly and very fond of Theo's ears. From that day on, Theodore would visit his new found friends and would become their provider.

We all have a place and a purpose on this Earth. We were all specially and beautifully made, always stay true to who you are.
~James Browne  

Tree from the World of James Browne.


Too Fine to be True!

Yvonne DeCarlo 1943, an sexy photo of the later Lily on "The Munsters" with Fred Gwinn as Herman Munster.
"Remember that show, that look she had on that show?" 

Yvonne DeCarlo, aka Lily Munster from The Munsters.

Colors of Melanin

Brittney Blair

plastic bag dress worn by Brittney Blair . photo by Roland Dawson. September 2017.

Brittney Blair by Roland Dawson taken at Abstract Reality Art Gallery & Photography Studio.

Island girls. Gorgeously Nelly  (l.) and Erika Marie (r.)
flanking the center woman unnamed by Roland Dawson.

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Glamour and Simplicity=

Erin Andrews at 2016 CMT Music awards!

Lara Spencer, journalist in a blue Andrea Sankar gown at 64th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards !!!!

Lady Gaga at the 2016 Oscars. photo taken by Ethan Miller on Getty Images.

Eva Longoria showed a little leg at the Cannes Film Festival one weekend !!!!

Joy in getting Old.

face of a splendid woman with age, insight and knowing.

face of a breathtaking woman of 45 years of age from Ohio. Jan. 2017.

Carmen Dell’Orefice beautiful in a business for young women.

Janet Lesley

Friday, December 8, 2017

Bright Present.

Jazmilèx Marie

Colors. Jazmilèx Marie by Roland Dawson. Body paints by HandPaintedd Bud. September 2017.

"As many times as I've studied and simply looked at this image, I am still struck by the magnificence of this image!" - Gregory E. Woods, Keeper of Stories 9/28/17 

Inspired by looks, sustained by more.

Candice Elizabeth by The Pixel Practice, an ideal

Briea Dior by Giovanni Adams. New York city.

Carmit Bachar!

Veronica Hamel's staggering beauty and refreshing poise stayed with me from first flush seeing her on TV starring in Hill Street Blues in the 1980's, to the last gush just a few minutes ago watching her old show, Hill Street Blues, again on cable!... - Gregory E. Woods, Keeper of Stories

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Full of LIFE.

naked Black woman, Bria Angelique in purple light.

Native woman's introspective beauty of form and face.
In the eyes her people peer back into focus on an inner truth.

Naomi Sims, model and pride of Black America. 

Naomi Campbell at 42.

Women Full of Life!!

Nadia Aboulhosn's breathtaking beauty attracts more attention...

Emma Evins 

[The] naked form of purity pregnant Emma Evins carries as a woman speaks keenly to the bones, the soul of fatherhood! Even though women birth, men hold the balance. Political activism, as it has been done in the West, squashes the spiritual powers pregnancy unfolds into the roles of women and of men with assertions designed to believe in equality, the minimization of the presence of life in a woman, and surely; one can take away from this cultural tendency how these things were created by spiteful people envious of the challenge of the role of motherhood. It is mean the way pregnant women are dismissed as having a 'bump'; more distressing is how women accept the slur! - Gregory E. Woods, Keeper of Stories 8/26/17

Perfect body form of a woman

A Black woman's body after birth ranks among the elements of transformation.
It is part of the unknown. - Gregory E. Woods, Keeper of Stories 2.1.16

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Expressions: refined to wild

African Woman as Art!

Ana De La Reguera, portrait of the elegance of

Lala by Robin W. arousing and attending fires created.

Respect for her life.

Born Annie Wilson Lillian Evans in Washington, D.C on this day August 12, 1890, departed physical form December 6, 1967, Soprano Lillian Evanti.

"[Evanti] was the first African American to perform with a major European opera company, but she also maintained deep ties to her native Washington. She graduated from Howard University in 1907, and thirteen years later, moved to Europe, where her professional opportunities were not as limited by discrimination. She made her professional debut in Nice, France in 1924, and while abroad, adopted the stage name Evanti, a more European-sounding combination of her last name and that of her husband, Roy Tibbs.

Evanti returned to Washington periodically and performed on Lafayette Square several times in the 1920s and 1930s, at both the Belasco Theater, one of the few venues in Washington where African Americans could perform before a desegregated audience, and the Roosevelt White House. In 1926, she sang at the Belasco with Marian Anderson as a part of the festivities surrounding the football game between Howard University and Lincoln University..."


First Negro woman to perform with a major European opera company,
Annie Wilson Lillian Evans of Washington DC.

free of Freedom!

the Creature hides her beauty within. Revealed she may be as beautiful as 'She', as much a voice as a whisper is a sound needing expression. We wonder where women may go in this world, but not believing in magical powers... - Dawn Wolf, Keeper of Stories 12/5/17 

"Women have to project, not themselves, but a creature to be feared to be safe from rape and other abuses, and respected enough to be given what is due their stature as women in their workplaces, and women as mothers. It is not that this stature is respected or feared; it isn't. It is the ability of men to keep women ignorant of their wombs that keeps this world working against its best interests; so women become creatures to alter this perception, and create a perception to sustain the illusion, in the name of survival. Trying to create real change in the world-at-large is almost impossible without the womb's power, but they work hard at it..." - Gregory E. Woods, Keeper of Stories 12/5/17  

Cover up of the sacred reveals something is hidden. 

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

a Man speaks of being a Father.

Lemuel and his father (me) Gregory E. Woods, Keeper of Stories. November 19, 2017.

The men who reflect their fathers are all alike in one sense; in a deeper way it differs in the substance of things planted within the body of soul, and the soul of the mind. In the developmental process of father teaching son's spirit, there was a deliberate and exacting science fathering my son. It was different from the girls, and my youngest son...

But, this is but a glimpse of fatherhood at the levels beyond glib comments passing as sage advise popular today!
- Gregory E. Woods, Keeper of Stories 12/5/17 

Father and son. Lemuel and I at Jamala's second wedding November 2017.

God of Modern Times!

cartoon - ancestors

Monday, December 4, 2017

IN the Thought.

Hardness, as a defense, is one thing to consider and weigh against what goes against women's esteem in daily life! - Dawn Wolf, Keeper of Stories