I cannot believe that so many people barely know the names of their grandparents, not to mention their grandparents. I’m reading “American Tapestry” by Rachel Smirns http://vimeo.com/42383532
I cannot believe that baby boomers are surprised to learn of miscegenation in the not so distant past. It is disingenuous for white people on Henry Louis Gates’ show <a href="http://www.pbs.org/wnet/finding-your-roots/" to be surprised that their ancestors owned slaves.
I believe that in every family, someone is "hard wired" to tell the family history. I am glad I was chosen to be the deli or griot of my family. My father was the one before me. He passed onto me the stories. I listened to the adults over the years.
I was blessed to know two great grandmothers, two step grandmothers, and my personal spiritual advisor in life, my maternal grandmother. For it was grandma Brooks who planted the seeds of the Ho,y Spirit in me at her Pentecostal church. As I evolved from baptist to Episcopalian to CME to Believer, I thank my grandmother for her teachings, discussions, and patience.
Nora Ephron will not be reincarnated as fly on the wall. She has been there and done that. She had to be because she wrote about my life in the movie “Heartburn!” why else would she use the name Mark Foster for the character played byJack Nicholson? My husband was Mark Fortson! I lived the Amex scene. But I wanted to run out of the movie screaming when the MF of the movie stole the MF in my life’s most obnoxious line, about reading something other than the “style” section of the Washington Post. I had to move to the South so that she could no longer reveal my secrets! But I deliciously reveled in her humor and honesty in revealing the romantic tribulations of others. RIP fly on the wall.
Welcome to Djeli- Here you will find history, praises, testimonies of faith- How we got over. This is Djeli, because we must learn from the past in order to move successfully forward. The past brought us to this day by faith; and by faith we get through each day until we reach that final day when we are silenced and we pass on. The day when we go on to where others have gone- where our soul/essence/ energy joins the greater force that keeps the eternal order.