13 practices

What i have noticed, and what i identify within myself. If i do not note it, then does it exist?

1. 20 minutes of a.m. cleanup
2. 2 glasses of water when waking up
3. sitting
4. writing 3 pages of morning pages
5. sleep (as integration)
6. spending time outdoors, in the sun, prior to noon
7. drinking multiple cups of coffee, with soy milk or half-half but no sugar
8. gardening, weeding, watering, germinating
9. washing dishes rather than using the dishwasher
10. blogging
11. list building as a way of dreaming
12. reading on the internet, more words per day than ever in my life
13. dreaming

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Tracing slavery

Baltimore, Philly and Greensboro just aint the same after reading Octavia Butler’s science fiction on time traveling into slavery. Kindred — first published in 1997. First picked up by me in mid-August 2010.

I’ve trampled over history this summer of 2010. Looked at leaves swaying along the interstate south of Philadelphia. Seen Black youth, Black families and Black communities with new eyes. New eyes cast having read about the slave trade, migration routes, escape routes, and movement of commerce.

I sat in a branch of the Durham Public Library, pulling books edited by Ishmael Reed and Member of the Club, a collection of articles written by Lawrence Otis Graham. Slavery doesn’t look the same now that it sits on the other side of the wall. A wall capable of taking my arm off, as it did to Dana/Edana in Kindred.

Atrocities of commerce. Or was it genocide borne of commerce, in visiting Colorado’s Camp Amache and Sand Creek Massacre. According to the War Department, Amache was called the Granada War Relocation Center.

All this, for a mulatto in miscegenation nation.