MENDING BROKEN HEARTS isn't easy, but that's what Linda Cliatt-Wayman a.k.a. #principalwayman did during her tenure as principal to one of the nation's most dangerous schools: if no one told you they loved you today, remember that I do -- she said daily over the loud speaker to a student body of 1,000 at Strawberry Mansion High in Philadelphia. I had the honor of listening to her speak about her experience in a violent environment full of students whom love forgot in the insidious cycle of poverty. She said she took on the assignment -- we know that's the one with the capital A (wink, wink). It takes courage to love unconditionally and to have faith in young people who desperately need hope. Linda also gave me a hug! We agreed: What else can we do but change one heart at a time? . A thousand thanks to @awidercircle for making the forum on ending poverty accessible to all. I first got to know this orgnaization when I donated clothes earlier this year. I ❤ the holistic approach they take to ending poverty. . For me, the toughest act of love I couldn't and didn't want to run away from was caregiving. What's yours?
GOOD FAITH KNOWS NO RELIGION A Jew, Buddhist, Muslim, Christian, Sikh, Catholic and a few more walk into a bar. What happens? Nothing really. Just good faith, good food, good learning, good conversation and good service to others. The InterFaith Conference of Metropolitan Washington isn't exactly a bar, but it raises the bar on how folks from different backgrounds can respect each other on common ground. My walking buddy, a woman I met randomly, is an unconverted Chinese Jew, and yes, that can be a thing in a city that embraces diversity. . When you live in D.C. you don't need to stamp your passport to see the world, and the rich contrast of my life doesn't escape me. Last weekend, I stood at the steps of the Supreme Court in a historic protest. This weekend was a little softer, but both embraced the feminine nurturing spirit in all of us. . I don't need to attend a major political forum to enjoy these precious moments of global understanding and diplomacy. The conversation I had with a Sikh woman about their communal lunches and welcoming faith was priceless. As she put it: even this conversation with you right now is why we do this. Sometimes all you need is five minutes of full presence and connection, a kind of pre-emptive radical forgiveness, a hugging from within. . Yesterday, we walked not only with our two feet, but also with hearts.
JOURNALISTS WRITE THE FIRST DRAFT OF HISTORY Witnessing history yesterday was something I'll not soon forget. After the bare-breasted woman was symbolically arrested, one, then two, then three women walked up the steps of the Supreme Court of the United States. I was about to leave when the sidewalk barricade was breached and the protesters marched determinedly up to the towering columns. Not sure why security stood back all of a sudden ... and there we were, mere footsteps from the stately front door, with Kavanaugh on the other side, being confirmed. . No matter what side you are on, this really is what democracy looks like. Interestingly, I had spent the day participating in a teacher's conference at the @Newseum, an institution that educates about the five freedoms of the first amendment. Later, I was living peaceful assembly in the flesh. Journalism and freedom are intimately tied and I am here to tell you that there was nothing, absolutely NOTHING, fake about the pain body yelling for justice. . To see a few MAGA supporters in this crowd walking around with smug faces was not something I'll soon forget, either. I pity them for their lack of compassion, for treating the seriousness of a rape allegation as a spectacle, and yet, how small they looked among the many rape victims, and even one who shouted: I dont care if you support Trump and Kavanaugh, if you were raped, I would stand by you, too. . And I stand by what I wrote in my op-ed earlier this week, and add that the rape of the American woman, also shores up her power to speak her truth. She is everywoman, as we were here, among compassionate men -- white, black, of many denominations and origins, statues of liberty in the flesh. We are the daughters of liberty and in the past few days, their weeping eyes and broken hearts spoke to me silently. . Thank you friends and followers for being part of my personal history in D.C. My parents left Cuba for a reason, and to be able to capture these moments, to live in a city whose wound gives me and many others an opportunity to hold space for healing, is a profound inspiration to go on with my #heartcenteredmedia venture.
All the women in me are tired.
When you're starting a podcast and you meet your idol & she talks abt #empathy in media & compassion for #endoflife issues. Guess it was worth hoppin' on that Greyhound with no plan a year and a half ago ... 💚 #heartcenteredmedi . Check out dianerehm.org show on @wamu885 and her latest documentary film project When My Time Comes, which discusses important issues for all of us, including caregivers. . Many thanks to fabulous, wonderful ladies behind @upstairson7th who bring beauty and enlightenment to DC through their boutique.
Just another afternoon one block from the White House. Handwritten on the camo ballcap: “Reelect President Trump in 2020 - ✍ #repost and words @pbeach 📷 by @heartcenteredmaria: A first-ever guest post! – credit to my good friend, Miami-expat, now-DC’s-freest-soul and supremely-talented indie writer Maria de Los Angeles
Because you never think anyone would believe your boyfriend raped you, because you don't go from being in love to being violated so easily. No nation can heal until a woman's voice is heard.
COURAGE is doing it anyway. Proud of all the women speaking their truth.
PEACE Zen Buddhist master and humanitarian @ven.pomnyun honored us at The Church of the Holy City with a candid talk about peace between North and South Korea as well as with the U.S. I always wonder how something so abundant can be so tied up and blocked in human affairs, leaving so many humans bereft at the cost of military control. This isn't just a Korea issue ... story of humanity. Good thing we can always access peace within and that spiritual leaders can shed light on such complexity. 💚 Very grateful to @annabelpark of @talkonmain for arranging this enlightening talk and for Rev. Rich Tafel for hosting. #heartcenteredmedia