All That You Know

What you feel inside is knowledge. Your body knows. Your heart knows. Your mind knows. Let all that you know become part of your faith.  

Healing Spaces: Building Government Sponsored Meditation Centers

All I feel is sadness, a sadness so deep and searing that even the words of Dr. King now seem shallow and very distant. My heart goes out to the families of Sterlings and Castillo, as well as the families of the Dallas Police.  All tragic, and painful, and confusing, and sad. Our differences, whether…

Reject Violence As A Way Of Being Human

If we do nothing else today, pray for loving peace.   Pray that our hearts will open wider and support girls and women in our lives with deep gratitude and purpose.   Pray that our hearts will continue to beat, and with every beat claim the knowledge that comes with a beating heart. To know,…

Being an ally is understanding and validating the worldview of that group

I am pleased to have the permission of my dear friend, Tara Edwards to post this wonderful essay.  Tara is the first of many (I hope) guest writer/blogger on the Pancake Diaries. As you know we are engaged in lots of peaceful protests and conversations about racism, oppression, power, and police brutality in our country….

Meditation and The Funk

Friends and family, About 15 months or more ago, I meditated over a weekend with 10 other brave souls for about 16 hours in total silence. I experienced a sort of mental and emotional breaking down, questioning what really existed inside. Searching for the essence, in a sense. In a similar way, our country is…

The Drip-Drip Method: Palms Facing Up S1/E3

Previously on The Drip-Drip Method: Sethaline threatens to shut the group down.  She also presents a threat to sick Tim on one of the group members. The group also struggles with the possibility of a mysterious new visitor. S1/Episode 3-Palms Facing Up: “Ok,” Sethaline continued tucking her long straggly hair behind her left ear, “I…

My Blackness Had Become A Usual Prism

My blackness had become a usual prism while my maleness sat on the sideline in its innocent slumber.  It was relatively easy to write about the anger and pain of racism relating to Ted Wafer.  Wafer was a white man who murdered Renisha McBride in late 2013.   She was a young African American woman who…

Happy Holidays and what to do with the lemons.

Thank you for being a viewer, reader, follower, and contributor. May the new year bring you all good things. If or when life gives you lemonade; make a lemon painting, take the lemon grinds and use them for soup, or use the lemon juice to wash your hair. Whatever life brings you, use it and…

Transformation and Compassion

Have you ever seen the movie, Transformers, where cars magically twist  and turn into robots? In the movie we watch with a child’s eye how cars change into robots….wait, wait, they don’t just change they transform.  On the TV show Extreme Makeover they transform homes not just change them.  After being a teacher and learner for 25 years as…