Why am I always one poem behind?
-Audre Lorde (unpublished journal)
I don't know about you, but I have long been lobbying for more hours in
the day. And this week I could really use them! How can those of us with such a quirktastic passion for life,
such a crush on the word yes, such diverse and unfolding opportunities,
such inspiring people and projects all around and such a sense of
urgency for the world that we deserve to live in keep from piling our
bodies with more tasks than a week can hold? Can we hold it all? Or is
it holding us in a pattern of burnout and overwhelm? I'm asking you
and I'm asking Audre.
How can we have access to the truth that life and time are abundant
while living in the lie of capitalism where time is pixelated into a
scarce resource, while navigating the mysterious unpredictable unit of
I only have one strategy: breathing. One deep breath. Three deep
breaths. My lungs know something about how everything is
interconnected, how everything is right on time, how right now is whole
and holy, how each moment that I am connected to my purpose, connected
to love is more than enough. In fact my purposeful moment, this
moment, just breathing you in is the referent for what the religious
texts translate as Eternal Life.
We can have grace with ourselves...like Nikki Giovanni say...even my
errors are correct. If even Audre Lorde felt like she was racing
against some manufactured poem clock in her sometimes very anxious
mind, then even my fear and anxiety that this moment is not enough is
part of a beautiful, educational journey back to purpose.
How do you hold space and time? What are your grace strategies for wholeness and sustainable love? Let us know here: http://quirkyblackgirls.ning.
One thing that makes me feel at peace with not having to do a billion things all at once is how awesomely y'all are each doing your thing. For example:
Check out QBG Adrienne Zurub's book: Notes from the Mothership: The Self I Think I Am
And if you are in or near Maryland check out Jessa Marie performing in a 5 month run of HAIRSPRAY in Columbia Maryland at TOBY"S THEATRE from March 4th to August 1st!
8 shows a week, Tuesdays through Sundays!! Please contact TobysDinnerTheatre.com for more details.
And definitely holler at us if you want to spread the word about what you are up to!!
Also want to encourage ya'll to check out an exciting and sexy Valentine's Day event in the Bay:
WHIPPED: QTPOC RECIPES FOR LOVE, SEX, & DISASTERthe second annual show about the miracles, dreams and cream our hearts make Valentines exchange to follow show, so get your love notes ready! Friday 2/12 & Saturday 2/13
La Pena, 3105 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley
Mama Calizo's Voice Factory, 1519 Mission St, SF 8pm, $10-15 sliding scale
Featuring live performance by:
Chan Dynasty, Delicio Del Toro, Gaston Mazo, Juba Kalamka, Kali Boyce aka "TuffNStuff",Manish Vaidya , Nico Dacumos, Yosimar Reyes, Cherry Galette
With film by: Val Killmore, Indira Allegra, Alexis Pauline Gumbs and Lex Hall
AND it is always a good time to get your own cute and cathartic copy of RAGE (vol.1 of the Little Black (Feminist) Book Series).
Loving you ALL the time!
Visit Quirky Black Girls at: http://quirkyblackgirls.ning.