Category Archives: enlightenment

Walks With Angels

Walks With Angels

 

Walking with angels

It is that which she does

Smiling and laughing

Filling Heaven with her love

She no longer feels

Hurt or pain

And while I may never

Feel the same

Her time here was over

She needed to rest

Knowing her was a privilege

No doubt I was blessed

No question she honored us

Each day with her smile

This angel God allowed us

 To know for a while

Like clockwork her laughter

Resounds in my ear

When I need her voice

Or just wish she was here

She whispers sweetly

“You are not alone”

I never left your heart…

My permanent home

I couldn’t ever walk

 Away from you

I would have never left…

You know it’s true

However the plans of God

Are never in vain

And while you may think

Things have changed

She went on to say…

God had plans for me

And just knowing you

Gave me wings

Please do not cry

And do not mourn

For you, too,

Will be reborn

It’s like a balmy paradise

Every single day

We smile on those we’ve met

Along the way

Please smile when I

Come to your heart

And know you have been there

From the start

Nothing so beautiful

You could ever have known

As when our Father

Calls us home

While you feel my absence

From your ear

Know that God

Will keep me near

For on your lifelong journey

Which may at times seem bleak

I will always be here by your side

With anything you seek

Don’t worry my love

And don’t feel awry

God is watching over you

And He’s right by my side

So I ask you today

Welcome joy in your heart

Knowing you may not see me…

But we are never apart

An Angels Hands

An Angels Hands

In the darkness it seems

We know all there is to see

Believing our own lies

Those of humanity

Why can’t we wake up

A simple answer is this

It is not our problem

It is hers…it is his

The darkness while inviting

For it preys upon our fears

All the while causing

The pain within our tears

To live in darkness is one thing

Especially if we don’t know

That there is a divine light

Waiting to help us grow

The light is not an illusion

It is the Truth…Path …The Way

It is the road map of our lives

Always been this way

While we claim we are alone

Abandonment all around

The illusion is in the thought

God’s love needs to be found

Oh, my beautiful brother

Love is not contained

It is found in every drop

Of our Creator’s rain

It is found in a sunbeam

It is in the oceans deep and wide

In all points up and down

Backwards…forward…side to side

God’s love need not be sought

It is not a material thing to earn

Just in thinking that

Means there is so much to learn

Love is in the air and water

It is all we eat and drink

It is in an unexpected smile

Love is more than what we think

Love is not a direction yet

Can guide us just the same

Love is not about

Our Savior’s Earthly name

Love is the beginning

Love will be in the end

Love is in an enemy

Just as a loving friend

Love is the exception

To all rules which we know

It exists in a year long drought

Yet still thrives in a winter’s snow

Love is the only reason

We were sent here to be

It’s the hope of the future

Endless possibilities

Love can mend bridges

Can mend a broken heart

It is and was all things

From the very start

So while you think it hopeless

I will give this candle to light

To help you see the truth

That what I say is right

No need to listen to me

Your beating heart will speak to you

Hold on to the rhythm

And what it says to do

Go forward and tread lightly

Speak softly in your tones

For the love in which you seek

You have already owned

The darkness is an illusion

We are never left alone

So stop with the anger

Cast aside your stones

Love one another often

It is what Our Lord demands

You will then learn that you

Have been holding an angels hands

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Meet Cheryl Williams

Meet Cheryl Williams

Cheryl Williams

Cheryl J. Williams hails from Smithfield, VA; has lived the last 36 years between Maryland, Iowa, New Jersey and Richmond, VA. Currently she is Chair of the Fine Arts Department and Head of the Theatre Program at Virginia Union University while teaching Public Speaking and Intro to Communication at J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College both in Richmond, VA. Prior to moving to Richmond she taught at Morgan State University, Coppin State University, and Rutgers University. While teaching is Cheryl’s passion there are other aspects of the theatre world in which she has leaned a hand and that includes lighting design; sound design; directing; production stage manager; performer; and production manager.

Internationally she has worked at the National Theatre of Ghana, Accra, Ghana; University of Ghana, School of Performing Arts; Centre Cultural Francais, Lome, Togo; Musée Nationale des Arts, Bamako, Mali; and National Theatre of El Salvador, El Salvador, Brazil.

The other half of Ms. Williams’ life is that of theology. February 24, 2013 she will have completed her Masters of Divinity from Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology at Virginia Union University. In addition she is a Master Teacher/Director in the Johnnie Colemon Theological Seminary. In this arena Ms. Williams has been a guest speaker for churches, workshops, national and international conferences.

Ms. Williams holds a M.F.A. from Rutgers University, Mason Gross School of the Arts; M.Div. from Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology; and a B.A. from Iowa State University.

Meet Deborah Buynum Billips

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Debbie cares…perhaps her innate passion to give of self is the driving force that allows her to place the needs of others in the forefront. Counciling and giving to women daily has driven her to start a publishing company and launch a world-class periodical that inspires, informs, and supports black women to pursue their dreams and fulfill their destinies. For Debbie, it’s all about giving back, educating and supporting the women in our community…one woman at a time. Welcome to the world of Debbie Billips.

To enable her passion to touch more women, she conceived the idea of launching the highly anticipated SLANTRESS Magazine. This would extend her reach to hundreds, if not thousands of women at a time. With her vision and leadership, she guides and orchastrates a symphony of female visionaries that collaborate to publish and distribute rich inspiring and entertaining content that is sure to enhance the quality of life of all readers.

Growing up in Morgan Park a community in Northeast Balitimore, MD, Debbie was the middle child of three. Her father a Captain in the Baltimore City Fire Department and her mom who stayed at home, worked to instill core family and life values by living them daily themselves. An introvert in her early years set the pace for her extrordinary observation skills. Debbie never said much but when she did it was somehow profound. In her later years she began connecting with women needing guidance as they faced life’s challenges. Challenges ranging from relationship issues to financial matters. Women just seem to find her. She has been functioning as a life coach or mentor for women, but without the formal title.

“In simplest terms, I have a warm friendly up close non-judgemental approach,” said Debbie. “In fact, I can connect with women emotionally and they feel comfortable to confide in me and take action on my advice, that is really validating and rewarding.”

Debbie has a philosophy that she espouses titled “Women as One.” She feels we live in a crucial time where we should be addressing self-accountability. The significance of what we bring to ourselves, our families, our communities and beyond is of utmost importance. Where do we place our value as women and how do we position that value in relationships and in life? Charging oneself to the highest comprehendible standards will aid in the growth of our forward progression of empowerment.

Debblie further defines a SLANTRESS as a grass root individual/sister who strive to achieve personal excellence as well as diligently leading by example in their day to day lifestyles. Each SLANTRESS is reflective of one another; all parts of the collective whole…the pure essence of our communities. We are the past, the present and the future. We are women who learn from mistakes, reach back and look forward. We are one and yet we are individuals. We are our own inspiration looking to build up and restore, love and teach, nurture and learn. We are women, we are free, we are SLANTRESS. As the creator of SLANTRESS, she pledges to her supporters to remain true to self and committed to the mission of SLANTRESS. “I promise to always put my best stiletto forward every time!”

Debbie currently resides in Baltimore City with her husband, their 3 children and 9 grandchildren. Her service to the community as a volunteer for worthy social causes such as; mentoring, services as the foundation that keeps her grounded.

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Marked By Misogyny

 

Marked by Misogyny

Misogyny.

This particular topic…I have pondered for close to a month now. It is an issue which of course affects me personally. But for those that didn’t know, or weren’t aware…misogyny is hate of women. Now I realize that this blog will cause people to stir and grumble about it. That actually is the point, and recently I realized that unless you shine light on issues…people will behave like it isn’t even there. And as I have learned when talking about injustices due to race, religious beliefs and bigotry, as a whole, people would rather it not be discussed. But since I am a woman…and it affects me directly, I am not willing to wish it away.

There will be some people that will say that I am wrong, or that I am making something out of nothing…however, since it is hate against an entire group of people it does warrant an educated discussion.

Women are often the scale in which manhood is decided…for instance, “you throw like a girl”, along with other various names that men or boys are called that refer to a female or her body parts…used to demean and isolate boys or men.

Why is it socially acceptable for women to wear a garment usually termed “masculine”, such as jeans or pants…yet when a man or boy wants to dress in attire termed “feminine” he is ridiculed? Why is a girl being called a “tomboy” acceptable but a boy being called girl-like…or anything similar, but not as kind…is an insult? Why is it that we make fun, or create jokes about males who are in the Ballet, nurses (instead of doctors), beauticians, or various other gender biased professions?

I suppose that who ever started and carries on these ridiculous ideas about women…never really has had a REAL woman in their life. And I say that because the strongest people I have ever known in my life…are all women.

A woman was chosen to carry an embryo for 40 weeks and give birth to a baby weighing usually around 7-8 pounds. Why do we go to our mothers when it feels like the world is crashing down around our ears? I know men, who I find extremely masculine, that lean on their mothers when their troubles have gotten too heavy. How many men do you know that look for someone they can count on when seeking a wife? Would you feel like you could count on some one weaker than you?

Let us not confuse compassion, and kindness for weakness. They do not go hand in hand. There have been women throughout history that have broken through barriers created by their male counterparts…which I can assure you makes them anything but weak:

1910 Alice Stebbins Wells became the first female police officer in the United States…she joined the L.A.P.D.

Early 1800’s Molly Williams (a slave) became the first female firefighter in the United States…coincidentally…she was also the first African-American female firefighter also.

1870 Esther Morris became the first female judge in the United States, in the preceding year she helped secure the right for women to vote in the Wyoming territory…where the ratio was 6 men to every one woman.

1917 Loretta Walsh was the first woman to enlist in the military; she joined the United States Navy.

1995 Lt. Kelly Flinn became the first female B-52 Bomber Pilot.

1849 Dr Elizabeth Blackwell became the first woman to graduate from medical school.

These female pioneers broke through some thoroughly masculine career fields…I can assure you it was not an easy task. And I am certain that like most things, they were heavily scrutinized in their every move. However it did not stop them from making the way for other great women in history and in our lives.

So the next time that you consider the weaker of the sexes…perhaps you should remember…just because you might say it… doesn’t make it so.

It is true that women did not choose to carry children, we were created that way…but I have never spoken to a single man that said he could withstand all that birthing a child entails. Remember when we are belittling the women in our society…that means YOUR mom, YOUR grandmother, and YOUR daughter…do you really think she is weak?