A Magic Carpeting

27 May 2017

3/28/16

A Magic Carpeting

A carpet of tiny purple wildflowers, not as big as the end of a pencil eraser, covers the front lawn. I don’t know where they came from. They’ve never been there before. There must be hundreds of thousands of them because you can see them from the main road as you turn into the driveway we share with five neighbor houses. Every time I see that lavender strip, I wonder at Nature’s gift to me.

BAMorris

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Reading

27 May 2017

3/14/16

Reading

I can’t remember when words weren’t magic to me. My mother read to me before I could read on my own. And then unconsciously I flowed into knowing that a grouping of letters stood for a certain word. I was fully reading before I started school.
I can’t imagine not reading. It’s as essential to me as breathing. I could go a few days without the printed word, but I would find something to read in between: a cereal box, a magazine cover, a medicine bottle, the phone book! I am a reader, plain and simple.

BAMorris

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Mis-Information

27 May 2017

3/13/17

Mis-Information

As a teacher I am appalled at two inaccurate statements made recently by cabinet members of the current president.
Ben Carson compared slaves being brought by force to this country to immigrants coming here by choice. Slaves did not leave Africa seeking a better way of life. This statement makes light of the horrors of the Middle Passage, of the institution of slavery itself, and of the current prejudices still expressed in this country towards the descendants of those who came here as slaves.
Betsy DeVos said that Traditionally Black Colleges were an example of choice in education. With her statement she negates the fact that TBC were created in a time when people of color were not allowed to attend the established white colleges. Because of this, schools like Howard and Spellman were created as colleges for those of color. Attending them was not a matter of choice: rather it was filling the void for African Americans who wanted a college education.
These mis-statements belittle the slave experience and gloss over the disenfranchisement of the newly freed slaves after the Civil War. They both exhibit ignorance and insensitivity.

BAMorris

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A Rainy Night

20 May 2017

5/13/17

A Rainy Night

Rain pouring.
Road markings
Disappearing.
Stop lights,
Car lights,
Reflecting
On wet streets.
Cars creeping.
Drivers praying
Others are
Being as
Cautious as they.
Wipers swishing,
Barely able
To keep up
With the water.
A rainy night
In Richmond.

BAMorris

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