Lesson:  Never Wander Into the Marketplace

After a Silent Retreat.

Or During.  Which Is What I Just Did.

Copyright©2018 by Alice Walker


Perplexed by signs for “bookstore” and finding none, I wandered once again down the path beside the new community building.  I saw folks going in. I had wondered about the lineup of small Buddhas outside the building.  Of… Continue reading

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Encouraged by the Miracles of Life

©2018 by Alice Walker

for Rebecca, Tenzin and Rachel

& for Oprah

December 6, 2018

For instance:
The wisdom of the mango tree.
Two years ago
A hurricane
Named Patricia
-The worst storm
ever to hit Earth
according to those keeping record
of relatively recent times-
Destroyed… Continue reading

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A Good Prayer For Starting One’s Day In These Times …

Humans are amazing.  Thank You

For Making Us! 

Whoever or Whatever You are,

Of whatever Dimension or Frequency!

Thank you for giving us Ourselves to enjoy!

For instance, I went last night to my local movie palace in Oaklandia (as Frida Kahlo… Continue reading


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Word that the Texas prison system has banned The Color Purple this week, made me wish to share the thoughts below.  I am off to a silent retreat in hopes of “re-setting” myself. Otherwise I would have found a great picture to go with this!  Well, imagine your family, with all the wild… Continue reading

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 I Live Now As If I Will Never See You Again

Copyright 2017 by Alice Walker

I live now
As if I will never see you again;
I should have been living
This way all along.

Here is a cure for every kind
Of impatience
& Irritation;
Every anticipation
Of regret.

I love you as I love the fields
That I… Continue reading

Ayobami Adebayo Baileys Women Prize Fiction 2017 Alice Walkers Garden

Stay With Me is a fabulous novel.

Ayobami Adebayo has made such a moving commitment to fierceness and truth that the tenderness that emerges also in her characters is as welcome as a spring shower.  What a heart this writer has; how it renews our hope for a world in which it can continue to thrive.

 Best, I think, on Audible.

I… Continue reading

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Mandela on historic trip to Palestine this week

(26 to 29 November 2017)

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PRESS ALERT – Mandela on historic trip to Palestine this week (26 to 29 November 2017)

26 November 2017

Nelson Mandela’s grandson, Chief Mandla Mandela MP, is on a historic visit to Palestine. Mandela, who arrived in Palestine this morning (Sunday 26 November),… Continue reading

It Is Our (Frightful) Duty

©2017 by Alice Walker

To Study The Talmud

©2017 by Alice Walker

The first time I was accused

Of appearing to be anti-Semitic

The shock did not wear off
For days.
The man who charged me
Was a friend.
A Jewish Soul
Who I thought understood
Or could learn to understand
Almost anything.

He could not understand
Why I… Continue reading

A Branch:  Sexual Assault In the Present Time

©2017 by Alice Walker


Decades later I would undertake
As a course of personal study
Why they told us nothing
Whatsoever about it.
We entered puberty so ignorant
That when we bled
The euphemism
Was that we had been visited
By a red bird.
An odd sock, hopefully
Might be used
To staunch
The… Continue reading

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©2017 by Alice Walker


I never experience October 9th
Without giving thanks
For John Lennon
Someone who had his head
On straight.
This year was no different;
I miss him still.
Perhaps he and Medgar Evers
Viola (Liuzzo:the Italian-American
 Who came to help);the black
Women and men with no marker
To name them; Bobby, Martin,… Continue reading