This is a book about money and happiness for which I wrote a foreword. This is quite weird, actually, since for much of my life I’ve had relatively little of it, money that is, though it seems I was born not to miss out on a good chunk of happiness, for which I am grateful to the core. I have worked with the… Continue reading
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FIND YOUR PARENTS, AND HELP THEM
©2017by Alice Walker
Somewhere on this green earth
your parents are still alive;
why we thought parents ever died
is a mystery.
your father is still working
like a beast;
your mother, her shoes a joke, still washing
by calloused hand,
someone else’s filthy clothes.
You thought you had escaped… Continue reading
What To Do With The Mind?
©2017 by Alice Walker
I have not been this depressed since President John Kennedy was assassinated; no, I have not been this depressed since Dr. Martin Luther King was assassinated. No, I haven’t been this depressed since Malcolm X was assassinated. No, I haven’t been this depressed since Bobby Kennedy was assassinated. No, I haven’t been… Continue reading
I sat watching FENCES twice. Mesmerized. Enchanted. Loving everything about it. Including the many times Troy Maxson says “nigger,” all the inflections, the many times he shows how crafty, beaten down, and crazily standing up, he is. Denzel Washington’s acting (to say nothing of his directing) demonstrates the faith of love: that we can bear to witness where we’ve stood, fallen, cried… Continue reading
You left us on the day women all over the world
Well, you rose too, sweetest
You rose and I can see you smiling
As you returned to the village
Who, as they are wont to do,
Asked far too much of you,
Are there to receive you.
I hope they are!
For… Continue reading
The Sympathizer, by Viet Thanh Nguyen
Was the Civil Rights Movement a politically orchestrated distraction from the wars on the citizens, lands and cultures of yellow people half a world away? We were distracted, some more than others, by assassinations and hangings, fire bombing of cars and houses, and the humiliating back and forth “progress” of “integration” via the long torturous march of… Continue reading
I love the truth of this woman. She has always been standing where she stands now.
Even though times are hard, how lucky we are to see this
and to know what we are seeing. -AW
Read and Sign… Continue reading
It is a great experience to find one’s self taken over by a book, and that was my experience of BORN A CRIME by Trevor Noah. There’s no more fascinating a relationship between mother and son anywhere, to my mind, than that between Trevor and his mother, Patricia. I can only wonder if she finds it as priceless as I do. … Continue reading
Poema, SOY FELIZ DE ANUNCIAR QUE NO VOY A NINGUNA PARTE!, en Español
Photo by Alice Walker
I Am Happy To Report I Am Not Going Anywhere!
©2016 by Alice Walker
I am happy to report
I am not going anywhere!
That I am stuck like glue
to this house, this window, this bed.
To this view, that tree,… Continue reading
El poema ESTOY AFLIGIDA POR FIDEL en Español
I AM GRIEVING FOR FIDEL
and for Raul
©2016 by Alice Walker
I am grieving
for Fidel; I am bereft
because he left us.
Yet, after decades
of offering support
to more doubtful
and less confident souls
who called to him from his own country
and around the suffering globe
wasn’t it time… Continue reading