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Monday, November 23, 2015

"No Worries"

"Holly Berries at Valley Green" Pheralyn Dove Photo
"I have no worries.
I connect to Divine Love.
My Faith is in God."

These are my thoughts for today:  
Leave it on the Altar. 
Turn it all over to God. We don't have to try and do this alone. 
There is a Higher Power willing and able to come to our rescue. 
Peace, Love, & Blessings Always.

Saturday, November 14, 2015


My brother Alonzo took this photo of me during a recent trip to Hampton, Virginia.

Change your thoughts and you
Change your Life. It’s really just
as simple as that.

We are what we eat, but just as importantly, we are what we think. Thoughts are things. Our thoughts determine our destiny from moment to moment, from day to day, from year to year, for our entire lifetime. Elevate your thinking and watch your dreams come true. Don’t be afraid to shake off those negative vibes. Tear down those mental mountains of doubt, shame, failure and despair. Replace those ugly useless thoughts and emotions with an authentic sense of gratitude and a “can do” spirit. Mindset is everything. Be aware. Live on purpose. Love your life.

Asante sana. Peace, Love & Blessings Always.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Happy Birthday! (To Me)

Hannan Saleh captured this photo of me during one of my day trips to NYC &
included it in her "Street Style" Column.

Powerful, Wondrous:
We ourselves and the world in
which we inhabit.
(Blink. And Blink Again.)
Much to my mother’s surprise, when I uttered my first words at 18 months, I did so in proper English and complete sentences. My earliest memory reaches back to when I was two years old. I blinked and I was 7, totally aware of myself and my surroundings, securely ensconced in a completely Black world, in the Strawberry Mansion working class neighborhood of North Philadelphia. I blinked again and I was 10, reeling from the culture shock brought on from moving to the integrated middle class neighborhood of Mount Airy. The 1970s catapulted me through high school and college. I blinked again and I was in my 20’s:  a wife, a mother, a career woman on the journalism track.

(Blink. And Blink Again.)
I blinked again and I was in my 30’s, my 40’s, my 50’s and now 60.  
As my journey continued, I blinked, and here I was - a divorced single mother perpetually trying to figure out what I wanted to be when I grew up. As I raised my daughter and watched her grow into her own as a woman, I kept myself busy, working in radio, newspapers, theatre. I became a reporter, a press agent, a publicist, an educator, a nonprofit executive director. I became a cultural aesthete, a poet, a playwright, a spoken word artist, a social worker, a grant writer, a homeowner, an entrepreneur, a world traveler.  I became a published author, got into health foods, photography, positive thinking, Zen meditation and distance running (finishing a marathon  - yes, 26.2 miles - to celebrate my 50th earth day). Being a Black woman in America, you can only just imagine some of the indignities, some of the changes I have been through. Yet somewhere along the line, I embraced gratitude as a way of life.

(Blink. And Blink Again.)

Wow. What an adventure. Some of you have traveled along on this odyssey with me for 10, 20, 30, 40, 50 and even all 60 of these years. What a blessing! I wouldn’t change a thing. Thank you, Lord, for allowing me to know what it feels like to live on this planet with my health and strength for 6 decades. Asante Sana. Thank you very much! Peace, Love & Blessings Always.   

Wednesday, September 16, 2015


A Memorial Tribute to Mrs. Malese M. White 
 December 12, 1915 to September 14, 2015

 Her voice
Her spunk
Her spirit
Her smile

Her laugh
Her hands
Her cheeks
Her eyes

Her head
Her hair
Her face

Her power
Her strength
Her feisty disposition

Her devotion to family
Her Faith in God
Her Inspiring Tenacity

Her off beat sense of humor
Her resilient work ethic
Her amazing ability to budget and save

Her Southern Charm
Her City Street Smarts
Her impeccable style

Her scrumptious food -  fried chicken, potato salad, cakes and pies
Her elegant home
Her warm hospitality

Her every fiber of her human being
Her Century of walking around on this earth

Our Mother
Our Sister
Our Grandmother
Our Great Grandmother
Our Sister at the Church
Our Neighbor on the Block
Our True and Trusted Friend

The Venerable Mrs. Malese M. White
December 12, 1915 to September 14, 2015
May God Rest Your Soul

We Love You
We Miss You
We will Never Forget You

Your voice
Your spunk
Your spirit
Your smile

Your laugh
Your hands
Your cheeks
Your eyes

Your head
Your hair
Your face

Your power
Your strength
Your feisty disposition

Your devotion to family
Your Faith in God
Your Inspiring Tenacity

Your off beat sense of humor
Your resilient work ethic
Your amazing ability to budget and save

Your Southern Charm
Your City Street Smarts
Your impeccable style

Your scrumptious food
Your elegant home
Your warm hospitality

Your every fiber of your human being
Your Century of walking around on this earth

Our Mother
Our Sister
Our Grandmother
Our Great Grandmother
Our Sister at the Church
Our Neighbor on the Block
Our True and Trusted Friend

You Are The Venerable Mrs. Malese M. White
May God Rest Your Soul.
We Love You.
We Miss You.
We will Never Forget You.