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On Confidence and Self Esteem: an Artist’s Conundrum

“My greatest pain in life is that I will never be able to see myself perform live” — Kanye West Wow, right?  I wish I had one twentieth of that kind of sentiment, however misguided. I’ve been told for a lot of my life that I have low self-esteem.  Somewhat recently, while I was feeling...

What I’m Trying: Ashwagandha

Ashwagandha is a shrub that grows easily in a variety of climates or indoors in a pot.  Its name is derived from its smell, which is apparently that of horse sweat.  (I have to take their word for it.  I’ve never really smelled horse sweat.) It’s known as an adaptogen, which means it adapts to heal whatever...

Habari Ghani? Nia – Purpose

When thinking about purpose I always call on my ancestors to remind me of where my DNA has been. Today I was looking for info on my maternal great-grandfather, a blues singer and musician in the early 20th century, and found this Library of Congress entry which might be him. There is also this from Bourgeois Blues:...

Habari Ghani? Ujamaa – Cooperative Economics

In my mind, this is the “Think Globally, Act Locally” principle of Kwanzaa.  It ties in with the gift-giving aspect of this celebration.  To me, it builds even more community by encouraging us to directly support small businesses and entrepreneurs.  It’s an opportunity to explore the creativity and innovation of people around the corner or around the...

Habari Ghani? Ujima: Collective Work and Responsibility

When I was younger, I didn’t like Ujima. My parents were always telling me to be responsible. I hated responsibility. I just wanted to sit in the corner and get lost in my books. So what if my room wasn’t clean? There were Elves and dragons waiting. Collective work was even worse.  It was hard...

Habari Ghani? Kujichagulia: Self-Determination

This morning I told my children never to let anyone else tell them who to be or how to be it.  As my son enters his tween years, I feel like I have to reinforce this message again and again.  Identity has become a big deal to him and he looks toward his friends, family and heroes...

Habari Ghani? Umoja: Unity

During Kwanzaa, ever since I was young, my father always puts on the Kawaida album by Mtume, Herbie Hancock, et al. (link after the jump).  We sit around the fireplace with the requisite Kwanzaa items: kinara (candle holder); mkeka (straw mat); vibunzi (ears of corn); kikomba cha umoja (unity cup); and last, but not least, zawadi (gifts). We...

Kwanzaa For All

In most of the U.S., secular and religious Christians are opening presents near a decorated evergreen tree and feasting. They sit in appreciation of family and friends.  For some, this is one of the holiest days in the year, celebrating the miraculous birth of Jesus Christ.  For secular and religious Jews, Hanukkah has just ended,...

You Put WHAT in Your Coffee?

Coconut Oil.  I put coconut oil in my coffee. Let me explain.  I really like coffee.  Especially the Fair Trade non-GMO organic dark-roasted kind.  (Yeah, okay, I’m one of those.)  You can imagine my delight when each new discovery about the benefits of coffee uncovered: lowered diabetes risk, increased mood, antioxidants, amazing smell and of...

Ayurveda Every Day – My Top 5 Daily Practices

Hooray!  Ayurveda is making its way around the Western world. Practical remedies to make every day smoother is starting to make more sense to us than visits to the hospital when ever something goes wrong. My 5 favorite things to do daily are simple and make it easier to manage a hectic daily life.