Heater running, rather than windows open, but it's not going to last for long. Looks like seasonally moderate temps are due in the next couple of days, and will carry thru til we head home.
I sat crocheting a prayer shawl much of yesterday's cold and rainy afternoon, with the PBS documentary "Africans in America" on my little flat screen TV in here.
There is a commercial on in SC about non-traditional college students, set to the Wizard of Oz's "If I Only Had a Brain", which I have been, and am still, completely enamored
with. I love it.
Non traditional students, as in mothers and others going back at a later age, and from all walks of life.
I myself went back to college as a young mother, post divorce, with a 5 year old and a 1 year old, and got my BSW.
At any rate, this ad is about the work and effort and determination it takes to do college, especially in a non-traditional way...when you must also work, and/or have other demands to tend to, such as those of a family...also about how important an education can be in pulling yourself out of the dredges of life one can find oneself in, and how the strengths needed to do this successfully directly translate to a good work ethic valuable to an employer. (My English teachers often accused me of run-on sentences.)
The opening line is "so my kids don't have to forage, got two jobs to pay a mortgage, but I've also got a brain...", and one segment shows a young black woman walking thru this stone tunnel...that looked familiar, but I couldn't quite place it.
Til yesterday, watching this PBS series.....the stone tunnel in this ad, that the black woman is walking thru, is part of the slave holding area at Sierra Leone.
This is a really inspiring, uplifting, commercial, which I'm sure it is meant to be...and, if you get a chance to see Africans in America on PBS, it is also really excellent. It covers the onset of slavery here, thru the present day.
Sad, compelling, tragic, heartbreaking, yes....but good to be reminded where this country came from in the not-so-distant past, and inspiring to see the strengths of individuals...black and white...who stood up, showed up, and took action...highlighted and laid out, for viewers to see.
We've come a long way in this country, but man's inhumanity to man has not...here and elsewhere in the world.
It's always there, it never ends, it just changes shape.
A small soap box today...but it's my thread.
I'm starting to get psyched for Alumalina, and seeing some folks I generally see only there. Good people, lead by a good man.
It's all about the leader, you know, and the tone they set....no matter where, no matter what the setting, it's all...about...whose...at...the top.
Pan bread baked, Lily has had a long walk already this morning, and is down for her post walk nap.
Nothing really going on here, going to do in the next few days some fine tuning of the usual pre-rally spruce-up of the Interstate's interior.....I can't help myself.
When you will have people in and out of your home, you clean.