share your love of reading
It is sensational to share your love or reading with others. I learned to read when I was three years old. I remember my mother and father bringing me a box of Dr. Seuss books that arrived by mail in a big cardboard box. These books are the first gift I remember receiving as a child. From that day to this, I have loved to read. The written word has always thrilled me. I like to look at words, I like to write words, both on keyboards as well as with pen and paper.  I chose to work as an attorney because it involved words – writing them, reading them and saying them. When the birth of my twins enable me to step away from my law career, I chose consulting, writing and blogging as a way to earn money because of the attachment those fields had with words.
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When I was a young girl there were public service announcements that told me “reading is fundamental.” When my oldest daughter was a young girl she watched a television show on PBS that told her to “take a look in a book.”  Early in our relationship my husband told me that intelligent people had libraries with at least 1,000 books.  So, at the age of 19, I started with 10 books and built a library of more than 1,000 books. I derived a great deal of pleasure in knowing that I read each of those books. Many of them more than once. A few of the books like Toni Morrison’s “Song of Solomon” I read dozens of times. Other books like Robert Ludlum’s “The Bourne Identity” I read over and over and over. When I was in labor with my oldest daughter, I used the front cover of the “The Bourne Identity” to write down and track my contractions.

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22. February 2015 · 30 comments · Categories: Inspiration · Tags: ,

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You can find serenity in learning to love yourself first.  Everyone has heard the expression, “love your neighbor as you love yourself.” The second part of that statement in many ways is easier for many people. It seems to be common sense to be nice to others. People understand being courteous to others – holding doors, not interrupting, giving another the best that one has to offer. In most home there is a guest bedroom, guest towels and other special niceties for others. No one ever thinks of this as unusual. It seems to be common sense that one should be nice to guests, visitors and others. Why then, do so many people have such a hard time showing themselves love?  More »

The poem of the day for today’s Black History Month Langston Hughes celebration is Vagabonds. During February each year, people all across the United States celebrate Black History Month. Things are no different here at Janeane’s World. This month I am copying an idea I got from my friend Pammy Pam over at An Unconventional Librarian and I am devoting the entire month to the poems of my favorite author and poet, Langston Hughes. I will share a poem a day for the entire month.

You may ask what place does poetry or celebrations of Black History month have in this blog that was created to encourage, inspire and motivate women to be their best at work and home. I would answer that I am an African-American woman so black history is my history and when you understand and appreciate it, you come closer to understanding and appreciating me. I would also answer that poetry, like all forms of artistic expression fuels our passions, gives us hope makes us think and makes our lives richer and better.

Vagabonds

We are the desperate
Who do not care,
The hungry
Who have nowhere
To eat
No place to sleep,
The tearless
Who cannot
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The poem of the day for today’s Black History Month Langston Hughes celebration is Dream Variations. During February each year, people all across the United States celebrate Black History Month. Things are no different here at Janeane’s World. This month I am copying an idea I got from my friend Pammy Pam over at An Unconventional Librarian and I am devoting the entire month to the poems of my favorite author and poet, Langston Hughes. I will share a poem a day for the entire month.

You may ask what place does poetry or celebrations of Black History month have in this blog that was created to encourage, inspire and motivate women to be their best at work and home. I would answer that I am an African-American woman so black history is my history and when you understand and appreciate it, you come closer to understanding and appreciating me. I would also answer that poetry, like all forms of artistic expression fuels our passions, gives us hope makes us think and makes our lives richer and better.

 

As Befits a Man

 

I don’t mind dying – 

But I’d hate to die all alone!

I want a dozen pretty women

To holler, cry and moan.

I don’t mind dying -

But I want my funeral to be fine:

A row of long tall mamas

Fainting, fanning and crying.

 

I want a fish-tail hearse

And sixteen fish-tail cars,

A big brass band

And a whole truck load of flowers.

 

When they let me down,

Down into the clay,

I want the women to holler:

Please don’t take him away!

      Ow-ooo-oo-o!

Don’t take daddy away!

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