6 Years!!! (Re-blogged)

Happy Blog-o-versary to me! It has now been seven years since I began this humble little blog. In honour of this milestone, I’m re-blogging this post from last year, when I celebrated six years here on WordPress.

I’m not stopping anytime soon, either – sorry to burst the hateful little bubbles of my detractors, ROFLMAO!

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Random Ramblings; Myriad Musings

Well, will you look at that! This blog has been up and running for 6 years, now…SIX!!! I had logged in to address two blog-awards that I was nominated for at the end of last month, and noticed the little icon that looks like a trophy in the notifications corner. I click on it, and see the lovely ‘Happy Anniversary’ notification – what a wonderful thing to see this morning!

You know what that means…time for some music and pictures that sum up my fiery, iron-willed essence! Enjoy…

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Juneteenth – 2017!

Today marks the 152nd celebration of Juneteenth. What is Juneteenth, you might be asking? Well, it is the day in 1865 that slavery officially ended in the state of Texas: a full two and half years after President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation, which became official nationwide on 1 January 1863. From the Juneteenth website:

Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States. Dating back to 1865, it was on June 19th that the Union soldiers, led by Major General Gordon Granger, landed at Galveston, Texas with news that the war had ended and that the enslaved were now free. Note that this was two and a half years after President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation – which had become official January 1, 1863. The Emancipation Proclamation had little impact on the Texans due to the minimal number of Union troops to enforce the new Executive Order. However, with the surrender of General Lee in April of 1865, and the arrival of General Granger’s regiment, the forces were finally strong enough to influence and overcome the resistance.

One of General Granger’s first orders of business was to read to the people of Texas, General Order Number 3 which began most significantly with:

“The people of Texas are informed that in accordance with a Proclamation from the Executive of the United States, all slaves are free. This involves an absolute equality of rights and rights of property between former masters and slaves, and the connection heretofore existing between them becomes that between employer and free laborer.”

The reactions to this profound news ranged from pure shock to immediate jubilation. While many lingered to learn of this new employer to employee relationship, many left before these offers were completely off the lips of their former ‘masters’ – attesting to the varying conditions on the plantations and the realization of freedom. Even with nowhere to go, many felt that leaving the plantation would be their first grasp of freedom. North was a logical destination and for many it represented true freedom, while the desire to reach family members in neighboring states drove the some into Louisiana, Arkansas and Oklahoma. Settling into these new areas as free men and women brought on new realities and the challenges of establishing a heretofore non-existent status for black people in America. Recounting the memories of that great day in June of 1865 and its festivities would serve as motivation as well as a release from the growing pressures encountered in their new territory. The celebration of June 19th was coined “Juneteenth” and grew with more participation from descendants. The Juneteenth celebration was a time for reassuring each other, for praying and for gathering remaining family members. Juneteenth continued to be highly revered in Texas decades later, with many former slaves and descendants making an annual pilgrimage back to Galveston on this date.

Of course, the Emancipation Proclamation didn’t keep free Black men and women from being illegally rounded up and sent back to plantations. The ending of slavery did not end the brutal treatment from whites. It didn’t stop families from being separated and torn from each other. It didn’t immediately make Black people equal, nor did it instantly “level the playing field.” We’ve come a long way…but there is still a long way to go. I’ll elaborate on this more in a post scheduled for tomorrow.

Celebratory Screen-Shots: TESO Anniversary Event!

In light of the special events taking place during the three-year anniversary of the launching of The Elder Scrolls Online (TESO), I figured that I’d share a few screen-shots of the fun and festivities! If this doesn’t entice at least ONE of my readers to join in, then nothing will…but, that won’t stop me from enjoying this multi-layered, engaging, hellaciously fun game. With the upcoming addition of the Morrowind expansion, I expect to be playing for the next five years, at least!

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Anniversary voucher

Hmmm…a special cake?

The well-renowned chef

Better-looking than Gordon Ramsay…

…far easier to speak with…

…and much easier to please!

Giving the required ingredients

Waiting patiently with the crowd

Yes – it’s done!

Freshly-baked goods…

…let us eat cake!

Anniversary gift box after completing a daily quest – there are many!

Relaxing at a keep after battle

Celebratory Tuesday Tuneage…Top 10!

My celebration continues, in spite of distractions! This week is all about me, myself and I; so, long-winded, novel-length comments that need to be unpacked and require critical, in-depth analysis will take a back seat until the weekend. I prefer brevity, personally!

With that, enjoy these ten Tuesday tunes – I shall return! Later, ‘gators…

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Puppy love — holiday edition

Celebrating the seasons…doggy-style!
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Celebrating Family…With Music!!!

My baby sister got married! WOOT WOOT WOOT – so, this post is for her and my new bother-in-law!

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The black hair revolution continues! Photos from the 2nd March of Curly/Kinky Hair Pride in São Paulo!

All-natural…it’s the best – and only – way to be!
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Black Women of Brazil

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Note from BW of Brazil: Wow! Has it been three weeks already?!? Ya know, as a regular blogger, I am always consistently preparing new material for the blog’s readership. Whether translating new material or preparing my own thoughts on such material, sometimes I lose track of articles that are already done and just need posting or those that sit in my “post bank” just waiting for official release. As I’m writing now, I just realized that I have 23 such articles sitting in the bank, some going as far back as September of last year! Incredible how time flies sometimes! Today’s piece is a great example. 

11 Women arriving for the 2nd annual March of Kinky/Curly Hair Pride

I had prepared this piece almost three weeks ago and had planned to post it on the following day. But then what happened? The 2016 Olympics soon approached and the piece got…

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4th of July – 1940’s Style +

4th of July celebration…vintage-style! Thanks to a Pacific Paratrooper for these classics.

I also wanted to post the lyrics to the song that I deem the most ‘patriotic!’ Apologies if I screwed up the lyrics…I wrote them as I recall from singing the song in kindergarten.
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GRAND OLD FLAG

You’re a grand old flag, you’re a high-flying flag
And forever in peace may you wave
You’re the emblem of the land I love
The home of the free and the brave
Ev’ry heart beats true for the red, white, and blue
And there’s never a boast nor a brag
Should auld acquaintance be forgot
Keep your eyes on the grand old flag

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A 1940’s CELEBRATION WRAPPED AROUND A 1776 WAR SONG

HAVE A WONDERFUL DAY!!

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HARK, hark the sound of war is heard,
And we must all attend;
Take up our arms and go with speed,
Our country to defend.

Our parent state has turned our foe,
Which fills our land with pain;
Her gallant ships, manned out for war,

Come thundering o’er the main.

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There’s Charleton, Howe and Douglas too,
And many thousand more,
May cross the sea, but all in vain,
Our rights we’ll ne’er give o’er.

Our pleasant homes they do invade,
Our property devour;
And all because we won’t submit
To their despotic power.

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Then let us go against our foe,
We’d better die than yield;
We and our sons are all undone,
If Britain wins the field.

Tories may dream of future joys,
But I am bold to say,
They’ll find themselves bound fast in chains,

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Tribute: Robert Nesta Marley

Today, 11 May, marks the death anniversary of Bob Marley, noted activist and musician. His legacy of reggae and Rastafari is known, and felt, worldwide. This post is but a tiny tribute to that legendary genius.

From AllAfrica.com:

Thirty five years after the legendary reggae singer Bob Marley passed on, his legacy still lives on, thanks largely to the messages of love and unity that his music espoused.

In memory of this outstanding legacy, birthday anniversary celebrations in honour of the reggae legend have been held across the globe every May 11, the date on which he died in 1981. In Rwanda, the celebrations have come to be synonymous with Mulindi Japan One Love, popularly known as Kwa Rasta in Kimihurura.

This year, the celebrations have been dubbed Bob Marley Festival, and for the first time, will run for three days, from May 11-13.

To headline this year’s event is the Lion Story reggae band from Burundi. The 10-member band first performed in Rwanda in 2012, at the KigaliUp Music Festival. They have since returned to Kigali for a few concerts, although it’s the first time they will be performing at the Bob Marley birthday celebrations in Kigali.

Dance even if it’s only in your heart

I miss the Maypole! From grades K – 3, there was a Maypole in the gymnasium when 30 April or 1 May fell on a school day.
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Adventures and Musings of an Arch Druidess

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