“They haven’t had anybody to work with them and nurture them and teach them and train them.â€– Gloria Dickerson
: As I told Gloria via email this morning, I had a Etta James-centered piece posted here previously. I deleted it temporarily, fearing that it might be off-putting to some in Mississippi. But… I can forward it upon request. Also, it might be good for readers to check out my chronology at http://oxtogrind.org/about-us prior to reading what’s below… so you know what I’m talking about when I say it’s puzzling (to say the least) that no one’s jumping all over me immediately with at least a few questions of their own. I may add to my questions below, time permitting; I have lots. It’s now close to NOON PST, 2 August.
!: Anyone who wants kids to get past simply staying school — which we all must cheerlead — needs to get on board with some recommendations which follow a fresh educational paradigm… whether or not they’re mine. Otherwise, the backbeat won’t carry the unprecedented ‘treat’ which is now obligatory among today’s youngsters; new visceral appeal. No more https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DHG5-GxI_Es lyrics lived.
Drawn from Drew/Overdue, Not Withdrawn
by oxman (unedited)
I’m going to — sadly — bet that no one from Mississippi gets back to me… except Gloria Dickerson. She’ll be more than enough, as per her links below. However, whatever I get into gear in the Magnolia State… I humbly and respectfully submit that we are all obliged to address WHY I’ve received such a tepid response from my Mississippi outreach.
I am a potentially unprecedented asset for the purposes of non-profit activities in the MS realm. As a volunteer with singular resources, I stand to make a huge difference in short order respecting education, employment, entertainment… and with regard to a number of other areas (which do not begin with the letter “e”). And as you can see I like to have silly fun while immersing myself in serious, socially-conscious work.
The fact that I’m so highly motivated, deeply experienced and qualified, and an over-the-top example of what education can do for you and what kind of models elderly citizens can be for one and all… ALL that, you’d think, would warrant at least a “Thanks, but no thanks” reply from the good citizens in Mississippi. But… no. They’ve been missing the boat. The one that I’m offering to guide down our present river rapids of horrid momentum in solidarity. To at least pitch in with part of the paddling necessary. Or provide oars?
I’ve been told that some people are suspicious of me vis-Ã -vis my presumptuous, unsolicited enthusiasm… which, admittedly, comes out of nowhere for most folks. I’m not surprised that people might be initially shocked by me, find me off-putting perhaps. I am taken aback, however, that such feelings — given what I’ve been offering — are not expressed. That I only learn about those cases after pulling teeth incessantly. Really, I feel like a dentist these days. AND… that biz above about no one following through civilly respecting my community-centered gestures to donate and volunteer bring very puzzled tears to my eyes. Actually, tear the heart out of me. [What?! No confirmation of receipt?]
If I didn’t have more than my heart invested in this whole shebang, I’d be deterred from acting on my vision. But, as it is, I fully embrace Beckett’s Fail. Fail again. Fail again better. And I remember too well the great Edna St. Vincent Millay reciting words to me from her incomparable Renascence:
The world stands out on either side
No wider than the heart is wide;
Above the world is stretched the sky, –
No higher than the soul is high.
The heart can push the sea and land
Farther away on either hand;
The soul can split the sky in two,
And let the face of God shine through.
I was not yet eight-years-old when I met her at her beloved Steepletop… when she gave me the words from her poem forever, words she had written as a teenager.
Both of those facts will be great arrows to have in my quiver if and when I can get someone to help me serve as an asset to the youngsters in Mississippi.
a. Are the statistics given in http://www.homefacts.com/crime/Mississippi/Sunflower-County/Drew.html accurate, up-to-date?
b. Is there any blending of public school education with education for the nearby incarcerated?
c. Are there any programs which coordinate public school education with the needs of the local elderly population?
d. Where are the nearest organic farmers or organic food outlets located?
e. What do think about Gloria Dickerson’s Eight Healthy Mindsets as delineated at http://www.cscblog.org/2012/01/dickerson-im-ready-to-transform-delta.h tml? Do you know about her work at http://we2gether.org/heal-your-life/gloria-dickerson/?
f) Have you seen the “Afterthoughts” section at the bottom of http://oxtogrind.org/archive/1763?
g) Any comments on Ajamu Baraka’s posting http://dissidentvoice.org/2014/08/sanctions-for-russia-and-a-green-lig ht-for-israel-to-continue-war-crimes/ today? OR http://zcomm.org/znetarticle/why-our-black-political-class-is-paralyze d-and-silent-on-gaza/ (from Black Agenda Report, seen on ZNet, 8/3)?
: Remind me, if you will, to delineate what my experiences have been in Newark, Detroit, Atlanta and beyond vis-Ã -vis the same old same old above. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jsFST-7Hx-Y