LYDIASPURPLE's SparkPeople Blog LYDIASPURPLE's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Don't Follow a Parked Car <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This morning I was browsing through Facebook when I cam across the images of Jessica Strahan who is an an artist who has shown in my gallery before. The images were from a new series she had been working on. <BR> <BR> This one leapt out at me as. OMG! If she did not capture me as a child. Jessica this not know this, but now I must have this one. <BR> <BR> I was a lonely child in one resp... Mon, 28 Mar 2016 16:59:29 EST Completed Cycle:Where has The Love Grown? <img src=""> <BR> <BR> The oddest thing happened this week after my phone crashed. For 5 days I was incommunicado with everyone until I could replaced my phone. Some people I was able to communicate by phone to let them know what happened. <BR> <BR> What is odd is the two people I thought I was the closest to, have not returned my calls, texts or emails. Something in my has quietly said," these friendships hav... Sat, 26 Mar 2016 21:28:52 EST Gathering Together My Shattered Dreams <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> As I was going to my pictures to reset up here on Sparks some things stuck out for me: What on earth happened? <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> My gracious, LOTS happened! Lots of good things; others well we won't go there... <BR> <BR> Yeah... I will: <BR> <BR> I created a teaching gallery giving a host of local new and emerging artists in New Orleans a venue for their stepping stone in th... Wed, 23 Mar 2016 16:44:30 EST Get Another Dream if You Need to...But Don't Ever Stop Dreaming! I just discovered this blog from Tyler Perry in 2008. It bore repeating and very timely for me. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> I’ve been reading a lot of messages on the message board about how the <BR> opening of the studio affected you. Some of them brought tears to my eyes, <BR> and what has stayed on my mind is that so many of us have stopped <BR> dreaming. Listen to me, having no vision is death to your spirit. Why stop <BR> dreaming, because one of them didn’t come true when you th... Tue, 26 May 2015 16:03:42 EST Geaux 64! More to Come. I had an unexpected but wonderful thing to happen that came completely out of left field from the last time I posted until now. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> I curated an art exhibition called Seasoned en Vieux (A Seasoned View). <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Visitors from Italy <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> "Ethereal Man"~Susan Blakely,artist <BR> <BR> <img src=" Sat, 10 Jan 2015 13:11:19 EST No More Wandering Moons:My Sabbitical is Over My time has been done... <BR> <BR> I'M back, restored & refreshed. <BR> <BR> More to follow as I get back into the rhythms <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> I'm delighted Fri, 7 Nov 2014 16:40:17 EST POW! Wow! Zow! Why I've been Sparking the last 4 weeks! It has been a wild, crazy ride the last 4 weeks! Below is part of the reason why. <BR> <BR> More to follow. I was delighted to create for the recipients. <BR> <BR> The titles are above the art if I did it right on my hand held. :-) <BR> <BR> "Second Cadence" ©13JHM 7" diameter unframed <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> "Everybody Rejoice! All Nations Tribes & Tongues"! ©13JHM framed & unframed 12" diameter <BR> <img src="http://photos-a... Wed, 24 Jul 2013 18:26:46 EST Running Wild...Wild Child Are you running toward abundance & joy? Or are you trying to outrun failure"? Lisa Nichols <BR> <BR> I love this quote! I read it a few days ago in an article in the June issue of O magazine by author Lisa Nichols. I think it is a question we all need to ask ourselves, but before any of us jump to say "oh I'm running to joy slap on the brakes a second and really think about it. most of us won't admit to the fact that we maybe trying to outrun failure. <BR> <BR> It is ok, it is very human.... Fri, 28 Jun 2013 18:03:26 EST Turn the Beat Around! Pulsating... "If you have a pulse,you have a purpose"~Kathye Lee Gifford <BR> <BR> My heart is beating strongly... I'll be back on line next week. <BR> <BR> So much has happened, but I'm turning the corner! <BR> <BR> It will all come together soon. <BR> <BR> <BR> As a friend said to me: "In a bacon & egg breakfast, the chicken is involved, but the pig is committed"... <BR> <BR> The hen invests by dropping an egg. The pig gives up their life. Which one are you? <BR> <BR> I know what I am. Thu, 27 Jun 2013 13:24:35 EST Warrior Woman en Vieux I've not been on Sparks in awhile as there's been s plethora of events happening that needed my attentions. <BR> <BR> This is just a capsule but I'll preface with I will be back here shortly. <BR> I almost lost my mother 3 weeks ago. She is 99 years old and had a bout of pneumonia several weeks ago that they seem not to be able to eradicate. She was in the hospital for quite some time. Mother is now in hospice as there is nothing medically they can do for her, but she's a trooper. <BR> <... Wed, 19 Jun 2013 21:15:33 EST Ooey, gooey center was delicious! The day started on a mighty high note. <BR> <BR> The day ended on a high note. <BR> <BR> And the double stuff center was ooey, gooey deli ious. <BR> <BR> That's all... <BR> <BR> The End! Wed, 1 May 2013 22:40:14 EST "You're Dismissed"! (Sorry The Donald) I woke up about 30 minutes ago out of dead sleep so totally discombobulated that it took me longerto figure out that it was the middle of the night & that I was in my bedroom. Lol! <BR> <BR> Ever done that before? <BR> As I laid back down there was a surge of emotion folliwed with "I refused to accept thos"! Accept what? I didn:t know. There was no definitive, concrete "Aha". Just a powerful surge of emotion. It took another 30 minutes since I now was wide awake to figure out what has hap... Tue, 30 Apr 2013 05:14:28 EST Don't be Distracted-National Poetry Month <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I hope you enjoy my poem <BR> <BR> Distractions <BR> By Jacquelyn Hughes Mooney ©12 <BR> <BR> There are too many things that can serve as a distraction <BR> That can lead to a disaster. <BR> Some can be innocent but still master... <BR> Some are mundane others are downright insane. <BR> If one is not mindful <BR> Some of these things can suck you in, suck you dry <BR> Taking out all the joy that makes you fly. ... Sat, 20 Apr 2013 16:10:07 EST Remember the name...hear theWords Remember this young man's name:TrentShelton. You'll be hearing great things from him. <BR> <BR> So you know he is a fitness personal trainer. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> Sat, 20 Apr 2013 16:01:28 EST Knowing your Circle... I stumbled upon this young man 3 months ago on FB but the one who shared it did not know his name. Try as I might I could not find him. <BR> <BR> So I left it alone. <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Lo & behold his contact literally fell into my lap! <BR> <BR> I listen to his weekly spiel today. He's quite adept for someone so you. <BR> <BR> For the record, he is not a hip hop artist. And he is not endorsing paranoia or mistrust. <... Sat, 20 Apr 2013 15:57:01 EST Paying Attention This was a day where I had the smarts to heed when my gut told me something wasn't right. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> The "wasn't right" occured yesterday. I instinctively felt something was off; today solidified it. I won't bore you with details but it you are really conscious of body signals, it will serve you well. Most of us spend a lifetime valuing rational thought over the heart ad if some how the gut is irrational. Gut ins... Sat, 20 Apr 2013 00:56:49 EST Breathe now, Breathe! It is done:Surprise Number Two "Failure should be our teacher, not our undertaker". George Frasier <BR> <BR> Ihad to remind myself to breathe when I learned on Friday, surprise number 2; the book I wrote an essay ad poem for was released the day before: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> I am delighted to announced that the Book "No Vacancy" edited by AJ LaStarr of which I was one of the selected authors was released this past Thursday April 11th. The official b... Mon, 15 Apr 2013 13:45:40 EST Swinging @ the French Quarters Fest! Nope, not what you think... <BR> <BR> After almost 4 months of being ill 3 weeks out of each month, I'm feeling pretty good. And I had 3 nice surprises but only 1 of them I'll speak about now. <BR> <BR> I thought I was to the market (as in food) Friday afternoon only to discover that I was going to the French Marketplace in the French Quarters with a group of seniors from the complex. They disappeared to go do their thing as it was Day 2 of the Internationally known French Quarter Fest. I... Sun, 14 Apr 2013 21:44:48 EST Elderly? Whatdaya Mean Elderly? Today my SIL said something to me that simultaneously amused me & startled me. <BR> <BR> We were talking about the senior complex I live in & concern about the rapid shifting from this being an independent living for reasonably active retirees to an obvious nursing home. Almost every week in the going on 4 months that we've had almost a death a week. <BR> <BR> And the active, independent seniors are moving out in faster numbers. <BR> <BR> Anyway, my SIL who is FIVE years younger then I am ... Sun, 7 Apr 2013 19:39:12 EST He is his Grammy's grandson After All Well little Manna is in true form making his decision for the timing of his enteance into the world. <BR> <BR> Well after all, he IS his Grammy's grandchild after all. <BR> <BR> I'm sleeping in 3 hrs chunks afraid I would not hear the phone, but nothing as of 6am. <BR> <BR> An amusing moment that made chuckle was texting my as to what Manna's middle name was. <BR> he responded "Right". <BR> <BR> I texted back "No seriously, what will be his middle name"? He responded back " Manna <BR>... Thu, 4 Apr 2013 07:58:19 EST Baby, baby Sweet Baby: Countdown begins! In under 2 hrs, my DIL &son will be checking into the hospital to havr my last grandchild, Manna. This will be my 11th (and last) grandchild & the 5th (and last) grandson. <BR> <BR> It is signifiant as he's the youngest & a boy of my youngest of my son who's a man. For my ex,Manna will be the only grandson of the only son. <BR> <BR> I'll be up all night until they call so I can be on speakerphone for his 1st cry. <BR> <BR> Welcome to the world, Manna! Wed, 3 Apr 2013 21:47:18 EST How Quickly My Day Morphed into an Excellent one! Despite the fact I woke up still struggling with still another virus, my day accelerated into a happy & got even happeier as it progressed. <BR> <BR> I don't want to yet share some of it right now as I want to blog on it tomorrow. But I will say I made a new friend. <BR> <BR> And I've started my muse since April is National Poetry Month. <BR> Ou'll will be able to read here starting tomorrow or at my blog <BR> <BR> Stay tuned! Wed, 3 Apr 2013 00:43:03 EST A Two-fer! Did you know that Walgreen chain has a rewards program that allows you to gain points on your purchases? For ever 5,000 pts you get $5 off your purchases. <BR> <BR> BUT even better is they habe a health & fitness program with their Rewards program that allocate points as you monitor your fitness routine, so your points build up fast for monetary benefits! <BR> <BR> So now you get a two-fer. Its free. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Hmmm, I wonder if Walgreen partners with Sp... Fri, 29 Mar 2013 17:26:33 EST In Your Dreams... A couple of nights ago, I was having a good old time dreaming. It was so riveting that I could tell in whatever state I was in I was grinning, and a smiling and having a lot of joy. I was still grinning when I woke up. Then I realized I was back in this world... In split seconds I thought "Man I am actually having way more delight in my dreams then I have in the real world"! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> My after-thought for a mo... Sat, 23 Mar 2013 13:43:56 EST In my (not so) Secret Garden <img src=""> <BR> <BR> As a person who is not normally particularlarly fond of spring, for some reason I'm eagerly anticipating spring which is already happening in the South. <BR> <BR> But it is more me then I've had a change of heart about spring... <BR> <BR> It is more that I've renewed & re-blossomed feeling a whole lot of not only my former self as that will not ever be, but more like a brand new penny, shiny and ready to go fort... Mon, 18 Mar 2013 19:12:44 EST It's on Purpose... Everybody does not have to like you. In fact,everybody can't like you...that's not their job. Liking you is not anybody purpose in life but yours". ~Iyanla Vazant <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> In a strange way, reading this is quite freeing in light of it being a purpose. <BR> <BR> I have a couple of friendly acquaintances from divergent backgrounds as different as day is to night. They share one thing in common: how they talk a... Sat, 16 Mar 2013 22:29:33 EST Tonights the Night Last night was a weird, restless night with me only getting 3 hours of sleep. <BR> <BR> But after a long exhausting day & physically active, I'm looking for to a night of deep sleep. Fri, 15 Mar 2013 22:42:03 EST It's Time: A Brand New Me I can see <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> This is something that hasn't happen to me in a month of Sundays, but on Tuesday March 12, 2013, while half listening to Ellen Show, Alicia Keys came on near the end of the show and sung what I thought was her hit song "Fire" song. I did not look up as while I appreciated it, I did not have to watch it... <BR> <BR> I was dead wrong. <BR> <BR> She did not sing but a stanza from Fire but suddenly it... Thu, 14 Mar 2013 15:50:27 EST START TODAY! Women History Month I was contemplating who I was going to write on today when I realized the wealth of women, ferocious, phononmenal women. <BR> <BR> So here's a triple threat: Eleanor Roosevelt, Hilary Rodham Clinton & our current FLOTUS Michelle Obama. <BR> <BR> Apart from the fact of the commonality they shared by being past & current First Ladies they also shared other things: They were/are fierce,enaging, intelligent, funny, smart women with no need to hide in the shadows of their spouses. 2. They are hi... Sun, 3 Mar 2013 17:11:20 EST Tell HERstory! March is Women History Month. Each day I want to celebrste smart, powerful,clever women statting tomorrow! <BR> <BR> Please see yourself in all the wonderfulnesd in our story! Sun, 3 Mar 2013 00:58:19 EST Coloring within the Lines is Not Necessary:Walking to That Power- <img src=""> <BR> <BR> "The Quiet Face of Jubilee"~Artist Shanequa Gay <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Finally! I'm back! It as been a crazy busy, but good month. I've refreshed my page her, been doing some writing, did a couple of interviews(more about that at another time) and did my first poetry performance after 2 trying to stay alive years. <BR> <BR> Methinks I'm getting my groove back? <BR> <BR> This i... Sat, 23 Feb 2013 13:11:30 EST There is No Better then Me to Start Now "PEOPLE tries to make you think you are weak when you're strong, that you're dumb when you're smart, that you're ugly when you're beautiful. In other words, life can lie its behind off. <BR> You're not obligated to listen. "~Greg Gross <BR> <BR> Hats of to Greg, journalist & travel blogger, when he write this for a friend whi was feeling mighty low. (Not me,for the record). I changed in word,substituting "peoole" for his word "life". for the purpose of my blog. <BR> <BR> I call it what it ... Sun, 20 Jan 2013 06:48:28 EST Oops,There I go again... " I hope that in the year to come,you make mistakes. <BR> <BR> Because if you're making mistakes,then you are trying new things, trying new things, learning,living,pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You're doing things you've never done before & more importantly <BR> <BR> YOU're DOING SOMETHING! <BR> <BR> So that is my wish for you & all of us & my wish for myself. <BR> <BR> Make new mistakes. Make gloriously,amazing mistakes. Make mistakes no body has ever made b... Wed, 2 Jan 2013 05:30:08 EST Lean in '13! Nope no resolutions here...Too cliche. Even declaring that one will not make a resolution has become cliched! <BR> <BR> I'm simply continuing what I've already begun, making progress, refining going even more into depth rounding my life. <BR> <BR> I'm now in my own space... A wonderful start to a new year. In February, I'll become a first time great-grandmother & still trying to figure out my name. Maybe "Go-go.. <BR> <BR> Then late March my 11 & last grandchild will be born. A grandso... Mon, 31 Dec 2012 23:59:49 EST Under My Fig Tree...Tomorrow Whoo, the day is fast approaching! <BR> <BR> As of Thursday, December 27th, 2012 a nightmare ends and a new chapter begins when I get to move into an apartment. My own fig tree...end a rough time that did not break me. While not a fan of apartments & this is really pretty decent, it stops a decline, my roller skates so to speak of a slippery slope. <BR> <BR> Most of my home belongings are gone, most damaged after Hurricane Issac. It shouldn't had happened; the storm directly did not do ... Wed, 26 Dec 2012 16:02:09 EST Hey hey for m'Lady in Red! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I was told today by my host that she did not think I was in my 60s. Andre told me she's a pretty good guesser, but that she thought I was in my early 50s. Man would I be a foxier mami' if I released the rest of the weight? <BR> <BR> Me today... <BR> <BR> Another gentleman complimented me on the color saying that it was a very good color and I was attractive in this. It is nice to know I was wearing the color, no... Sun, 23 Dec 2012 19:44:17 EST Today I was inspired by a Farmer's Market.. Ha! Made ya look,lol! <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> I was inspired but not in the way you think. I walked up to a Saturday Marketplace operated in the Ninth Ward of New Orleans. I did not think they were going to be opened so close to the holidays, but there they were! <BR> <BR> The first thing I heard as I came around the corner was the sounds of The Neo Collective trio <link> </link> <BR> <BR> ... Sat, 22 Dec 2012 23:00:05 EST For Those who Asked...Essay to be Published This is part of the essay & poem that will be published in the book "The No More Vacancy Project" in 2013 <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Stumbled, Fumbled, Roar & Thundered: an Act of Defiance <BR> By Jacquelyn Hughes Moneys(c)12 <BR> <BR> "Everybody has a plan until you get punched in the face"~Mike Tyson,boxer. <BR> <BR> I'm 62 & homeless. This was not the plan, this was not suppose to happen. My story in itself is not uni... Fri, 21 Dec 2012 23:29:21 EST There is Nothing Else to Say Psalms 147:3 <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Show kindness to someone & mean it. <BR> <BR> Lighting candles won't serve a purpose; triumph over evil with good. Sat, 15 Dec 2012 00:41:47 EST Hear Ye! Here Thee! I am pleased to announce that my essay "Stumbled, Fumbled Roar & Thundered: An Act of Defiance" plus my poem "Undefeated" will be published in the book " The No Vacancies Project". <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This matters significantly more to me more anything else I've written or had published because of the subject matter: homelessness. The new normal. I wanted it to be a first hand account, a reality check of what... Tue, 11 Dec 2012 21:34:37 EST Awakened... The world " out there won't change until the world "in there" (inside you) changes. The level of the solution is never found at the level of the problem.~Deepak Chorpa <BR> <BR> <BR> Seems simple almost cliche the quote or the actions. <BR> <BR> Yes it can be simplistic & like most things if its repeated enough & now no real turnaround, it can become trite. <BR> <BR> I awaken about 3 am unable to return to sleep. I had a stack of magazine that I've delayed reading but unwilling to toss... Sun, 2 Dec 2012 23:08:47 EST For Today... Work for a cause,not for applause... <BR> Live life to express, not to impress... <BR> Don't strive to make your presence noticed... <BR> Just make your absence felt <BR> <BR> TY GRANDERSON JONES Sat, 1 Dec 2012 13:31:45 EST Listening... " Listen to the musnt's,child... <BR> Listen to the don'ts... <BR> Listen to the shouldn'ts... <BR> The impossible... <BR> The won'ts... <BR> Listen to the never haven'ts... <BR> Then listen close to me... <BR> Anything can happen,child.. <BR> Anything can be". <BR> Shel Silverstein <BR> <BR> Sat, 17 Nov 2012 01:21:15 EST Now I've Gon' & Dunnit...Get ta' Steppin' plan "Some succeed because they're destined to.Others do because they are determined to"~Unknown. <BR> <BR> Anyone who had ever read a blog of mine know I detest competitions & challenges. <BR> <BR> Well today, without a thought, I sign up to be a City Ambassador for the City of New Orleans when we host the Super Bowl Feb 3rd 2013. <BR> <BR> My "job" will be to greet, give directions & otherwise render service to our lovely visitor to our city. I have a 4 hr shift on Fri Feb 1 & then on Feb 3 w... Thu, 25 Oct 2012 20:27:43 EST There was a Boy...Requiem for Donovan " Sometimes you find yourself in the middle of nowhere & somehow in the middle of nowhere you find yourself"~lovetimaaj <BR> <BR> I have to make this brief as it is all the energy I got. <BR> <BR> Today, my Donovon Perri Oct 21-1972-Jan 15,1973, would have been 41. He didn't get to make it that long as he fell asleep in death from SIDE after only being me & his sisters for 2 1/2 months. <BR> <BR> I was a scared & bewildered 22 yr old mom who did not know that perfectly healthy babies coul... Sun, 21 Oct 2012 21:04:34 EST Grumbled,Rumbled,ROARED & Thundered: And You did WHAT? Through a series of circumstances, not my intent, I became the Norma Rae of the senior building. I won't bore you with all the details, but lets just day the 35 units comprised of disabled vets + every type of disable + non disabled, fix income seniors 55-84. <BR> <BR> And there is a exploitation & negligence in the caring of the property by both owners & management. The last straw occurred on Monday when a raw sewage pipe burst. Four days later, it has not been cared for. Adding insult to... Thu, 11 Oct 2012 06:26:19 EST Grumbled,rumbled, ROARED & Thundered! You don't want to know... <BR> <BR> I did not plan to become Norma Rae today but there comes a point when a spark of defiance become MORE then an exercise! Especially an exercise of futility... <BR> <BR> Today was more then a moment of passionate indignation! There becomes a point one has to become action! <BR> <BR> To you "young'uns" esp under the ages of 55, let me forewarned you... <BR> <BR> Do not underestimate the boomers who are now the seniors. AS the adage goes " just because th... Wed, 10 Oct 2012 23:56:25 EST Look up...Be Ablaze... "You think it just cannot get any worse but sometimes it does. Life can sure drag you down pretty low sometimes. But no matter how low, it can never stop you from looking up. It may seem small, but that exercise in defiance is the spark that can set a destiny ablaze even in the darkest of circumstances".~Cory Brooker <BR> <BR> Some Speakers have asked me for updates on my daughter Andrew, who experienced 2nd degree burns over 85% of her face when scolded a few ago. <BR> <BR> I am happy t... Tue, 2 Oct 2012 06:38:57 EST Its a Quarter of Three...There's no one in the place but you & me... Well its not quite three but close enough. <BR> <BR> I'm wide awake for no particular reason. I just could not fall asleep. Sometimes I like being in the still of the night. There's a different view that can be elegant & soothing. <BR> <BR> I had something I started to blog about but changed my mind. Its a daytime rhythm to it,not suitable for the peace of the night. And I want to be breezy, easy Sunday morning. <BR> There's a nice feeling at times like this when you've had an uneventful da... Sun, 23 Sep 2012 02:34:02 EST With 8 Minutes to Spare... I witness a mini miracle tonight. An 11th hour believe,a Hail Mary pass that made a pivotal point in my ability to care for myself. <BR> <BR> I'm going to pay closer attention to those 8 Minutes to Spare moments. I saw on a Sparker page an icon that stated " Trust the Struggle"... I really was drawn to that my 1st thought was veto stop fighting it, to pay attention. It is a scary proposition. <BR> <BR> The trust? Or the Struggle? Probably both at one time or another or the either/or. <BR> ... Wed, 19 Sep 2012 01:50:58 EST