A treasure.

5/28/2014 08:41:00 AM

I first read one of her books when I was in college.
I was taking, African American Literature and Ms. Angelou was on the required reading list for the semester.
I can still see my copy of "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings." I fold and mold my books; I make them my own. It was tattered. I underlined so much.

The power of this woman's words.
She was a treasure.

Shortly after my Mom died I downloaded Ms. Angelou's memoir about life with her Mom and her Grandmother, "Mom & Me & Mom." It's still waiting to be read because it's not yet easy for me to read about mother/daughter relationships; even if they weren't so great.

This is a profound loss for not only women, but for our country.

Still, I would imagine she is far happier where she is now...

I'm glad that Maya Angelou walked this earth. That's for certain.
Still, I have to be honest, I'm uncomfortable with certain phenomenal people leaving the earth... it seems many of them have kept us grounded. Sigh.

"You are the sum total of everything you've ever seen, heard, eaten, smelled, been told, forgot - it's all there. Everything influences each of us, and because of that I try to make sure that my experiences are positive."
Maya Angelou



  1. beautifully said. could not agree more.

  2. I agree and I haven't read any of her books. They are next on my list. Also that quote. I love it so much. It reminds me of this Bible verse Phillipians 4:8. And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.


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