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The Butterfly Story – 蝶

The Butterfly Story – 蝶


A man found a cocoon of a butterfly.
One day a small opening appeared.
He sat and watched the butterfly for several hours
as it struggled to squeeze its body through the tiny hole.
Then it stopped, as if it couldn’t go further.

So the man decided to help the butterfly.
He took a pair of scissors and
snipped off the remaining bits of cocoon.
The butterfly emerged easily but
it had a swollen body and shriveled wings.

The man continued to watch it,
expecting that any minute the wings would enlarge
and expand enough to support the body,
Neither happened!
In fact the butterfly spent the rest of its life
crawling around.
It was never able to fly.

What the man in his kindness
and haste did not understand:
The restricting cocoon and the struggle
required by the butterfly to get through the opening
was a way of forcing the fluid from the body
into the wings so that it would be ready
for flight once that was achieved.

Sometimes struggles are exactly
what we need in our lives.
Going through life with no obstacles would cripple us.
We will not be as strong as we could have been
and we would never fly.

So have a nice day and struggle a little and teach well.


~Author Unknown~

 
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Posted by on April 29, 2011 in Spirituality And Growth

 

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“If Only Out Of Vanity” By Staceyann Chin Def Poetry

“If Only Out Of Vanity
By Staceyann Chin Def Poetry,
Season 2, Episode 7 (S02 E07)
Original Air Date: 2 August 2002

If only out of vanity
I have wondered what kind of woman I will be
when I am well past the summer of my raging youth

Will I still be raising revolutionary flags
and making impassioned speeches
that stir up anger in the hearts of psuedo-liberals
dressed in navy-blue conservative wear

In those years when I am grateful
I still have a good sturdy bladder
that does not leak undigested prune juice
onto diapers – no longer adorable

will I be more grateful for that
than for any forward movement in any current political cause
and will it have been worth it then

Will it have been worth the long hours
of not sleeping
that produced little more than reams
of badly written verses that catapulted me into literary spasms
but did not even whet the appetite
of the three O’ clock crowd
in the least respected of the New York poetry cafes

Will I wish then that I had taken that job working at the bank
or the one to watch that old lady drool
all over her soft boiled eggs
as she tells me how she was a raving beauty in the sixties
how she could have had any man she wanted
but she chose the one least likely to succeed
and that’s why when the son of a bitch died
she had to move into this place
because it was government subsidized

Will I tell my young attendant
how slender I was then
and paint for her pictures
of the young me more beautiful than I ever was
if only to make her forget the shriveled paper skin
the stained but even dental plates
and the faint smell of urine that tends to linger
in places built especially for revolutionaries
whose causes have been won
or forgotten

Will I still be lesbian then
or will the church or family finally convince me
to marry some man with a smaller dick
than the one my woman uses to afford me
violent and multiple orgasms

Will the staff smile at me
humor my eccentricities to my face
but laugh at me in their private resting rooms
saying she must have been something in her day

Most days I don’t know what I will be like then
but everyday – I know what I want to be now

I want to be that voice that makes Gulianni
so scared he hires two (butch) black bodyguards

I want to write the poem
that the New York Times cannot print
because it might start some kind of black or lesbian
or even a white revolution

I want to go to secret meetings and under the guise
of female friendship I want to bed the women
of those young and eager revolutionaries
with too much zeal for their cause
and too little passion for the women
who follow them from city to city
all the while waiting in separate rooms

I want to be forty years old
and weigh three hundred pounds
and ride a motorcycle in the wintertime
with four hell raising children
and a one hundred ten pound female lover
who writes poetry about my life
and my children and loves me
like no one has ever loved me before

I want to be the girl your parents will use
as a bad example of a lady
I want to be the dyke who likes to fuck men
I want to be the politician who never lies
I want to be the girl who never cries

I want to go down in history
in a chapter marked miscellaneous
because the writers could find
no other way to categorize me

In this world where classification is key
I want to erase the straight lines
So I can be me

~StaceyAnn Chin~

 
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Posted by on April 29, 2011 in Spirituality And Growth

 

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MTV Staying Alive: Shuga (2009)

Shuga is a hard hitting 3-part drama series that follows the lives and loves of a group of cool young students whose bright lives and fabulous futures are balanced on a knife edge due to their love of risk and danger. It’s a story of Love, Sex, Friday nights and the indelible marks we leave on one another.

Shuga tells the story of Ayira, a modern girl who knows exactly what she wants and what she’ll do to get it; but will her passion for an older man come at the expense of long term soul mate Ty? Running parallel is the Romeo and Juliet style love story of Virginia and Leo – while the two are destined to be together, will they be able to get past the obstacles that stand in their way?

Shuga is based in Nairobi, KENYA; in the heart of EAST AFRICA.

  • Shuga Episode 1:

In episode 1 Ayira has hopes of the high life, meanwhile the fast boys flex their masculinity and Virginia plays hard to get. 


  • Shuga Episode 2:

The Fast boys get caught slipping, while Ayira thinks she is playing Felix, but is she the one in control? Or does he have much more to gain from her than she does him? And what about the implications with long term man Ty? We find out the reason behind Virginia’s erratic behaviour, she’s been hiding something from Leo.



  • Shuga Episode 3: 

Another chance to catch Shuga, an MTV Staying Alive drama set in Nairobi, Kenya. Everything comes to a head in the final episode, Ayira has it all to lose, and Skola is free falling to his lowest point. 

Shuga As Part of MTV Staying Alive HIV/AIDS Campaign.
Shuga explores the issues of sexual relationships among urban youth against a background of continuing HIV/AIDS infections.The drama format is a powerful medium to put across important lifestyle messages to educate and engage young people. It examines the ramifications of sexual decisions on the lives of young people and their partners and loved ones.

Shuga’s Cast include:
Actress/producer/director Lupita Nyong’o,
Reality show star and recording artist Valerie Kimani,
Established actors Anthony Mwangi and Nicolas Mutuma.
Also starring is acclaimed South African actor Tumisho Masha
Cameo appearances include: P Unit, Nonini, Nameless, Juilianni, Jimmy Gate and DJ Adrian.

Drama Series Category: Gender/Sexuality/Health
Drama Series Keywords:
Condom, HIV, AIDS, Protection, Health, Prevention, Sex, HIV/AIDS Campaign.

For more info. on Shuga cast members & behind the scene footage: click to visit: MTV Staying Alive: Shuga

 
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Posted by on April 29, 2011 in Africa

 

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Pumzi (2010): meaning ‘Breath’ in Swahili)

PUMZI (2010) Trailer By Kenyan Writer/Director WANURI KAHIU.

PUMZI is the Swahili word for ‘BREATH.’

Pumzi Film Synopsis:  It is a sci-fi film about futuristic Africa, 35 years after World War III –The Water War. Nature is extinct. The outside is dead. Asha lives and works as a museum curator in one of the indoor communities set up by the Maitu Council. When she receives a box in the mail containing soil, she plants an old seed in it and the seed starts to germinate instantly. Asha appeals to the Council to grant her permission to investigate the possibility of life on the outside but the Council denies her exit visa. Asha breaks out of the inside community to go into the dead and derelict outside to plant the growing seedling and possibly find life on the outside.

PUMZI as described by Wanuri Kahiu (Writer/Director)
 “Pumzi is a visual ode to life. A life that (as described by Lorraine Hansberry) has within it that which is good, that which is beautiful and that which is love. Pumzi is the essence of all these. Pumzi is my breath.”

PUMZI Film Teaser


In 2008, Wanuri completed her first feature film ‘From A Whisper’ based on the real life events surrounding the August 7, twin bombings of US Embassies in Nairobi and Dar es Salaam in 1998.

The film recently won awards at:

  • 1. The Africa Movie Academy Awards including Best Director and Best Picture.
  • 2. The Golden Dhow award for Best East African Picture at Zanzibar International Film Festival.
  • 3. Best Film at Kalasha, Kenya Film and TV awards.

Shortly after she completed a documentary about the life of Nobel peace Prize laureate Wangari Maathai entitled; ‘For Our Land’ (2009) for M-Net ‘Great Africans’ Series.

Wanuri completed a short science fiction film; ‘Pumzi’ (2009) that was partially funded by Focus Features (part of NBC universal), Goethe Institute and Changa Moto Fund in Kenya.

Other works by Wanuri Kahiu:

‘From A Whisper’ (2008)
Film Synopsis: A Film by Wanuri Kahiu based on real events surrounding the US Embassy bombing in Kenya – August 7, 1998. In Kenyan Cinemas August 15, 2008.

Peace & Blessings,
Lo (Enigmaress)

 
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Posted by on April 28, 2011 in Africa

 

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What If An Angel Took Hold of Your Hand? By Rachel Snyder

What If An Angel Took Hold of Your Hand?

By Rachel Snyder

What if an angel took hold of your hand
And whispered sweet, 
“I understand”
Embraced you close and stroked your brow
And murmured soft, 
“I’ve got you now.”

What if this angel soothed your soul,
Nursed your wounds and scars of old
Polished your heartstrings until they glistened
And gentle said, 
“Tell me all, I’ll listen.”

Would you drop your walls, set loose your tears
Could you finally face your darkest fears?
Would you sink into surrender fair
And allow yourself some comfort there?
Can you still the chatter, quell the din,
Seek that silent spot that dwells within?

What if an angel said, “I’ll give you the choice –
You can speak your truth now, in your quivering voice,
There’s no need anymore upon others to lean
You can make direct connection without a go-between.”

With the question echoed below, above
How fast, how tall will you stand for Love?
How soon are you able to shed, to peel
To say less 
I think, and more I feel?
Surrounded by angels, would you dare to swoon
To dance, to sing, by the light of the moon?

What if the angel vowed to stay near
And promised fast, 
“We are always here”
And shared with you the words you yearned for
The knowings that your heart returned for –

What if an angel, divinely wrought,
Reminded you of everything you once were taught
And what if, as the veil was lifted,
You remembered you are worthy and abundantly gifted.

If every rose in the garden suddenly flowered
Would that presence alone leave you touched and empowered?
What if the angel was the person beside you –
Could you trust enough for your own heart to guide you?
Angels are walking among us wearing quite human faces
Be aware! You will find them in the most unlikely places.

And miracle of miracles, I swear to you this is true:
The most glorious angel you ever meet may turn out to be you

SOURCEWhat If An Angel Took Hold of Your Hand? By Rachel Snyder.

 
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Posted by on April 27, 2011 in Spirituality And Growth