Thursday, February 26, 2009

is the Worth

Who's Never Going to Let You Down?

By Martha Beck

"The Master…trusts people who are trustworthy," wrote Lao Tzu, my favorite philosopher. "She also trusts people who aren't trustworthy. This is true trust." Many earnest do-gooders skew this to mean that everyone is noble at the core, every crazy stranger should be invited to sleep in the children's room, every elected official is intelligent and just. But that's not "true trust"; it's another version of denial, like the one Pema Chödrön calls by the memorable label "idiot compassion."

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Ain't that good news~Putting your Money where your mouth is

Lots of bosses say they value their employees. Some even mean it.
And then there's Leonard Abess Jr.

After selling a majority stake in Miami-based City National Bancshares last November, all he did was take $60 million of the proceeds -- $60 million out of his own pocket -- and hand it to his tellers, bookkeepers, clerks, everyone on the payroll. All 399 workers on the staff received bonuses, and he even tracked down 72 former employees so they could share in the windfall.
For longtime employees, the bonus -- based on years of service -- amounted to tens of thousands of dollars, and in some cases, more than $100,000.

At a time when financial titans are being paraded before Congress to explain how they blew billions on executives' bonuses even as they received a taxpayer bailout, the big-hearted banker's selfless deed stands out.

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Monday, February 23, 2009

Choices by Nikki Giovanni

A favorite of mine:


By Nikki Giovanni

"if i can't do what i want to do

then my job is to not do what i don't want to do
"it's not the same thing but it's the best i can do
"if i can't have what i want then my job is to want what i've got

and be satisfied that at least thereis something moreto want
"since i can't go where i need to go

then i must go where the signs point

though always understanding parallel movement isn't lateral
"when i can't express what i really feel

i practice feeling what i can express

and none of it is equali know

but that's why mankind alone among the animals learns to cry"

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Mea Mona open for Business

Gathering Together photograph JHM All Rights Reserved ©08

One for time being capable of being flexible will work. Much to my surprise my online store came up unexpectedly.

It happens here just like in life, the unexpected can be a beneficial thing, but if you are bound and intent of maintaining the status quo, you can miss out on wonderful opportunities.

So instead of my anguishing & panicking, I am opening myself up for to the promises & possibilities that can arrive from such times.

So if you are game to peruse, do so. Sign up for the newsletter. Better yet aid an artist in her livelihood. Much more will be added shortly. Even more so tell a friend or 2 or 3 or 4.

Net does work.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Promise of Spring

All rights reserved©09 Photography & poetry

That Rainbow MakerColors jumble in voices trueTelling stories, fabric books,Wall oracles singing talesTalking to our hearts. Smiling lady, Purple ladyFingers urging fabric text...To grow and singSongs for our hearts. Shaped rainbows beating drumsOf radiant color, speaking color,Making us listen with our eyes,Melodies for our hearts.Rooms growing in melodies dynamic As walls sing rainbow songsOperettas stitched in cloth softArias colored for hearts to hear.Eyes become ears that hearMessages in vibrant shadesWhile souls marvel at the At the fullness of our hearts.

Lapaerie & Cozy

If you are looking for some thing special to write your profound thoughts you should check out La Paperie & Cozy at . Affordable, one of a kind and just may give you the feel nof being perhaps a Tony Morrison, Alice Walker, Nikki Giovanni , Zora Neal Hurston or j.California Cooper when you put pen to ink.
Or gift it to someone you love.
You will not be disappointed.
Above you are looking at mine with my own artwork inside and a quote from Virgina Woolf

Monday, February 16, 2009

DR. Johnetta B. Cole selected as Smithsonian Director

Press release:

Johnnetta Cole Named Director of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African Art
Feb. 9, 2009

Johnnetta Cole has been named director of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African Art, effective March 2.

Cole is the board chair of the Johnnetta B. Cole Global Diversity and Inclusion Institute, founded at Bennett College for Women in Greensboro, N.C. The mission of the nonprofit institute is to create, communicate and continuously support the case for diversity and inclusion in the workplace through education, training, research and publications.

We are delighted that a scholar, author, educator and leader of such international stature will lead the National Museum of African Art at this opportune time,” said Wayne Clough, Secretary of the Smithsonian. “I have known Johnnetta for many years, and I look forward to working with her in her new role and in finding opportunities to use her talents to help with pan-Institutional activities.”

“It will be a privilege and a joy to work with the board, the staff and all stakeholders of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African Art,” said Cole. “Serving as the director of this museum will bring together my passion for African Art, respect for an anthropological knowledge of the people and cultures of the African continent and my involvement in the world of education.”

Cole served as president of the Bennett College for Women (2002-2007) where she completed a $50 million campaign, opened an art gallery and initiated programs in Africana women’s studies and global studies. Before that, she served as Presidential Distinguished Professor of Anthropology, Women’s Studies and African American Studies (1998-2001) at Emory University in Atlanta. In 2002, she served as co-curator of the exhibition “Wrapped in Pride: Ghanaian Kente and African American Identity” at the Carlos Museum at Emory.
Cole was president of Spelman College in Atlanta (1987-1997) where her appointment generated a $20 million gift from Bill and Camille Cosby. In addition, she completed a $113 million capital campaign. Under her leadership, Spelman College was named the number-one ranked liberal arts college in the South.

Cole has served on the Scholarly Advisory Board of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture since its inception, and she has worked with a number of Smithsonian programs since the mid-1980s.

Cole has conducted research in Africa, the Caribbean and the United States and has authored several books and scores of scholarly articles. She has been awarded 54 honorary degrees from colleges and universities, including Princeton, Yale, Fisk, Smith and Columbia, and won numerous awards. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Anthropological Association, having delivered its distinguished lecture in 2008. She served on Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice’s Committee on Transformational Diplomacy and on President Bill Clinton’s Transition Team for Education, Labor, the Arts and Humanities, and has served as the Chair of the United Way of America.

Cole earned a doctorate degree (1967) and a master’s degree (1959) in anthropology from Northwestern University and a bachelor’s degree (1957) in sociology from Oberlin College in Ohio.

Cole succeeds Sharon Patton, who resigned as director of the museum in January. Christine Kreamer, who has been serving as acting director in the interim, will resume her curatorial duties for the museum.

National Museum of African ArtThe National Museum of African Art is the only museum in the United States dedicated to the collection, conservation, study and exhibition of traditional and contemporary African art. Founded as a small museum on Capitol Hill in 1964, it became part of the Smithsonian Institution in 1979, and in 1987 it moved to its current location on the National Mall.

The museum has 34 staff members and its fiscal year 2008 budget was $6 million. The museum’s collection of 9,000 objects represents nearly every area of the continent of Africa and contains a variety of media and art forms—textiles, photography, sculpture, pottery, painting and jewelry and video art—dating from ancient to contemporary times. In 2007, the museum opened the exhibition “African Vision: The Walt Disney-Tishman African Art Collection,” which features 80 superb artworks from one of the world’s finest and most respected collections of African art.

In 2002, the museum unveiled a major interior redesign of its entrance pavilion. The entrance conveys the power and significance of African art and culture using multimedia presentations, African-inspired design elements, and some of the world’s finest examples of traditional and contemporary art.

Way to go, Dr. Cole! So very proud of you...

Coming soon...

Lil~Lee in Muse©09JHM

In the Middle ©09JHM

Enveloped ©09JHM

Mea*Moona Studio~"Everyday items with a jazzy je ne sais quoi (a certain something) for not-so-everyday people"

After repeated request, some of my mes affaires belles (my beautiful belongings) will come online for purchase!

Shortly Mea Moona Studio will be coming to feauring some of my art,poetry & photography you can order on a number of functional items affordable. And for those who desire handcrafted, items in March I will also be at

Above are a few samples of what will be there but more will be added in time.

Words from Jewel Diamond Taylor

Lil~lee in Black & White ©09JHM photograph

Hang in there. Some situations are beyond your control.
In life there is no "escape" button to avoid the bad and sad places. Surrendering and being still until your storm passes is not a sign of weakness. Some times it's the best and only thing to do. No matter how good a person you are or how much preparation you make, stuff happens.
I'm growing to understand that peace and wisdom comes from learning how to live with unanswered questions. Obsessing with the questions "why" and "when" only prove to be exhausting and stressful.
Getting over a painful experience is much like crossing monkey bars. You have to let go at some point in order to move forward.
My former self used to hold in bad feelings. I thought if I acknowledged my sadness, anger or fear it was a sign of weakness. I thought if I held in my emotions I was in control and strong. That mindset only leads to an emotional time bomb that goes off later with unfortunate consequences.
A coping skill I try to remember now during challenging times is not to suppress what I'm feeling. I express what I'm feeling and I work on letting go of the stress but holding on to my; faith, sense of humor, connection to family and friends, compassion, health and my passion to stay on track with my life's purpose

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Moon over TV

Here I am Send Me JHM© 94 one of the quilts the stories will be based on.

Jacquelyn Hughes Mooney will appear on Comcast Channel 23 ~DiversiTV affiliated with Lane Community College's African-American Perspective Segment in Eugene, Oregon.

The segment will focus on newcomers to Lane County giving a perspective of the community as a newcomer & will feature some of her art.

Also Ms. Mooney's mes affaires belle art Tres Dames (Three Women) will be featured at he San Diego Women's Historical Museum as part of the renown storyteller Alyce Smith Cooper on Feb 28th,2009a 2pm. The museum, is located in the historic Golden Hills community at 23rd & University Avenue in San Diego. For futher information call 619 233 7963.

Go to click on the link at the right "The First Quarter Calendar of Events".