This Mother’s Love

A poem of reflection by Monica Terry “AKA” Taptutor

 

Anxious to witness your first breath, in constant dread of your last

Bleaching out the blood, coffee and red wine stains of your not so stellar past

Will turn entire cities upside down when you’re off the radar

Nearly fulfilling profile of a cyber stalker demanding you “Change that Avatar”

Fearlessly race up to save you at a mountain’s highest pinnacle

Ignoring naysayers, haters, and  fairweather friends with comments so cynical

Message to the ruler of this world, HANDS OFF, can’t have my offspring

Fight to my last heartbeat, breath, and brainwave; every fiber of my being

To make sure you feel THIS MOTHER’S LOVE!

 

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Kings and Queens Accepting the Torch

I couldn’t think of a better way to end the African American History Month other than to post something inspirational that shows the continued spirit of African Americans despite the struggles that we have and are still overcoming from the injustices of discrimination. Just like our ancestors, we will continue to push forward!!!

These children have received the torch and are running with it!

Hope this vid brings you hope for the next generation. Also to have gratitude for those that sacrificed so much for us to have the privileges that we have today. This is evidence that if we live each day with the intent to touch the lives of others, there is a huge positive impact on humanity.

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A Huge Thank You

A great big thank you to all of our supporters who donated and to the parents for your ongoing commitment to help our children to succeed. We finally received the tap and jazz shoes for our Stars of Heaven & Lion Cubs Dance Troupe!!!!

All of the dance troupe students are excited and learning their new routines for upcoming events. Now with our more professional look, we hope to expand the number of performances we are able to present.

To Make a Donation to Stars of Heaven & Lion Cubs Dance Troupe

You can donate any time you want and as many times as you want. The dance troupe is in need of more costumes, lighting equipment, hip hop shoes, tumbling mats and a tap board. To donate, you can give in increments of $10 by increasing the number in the box at the bottom left then click the below "Pay with PayPal" button. For example, to give $20, increase the number to 2. We appreciate your support!

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We are in ongoing need of your support so always feel free to donate anytime by using the above link. Also, continue to share and like our videos and we’d love to hear feedback from you, our viewers and supporters! Don’t forget to subscribe as well to tapin2life and to Taptutor on YouTube to stay updated as to our progress.

Stars of Heaven & Lion Cubs Dance Troupe

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Perpetual Holocaust of Africans

Truthfully, I know the responses that Africans, Blacks, African Americans receive when we bring light to our past and present of being terrorized throughout history…..such sayings as, “That was a long time ago”, or “Slavery is over, you must get over it, besides that, no one in this generation dealt the terror or received it”. This is exactly why I felt compelled to write this post.

I choose to remember my African history because after all, we are approaching that short month in which historian Carter G. Woodson and the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History announced the second week of February to be “Negro History Week”. This became a precursor to Black History Month in America which began in
1976, and since then, every U.S. president has officially designated the month of February as Black History Month.

Many ask, “Why do Blacks need a month for their history”. How about this…..our history is rarely taught in the public school system and if it is, there are so many deletions and changes made to it that it would be unrecognizable to our ancestors. Let’s just look at the term “Black History” itself. It doesn’t tell anyone where we are from, it’s just a color. We have been called everything throughout the centuries except for what we truly are, “African”. So I leave you with these thoughts to ponder and if you would choose to educate others, no matter what their heritage that the holocaust of Africans worldwide is in full effect, even till this day. Just know that this is blood spilled on American soil and doesn’t even begin to touch the holocaust that occurred in world history or before the Atlantic Slave Trade, surpassing all death tolls of any nation of people ever reported.

Perpetual Holocaust

East St. Louis Massecre July 1917

Red Summer Massecre (including Elaine, Arkansas) 1919

Black Wall Street Tulsa Murders (Greenwood) May 1921

Tuskeegee Syphilis Experiment 1932-1972

16th Street Baptist Church Bombing September 1963

Hurricane Katrina Deaths from little or no government response and displacement of children from families- 2005

Flint, Michigan Deaths and Chronic Illnesses from Water Pollution (2012-present)- most victims predominately African American

Charleston Church Shooting June 17, 2015

Unfortunately, since it’s inception, the United States of America has perpetuated a holocaust and the death toll of my people continually rises, while we hear, “Get over it” .

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Still Wasn’t Enough

A personification poem by Monica Terry

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I remember being awakened on a warm Summer’s Eve to soft strokes at the foot of my Mountain Kilimanjaro and whispers at the banks of my Niger, Nile  and Zambezi Rivers.

The voices and the movements were unfamiliar to me.  This was another people.  Something different about the way they touched me and spoke about me.  I heard them speaking about how they would  pry out of me my precious minerals and jewels.

Who were these?  They did not belong to me.  They were not the ones that had taken care of me for centuries nor had an understanding of what I gave back to them in return.

As time went on, their softness turned to harshness as they touched  me; it went from caressing to groping at my mountains for my precious minerals, platinum, uranium and iron.  They bore so deep, ripping from me the gold and ravaging at my rich soil in search of my rich black oil.  Often I would smell the alcohol on their breath.

I wanted to yell STOP! But instead I tried to violently react with a sudden volcanic eruption that sent the newcomers scattering for safe ground.  But after the ash settled, they still came back.  It still wasn’t enough to make them leave.

I tried to deprive them various times of water with my occasional droughts, for I knew those that took care of me would know what to do. They could survive and adapt unlike the newcomers.  But it still wasn’t enough to make them leave.  Greed will make one madly blind.

They produced mining industries and forcibly took my beautiful diamonds, selling them to the highest bidders and forcing those that took care of me to grope and hack away in filthy conditions at gun point until they dropped dead.  100 million carats, and still…it wasn’t enough for them to leave.

Eventually the ones that took care of me began to disappear.  Many times, I saw them carted off in ships.  The times I dared to watch their fate, I saw them looking at me as if for the last time.  I mourned with them, for now my fate awaited me to be plundered all alone by the rapists with grubby hands.

After such disparity in socio-economic status, the ones that were left began to be indifferent to me.  They had been hardened and turned cold by the criminality of my stolen wealth.  My borders no longer provided them with what they needed…..protection.  They have tried in the past to revive my damaged areas, but the newcomers killed them.

The newcomers even divided me up into pieces and shared me with others that lust for my riches.  Once my rivers flowed freely from north to south and my mountains and valleys could be inhabited with no care or disputes.  There was even blood shed on my soil that I sorrowfully soaked up.  And it still was not enough to make it stop.

But now a new day has come.  I see the seeds of the ones that were kidnapped and taken away from me and they are strong.  They are fiercely growing into seedlings that sprout bigger into hardened trees with resilient bark.  They are saying NO MORE to my rape and my exploitation!  They are saying ENOUGH!

They are being heard all over the world, crying out for me, for them, for the wrongs that have been done to be addressed.  I see hope of my people returning to take care of me as in centuries past, and I will once again be a shelter for them.

I see that I need not be ashamed for being forced upon and defiled, for I was a victim of unthinkable crimes against me and my caretakers.  And finally, I am not alone in saying “ENOUGH”!

Thanks for 3 Years at tapin2life

It’s been a challenging but great journey!  I want to say thank you to my WordPress Family and to my faithful friends who support my blog here at tapin2life.  Working full-time in healthcare, being a part-time dance instructor and taking care of family is truly rewarding and exhausting at the same time but it makes life worth living to see the fruits of my labor.  

Just remember to stay positive and remember that our Father, creator of all things in the Heavens and the Earth is a Waymaker, Healer, Promise Keeper and most of all Faithful!  How much more should we strive to be like this to Him and to each other?  Thanks again and bless someone else with inspiration to push forward today by sharing this!!

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Mother and Son Art to Heart Journey Tel Aviv and Back

This vid has been a long time in the making.  Had to do some soul-searching, however, one trip changed how I actually viewed my Son’s choice of art.  It was truly a great road trip for us and a lesson in how to listen to each other and appreciate each other’s art form.

I used to think about how in the past there was something always special about the age of each of our children…..the baby years, the terrible twos, first year of school, graduation from grade school….and then look out!!!  Nothing could have ever prepared me for having 4 teenagers. 

Funny how the lesson learned was on me this time in finding the joy in the NOW and not yesterday’s memories or looking so far into the future. What was to be a simple dentist appointment for my oldest in Tel Aviv turned into a heart to heart moment that allowed me to see my son as just a unique and extremely creative and courageous individual with his own voice through his art. Please don’t ever forget to live in the NOW and always find something to be grateful for.

Hope you enjoy our video and feel free to leave a comment. You can see more of Mike’s future art by following on instagram@Mikemagnetism

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Rheumatoid Arthritis | Diet and best food to eat

This is a great summary for those who suffer from arthritis. I use ginger and tumeric in green tea. Thanks to Misha for posting😄! I will be suret o try some of these other foods.

The Glitterati Affair

Living with Rheumatoid arthritis is chronic and annoying. Two years ago, our world came crumbling down when me and my family  got to know about our mother being diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA). An auto immune disease, but also very common, found in people residing in India and all over the world, this disease has no cure. The treatment for RA is all about steroids, injections and surgeries if uncontrollable. We couldn’t really see her in immense pain and ultimately we all resorted for steroids as the last option keeping in mind, the weather of my hometown which is quite chilly, rainy and cooler for the maximum months of the year. RA has no connection with age or gender. It is an irrevocable occurrence in the immune system which mistakenly attacks our own bodies’ tissues thereby mainly affecting the inner lining of the joints, causing painful swelling, stiffness…

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Stop Before You Use That!

I want to talk to you about a subject that is near and dear to my heart.  Even some of the closest people in my life don’t know that I have suffered from it since puberty and went through all sorts of remedies, natural and synthetic before I actually found something that worked for me.  That thing is ACNE, and a thing that seems so little and pales in comparison to something like Cancer or heart disease made my life pretty miserable at the time.   Now it’s very manageable and I try to eat a healthy diet as well as keep a healthy skincare routine.  It didn’t dawn on me that I had beat the battle until one of my teen children began to suffer from it at almost the same age that it began for me.
Unfortunately, the things that worked for me only helped my child mildly.  Everyone’s body reacts differently and really depends as well on your skin type and the underlying cause for the acne.  I noticed in the past that I had more outbreaks after childbirth, during times of high stress, in times of prolonged lack of sleep and when I deviated from my usual diet by a longshot.  For some years now, I have used Charcoal Soap as a cleanser and Coconut Oil to moisturize and protect my skin.  I have some very subtle acne scars from going years without a great remedy and had just resolved that they would be there for the rest of my life.  That’s why I was so excited to see a young lady’s testimony about how vinegar can be used to make skin clearer and other’s testimonies on how it has been a remedy for their acne.
So before you give in to drugs or over-the-counter chemicals and things that are really not good for our bodies in the long run, why not give vinegar a shot.  Not only is it great for acne, but it also has so many other health benefits such as the following:  
  • Detoxifies our bodies
  • Helps to promote great pH balance
  • Great for dandruff and scalp health
  • Kills bacteria
  • Lowers blood sugar levels which would benefit those with diabetes
  • Helps to reduce belly fat and overall weight loss
  • May have protective effects against cancer

Watch and listen to this young lady’s routine and her testimony about vinegar
Can you use any vinegar?
Sure, but for the maximum effect, you really should use an organic vinegar.  The reason why Apple cider vinegar is so great for curing acne is that it returns the acidity of the skin and restores the acid mantle. It also kills bacteria, removes excess dirt, oil, and dissolves dead skin cells.  I have used Bragg’s before and now use Neeman which is 6%.  So far my teen has had a great response in just a week of use!!!!  You never know, maybe if not so shy, he may allow me to post a before and after picture. Please see these  recipes on how to use vinegar and ditch the chemicals and move one step closer towards being healthier:
  five amazing ways to use apple cider vinegar for healthy skin
  6 Proven Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar  

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Faith

When the adversary tells you it can’t be done, get ready to be used by the Father to prove them wrong every single time!

 

Be a blessing to someone today and tell your story of how you beat the impossible odds and triumphed through your faith.