My Mind

Personal website of M.G. Daniel. Sharing poetry, my writings, snippets from my life and whatever's on my mind.

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Do you want something better to do?

Do you have an interest in building institutions from the ground up, and don’t mind working on one or more primarily serving communities of people of African and Caribbean heritage? Are you willing to put your shoulder to the wheel to raise up something that will be satisfying to you but will likely have more benefit for the greater good? Do you believe in the lasting power of sincere beliefs, loyal friendships and supportive community/social connections? Do you want to create or spread joy while having fun? Do you like writers and or writing? If that’s you, then you are needed. Contact me.




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Lordy! Guess what I heard

In early June former FBI director James Comey’s use of  the word “Lordy” had that term trending on Twitter and lots of Lordy meme’s popping up on social media. At the time I was sure there was an old song from my girlhood with that word in the title; I had memories of singing “Oh Lordy” frequently, loudly and heartily whenever the song played on radio. Unfortunately, many Google and YouTube searches later, I could not find my “Oh Lordy” song. Until, a little brainwave made me use the only fragment of the lyrics I could remember as my search term — and what do you know, Volare had somehow become Oh Lordy to my young ears, an error that had gone uncorrected all these years.

There is a way we can leave all the shadows behind us.

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Hello sir

I think the ongoing courtroom saga of another (once?) elder statesman actor made My Mind drift – comparatively – to Sir Sidney Poitier and of course, with that came flashbacks to “To Sir With Love.”

If you wanted the moon
I would try to make a start
But I would rather you let me give my heart
To Sir, with love

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You have a right to be here

You are a child of the universe,
no less than the trees and the stars;
you have a right to be here.
And whether or not it is clear to you,
no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.

Whatever happened to the Desiderata – ever so popular in a time back then.  I saw the title line of this post in another context and it reminded me of the days when there were Desiderata posters prominently displayed for sale in just about every bookstore you went into and, it seemed, on the walls of every friend’s home or apartment you visited.


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Happy Mother’s Day sweet mothers

Did you grow up with a culture of ‘Sunday School’ or similar community dances? Or  the regular joy of going to ‘a dance’ – day, nighttime events where everybody danced freely with everybody and people of all ages mixed, unless it was a teen dance for teens? This song had a long dance hall run in my community and was played all day long every Mother’s Day.

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Music is music

Whether it’s religious or secular, good music is great for health of mind and soul. May is the month of Mary in the Christian church, especially for Catholics. Maybe that’s why I wanted to hear Schubert’s Ave Maria over and over today.