You know those times when you’re on a website and you see a category that appears to be a dumping ground for all the content that couldn’t fit into any of the other more descriptive categories? It’s like the miscellaneous category (though they usually don’t call it that). Well this last commemorative post for the 101 Days Project may appear to be that way. Although, I’d like to call it the “Potpourri” category. It also sounds better (and serves as an ode to Jeopardy). “Potpourri” highlights a variety of posts on politics, social issues, writing advice, and some of my other passions (like cooking and tea). Since I did not write as many posts within each highlighted area (as I did for poetry, music tributes and reviews, anecdotes, and inspirational writing), I thought it made the most sense to combine these into a hybrid category of sorts. I probably delve into social and political issues more so when I’m not writing on my blog. But I’ll hopefully be able to share more of this writing in the future.
Please check out the following:
Politics & Social Issues:
- (Day 99) 9/11–Day of Remembrance
- (Day 98) I’m Voting For Progress – Obama Biden 2012
- (Day 96) Michelle Obama at the DNC 2012
- (Day 80) Gabby Douglass Is Not Her Hair
- (Day 39) OUT (Written In Honor Of National Coming Out Day)
Inspiration From Writers:
- (Day 95) Inspiration from Chinua Achebe
- (Day 84) Inspiration from Toni Morrison
- (Day 81) Inspirational Quotes (from Writers)
- (Day 10) Julia Cameron’s “The Artist’s Way Every Day”
- (Day 92) The Kitchen, My Other Home
- (Day 87) Earl Grey de la Creme (Pearl Fine Teas)
One of my favorite things to bake – Cream Cheese Pound Cake
Aside from the stage, studio, and classroom, the kitchen is my home. I’ve been in the kitchen since I was about 7 or 8 years old. Learned so many things from my mother and grandmother in the kitchen (still learning). I’m so glad I received this gift. I come from a long line of gifted cooks/bakers, especially on my mother’s side of the family. Good food (and drink) has been just as much a centerpiece of family gatherings as the communion and the entertainment (mostly us acting crazy and talking cash shit—doing what we do best, in other words…lol). There’s nothing wrong with loving good food, especially if you’re blessed enough to make it, share it, and enjoy it!
One of the things I’ve learned over the years with cooking/baking is that food truly tastes good when you’ve put your heart and soul into it. The love emanates through the food and touches the spirit. This is why people enjoy it so much, and why we find some eating with their eyes closed (totally enraptured with the taste, how it makes them feel, and memories it conjures up). The best advice: if you’re not feeling it—step away from the stove! Put the utensils down and the pots and pans away! Get out of the kitchen and call for takeout/delivery! Because the food will tell the story. I apply this to many of my creative gifts and talents. I have to feel it. I have to be able to get into to it. I can’t do it just for the sake of doing it. If I’m not feeling it, I can’t do it. It’s that simple.
So let me get back on schedule. I have a Honey Cornbread, Orange Cream Cheese Pound Cake, Baked Yams, Buddah’s Teriyaki Pork Chops with Apples, Onions, & Peppers, and Spinach to make. Happy cooking, baking, and eating! Enjoy!