BioMythography

My seed fell from a tree planted on a mound of orange dirt during a bone chilling North Carolina snowstorm. That orange mound knew nothing of the influence its cultivation would have on the world. Those who watered and nurtured the seed, they knew. They were keenly aware and shared all their nutrients with their two seedlings one male one female. They pruned the two by providing education, encouragement, and advice. Before their very eyes the boy and the girl began to bloom. As the boy sprouted he was less tended as boys sometimes are allowed to be. His fertilizer came in the form of freedom and weeds begin to sprout. Everybody loves green until we talk about weeds. The weeds tried to overtake him draining his access to nutrients, however they were no match for his strong roots. These roots were also tied to the sister growing tall alongside of him. The brother and sister competed for growth but as they grew realized as long as neither died they both won. Sista realized she must spread her part of the intricate root system beneath their surface toward more open and fertile soil for the sake of her personal growth. With the blessing of the garden she did just that. Sista encountered worms, rocks, and other obstacles in her path but none could stop her growth. Her expansion. She shared nutrients with her brother but continued to grow and flourish far and wide over taking the garden. Eventually she found herself a full and flourishing tree overlooking all of the garden she loved. She provided shade and nutrients. She protected her family from the heat of the summer sun and provided nutrients from below during the brutally cold and restless winters. She provided branches for birds to nest, rest, and seek peace. She bore flowers and fruit but most importantly seeds. She provided and received.

Affirmation for N/A

The sunrises and I wonder

What is this spell I’m under?

Why can’t I shake the chains

and be free?

As the clouds of rain clear

I know peace is near

What will it take to free

The very best of me?

Everyday is another chance

It don’t matter the circumstance

Decide in your mind you will advance

My blessings are in me

Couple more things you should know

You’re the designer of your glow

You decide when it’s time to grow

Love is on the loose until you show

My blessings are in me.

Dream #15 : Flying Through Stillness

Flying Through Stillness

Here my dear hang on to this.

It might not seem like much right now but keep it, hold it, and keep living.

There is hope in holding on.

Stay, persevere, plant roots.

Be like the tree.

Firm yet flowing.

Standing and growing.

Unshaken but flourishing.

My dear hang on to this with the grip of God.

They’ll tell you to let go. But what you’ve got means more and the depth they’ll never know.

Not everyone will see it.

Some have their own.

Some want yours.

Some will bitch and moan.

Dear come here and hear me clear,

It don’t matter what they do but you…. you persevere.

For Yelena.

MOB #10: MJWW – Love To Learn: Writing & Economics Workbook

I watch Democracy Now! every night. The everyday struggles of the world can be so daunting. I decided to pick a story to try and impact. I believe that if everyone picks an issue to focus their productive energy on we can really grow as global citizens. I watched the following video and decided my issue would be the plight of the American citizens overcoming natural disasters on the very islands we Americans cherish in times of rest, relaxation, and calm.

via Democracy Now!

Tiphanie Tanique’s statement truly struck a cord with me and motivated me to follow up on this issue and to find a way to plug in my talents to make a difference. The follow quote pushed me into action:

The Virgin Islands is made up of both the British Virgin Islands and the U.S. Virgin Islands. And our Virgin Islands is Saint Thomas, Saint Croix and Saint John and the smaller surrounding islands. Often we are confused with BVI or even with other islands that begin with “Saint,” like Saint Martin. But I think it’s important that the nation really recognize who the Americans are in the Caribbean, and pay us a little bit of extra attention. One of the things that happened for me when I was trying to find coverage about the Virgin Islands and about my home was that I was seeing lots of things on television about the region. I was so pleased, as someone who is from the Caribbean region, to see that there was beginning to be some attention to the Caribbean, in mass. And it is true that the United States has a responsibility to the Caribbean as the most powerful economic force in the region. It’s important that we pay attention to Sint Maarten and Saint-Martin, which are Dutch and French. It’s important that we pay attention to the British islands. But, lo and behold, we have American citizens in the region, as well. And these are not just American citizens who are visiting as tourists or American citizens who have newly moved to the Caribbean. But we have American citizens in the U.S. Virgin Islands who were born American citizens, who are American citizens by virtue of having been born on American soil, the U.S. Virgin Islands. I was really quite remiss and saddened to see that the news media said that Irma had made landfall in U.S. soil when it hit the Florida Keys, which, in fact, it had made landfall on U.S. soil days before, when it hit Saint Thomas and Saint John in the U.S. Virgin Islands. ADDDD

We the people have responsibilities. We have to protect the common good. I thought long and hard about how to help, how to protect the common good in the wake of mother nature’s destruction. I pondered deeply my resources and what was attainable. As I read more stories, scrolled my social media, and discussed the issues with my scholars an idea evolved.

So many news stories following the hurricanes talked about destroyed schools and hospitals. At the same time I was watching my friends on social media proudly share images and videos of their children doing school work. I decided the best way to motivate and encourage the people of Barbuda, U.S.V.I., and Puerto Rico would be to ensure the education of the youth continues. I decided to activate my talents as an educator to create a tool to enlighten scholars. As scholars practice learning these concepts the hope is that their parents will be motivated by their academic endurance. This tool is called Ms. Jheri Worldwide Love to Learn: Writing & Economics Workbook.

Thus far 30 workbooks have been sent to the United States Virgin Islands!

I launched a GoFundMe in November to fund this venture. My efforts became a classic example of Einstein’s timeless quote, “I am thankful for all of those who said NO to me. It’s because of them I’m doing it myself.” The GoFundMe was unsuccessful; however, with the assistance of Digital World Solutions and InDesign the task was finished! The finished product is more than I ever thought it could be and I am so proud to share these workbooks with scholars in the Caribbean.

For all parents interested in purchasing a workbook the cost is $5. All purchases will be matched. For every packet purchased one packet will be sent to a scholar in the Caribbean!

To order please email MsJheri@MsJheriWorldwide.com

Being Bold on Bold TV!

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Such an honor to be a guest on BoldTv! Catch me discussing creating learning workbooks for young scholars impacted by recent hurricanes at 40:48.

Donate and help us continue education in the face devastation by clicking here! 

A Hood Near You: Trinidad and Tobago

Trinidad is a well established island nation known for their cultural rainbow, architectural detail, and of course oil and natural gas. Trinidad’s sister island Tobago is mostly a tourist attraction with minimal industry on the island. I wasn’t able to make it to Tobago, recently the leadership changed ferry companies and the trips are less frequent.

Keith led me around the island and answered every single question with honest insights. He told me about the colonial heritage as we walked among the breathtaking and extravagant Magnificent Seven.

My favorite story shared by Keith was the story of Nelson Mandela Park. My prior knowledge of Trinidad government from friends gave the the impression that Trini politics tended to be like American politics, so many cooks in the kitchen make it difficult to finish a dish. The painlessness associated with renaming this park spoke volumes to my understanding of the culture of Trinidad.

The park was once King George’s Park however, an unopposed recommendation to rename the park went through in record time. I gained meaningful insight on the mindset of the people.

I learned the difference between Calypso and Soca music. I realized my value for words outweighs my ability to wine for hours. I’m team Calypso.

My favorite piece of art I’ve ever seen. Click here!

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Another highlight of my trip was my visit to City Living TT! Prime location and a balcony to die for City Living TT Is a beautiful space within walking distance of the the hottest part of the party scene in Trinidad and Tobago. The multi level home is ideal for solo travelers, small groups, or large scale kind of entertaining. However, if you are solo like myself the large guest rooms with en suite bathrooms allow for quiet, cool, moments in the midst of the party. The cool island colors were very welcoming and the iron gate helped me feel safe and secure as I partied super hard really far away from home.

Fax 4: Teaching 6-8th Graders to be Empathetic Citizens

Emotional Intelligence 

With our current media landscape it is becoming significantly more challenging to teach middle school children to understand their emotions particularly empathy. With our current culture of bickering and “hitting back” the trickle down effect is real! Students have to digest the fact that what they see on television (reality TV and our reality TV president) are not real. This is compounded by the fact that young scholars must digest that what they see on the internet is not real either. This reality can be even more disheartening for students like mine in Spanish Harlem that are not motivated by their day to day environment, in fact some are drowning in it.

The best way I’ve found the help children understand emotions is by highlighting their interactions with each other. I find myself asking them after every significant comment or experience, “how did that make you feel?” Some scholars are to the point now where they communicate this information without being prompted.

One memorable instance of students demonstrating empathy occurred in my history class. Despite redirection one scholar continued to disrupt instruction. As I continued to deliver the lesson I noticed another student losing focus due to the disruption. I gave the distracted student our nonverbal sign for persevere. I allowed the student to carry on hoping he would grow tired of the class ignoring the attention seeking behavior. I was surprised moments later when the distracted student turned to the disrupting student and said calmly, “I feel like you’re distracting me.” This simple comment to me was an emotional breakthrough. Neither child grew hostile, frustrated, or out of sorts. They communicated effectively and I was able to move on with the lesson. Media in America has created a tangible rift in our emotional intelligence but by teaching children to communicate effectively we can help them better understand their emotions.

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