Blog: I am a Mother, grandMother, teaching artist, sister, daughter, academic educator, (#certifiedteacher) struggling business owner ( #LordHelp 🙏🏾) & #fibrofighter that has been blessed with a little drum of joy within that helps me to stay strong in the midst of pain, pressure & perplexing situations. My dear Father bestowed the gift upon me before birth, & my Mother painted the drum with many colors as she carried me. My Grandmother “Mama Zola” & my great grandmother Bowen-White asked the Angels to rub anointing oil & glitter on my scalp, feet & on the skin of the drum because they could sense my journey. I’m grateful for that little #djembé of #joy! It has kept me going in the most stressful times. Sometimes it can become buried under a substance likened unto #earwax, stopping me from hearing the blessed rhythms of the Heavens that my #Ancestors played & the strength giving spiritual pieces that my Spiritual Mother, (the late Pastor #DedraCopeland) & others (the late #MotherPhillips & #SisBettyRyles) taught me so well. Thankfully that blockage ALWAYS gets removed by my strong Angels Daddy & Aunt Fanny. (#THEYDONTTAKENOMESS!) They grab #jobsonhornes of the Spirit & Start extracting the blockage, helping me to hear God’s rhythm WITHIN, again!!! I can hear the sound of my #djembeJOY! #djembedrum! I can do a #djembedance! After they are fully done, I can harmonize with my late GrandMother Cassie with the djembe guiding our tempo while She sews & we sing: #HallelujahAnyhow 🎶 #NeverNeverletyourTroublesGetyoudown 🎶”When hard trials come your way, just hold your head up high & say: “Hallelujah anyhow!” #lifeformeaintbeen no crystal stair, yet: I know to #Begrateful, #keepinghopealive because the #joyoftheLordismyStrength.