Are You Listening?

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Some movie scenes are so unforgettable. One of my favorite movies (and books!) is The Color Purple. Here’s the scene:

Still gives me goosebumps!

Sometimes our brains are so overloaded with data, and dates, and “stuff” that has to be done (yesterday!), that there’s hardly any room left for listening. Or for paying attention to those signs. But the signs are there.

For those I know – and those I don’t know – who are in the middle of chaos and uncertainty, I understand. I hear what you say. And while I may not have the answers, someone else does. Be still and listen.


W is for Alice Walker

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The letters U, V, X, and Z are challenges, but there were a lot of Ws from which to choose today’s post.  I’ve only read one of Alice Walker’s books, but what a book!

Alice Walker won the 1983 Pulitzer Prize and the American Book Award for her novel The Color Purple (1982).  If you’re not familiar with it, The Color Purple features Celie, an African-American woman in the 1930’s South.  Through her letters to God, Celie relates the story of her life: beatings, shame, struggles, and survival.

The color purple plays a role also.  Purple describes the color of a bruised, beaten face.  But purple is also in beauty, in flowers, in a sunset.  And at the end of the book, purple symbolizes reunion, love, hope.

If you haven’t read the book or seen the movie, I recommend both!  This is a very emotional scene at the end of the movie, when Celie, now a mature woman, is reunited with her sister Netty and children.