Excerpts: "Diary Interlude"

     Yup- the quickest way to find out who your real 

friends are is to call around and ask who wants to 

help take the braids out! Kidding, of course, Lord 

knows I run like a bat out of hell when anyone wants 

help unbraiding (my hands in someone else's nasty 

sweaty dirty hair...the usual state of them when its 

time to take them out- ugh). 

     We only have two more class days before 

Thanksgiving break, and I'm really trying to finish 

out strong this weekend. Lord knows I won't get any 

work done when I go home next week- who am I kidding? 

So here I sit, turning down invites from all kinda 

folks who without fail seem to come out of the 

woodwork when I gots work to do. It's so ironic, the 

night I decide to hibernate and study everyone and 

their brother wants to know if I'm trying to go out 

well actually just 2 people asked but still. It's not 

like they ought to know better, it wasn't that long 

ago I'd be itchin' to be seen wherever the place to be 

was ;-) For that matter, I still appreciate a nice 

night out on the town with the crew... but tonight 

just couldn't be one of those nights. Shoot, forget 

having to forego an evening out to study- I can't go 

out anywhere anyway lookin' like Medusa! Aside from 

studying, working and taking my car to the shop to get 

oil changed and road worthy for our trip home next 

week, the only thing I planned on doing this weekend 

was taking my kids to see the childrens circus in the 

morning. Lord knows I'm not trying to be seen with a 

baseball cap over this head that I know won't be free 

of braids by morning, but unfortunately, my oldest 

child is now too old for me to think she'll "just 


     I lost the url, but I was cleaning out old files and found an email pass on letter. So I will share it here. I should have taken some it to heart...


1. Take into account that great love and great achievements involve great risk. 2. When you lose, don't lose the lesson. 3. Follow the three R's: Respect for self Respect for others and Responsibility for all your actions. 4. Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck. 5. Learn the rules so you know how to break them properly~i.e. creativity 6. Don't let a little dispute injure a great friendship. 7. When you realize you've made a mistake, take immediate steps to correct it. 8. Spend some time alone every day. 9. Open your arms to change, but don't let go of your values. 10. Remember that silence is sometimes the best answer. 11. Live a good, honorable life. Then when you get older and think back, you'll be able to enjoy it a second time. 12. A loving atmosphere in your home is the foundation for your life. 13. In disagreements with loved ones, deal only with the current situation. Don't bring up the past. 14. Share your knowledge. It's a way to achieve immortality. 15. Be gentle with the earth. 16. Once a year, go someplace you've never been before. 17. Remember that the best relationship is one in which your love for each other exceeds your need for each other. 18. Judge your success by what you had to give up in order to get it. 19. Approach love and cooking with reckless abandon. All good advice, I'm sure, but the ones on my mind right now are numbers 6 and 7... and I'm wondering if it's too late. Unfortunately, for myself and all of us involved, I'm stubborn and prideful, and if it's too late or not- I doubt I'll ever know... I am sorry though, for whatever it's worth...