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Inspiration from Maya Angelou


President Barak Obama presents author and poet Maya Angelou with the Presidential Medal of Freedom

I love Maya Angelou and have read many of her books and poems.  Here is a piece of advice she gave that I am really trying to take to heart especially as I age. It is isn’t always easy.  There are days when I think many people feel the world is ‘going to hell in a hand basket’ and it is tempting to contemplate just crawling into a corner and ceasing to engage, but Maya Angelou’s words inspire us to do anything but that. 

Don’t just survive. Thrive and do it with………….

working in my office writing book

Working on a writing project in my office in Hong Kong. Writing is definitely one of my passions.

some passion,

with children on bolaven coffee plantation in laos

My husband Dave helping children on the Bolaven Coffee Plantation in Laos learn English

some compassion,

dressing up at the museum in quebec city

Fooling around in a museum in Quebec City

some humour and ……….

young girls in the 1940's in dresses they sewed

My mother with her best friend Millie around 1943 and dresses they had made for themselves

some style.

Don’t just survive, thrive and do it with some passion, some compassion, some humour and some style.

Other posts…….

I Almost Saw Maya Angelou in Person

A Sunny Birthday on a Rainy Day

Fair Trade Coffee and Hope for Laos




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I Almost Saw Maya Angelou in Person

President Barak Obama presents poet Maya Angelou with the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2011

I almost saw Maya Angelou in person. She was coming to Winnipeg in 1997. My sister and I had tickets to listen to her speak. I had re-read several of her books to prepare for the evening. We only found out at the last-minute she wouldn’t be coming. Betty Shabazz, the widow of civil rights leader Malcom X had been severely burned in a fire. Maya, her good friend, needed to remain at her side so she canceled her Winnipeg appearance.  Shortly after Betty died. 

 Maya had many memorable and inspiring things to say in her life but one quote of hers I have often used concerns spirituality. She wrote…..

“I’m always amazed when people walk up and say, “I’m a Christian.” I always think, “Already? ….. Goodness gracious. Lucky you.” Well, I’m trying to be a Christian. Working at it and trying to be a Christian is like trying to be a Jew, or trying to be a Buddhist…….. It’s a path; it’s a journey.”  

I once used that Maya Angelou quote in an article I wrote for the Winnipeg Free Press called How Do You Spot A Real Christian? Are You Sure?   

Other posts about black writers……

Barack Obama is a Good Writer

The Long Song by Andrea Levy

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