Yesterday, Kalonji and I traveled to Chattanooga to say goodbye to a family friend. We attended funeral services for our friend, Gerald Taylor, Jr. Gerald and Kalonji used to work together for the Room In the Inn program here in Nashville.
Gerald was incredibly kind and polite, always a pleasure to be around, funny and overall an extremely nice guy. He will very much be missed by his family, his friends, and all who knew him.
I wish the pictures I took came out better, but here is a group photo of all the speakers and several people officially recognized during the program.
Kaleya and her classmates put on a play based on the life of Malcolm X. Kaleya had two roles – one as “Shorty” and one as Narrator at the end of the play. We are so proud of her and all her school mates.
Yesterday, I had a day off work and decided to spend the day offline and crocheting my little heart away. Thanks to a great YouTube video tutorial, I quickly learned how to make one and I enjoyed them so much, I made 4!
Of course, I can always rely on my model to make my projects shine.
You can bet I’ll be doing more of these in the future.
We all attended with him and had a nice time. Many thanks to the church for the invitation!
I was particularly impressed that the church has a library and have been documenting their history. One of their former congregation members, Mrs. Sadie W. Overton, even wrote a book covering the church history from 1866-1996. I definitely plan to follow-up with more research about the church given my interest in genealogy and African-American history in Nashville.
The event was held in Gallatin, TN at the Africa House — a former plantation home that is now owned by Dr. Arikana Chihombori (aka Dr. C – pictured below in green), a physician based in Murfreesboro, TN and her husband, Dr. Nii Saban Quo. As soon as we started going up the very long driveway, I had to look the history of the home and quickly found a descriptive article from a Florida newspaper. The plantation used to have many slaves, and what a striking contrast to it’s current use as a meeting place for people of African descent.
The purpose of the evening was to raise awareness of the health care needs in Africa and overall awareness of the health disparities in hypertension, diabetes and stroke among African-ancestored individuals. The stories shared were incredibly moving and greatly illustrated how important it is to increase access to basic healthcare services. The AU-ADHI has a new initiative to promote Vital Signs — that we all need to know our numbers (blood pressure, blood sugar, etc) and that health care facilities in Africa all have ways to collect vital sign information in patients, for as Dr. C noted, it is via vital signs “…that we enter the healthcare system”.
We also learned about Panafest Nashville, an event sponsored by the African Legacies Foundation, and now I’m really looking forward to attending. Panafest is a cultural event held in Ghana and the Nashville event (April 26th and 27th) is meant to celebrate it here also.
Overall, we had a great time getting to learn more about the group’s work and their upcoming activities. Though so much more needs to be done, they are doing a great job and helping to raise overall awareness!
You would think all I do these days is crochet! Not really, but I am doing it quite a lot :-). I just find that it is a perfect activity to do in the car or evenings when I can’t bear to look at the computer screen any longer and I need to go “offline.”
So, my latest finish is a scarf I made for myself using the same colors as Kalonji’s Dr. Who scarf. I call mine my “Dr. Who-inspired” scarf. The technique I used is called “Corner 2 Corner” crochet and I really like this style.
December 31, 2013 was our 12th anniversary and Kalonji and I had a nice, leisurely day. We hung out with Kaleya running various errands around town and finished the day with a fulfilling dinner at the Aquarium Restaurant.
Earlier in the day, I took this picture of Kalonji and Kaleya wrapped up in his Dr. Who scarf
For my present to Kalonji, I knitted the Dr. Who scarf and I completed it just in time for the holiday. The scarf is ridiculously long; it took me more than 100 hours to knit – but I thoroughly enjoyed knitting it! If you know anything about Dr. Who, this scarf was worn by the 4th Doctor. This is my Christmas and Anniversary present to Kalonji.
And, at home today we are having a quiet day. Kaleya has opened her presents – one of which is a digital camera so watch out for photos from her later on!