African American History Month Lesson Plans for Teachers and Parents

Published February 23, 2014 by ojaje78

African American History Month Lesson Plans for Teachers and Parents

As many of you know February is the month which America has allowed us to pass on just how much African Americans have contributed to the foundation of this nation. For many Americans we know this tradition is not just confined to February.  WE should take daily opportunities to jump on those teachable moments  we come across everyday that show our children that we were and still are a people of Invention, Science, and Mathematics as well as Entertainment and Athleticism. Here is a great website which is appropriate for children of all levels and intelligences.  Also you do not have to be a parent to pass this knowledge to the next generation.  Remember each one teach one.

Sharpen Up Your Skills on African American History by Checking Out These Sites

Library of Congress-


Ebony Education–

Schomburg Center For Black Research


What If There Were No Black People?

Published February 23, 2014 by ojaje78

Black Inventors
What if there were no black people in the world? This is very interesting! This is just
amazing!! Here are some FACTS to ponder!!!

This is a story of a little boy named Theo, who woke up one morning and asked God,
“What if there were no Black people in the world? Well, God thought about that for a
moment and then said, “Son, follow me around today and let’s just see what it would
be like if there were no Black people in the world. Get dressed and we will get
started. “Theo ran to his room to put on his clothes and shoes. But there were no
shoes, and his clothes were all wrinkled. He looked for the iron, but when he reached
for the ironing board, it was no longer there. You see Sarah Boone, a Black woman,
invented the ironing board and Jan E. Matzelinger, a Black man invented the shoe
lasting machine.

“Oh well”, God said, “go and do your hair”. Theo ran in his room to comb his hair,
but the comb was not there. You see, Walter Sammons, a Black man, invented the
comb. Theo decided to just brush his hair, but the brush was gone. You see Lydia O.
Newman, a Black female, invented the brush. Well, he was a sight, no shoes,
wrinkled clothes, hair a mess without the hair care inventions of Madam C.J. Walker,
well, you get the picture.

God told Theo, “let’s do the chores around the house and then take a trip to the
grocery store”. Theo’s job was to sweep the floor. He swept and swept and swept.
When he reached for the dustpan, it was not there. You see, Lloyd P.Ray, a Black
man, invented the dustpan. So he swept this pile of dirt over in the corner and left it
there. He then decided to mop the floor, but the mop was gone. You see, Thomas W.
Stewart, a Black man, invented the mop. Theo thought to himself, “I’m not having
any luck”.

“Well son” God said, “We should wash the clothes and prepare a list for the grocery
store”. When he was finished, Theo went to place the clothes in the dryer, but it was
not there. You see, George T. Samon, a Black man, invented the clothes dryer. Theo
got a pencil and some paper to prepare the list for the market, but noticed that the
pencil lead was broken as well, he was out of luck because John Love, a Black man,
invented the pencil sharpener. He reached for a pen, but it was not there because
William Purvis, a Black man, invented the fountain pen. As a matter of fact, Lee
Burridge invented the type writing machine, and W.A. Lavette, the printing press. So
they decided to head out to the market. Well, when Theo opened the door, he noticed
the grass was as high as he was tall. You see John Burr a Black man invented the

They made their way over to the car and found that it just wouldn’t go. You see,
Robert Spikes, a Black man invented the automatic gearshift and Joseph Gammel

invented the supercharge system for internal combustion engines. They noticed that
the few cars that were moving were running into each other and having wrecks
because there were no traffic signals. You see Garrett A. Morgan, a Black man
invented the traffic light. Well, it was getting late so they walked to the market, got
their groceries and returned home. Just when they were about to put away the milk,
eggs and butter they noticed the refrigerator was gone. You see, John Standard, a
Black man invented the refrigerator. So they put the food on the counter.

By this time they noticed it was getting mighty cold. Theo went to turn up the heat
and what do you know, Alice Parket, Black female, invented the heating furnace.
Even in the summer time they would have been out of luck because Frederick Jones, a
Black man, invented the air conditioner. It was almost time for Theo’s father to arrive
home. He usually took the bus, but there was no bus because its precursor was the
electric trolley, invented by another Black man, Elbert T. Robinson. He usually took
the elevator from his office on the 20th floor, but there was no elevator because
Alexander Miles, a Black man, invented the elevator. He usually dropped off the
office mail at a nearby mailbox, but it was no longer there because Phillip Downing, a
Black man, invented the postmarking and cancelling machine.

Theo sat at the kitchen table with his head in his hands. When his father arrived he
asked, “Why are you sitting in the dark?” Why? Because Lewis Howard Latimer, a
Black man, invented the filament within the light bulb.

Theo quickly learned what it would be like if there were no Black people in the world.
Not to mention if he were ever sick and needed blood. Charles Drew, a Black
scientist, found a way to preserve and store blood, which led to his starting the world’s
first blood bank. And what if a family member has to have surgery. This would not
have been possible without Dr. Daniel Hale Williams, a Black doctor, who performed
the first open-heart surgery. So if you ever wonder, like Theo, where we would be
without Blacks, well it’s pretty plain to see, we could very well still be in the dark.

Author Unkown


Published February 23, 2014 by ojaje78

My mother passed this information on to me from an unknown author ” Watch your thoughts, for they become words. Watch your words, for they become actions. Watch your actions, for they become habits. Watch your habits, for they become character. Watch your character, for it becomes your destiny.— Unknown”  I used to think that seemed easy enough guarding your thoughts but it is hard to watch your thoughts these days.  In Age of Pisces we are constantly bombarded with all kinds of false and dangerous  messages,  images, attitutdes, etc.  from media and society that rob us of our true natural selves.  These images help foster a sense of hopelessness, despair, confusion, and defeatism and we know the Devil is a Liar.  Here are some daily affimations I have come across on the Internet.

You can  go to Dr. Harry Henshaw @ or (Search for Dr. Harry Henshaw) and you’ll  be given access to all types of affirmations you can begin on prosperity, health, insomnia, stress management, etc.  These you can listen to while you drive to work, cook, relax while taking a long bath or to do as a family as a morning or nightly routine.

The Only 100 affirmations You’ll Ever Need-

Get together with your family, gurls, homies, whomever and create posters, paintings or post its to stick around the house to keep these affirmations fresh in your mind.  This is a great activity for tweens.  Have your tween create a painting about their favorite affirmation and have them place it around their room.  Its never to early to create this habit for positive thinking.

When you feel lonely and sad:

1. I feel the love of those who are not physically around me. 2. I take pleasure in my own solitude. 3. I am too big a gift to this world to feel self-pity and sadness. 4. I love and approve of myself.

When you feel terrified (without your safety being in danger):

5. I focus on breathing and grounding myself. 6. Following my intuition and my heart keeps me safe and sound. 7. I am making the right choices every time. 8. I am drawing from my inner strength and inner light. 9. I trust myself.

When you feel insignificant:

10. I am a unique child of this world. 11. I have every bit as much brightness to offer the world as the next person. 12. I matter and what I have to offer this world also matters. 13. I may be one in 7 billion but I am also one in 7 billion!

When you are nervous:

14. I trust my inner light and intuition to guide me. 15. Nervousness surrounding what I want to do is a good sign. 16. I know the situation will work out for my highest good. 17. Wonderful thing unfold before me.

When you are angry:

18. I forgive myself for whatever mistakes I have made. 19. I let go of my anger so I can see clearly. 20. I accept responsibility if my anger has hurt anyone. 21. I replace my anger with understanding and compassion. 22. I offer a sincere apology to those affected by my anger.

When you feel hopeless and at the end of your rope:

23. I may not understand the good in this situation yet but it is there. 24. I can muster up a little more hope and courage from deep inside me. 25. I choose to find hopeful and optimistic ways to look at this. 26. I kindly ask for help and guidance if I cannot see a better way. 27. I refuse to give up because I haven’t tried all possible ways.

When you feel conflicted about a decision:

28. I know my inner self will guide me to the right decision. 29. I trust myself to make the best and smartest decision for me. 30. I receive all feedback about a decision with love but make the final call myself. 31. I listen with love to this inner conflict and reflect on it until I get to peace around it. 32. I love my family even if they do not understand me completely. 33. I show my family how much I love them in all the verbal and non-verbal ways I can. 34. There is a good reason I was paired with this perfect family. 35. I choose to see my family as a gift. 36. I grow into a better person from the hardship that I feel with my family.

When you are among friends:

37. I choose friends who approve of me and love me. 38. I surround myself with friends who treat me well. 39. I take the time to show my friends that I care about them. 40. My friends do not judge me, nor do they influence what I do with my life. 41. I take great pleasure in my friends, even if we disagree or live different lives.


When you are around strangers:

42. I am beautiful and smart and that’s how everyone sees me. 43. I take comfort in the fact that I can always leave this situation. 44. I never know what amazing incredible person I will meet next. 45. The company of strangers teaches me more about what I like and what I don’t like.

When you are at work:

46. I am doing work that I enjoy and find fulfilling. 47. I know that I have a choice in the work that I do in this world. 48. I do not settle for meaningless, boring, and frustrating work. 49. I engage in work that impacts this world in a positive way. 50. I believe in my ability to change the world on a small scale with the work that I do.

When you can’t sleep:

51. I know that peaceful sleep awaits me in dreamland. 52. I let go of all the lies I tell myself. 53. I let go of my thoughts until the morning. 54. I embrace the peace and quiet of the night. 55. I sleep soundly and deeply and beautifully into this night.

When you don’t want to face the day:

56. What if this day were to bring me a great joy? 57. I bet today will be a day to remember. Let us go and greet it. 58. My thoughts are my reality and I am thinking of a bright new day. 59. I fill this day with hope and face it with joy. 60. The day will come and go, whether I participate or not. Let us participate.

When you worry about your future:

61. I let go of my fears, worries that drain my energy for no good return. 62. I make smart, calculated plans for my future. 63. I enlist the help of experts as needed in my financial planning. 64. I refuse to fall victim in a state of panic by preparing for my future. 65. I trust in my own ability to provide well for my own future.

When you can’t get your loved ones to support your dreams:

66. I follow my dreams no matter what. 67. I show compassion in helping my loved ones understand my dreams. 68. I ask my loved ones to support my dreams. 69. I answer questions about my dreams without getting defensive. 70. I know that my loved ones love me without fully grappling with my dreams. 71. I accept them as they are and continue on with pursuing my dream.

When you come face to face with a problem:

72. I am safe and sound. 73. Everything is going to work out for my highest good. 74. There is a great reason that this is unfolding before me now. 75. I have the smarts and the ability to get through this. 76. Every problem has a solution, and I seek my solution with resolve.

When you want to do more with your life but feel stuck:

77. I attempt all – not some – possible ways to get unstuck. 78. I seek a new way of thinking about this situation. 79. I know the answer is right before me, even if I am not seeing it. 80. I believe in my ability to unlock the way and set myself free.

When you can’t stop comparing yourself to others:

81. I have no right to compare myself to anyone for I do not know their whole story. 82. I compare myself only to my highest self. 83. I choose to see the light that I am to this world. 84. I am happy in my own skin and in my own circumstances. 85. I see myself as the gift I am to my people and community and nation.

When you feel you are not good enough no matter how hard you try:

86. I am more than good enough and I get better every day. 87. I give up the right to criticize myself. 88. I adopt the mindset to praise myself. 89. I see the perfection in all my flaws and all my genius. 90. I fully approve of who I am, even as I get better. 91. I judge myself to be both good and great at all times of day and night.

When you want to give up:

92. I cannot give up until I have tried every conceivable way. 93. Giving up is easy and always an option so let us delay it for another day. 94. I give up the permission to give up for good. 95. It is always too early to give up, so let me give it some more. 96. I must know what awaits me at the end of this rope so I do not give up.

When you recognize how powerful, gifted, talented and brilliant you really are:

97. The past has no power and no hold over me anymore 98. I embrace the rhythm and the flowing of my own heart. 99. All that I need will come to me at the right time and place in this life. 100. I am deeply fulfilled with who I am.

Fishing In Central Park (I didn’t believe it as well) lol.

Published July 1, 2013 by ojaje78

Today was surely an adventure for Hope n I. As a child my mother would take my siblings and I to Central Park. I, too, have carried on the tradition. There are still the more classic landmarks like the boat house, carousel, and roller skating in the park however, I would have never dreamed of going birding, hiking, and my now favorite catch and release fishing. Lets face it, when you take a look at the Harlem Meer the first thought that came to mind was not lake but more like a fresh water bog. But hey…I didn’t plan on eating whatever we caught so let the fishing begin.
I purchased a fishing pole that came with its own tackle box complete with hooks and artificial bait from Sports Authority. The entire shebang was only $29.99 This was a great idea due to the fact the poles received from Central Park Conservatory only allocate one pole per family and restrict your time for fishing from 10am-3pm. I totally get the whole early bird catches the worm but it was the weekend and it took me forever to find the location so we got there at 1:30. At this time they ran out of slots to receive poles so I recommend you get there early if you do not have your own equipment. After being a smidge disappointed because we would not be able to fish side by side we decided to get started.
Now just to explain, I have never lined a pole, or put live bait on a hook because duh I am just a chick from Bk (where they do dat at). That didn’t stop us. New York fishing veterans were happy to help us get started. They only no asked us to pay it forward the next time we came to the park and saw a person in need of assistance. I think that’s only fair :)) We figured it out and we actually went fishing. It was such a beautiful experience. There’s nothing like casting out your line and just hoping for the possibilities. To be hopeful that a fish will take your bait and to know that you could outsmart those little buggers was priceless. However, these were city fish and they didn’t fall for the okey doke as easily. I had to respect the hustle of the uptown Harlem fish. Lol. Hope caught a fish. She learned how to cast out a line and best of all how to torture the turtles with her floater as they took bites and realized it was not food. This will definitely be a new past time.