Race Scarred

Age old beliefs of skin tone judging
Burrowed deep in values and teachings,
Inevitable repeating of past hurts and turmoil,
Leading tense situations to simmer, then boil.

Unity regarding skin deep beauty–
A fantasy outweighed by hate and cruelty.

Time to think differently,
And commit to true harmony,
Start with empathy,
Listen and learn continuously.

Look beyond the surface,
To realize healing and peace.

You’re Never Alone on Christmas

Words, Music, and Video by Cabana Boy Q ©2019

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Christmas is almost here
It’s a time for all to rejoice
But why O Lord is my heart so heavy
For someone we love was taken by choice
For you took him and we ask why the good dies young
Just as we finally begin to understand what we have
Then suddenly it disappears from our sight, our grasp
And we find ourselves alone, miserably sad

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But we turn to the sky, we glance upon that shining star
We begin to feel that love and we start to remember
As the birth of Christ is now upon us
We are never alone, we will always be together

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It’s Christmas now and its forevermore
That darkness in us has brightened again
For the souls we thought we had lost
Have always been here, our loved ones and friends

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Christmas is not a time for spite or anger
It’s not to question and walk astray
Because Love has never truly left us
For we will all join them someday

So
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Live your life,
Merry Christmas to all,
And let your soul shine bright

In Memoriam Matthew E. MacGregor

Jordan Journey: Madaba/Jerash

4 of 4 posts on my 7-day stay in Jordan

As my stay in Jordan neared the end, I looked forward to yet another important historical treasure – the ancient city of Jerash, considered to be one of the best preserved Greco-Roman provincial towns in the world. Dating back more than 6,500 years ago, Jerash was a thriving city due to its proximity to popular trading routes. The walled city was at its best around AD 130 during Emperor Hadrian’s rulership.

Welcome to Jerash:

Overview of the ancient ruins:

Colonnaded streets:



Public buildings:

Hadrian’s arch:

Oval plaza: 

Sanctuary of Zeus:

South amphitheater:

Temple of Artemis: 

   Artifacts:

The hippodrome:

Good-bye, Jerash:

On the way back to our hotel, we stopped by St. Georges Church in Madaba.

To see the beginning:
Wadi Rum
Petra
Madaba