It’s Been A While

Hi everyone,

 

It’s been a while and I am sorry I have not been blogging at all recently. Work has been really busy, among other things, but getting all of said tasks within and without the context of work for now helps! I resolve, thus, to blog more regularly and hope everyone is having a Merry Christmas! So long as we don’t forget the Reason for the Season, all should be well. Truthfully, the month or so that I ended up taking off from blogging and such has changed much, but I am back now and a more mature person for it, I think.

That said, how were your Christmas Days and how will you celebrate the remaining eleven days of the season? Let me know! Thanks!

God Bless, like always, everyone,

Michelle

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A Week of Adjustment and Delays/ Une Semaine de l’Adaptation et des Pauses

Here is a recent picture of Camille with her Auntie Nicole, my twin sister! Je vous monterai une photo récente de Camille avec sa Tante Nicole, ma sœur jumelle!
Here is a recent picture of Camille with her Auntie Nicole, my twin sister!
Je vous monterai une photo récente de Camille avec sa Tante Nicole, ma sœur jumelle!

Hi everyone,

Oy vey. I know I should have been writing but, nope, I was busy as usual. Busyness with another pup is worth the lost sleep, racing mind, and such for the companionship and personal growth I have gained, though. Praise be to God!

I promise to write some tonight and on Friday. God Bless you all and I hope y’all are well!

God Bless, like always,

Michelle

Bonjour, tout le monde,

Oy vey. Je sais que j’ai promis que j’écrirais, mais, non, j’étais occupée comme d’habitude. L’occupation avec l’introduction d’une autre chiotte ‘a la maison est une bonne chose. Le sommeil perdu, les pensées anxieuses, et tout du reste de mes activités récemment. L’amitié et le développement personnel que j’avais gagne…gloire ‘a Dieu!

Je promis que j’écrirai ce soir et sur vendredi aussi. Dieu vous benisse et j’espere que vous allez bien!

Dieu vous bénisse, comme toujours,

Michelle

The Spirit of Baltimore, or Reflections on My Native Region (English Version)/ L’Esprit de la Baltimore, ou des Refléxions de Ma Ville Natale (Version Anglaise)

Note: This post is in English only presently, since I am not sure when I will have the presence of mind or time to sit down and write out this full post in French. Saturday evening, perhaps. Thank you!

Note: Cet article de blog est en anglais seulement, au moment, comme je ne suis pas sure quand j’aurai la tranquillité de l’esprit ou le temps ‘a écrire le meme texte en francais. Le soir du samedi, peut-être. Merci!

Hi everyone,

Having lived in the Baltimore-DC area all my life and having had a long familial history here, I find this crisis, frankly, devestating and confusing. Basically, to give you an idea of how long we’ve been here, it’s been since the time of Edgar Allan Poe, truly; his adoptive father is my 4x-great-grandfather since he had his delegitimized son Charles Allen with an unknown mistress. Thereby, Mr. Poe is my 3x-great-uncle via adoption/legal guardianship.) Yes, so we are established here. In fact, my entire maternal family grew up in or around the area and some of us still live within the region.

That said, I can vouch for it 100% that what you are seeing now is not, nor has ever been, what Charm City is; at least, that was never the case for me. Has Baltimore had a violent reputation? Yes. However, from what I understand from others who grew up in the area, Baltimore was a peaceful, diverse, and friendly community until after the assassination of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Junior, in 1968. What my loved one described like Baltimore was as I remembered growing up. The violence I’m seeing today, I can promise, is nothing like what I ever experienced as a child. In fact, I remember frequenting the city with my family and even went to a famed restaurant in Little Italy for Easter dinner with my extended family this year, in keeping with our tradition for many years.

Therefore, I promise what you see here is not what the majority wants. We want peace, reconciliation, healing- not violence. Many have lost loved ones, lost homes,their livelihoods, access to basic needs such as food, water, and clothing….the list goes on. We’re already sick of this crisis and want nothing more than healing and to see the Baltimore many call home, regardless of what living here was like for any one of us,

All things considered, please pray for Baltimore and, if you live in the area, do what you are able to help bring peace and reconciliation to the area. That’s all I believe most of us would ask. I do. Thanks.

God Bless,

Michelle

A Bit of Writing: Part 11: Trusting You (Part 1)

Hi everyone,

As promised, here’s the writing I managed to come up with presently. Sorry if it’s a bit disorganized, as I ocassionally write here when the thought of what to write about just….comes to me. Here it is so far and I hope you like it! Thanks!

God Bless, as always,

Michelle

Bonjour tout le monde,

J’écrirai un nouveau poème maintenant, comme je promis. Je suis désolée si le poème est un peu désorganisé, ‘a cause de l’inspiration soudaine.    C;est en bas et j’espere que vous l’aimez. Merci!

Dieu vous bénisse, comme toujours,

Michelle

Trusting You

God, I’m afraid for the next phase of my life

I find my heart divided and it’s causing me strife/

So I can’t be decided without second guesses

Rather than letting go and surrending to You instead/

So I don’t worry for myself about what comes for me next.

After all, You say “seek first the Kingdom and its righteousness”/

But so often I get caught up in distraction and deception

That I find my attempts to resolve my tensions become ineffective…..

To be continued/Plus bientôt.

After A Busy Week: Part 2/Après Une Semaine Occupée: Part 2

Source”: http://www.stjudes.org BTW, for those who did not know, I am fairly certain the founder of St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, Danny Thomas, was Catholic.

Hi everyone,

Indeed this past week was busy, as I’d mentioned earlier!

Namely, I participated in the following activities this past week:

a) Classes,

b) Work,

c) A Special Event: Helping lead a worship night hosted by my university’s chapter of the United Christian Council,

d) Another Special Event: Attending a surprise party for a longtime friend to thank him for his many kindnesses to our friend group over the years,

and much more!!! Mom and I photographing one of the most beautiful sunsets I have ever seen anywhere capped off my Friday and relieved me of much stress! (See the previous post for the photographs.)

That said, I promise to post more regularly from now on. Hopefully y’all have been well, too!

God Bless, as always,

Michelle

Bonsoir tout le monde,

Comme j’ai mentionné, la semaine dernière était très occupée! En bref, j’étais occupée avec ces activités:

a) Mes cours universitaires

b) Mon travail

c) Un Événement Spécial: J’étais un leader d’une nuit de la prière et de l’adoration ‘a Dieu par le club United Christian Council ‘a mon université,

d) Un Autre Événement Spécial: Je suis allée ‘a une boum pour un ami de plusieurs d’ans,
et plus- beaucoup de plus! Que Maman et moi avons pris des photos du crépuscule- un des plus beaux crépuscules que j’avais vu pendant ma vie, en fait- a conclu ma semaine bien!!

Cela dit, je promettrai ‘a créer des articles de blog plus régulièrement. J’espère que vos journées ont passé bien aussi! Merci!

Dieu vous bénisse, comme toujours,

Michelle

Life: Exhausting, Busy, Ever-Changing, and Beautiful/La Vie: Épuisante, Active, Moirée, et Belle

I have felt like her some days! Thank God, He sustains me! J’avais eu comme elle a eu des jours! Grace ‘a Dieu, Il me soutient!

Hi everyone,

Some days, like yesterday and today as a result of Spring Break’s ending, have been busy and tiring. But, that doesn’t mean God isn’t good and He doesn’t have a plan for those days and the more restful ones alike! Actually, the days on which I find myself rushing to go everywhere I need to go, get all of my current academic, business, and personal projects done are the days I find myself most dependent on God. Thank God, He reminds His chosen: “And He said to me,“My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.”Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.” (2 Corinthians 6:8-9, NKJV)

Thus, I am reminded to rely on God more with every day and surrender all to Him. I think my life is looking up, then, as it always will with Him, even in the midst of stress! How are y’all doing this week?

God Bless all of you, as always,

Michelle

Bonjour tout le monde,

Des jours, comme hier et aujourd’hui ‘a cause de la fin des Vacances de Printemps, avaient occupés et épuisants.  Mais, ça ne suggère pas que Dieu n’est pas bon et qu’Il n’a pas un plan pour ces jours et les jours qui sont plus paisibles que les autres. En fait, je trouve que les jours les plus occupés avec mes projets académiques, lesquels de mes affaires, et lesquels qui sont personnels, sont les jours quand je me fiers sur Dieu. Grace ‘a Dieu, Il dit ‘a ses enfants: ” Au sujet de cette épreuve, j’ai prié par trois fois le Seigneur de l’éloigner de moi,mais il m’a répondu: «Ma grâce te suffit, c’est dans la faiblesse que ma puissance se manifeste pleinement.» C’est pourquoi je me vanterai plutôt de mes faiblesses, afin que la puissance du Christ repose sur moi.” (2 Corinthiens 12:6-9, BDS)

Cela dit, je suis rappelée ‘a faire ma confiance en Dieu plus et plus avec chaque jour qui passe et donnera toute de ma vie ‘a Lui: mon cœur, mes rêves, mon âme, et cetera. Donc, je pense que ma vie s’améliorera, comme c’est le cas toujours sous la sagesse et la direction de Dieu, même quand je suis stressée! Comment allez-vous cette semaine, mes amis?

Dieu vous bénisse, comme toujours,

Michelle

Upcoming Posts/Des Articles du Futur

Hi everyone,

After a busy week, since my university is on our spring break (or spring recess), I will be posting some writing and possibly a video this week.

Speaking of videos, if you hadn’t seen my YouTube channel within the last couple weeks, I mentioned taking a hiatus from musical pursuits- namely, that of making song covers- to focus on my own writing and related endeavors. In the meantime, I am showcasing my work pertaining to one of those related endeavors: photography. Here are two of my latest videos for examples of what I’m doing:

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2)

That said, I should be publishing more writing, photography, and video blogs in the next few weeks! Thanks!

God Bless, as always.

Michelle

Bonjour tout le monde,

Après une semaine occupée, mon université prend nos vacances du printemps. Alors, je créerai des articles de blog desquels concernent ma photographie et des écritures musicales et poétiques.

Alors, comme je prends une pause musicale sur YouTube, des exemples de mon travail sont sur YouTube (voyez les liens en haut). Cela dit, je publierai plus de mes écritures, vidéos, etc., cette semaine! Merci!

Dieu vous bénisse, comme toujours,

Michelle