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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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

Holiday Musings Part 1: Saint Valentine’s Day/Pensées Pour Les Fêtes : Premiere Partie: Le Jour de Saint Valentin

Note: The entry is also in French, as the majority of my entries will be in both English and French. Enjoy (I hope!)!

Note: L’article de blog est en français aussi, comme la plupart de mes articles de blog seraient en anglais et français ensemble.

Hi y’all,

I hope you are having or had a splendind Saint Valentine’s Day! Were you able to spend time with loved ones, be they family, friends, significant others, pets, et cetera? I hope so, because I think that’s what God wants and Saint Valentine would have wanted. After all, God created us for relationships with him and one another. Believers especially are to be in community with one another, as per multiple passages of Scripture on the subject, and we are to love all for Jesus’ sake, as He commanded us to do so.

Yep, Saint Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to be about romance after all! That said, I hope you have a blessed rest of your day and check this out: John 13:34-35.

God Bless, as always,

Michelle

Bonjour, tout le monde,

J’espère que vous avez ou vous avez eu un beau Jour de Saint Valentin! Est-ce que vous étiez ables ‘a passer la journée avec vos familles, vos amis, vos amants, ou même vos animaux domestiques? J’espère que c’était le cas pour chaque de vous, mes amis, parce que je pense que c’est le souhaite de Dieu et c’était le souhaite de Saint Valentin. Apres tout, Dieu a créé toute de la humanité pour avoir les relations de l’amitié avec Lui et les uns et les autres. Ceux qui croient en Dieu sont spécialement ‘a être alliés pour les uns et les autres, selon aux Écritures., et nous devons aimer les uns et les autres pour la gloire de Jésus-Christ.Tout cela dit, j’espère que vous tous avez un jour rempli des cadeaux de Dieu pour le reste de vos journées de Saint Valentin et lisez ces versos des Écritures: Jean 13:34-35.

Dieu vous bénisse, comme toujours,

Michelle

On Ferguson….

Hey everyone,

This is Michelle again. On the Ferguson issue, I have little to say but this and herein I post it:

That’s the sum of what I believe, right there. I imagine God is grieved, to say the least, that His loved ones and nonbelievers alike are hurting each other in the name of peace. What do you think? Who wants to change the world for God (the Christian God, as I am a Christian), with me?

God Bless,

Michelle