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Photo taken by author’s son, Michael.

Amazing bronze sculptor by Nnamdi Okonkwo.
“To speak gratitude is courteous and pleasant,
to enact gratitude is generous and noble,
 but to live gratitude is to touch Heaven.”
Johannes A. Gaertner (1912-1996); Art History Professor, Theologian, Poet
Last Sunday we were preparing for my son’s return to Baltimore. Instead of him catching a train to New York City, my husband offered to drive Mike to New York instead so that he could catch his bus to return directly to Baltimore. Little did I realize that God had a wonderful treat in store for us! We were enjoying the many sights and sounds of a bustling metropolis. We couldn’t done better with any other tour guide. We rolled through side streets and main thoroughfares. Truly we enjoyed the scenery including catching a glimpse of Central Park and watching the natives and tourist feast on their outdoor activities on a warm summer’s afternoon.
Before long we were in neighborhoods imaging which brownstone we’d occupy, where we’d shop and play. Broadway (On and Off), China Town, Manhattan, Harlem, the Garment District, The Met, and Wall Street were on the itinerary.  I was giddy with joy, when my husband said, “Linda look over there!”  Brother Nnamdi Okonkwo’s work was right there, in “my face!” Yes, it was in broad day light!  I ran across the street as though I were greeting beloved friends. What came to mind were these are kindred spirits. Little did I realize until again visiting the artist’s website that just what he calls them! How about that!  Kindred Spirits! And my being able to connect with the artist’s work! These figures are robust, as large as life! They are ample, alive, beautiful! All I could do was smile and request like a little girl, “Come on Mike take my picture!” I wanted to be apart of this divine work and have a photographic moment to relish.
The irony about the sculptures was, not that long ago I stumbled upon the artist website and marveled at his work never imagining that I would see, visit and experience up close Nnamdi Okonkwo’s powerful work on a Sunday afternoon, An afternoon spent in NYC taking our son to the bus station. As Craig would say, “Who knew?” This was surely another simple abundance moment that God had orchestrated. I can’t help but celebrate! God is great!
If you haven’t made it to New York City just yet, in the meantime be sure to appreciate this amazing sculptor at: http://www.nnamdiart.com/sculpture_monumental.html your heart and spirit will be glad you did.
Shared in Love, Linda Mose Meadows; Blogger, Motivational Speaker and Inspirational Author of: Destined To Receive: Reflections and Devotionals Celebrating The Love of God (Createspace, 2013) and Blessedness of Believing A Devotional Journey of Life’s Lessons and God’s Promises (Tate Publishing, 2007) 




Expired on Februay 13,2010 at the age of 73.



 Distinguished Poet, Author, Humanitarian, Poet Laureate, National Book Award Recipient, Professor, an American Literary Giant, Her book: “Good Woman: Poems and a Memoir, 1969-1980” (BOA, 1987) was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Poetry in 1988.  She won in 2001 for ‘Blessing the Boats.’ She was also the first African American woman to win the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize.


Thelma Lucille Sayles was born on June 27, 1936, in Depew, N.Y., and reared in nearby Buffalo.


In 1958 she married Fred Clifton and together they had six children.


Some of Ms. Clifton’s early work was published in “The Poetry of the Negro, 1746-1970” (Doubleday, 1970), edited by Langston Hughes and Arna Bontemps.

The Poet Society of America will honor Lucille  as planned on April 1, 2010, at 7pm at the National Arts Club, 15 Gramercy Park, New York.

This prominent woman shook the literary world with her exuberance and honesty.

May her works continue to inspire and leave indelible impressions in our hearts  and minds.

We love you Sister Lucille!


 let there be new flowering 

by Lucille Clifton


let there be new flowering

in the fields let the fields

turn mellow for the men

let the men keep tender

through the time let the time

be wrested from the war

let the war be won

let love be

at the end

Expressing Thanksgiving & Joy!

Linda Mose Meadows, Author & Inspirational Columnist:

The Blessedness of Believing A Devotional Journey of Life’s Lessons and God’s Promises




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One of the “gift” books on work table:

 His Children by Anita Schiller, photographer and Susan Noyes Anderson, poet

there’s wisdom here the power of three

 the power of surf and sand and sea

 the power to kneel upon the ground

 the power to build on something sound

the power to feel that nothing ends the power of three

the power of friends

 the power of surf and sand and sea there’s wisdom here

the power of three

Some finds are priceless. That awesome leather bag you discover at your favorite TJ Maxx store makes you want to break out in a dance. A red dress drastically marked down and then the 75% discount on top of that was waiting just for you-oh that’s divine! The beautifully decorated brown and turquoise journal and box of humorous gift cards discovered underneathe the pile contsruction paper poking out in view for your eyes only. Or that tray of perrenials at your Home Depot that you happened upon because you needed those energy efficient bulbs, and just before you make your way to the check out line, youn dart over to garden wares. Your whistling, humming and dancing because of your garden discounts! The treasures we stumble upon when we least expect them are wonderful and so easy on our wallets. You haven’t broken the bank and the retail therapy was just what the doctor ordered.

Oh, it is really one of the sweetest feeling being able to indulge yourself when you least expect it.

I have discovered a treasure trove right there at work and there are no costs and long shopping lines. I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve walked by the table stationed next to the vending machine and rarely looked at the items on top the table. This table isn’t ornately designed, skirted with a banner, nor display. It’a like the can of cookies on top the fridge and no one notices the contents. You see the can in the same location, but seldom shake the can to examine the goodies. Try it-it really works.

Weekly there are new books on top the table. They are “freebies!” Inconspicuosly in the open! Yes, it’s really an oxymoron. In plain sight there are a several books. If you paid no attention, you’d think they were text books. Not so. These are wonderful books: word puzzles, mysteries, novels, how-to-books, cookbooks, children’s books and inspirational selections. Gently used and brand new books. One day I quickly glanced and then stopped, I was having a “Barnes & Noble” moment and just giggled with sheer delight. The identity of the book fairy is unknown.

The books are here today and then gone. But the treasure is always replenished. It’s a book lovers dream! I feel very fortunate and blessed by the donors generosity and am extremely thankful for the unexpected gifts. My personal work library has flourished-it brings me joy! In the midst of a rushed workday, I can slow down for a moment, reach for a wonderful book, learn how to create a wreathe, marvel at artwork, celebrate with a poem, or escape through the photographers’ lense and just be still and breathe because of a priceless gift.

From My Heart to Yours,

Linda Mose Meadows, Inspirational Columnist & Author

The Blessedness of Believing

A Devotional Journey of Life’s Lessons and God’s Promises



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