The interesting thing is, I am not sad. I am reverent. I am profoundly grateful and appreciative for their lives and how they lived them. With dignity, quiet grace, power, and extraordinary love.
Janice Scroggins..a gifted pianist, musician, and Portland, Oregon community treasure. I remember her legacy of music, but even more so, her quiet presence. Janice never talked much. She just let her music do the talking. I never saw anyone like her. She didn't seek fame and fortune. She was a part of her community, and she served it well. She served us all. Just by being who she was, and sharing her gift.
Maya Angelou..an author and teacher, and humanitarian. A wisdom woman. I wanted to be like her when I became an elder. Just comfortable in my own knowing. Like she was. She used her energy well. Even in her passing, her energy lives on inside of us!! What power..it is so strong!!
Women of wisdom..our community treasures. Especially in an age of reality television where we are bombarded with images of women fighting, bickering, clamoring for 15 minutes of fame at the expense of ratings and an audience...it is so refreshing to stop and reflect..and appreciate these two women who just used their gifts and their lives to bring us all clarity, purpose, and insight.
Today, I love and salute them!! Ase!