My Journey With Books

I’ve always had trouble reading and finishing books. Honestly, my problem has never been with the actual comprehension of the text being examined. I did quite well in my English classes, and always read the novels that were required of me. Reading magazines and news paper articles wasn't a problem, making myself stop everything long enough (my thoughts and 'busy body' movements mostly) to spend the necessary time to complete the task was. I felt overwhelmed, by the number of pages and the amount of time it would take to read them. Reading for hours just seemed like a waste, even though I knew it was definitely important for me to do. I‘d force myself to read when often times I just felt like going to sleep instead. I recognized that in other areas of my life this concern was mirrored through unfinished work and inconsistent practice.

Toward the end of 2007 certain changes were occurring within me. I had symptoms of chronic stress. I’d experienced quite a bit in the previous 3 years leading up to 2008. Even still, I was consistently in the gym and leading what I thought was a healthy life. One day, a close friend of mine gave me a book entitled, "The Power of Now" by Eckhart Tolle. Of course, my first thought was, ‘I hope I can finish this’ as I sat and took note of the number of pages in the book. I was motivated by the content within. I knew I needed it in my life. I immediately believed that I could and would finish the book, even if it took me months to do so. After only a few pages, the book was pointing out my problem with reading. I needed to free myself for a moment from time and thoughts, in order to enter an open space and stillness to read this book.

Eventually an even bigger epiphany came upon me. The exercise of reading is a form of meditation in itself; like a time to time out. I felt the healing benefits every time I picked up that book, no matter how much I read from it in a day. I felt so good while reading it, that I didn't want it to end. The substance of what I was reading was in full alignment with what the act of reading was doing for me during that time.

I now have a list of books, that I have a goal of reading within the year. The content of all the books I’ve been reading and will read is connected to the reason why I find reading to be so important now. I have a sort of spiritual moment every time I choose to stop the busy mind chatter and read. I’m inspired by the books I have read so far, but even more inspiring is what the journey of reading a whole book bit by bit, day by day, at my own pace has become.



"Advice is what we ask for when we already know the answer but wish we didn't."
Erica Jong


"Can You Feel" (A poem I wrote and performed eons ago...)

Can you feel as the musical notes sparkle in the air...
I want you to feel my rap
Feel my rap as it moves through this mike chord,
And punctures your soul like a mighty black sward.
My rap is not only hard and rhythmic, but soft and colorful,
as it is the natural fashion for a black woman.
My wrap is burgundy, blue, velvet, brown earth.

See my wrap as vivid as you hear it.
Hear my rap as loud as you view it.
Love your naps as they are a part of you.
Read it in books, Langston Hughs, Maya Angelou.

My wrap is wide and long and never ends, only bends to form understanding;
When you and I verse to create the universe of sun, stars and moon.....
Hmm... My wrap comes to soon for you to fully understand this teach, preach
no rap is what I meant to say.
And now , as we continue to parlay, let me ask you
before I close this with a mental cap.
Let me ask you,

Now can you begin to feel my rap?


Hello People...

I have been singing in 5 star hotels all over the world for the past 3 years straight. I have had a world wind of experiences; good, challenging and out of this world! Bit by bit I will share some of my experiences and ideas that may help you if you decide to travel to different countries (particularly developing countries) by your self or with friends....All I have to offer is experience, a little common sense and a few jokes.


I thought that when I went certain places I wouldn't see or meet anyone from North America. For example I went to work in Djibouti. "Dji who?!?" you say. Djibouti.

Djibouti is in northeast Africa (bordering Somalia and Ethiopia) and is a country about the size of Massachusetts.

Believe it or not a real palace of a 5 star hotel was built there (Kempinsky Palace....European hotel chain) and I sang in the lounge.
I met people from everywhere.....especially people from France, USA, Australia, England and I even met some folks contracted on work that were from the Caribbean. There are people contracted on all types of work there as there were in every country I traveled to in South East Asia and the Middle East as well. I even met a few people (some musicians) that know friends of mine back home. Every time I thought I was going to be somewhere in the middle of nowhere, I kept meeting people from everywhere . I still keep in touch with several people......

And by the way, don`t know how much longer it will last, but Djibouti is probably the safest place to visit, although it can get a bit boring. I am sure blending in with the locals helped a bit though.....

Interesting facts (real but kinda funny)

  • Did you know that in Abu Dhabi and Dubai (both cities in the country of the UAE, Middle East) they have built ice skating rinks and ski slopes in side the shopping mall (Emirates Mall in Dubai and Marina Mall in Abu Dhabi)
  • Did you know that in some washrooms in Thailand you are required to pay 1 penny for toilet paper....or get it from a machine....good to carry wipes around just in case
  • Thailand=Tonnes of stray dogs! (trust me most of them will run away from you)
  • Middle east-Abu Dhabi=Tonnes of stray cats! (these scare me more then the dogs but are harmless mostly)
  • Yes it`s true you can be finned in Singapore for getting caught spiting on the street and for not flushing the toilet among other things....but people still do it!
  • You can be arrested for insulting someone in the Middle East so no middle fingers or talking too loud under your breath....ya that one got me
  • Massages in Thailand and Indonesia are cheap (like 8 bucks) and can be good but can also be special in many different ways... watch who massages you but for the most part they are great!!!!
  • The people in Shanghai can be very pushy, especially in crowded situations(actually in all situations). It isn`t anything personal though...I mean if someone runs their shopping cart into your foot and then you do it back to them ....they wont even flinch and just keep walking....Try it ...I have.
Origin and Meaning of the Name Aisha

Alive; she who lives
(ah EE shah)

The Swahili name Aisha means - life

Girl Name
Name Meaning:
Derived from the Arabic 'aisha (alive and well), which is from 'asha (to live). The name was borne by the Prophet Muhammad's favorite wife and is popular throughout the Muslim world. See Aisha (Arabic Names)
View this name in other origins - African, Hindu
Aayusha, Aayushi, Ayesha

Aisha, Ayishah is an Arabic name meaning - Living, prosperous

Another site says Aisha means "woman" in Arabic

Yet another site says that it means "life, vivaciousness"