Thursday, July 19, 2012

A slave statue


Seen on my way to enjoy a camping trip to Pickett State Park in rural northeast Tennessee.  

Monday, September 26, 2011

Have you joined Be The Match?

Be The Match is the new name for the National Marrow Donor Program. Why am I writing about it here?

Everyone's help is needed, but if you are a non-white, or if you are multiracial... YOU are needed even more.

For example:
Right now, the chance of finding a match on the Be The Match Registry is close to 93 percent for Caucasians, but for African Americans and other minorities, the chances can be as low as 66 percent. The tissue types used for matching patients with donors are inherited, so patients are most likely to find a match within their own racial or ethnic heritage. There are 9 million people on the Be The Match Registry, but only 7 percent are African American.
Wait a minute?-- "[P]atients are most likely to find a match within their own racial or ethnic heritage. What does that mean for the multiracial community? It means I better get registered!

From MixedMarrow on Facebook:
Only 3% [of register minorities in the database] are mixed race. Because not all mixes are the same combination, the actual pool of donors is lower than 3% because of the variety of possible mixes in the registry. Race holds a critical role in finding a marrow match. DNA must be similar between the donor and the recipient in order for a match to occur. For mixed patients, their monoracial parents and relatives will not match them and siblings only hold a 1 in 4 chance. Not only is race a factor, but genetic makeup of which antigens are passed down from each parent makes finding a match that much harder. Finding a marrow match has been compared at times as having the odds of “finding a needle in a haystack” or “winning the lottery.”
If this affects you as strongly as it does me, I urge you to act on your feelings and not wait another day. Registration is easy, and if you are of mixed heritage, your participation is needed so badly, that the registration fee will be waived.

If you are multiracial, biracial, visit mixedmarrow.org to get started and receive your kit. After you fill out information and do a simple cheek swab, you'll mail it in and be registered. It's as easy as that!

My cheek swab for Be The Match

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

New Goodreads group

If you're on goodreads and are interested, check out a new group on goodreads.com focusing on biraical, mixed race literature--http://www.goodreads.com/group/show/50567.Biracial_Mixed_Race_Literature!

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Fresh Air Fund still needs host families for Summer 2011


A couple weeks ago I was contacted by someone from the Fresh Air Fund. FAF, an independent, not-for-profit agency, has provided free summer vacations to more than 1.7 million New York City children from low-income communities since 1877.


They are currently still in need of 200 host families for this summer. Host families are volunteers who open their hearts and homes to children from the city to give them a "fresh air experience." Participating children are often from families without the resources to send their children on summer vacations. Most inner-city youngsters grow up in towering apartment buildings without large, open, outdoor play spaces. Concrete playgrounds cannot replace the freedom of running barefoot through the grass or riding bikes down country lanes.


This program's purpose tugs at me because I live here--in beautiful Tennessee on purpose. A few weeks ago, I walked onto my porch and accidentally scared away a deer who had been eating less than ten feet away. I regularly see wild turkey, bunnies and numerous wildlife right here at my own home, and I don't live in the mountains. Some of my favorite memories as a child are of running freely with my dog through the woods and creeks near my home. 


Unfortunately, however, Tennessee is not on their list, so I can't be a host, but the Fresh Air representative was hoping I could still spread the word about their efforts and need for host families. If you know of someone who could host and lives in the areas below, let them know about the program.



For more information, visit their site.



Monday, August 1, 2011

Natural Hair product giveaway on Curly Nikki

Curly Nikki is having a giveaway a day for many FANTASTIC hair products, many for natural, curly and/or kinky hair styles. Go here to see the list and enter to win for today... anytime between now (August 1, 2011) and the next 30 days.

You can also keep in touch on Facebook.

Monday, June 27, 2011

Hair Flower Giveaway and an Etsy Treasury


I have a giveaway for this blog! But first, the details.

Several months back I started making hair flower clips. I love flowers (who doesn't?), and so I decided I might as well list them on Etsy.

As I began poking around, I discovered how to make treasuries (a group of listings from different sellers). I searched "biracial," multiracial, interracial... adoption, mixed, diversity, etc and decided to make a treasury for Richard and Mildred Loving of some amazing work from Etsy artists--discover these sellers! You won't regret spending some time viewing their work: Richard and Mildred Loving Treasury on Etsy.


Related, I had also been thinking about making a "multiracial" flower of sorts.

I'm hoping to find a flower that comes in at least three shades of brown that I can reassemble into one flower. And I haven't found that perfect flower yet, but these pictured below are what I have so far in the works.


They are small and versatile and great for those who aren't necessarily comfortable with a large hair flower. What I love about brown flowers too is that they naturally tend to look good in natural hair colors and with many skin tones. These would also make a great gift for someone if you win them but don't want them for yourself.

Wear them separately or together... both are yours if you win!




To enter, simply leave a comment on this post! I do so love giveaways! This giveaway ends on July 10, 2011. If you are an anonymous poster, be sure to leave some contact info or I will have to choose someone else. I will use random.org to determine a winner. Odds of winning should be pretty good.


My Etsy store is www.etsy.com/shop/ishasflowergarden and considering what I just wrote about liking giveaways, you might consider a Facebook "like" as well, www.facebook.com/ishasflowergarden.

Friday, June 10, 2011

Loving Day Knoxville Celebration


Richard and Mildred Loving didn't set out to do anything dramatic--they were merely two humans in love, but the State of Virginia saw it differently. In 1967 on June 12 (Loving vs. Virginia), the Supreme Court ruled anti-miscegenation laws to be unconstitutional. With that decision, the Lovings and interracial couples of all shades were free to love and marry whom they chose. A day worth celebrating!

A location and time have now been set for a Knoxville celebration, June 20, 2011, 6 p.m. at a local, family-friendly restaurant. To RSVP or learn more about this event, contact me.
To keep in touch for next year's event, like "Loving Day Knoxville" on Facebook.

To learn more about the Loving vs. Virginia decision or to see our even listing, visit lovingday.org.