Wednesday, December 12, 2018

April 2018, the SDS Annual "Total Self" Meeting - Shea Butter by W.G. Goreja

Each year Sisters of the Desert Sun dedicates a meeting to focus on healthy living - mind, body and soul.  This year we discussed natural skin care products and what we can do to maintain our youthful glow.  Several members live by and recommended shea butter - not commercial products with a 'touch' of shea butter added, but the real deal - African shea butter sold by the pound.  

In addition to what you put on your skin, we also discussed what we put in our bodies.  Our meeting was held at "True Food Kitchen" which was founded by world famous integrative medicine doctor, Andrew Weil.  There we selected from a menu designed to not only be delicious, but to be healthy by scientifically combing anti-inflammatory foods.  

Members left with an abundance of new information about the history and multiple uses for shea butter, soothing music to promote a sense of calm, shea butter samples, natural fragrance oils, African black soap, and information on meditation and yoga.  Members also left with a renewed commitment to making a lifestyle change by increasing their focus on self-care and moving forward positively toward living their best life.

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Friday, November 30, 2018

Wakanda Forever! - Sisters of the Desert Sun Read Black Panther March 2018

The meeting announcement began with "Wakanda Forever!! How many times have you seen it?" and the responses did not surprise me.  The excitement surrounding the blockbuster was palpable, making Black Panther: A Nation Under Our Feet (Books 1-3) by Ta-Nehisi Coates a welcome selection for our March meeting.  Members gathered enthusiastically to share their thoughts about the movie and the graphic novels.  Coates graphics built on the momentum felt by our group, offering new characters and story lines that brought additional realism into the world of Wakanda.  This was one of those discussions that could have gone on for several more hours.  Having had so much to say, the sun set on this meeting, but not on the spirit of what Black Panther has offered our book club, the nation, the world.   


Thursday, September 13, 2018

Save-the-Date: Sisters of the Desert Sun Meet Renee Simms October 27, 2018

Rae Paris author of "The Forgetting Tree: A Rememory" at Changing Hands Bookstore February 2018

Changing Hands bookstore present Rae Paris February 10, 2018 at the Tempe location.

Rae Paris began writing The Forgetting Tree: A Rememory in 2010, while traveling the United States, visiting sites of racial trauma, horror, and defiance. The desire to do this work came from being a child of parents born and raised in New Orleans during segregation, who ultimately left for California in the late 1950s. After the death of her father in 2011, the fiction Paris had been writing gave way to poetry and short prose, which were heavily influenced by the questions she'd long been considering about narrative, power, memory, and freedom. The need to write this story became even more personal and pressing.

While Paris sometimes uses the genre of "memoir" or "hybrid memoir" when referring to her work, in this case the term "rememory," born from Toni Morrison's Beloved, feels most accurate. Paris is driven by the familial and historical spaces and by what happens when we remember seemingly disparate images and moments. The collection is not fully prose or poetry, but rather an extended funeral program or a prayer for those who have passed through us.

A perfect blend of prose, poetry, and images, The Forgetting Tree is a unique and thought-provoking collection that argues for a deeper understanding of past and present so that we might imagine a more hopeful, sustainable, and loving future.

RAE PARIS is from Carson, California. Her work has been supported by a NEA Literature Fellowship, the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation, Hedgebrook, Hambidge Center, Atlantic Center for the Arts, and VONA. She is Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Washington.