Remembering Clarksville-The Hezikiah Haskell House

Thanks to, Damita over at Ujima Magazine for sharing this Black History fact.


Austin 3 100_3008Imagine a beautiful sunny day in Austin Texas enjoying a photo walk in the Historic Clarksville District. Have you visited this area of town lately?

As a native Austinite, I have visited Clarksville on several occasions but not to specifically become aware of, or to learn about the Black community that once thrived right here in my backyard.

The History of Clarksville

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During the photo walk, you are surrounded by a great story of our local history.

Charles Clark founded Clarksville in 1871. Clarksville is the oldest surviving freedom-town ‒ the original post-civil war settlement founded by former Black slaves west of the Mississippi river.

The historic district was inducted into the National Register of Historic Places in 1976 in recognition of its unique and valuable history.

At least six communities of emancipated slaves existed around Austin including Wheatville (founded by celebrated Austin black leader Rev. Jacob Fontaine, Pleasant Hill, and Clarksville. In 1968 Clarksville residents unsuccessfully protested a state and local plan…

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Arugula Salad With Citrus Dressing Recipe For A Healthy Cancer Free Lifestyle Diet

Reblogged from Breast Cancer Authority. I am grateful for all the helpful recipes and tips shared on this blog.

Breast Cancer Authority

Arugula Salad with Citrus Dressing

By: Breast Cancer Yoga Staff.

Arugula is a Cruciferous Vegetable That is Associated With Reduced Breast Cancer Risk:
A number of population studies have found a lower risk of breast cancer associated with consumption of one or more cruciferous vegetables. Cruciferous vegetables contain a variety of sulfur-containing compounds call glucosinolates which can be converted into various isothiocyanates that have chemopreventive activities against breast cancer. Arugula contains a meaningful level of isothiocyanates. So try our Arugula Salad recipe and reduce your of breast cancer at the same time.

Recipe Makes 4 Servings

1 pkg. fresh organic arugula
1/2 avocado
1 or 2 clementines
8 sliced cherry tomatoes
1 lemon
1 orange
raspberries (handful)

Dressing Recipe:
1/4 cup olive oil
1/4 cup orange juice (squeeze fresh orange)
2 tablespoon lemon juice (squeeze fresh lemon)
1/4 lemon, zested
1/2 teaspoon pink salt
1/4 teaspoon of celery seeds
1/4 teaspoon of dulse flakes

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Garden Art Ideas For Breast Cancer Healing

I plan to incorporate some of these enhancements into my Healing Garden. Grateful to Dawn over at Breast Cancer Yoga Blog for sharing.

Breast Cancer Authority

Breast Cancer Gardening Therapy - Garden Art

By Dawn Bradford-Lange, Co-founder of Breast Cancer Yoga.

Garden art should be included in all breast cancer healing outdoor gardens, small and large. Therapeutic healing art should encompass the widest possible amount of color with a variety of styles. Art can reflect many moods with texture, patterns and light. The garden art can range from the most delicate to the large and bold. When looking at spaces that change through the seasons it is important to have art that can also be moved to change the mood of that space.

Changing a space is the greatest challenge to a gardener and we recommend these three basis principles:

  • Dark to Light
  • Bare to the Intriguing
  • Ordinary to the Individual

Garden art can be original, creative, uplifting and bring long lasting delight. We recommend adding these four garden art ideas:

Ornaments can be expensive if you buy them but if…

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The Beginning of a New Passion

Living, Learning and Letting Go

100_0986During the last week of June 2011, I had a series of eye-opening experiences. As the week came to a close, I realized I also had a new direction in my life, the beginning of a new service project. How this project came about seemed almost mystical to me.

Some background first.  Amma* has asked us for years to chant the Sri Lalitha Sahasranama** (also called archana) daily.  While I have not been consistent in my chanting, I have had numerous powerful experiences when I have followed her direction to chant it daily. This was one of those times.

My normal practice is to read/chant the text while walking. I generally take one of four routes so that I know the terrain and can be focusing on the chant rather than my feet!  This is what unfolded during those seven days in June 2011:

Day 1

I chanted the archana…

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Weekend Reading – Breast Cancer Magazines

Sitting aside quiet time to read these Breast Cancer magazines recommended by Breast Cancer Authority. Thank you Breast Cancer Authority for recommending.

Breast Cancer Authority

Try some of these free online magazines. These publications do a good job explaining and communicating facts, news, and the personal side of breast cancer.

The Pink Paper – FREE MAGAZINE  –  This is a gift to you and the Breast Cancer Authority Blog community from Roy and Natalie, founders of The Pink Paper. They will no longer be offering the print magazine, but will still provide many helpful articles, expert blogs and wonderful resources.

Breast Can­cer Wellness – FREE MAGAZINE – The mis­sion of Breast Can­cer Well­ness is to sup­port the men­tal, emo­tional, phys­i­cal, spir­i­tual and envi­ron­men­tal heal­ing needs of women fac­ing breast can­cer, no mat­ter what age or stage of the journey.

Cure – FREE MAGAZINE has become the source of information and inspiration for those on the cancer journey. CURE magazine, is the indispensable guide for every stage of the cancer experience. CURE Magazine combines science…

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