Saturday, April 30, 2016

CLORIS LEACHMAN, a world's gift

Cloris Leachman is best known as Phyllis of "The Mary Tyler Show" and "Phyllis."

Cloris Leachman a stunning beauty, brilliant talent has won eight Primetime Emmy Awards
in her lifetime since April 30, 1926.



Ebony Lynn, the composed mystery of

Sometimes there are no words. 

Friday, April 29, 2016

A Medicine Story Ancient of times...

Melissa Missler Steenrod nursing in a field. (March 2016) photo
by  Jen Conway Birth Photography & Doula Services

I wanted to share a photo that celebrates our one year tandem journey. It hasn't always been a smooth road but here we are. In the early days, I was thankful that I had a toddler to help keep my supply going while my new baby struggled with nursing. Now, I'm happy with how well they have bonded. Sometimes they are sweet and hold hands while nursing and other times they try to poke each other in the eye... This is my reality. This is what works for us.

Beautifully captured by Jen Conway Birth Photography & Doula Services

breasts forbidden... and lust encouraged is a contradiction
in Western thought, business and social life.


Mystery Knows No More Than Mystery Conceals (2)

photography of Babak Fatholahi from his Parisienne Moonlight series of Sumaya titled 'Beautiful Scar'
September 11, 2013

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Laytronia White in love with life, her youth and possibilities to come. . .

"Come on ladies, the challenge is on! If you have a man in your life who helps bring balance to your world, who isn't perfect but is perfect for you, who works hard and would do anything for you, who makes you laugh, who is your best friend and sometimes your only friend, who you want to grow old with, who you are thankful for and truly adore, let him have a moment and put this as your status."
 - Laytronia White (3.29.16)  



magic of Jennifer Garner, actress 

"If you are talking about power it is what you do with power that makes it powerful. Knowledge and training and education, and magic and weapons and shields are powerful tools. But, without the teachings under the tutelage of an adept to blend the concepts of each into effective attributes there is nothing of substance to be recognized as power. 

There is a lot to being powerful and the realms of power are not casually entered by simple minds, or undirected speech. If knowledge is power it is powerful through relationship with other intangibles."  - Gregory E. Woods, Keeper of Stories 7.4.14 

sacred pregnancy by Dulcis Bellatrix 

Thursday, April 28, 2016


"I have shared this story before back in 2010, I believe. It is important to share this. For men with warrior spirits and combat veterans of the war theater and street violence as gang members, a missing in their understanding is the interplay between the spiritual worlds, and this one in the deadly game of war, killing people." - Dawn Wolf, Keeper of Stories (4.28.16)

SPIRIT WARRIOR credited for Crow victory
Associated Press
Oct. 3, 2004

Many tribes coveted the Crow homeland in Montana and Wyoming as Euro-American
expansion forced them farther west in the mid-19th century.

The Crow nation was in a precarious position. Its numbers had been decimated
in a series of smallpox epidemics, and its enemies were closing in on Crow
lands teeming with elk, bison and deer.

The tribe's most powerful opponents - the Sioux, Cheyenne and Arapaho -
decided that the time was right to eradicate the Crow, according to Crow historian
Elias Goes Ahead. In a major battle, they attacked a much smaller force of
Crow on Pryor Creek. The Crow, fighting for their very existence, drove their
foes back to the Bighorn River and claimed victory, he said.

Some attributed the turn of events to a Spirit Warrior who slashed through
enemy lines as the battle raged around the Crow village.

Goes Ahead said the battle took place in August 1864. Another tribal
historian, Joe Medicine Crow, put the date at 1860 or 1861. Sioux ledger art set the
date at 1863.

Estimates of the size of the enemy alliance vary widely, too - from 3,000 to
10,000 warriors. Approximations of Crow numbers differ, but not so broadly.
Some say there were as many as 1,500 warriors. Goes Ahead said the endangered
Crow village above Pryor Creek probably totaled 2,000 people with 500 warriors.
Chiefs Blackfoot, also called Sits In The Middle Of The Land, and Iron Bull
would have been leading the Crow forces, he said.

Shortly before the enemy struck on East Pryor Creek, the Crow had learned
they were about to be attacked, he said. War chiefs wanted to move the village
across the Yellowstone River to where Billings now stands, figuring they would
be in a more defensible position, Goes Ahead said. But the enemy was too close,
and the best that could be done was to set up a fortified camp on high ground
overlooking Pryor Creek near its confluence with East Pryor Creek.

Looking across the valley to the east, Crow villagers saw "nothing but dark
human figures and horses,'' Goes Ahead said.

Ten of the best armed Crow warriors rushed at the enemy force to buy time
while the rest dressed for battle and prepared the camp. Pack horses were hobbled
on their sides around the village as breastworks and pits were dug in the
camp circle to provide cover for women, children and the elderly, he said.

On East Pryor Creek, an army that Goes Ahead described as stretching for a
half-mile made its first charge into a fusillade of Crow fire.

"They said the sky was darkened with arrows,'' he recounted. "It was snowing

The Crow strategically placed their warriors on Pryor Creek to force the
Sioux, Cheyenne and Arapaho into a narrow crossing, he said. Because the creek
banks were 15 feet high in places, enemy forces were compressed so that no more
than 50 at a time could cross. That slowed their advance and made them easier
targets, Goes Ahead said.

Crow fighters, some armed with rifles, drove alliance warriors back across
the creek, he said. Then they countercharged and chased the enemy up the hill on
the other side. But as the mounted Crow warriors approached, they were
surprised by a huge army of alliance foot soldiers hiding behind the hilltop.

"They said it was like the ice breaking up on the Yellowstone,'' Goes Ahead

Four Crow warriors charged into the foot soldiers to give their comrades a
better chance at retreat. Only one of the four survived, Goes Ahead said.

Combatants pushed one another back and forth across the creek until the enemy
reached the Crow tepees.

That's when the Spirit Warrior appeared. Crow warriors couldn't see him, but
their women and children could, Goes Ahead said. So could the Sioux. Years
later, when hostilities were past, Sioux survivors of the battle asked their Crow
counterparts to identify this warrior. The Crow veterans, who had not seen
him, could not provide any answers, Goes Ahead said.

The Spirit Warrior was seen on 10 different ponies and in two different war
bonnets, he said. The apparition zigzagged through the enemy, knocking warriors
off their horses and fighting so fiercely that he terrified them into

"He came kind of like this wind,'' Goes Ahead said. "It kind of came out of

One by one, the alliance warriors started to leave the battleground, he said.
As they pulled back, the Crow regrouped and gave chase.

"They said it was like chasing a big buffalo herd,'' he continued. "They were
moving slow, and they (the Crow warriors) were picking them off on the

The Crow harassed their enemy all the way to the Bighorn River, he said. On
the way back, they reported the whole valley full of wolves, eagles and
buzzards feeding on the dead.

The Crow celebrated for three days, Goes Ahead said. But the battle had not
vanquished their old enemies for good. The alliance of Sioux, Cheyenne and
Arapaho had seized the Powder River Country and pushed the Crow back toward the

The battle convinced Crow leaders that the only way they could retain their
hunting grounds was with the protection of the U.S. Army.

"They wanted them (the Army) there to police the territory,'' Goes Ahead

The Crow allied with the government when it sought to protect the Bozeman
Trail to the Montana gold fields in the mid-1860s. Crow scouts were recruited for
the 1876 Little Bighorn campaign. Crow warriors were crucial to the Army at
the Battle of the Rosebud, fought a week before the Little Bighorn against the
Sioux, Cheyenne and Arapaho.

A year before the 1876 campaign, the Crow confronted their old enemies again
in a smaller but hard-fought battle near what is now Huntley.

Copyright © 2004 Associated Press


of the Earth Eartha

Eartha Kitt was...



Jomel Neter said "The African Mask behind that social mask is a personal truth,
what we really, really believe about who we are and what we're capable of."


Shopping for FUN

Jordan Carver shopping . . .
November 14 , 2015

Jordan Carver shopping for either a bag by Louis or Chanel to match elegance with style is a bit more than shopping, it is a merging of the idea of substance as form & form as identity." - Gregory E. Woods, Keeper of Stories 12/15/15



banned beauty statuesque !!!!

"Some moments are stolen because they feel as if they were. Those moments are simply unbelievable. You have to pinch yourself to see if you are there or it is real what you are seeing, experiencing. It is unbelievable the beauty of Black American women when they define themselves by themselves and no other. It takes the breath away their knowing how to do this unbelievable thing: know who they are. It changes the world. When Black women do this spiritual science becomes tangible to the unlearned, religion becomes a caption in a theology ancient of days and the Goddess stands alongside God as Lilith once stood with Adam! 

Yes, this pushes boundaries what I've said, but boundaries that bind need to break." 

Gregory E. Woods
Keeper of Stories 

Wednesday, April 27, 2016


Western scientists have long arrived at the conclusion that western culture is predominantly left-sided, and is now attempting very strongly to introduce into the school system methods that would make more use of the right hemisphere.

This has been especially encouraged by the discovery that such educational methods that appeal to the right side of the brain excel greatly over those of ...the left. "Super learning," "accelerated learning," etc. are the superlatives that are being thrown around as they are finding that such methods shorten the learning period (2 to 20 times faster), and produce a greater yield in understanding, and retention (500% in the same time span) over the left side.

Is this the reason why Black nations were the first to achieve a high level of civilization? We will see that it is.

The techniques used in the current "Super learning" systems, are nothing more than a minor fraction of the techniques used in traditional Africa from time immemorial. By pretending that the whole thing is a recent western discovery, and invention. Westerners are dooming themselves to stagnation, again! They need to humbly ask the African people to show them the way.
-Book Source: Metu Neter by Ra Un Nefer Amen I 

 "Although, the material in this book has the full support of historical documentation, I am writing foremost as a priest of over 20 years of practice. I am here presenting a practical syncretism of the best that the Kamitic (Ancient Egyptian), the Dravidian (Black India), and the Canaanite (true authors of Kabala) religions have to offer.

They were among the six nations that laid the foundation of civilization. But it would be folly on our part to merely document this fact, and to compile and explain a list of who, when, why and what.

Would it not be a sign of intelligence, to be more interested in the methods employed by them for the creation of civilization, so we may learn and apply them to its re-creation? If the religious, philosophical systems of ancient civilizations were so great, why aren’t we practicing them?"
~BOOK: Metu Neter, Vol. 1 by Ra Un Nefer Amen I, Shekem Ur Shekem of the Ausar Auset Society

Right! This is fundamental to the development of child, and civilization in the great places in the Land of the Blacks and other places around the globe that understand balance.

The troubling thing, I have observed, is the typical Black American shuns and will shun Metu Neter for reasons I won't elaborate on. How can this approach be made into the larger Black American community? ~ Gregory E. Woods, Keeper of Stories 4.26.16



Black woman undressing is something to cherish. To behold it in reverence is at once spiritual. When she is undressing for you, her man, you are drinking a deep kind of love of reverence unequaled in power and strength found anywhere within the lexicon or the tradition of Church worship. Your Black woman undressing is her soul becoming more and more vulnerable to you trusting you will not violate either body or soul. The act is the usher into a realm of being you are responsible for, will become attached to, cannot control and will never dominate because her powers can hold you and give you 'some' from her all without losing herself within you. It is a great mystery the woman within our women! - Gregory E. Woods, Keeper of Stories 8.18.15 

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

A Critical Observation

hat worn by a woman with no veins.

What is it like to have no veins? Is it a cold existence? With no lines to follow can the course of our life blood have courses to flow? The point made is directed at the menace photographers have become etching out the very lines that distinguish living from pretense. - Gregory E. Woods, Keeper of Stories 4.25.16


2 Fine N Red

Mireille Enos at the 63rd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards in California.

Octavia Spencer attended the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards show



Booker T. Washington is seated with a young girl on his lap. The other men are impressive. I don't know who they are, but they speak to the times and the importance of intelligence, dignity, pride and sense of purpose for Black men. - Gregory E. Woods, Keeper of Stories 6.3.14

"This is simple, but sage advise. I saw a rerun of the Arsenio hall show with Pastor T.D. Jakes last night. He spoke about the presence and necessity of fear. There is a technique to master and use fear to attain anything in life, but I've learned over the years many don't want that knowledge a part of themselves.  My own life taught me what the fear of success is, and it is prevalent and a part of us all. Again the strategy is available and accessible, but comes with a cost. Who wants that if they've settled for!" - Dawn Wolf, Keeper of Stories 6.3.14

Afraid of Nothing 
By Dr. Sinclair Grey III

Now hear this - you can't be afraid of success. In other words, whatever you desire, you need to make up your mind and go after it. Only people who operate in fear and doubt will remain stuck feeling miserable. I don't who you are or what's happening in your life, but I'm here to tell you need to go for it and not be afraid of success. If you want to go back to school, plan to go. If you want to start your own business, plan on making it happen. Whatever it is, just do it. You can't complain about the success of others, if you're not willing to do anything.

The Bible says, "For the Spirit that God has given us does not make us timid; instead, His Spirit fills us with power, love, and self-control." Please don't make this. Excuses are not allowed. Pardon me for being blunt about this but I need to drop this in your spirit. You're not called to be average. Average people do average things. You're called to blow up from the floor up. Do you believe it? If so, you have work to do. (6.3.14)

Monday, April 25, 2016

Mastering SELF

An alluring beauty sends a man on a quest to study and know himself
to be better than before he laid eyes upon her.
- Gregory E. Woods, Keeper of Stories 1.25.16

Sunday, April 24, 2016


a body builder

Bodybuilding Motivation

"What is it that fixates women of the last two decades to an ideal of body perfection by a standard long held by men? Within the last decade women have accepted the inherent disrespect of their wombs by referring to the growth of their child in their bodies as a baby bump. There is no outcry about it, so apparently the essence of a woman doesn't matter beyond her body's accessibility, and chances of getting laid, married or admired? 

It is an odd contradiction in the face of a young girl coming up in a time when direction is governed by fears of not being acceptable, or having a cavalier attitude towards standards of being, character, power and divinity. It is no longer an American distinction. We've carried this irreverence to other countries with missionary fervor, and altered cultures the world over for a very long time. Having been successful in this we somehow feel we cannot or do not have any responsibility in this transition from the ideal to the crude. Western women have for centuries been chattel from the perspective of European histories. We Africans and Native people puzzled over the demands of such a belief and paradigm over the centuries of contact. 

Today, it is something every group in the U.S. is struggling with. Without proper tools, and the advantage of the training a warrior receives the power of conformity is greater than the truth of one's authenticity. Another generation of women are coming of age disconnected from the Sacred Powers of their Wombs, and another generation of boys will never enjoy the discovery of being inside of and a part of the balancing forces of Sacred Women. 

What is yours and what is my spiritual responsibility? is the next question to ask and answer in the mirror before us!"  - Gregory E. Woods, Keeper of Stories 2.28.14

black woman athlete & NPC Competitor, Ambi

Saturday, April 23, 2016

The World She Sees


I see a tribe of women that holds things down and creates a circular wall that encompasses and protects all. In the background deep in the shadows and unseen by most these women stand shoulder to shoulder doing the work that few can understand let alone bear witness to. They are beyond the permeable and movable red tent. They are the white solid rock that blazes across the desert that appears as a mirage but is strong unmovable stone and clear water flows from. Individually you can see these women shine as the brightest star in the cosmos but collectively they sit back in the dark at the ready taking more than one for the team. This tribe doesn't need words or a call to action. The call is enough. The act in itself is never ending. These women simply exist for a purpose that is beyond comprehension.

I see a tribe of women.


Candace Mickens
April 1 at 4:56am


Melina Kanakaredes

 is a second generation Greek from Akron, Ohio born April 23, 1967. She has starred in a number of films. She is well known for her role in the series CSI:NY.

Melina Kanakaredes lounging in home setting.


Black Lady in Red!

" Elle est très belle a regarder!" -  Véronique Panetier

Black woman in red without a word takes the breath away!
 February 14 , 2014

Friday, April 22, 2016

Hats Off: What The Man Said.

Lenny Kravitz said, "True luxury is not having possessions. It's about having the time to be still, listen and feel."
Photo: Mathieu Bitton 

"It's interesting to see that there are people who think that what I stated in my last post is easy to say because I'm so-called "rich.” Well what is rich? In my life I deal with people who only have enough money to eat and have basic shelter, and on the other extreme, I deal with billionaires who have "everything.” Why is it that, for the most part, so many wealthy people are unsatisfied, bogged down, stressed, insecure, spiritually depleted, and have horrible relationships? Just because one has an abundance of money, it does not make them centered and at peace. Yes, it's great to have money, but if your foundation is broken—that is what you will be. Let Love Rule."

Lenny Kravitz, musician 
April 4, 2016

Lenny Kravitz's daughter, Zoe Isabella Kravitz (2016)


Mystery Knows No More Than Mystery Conceals

photography of Babak Fatholahi from his Parisienne Moonlight series

From " Parisienne Moonlight " Series
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by @MelissalaLinea 
Mon, Mar 2, 2015

The rush to militarize the U.S.-Mexico border has tragic consequences in Texas.

. . .The truck swerved again but didn’t slow. There was no way to communicate with the driver. The smugglers had been in such a rush that Jose Isabel hadn’t even seen the driver’s face. It had been nearly a month since they’d left the Guatemalan highlands in early October. In Mexico, the nine men had ridden on top of the freight train La Bestia and had their backpacks stolen near the Rio Grande. When they’d arrived in Texas with nothing but empty wallets, they’d felt lucky to have made it.

Just this final drive to a safe house, they thought, and then they’d be on a bus to New Jersey, where they had construction jobs waiting for them.

Now all Jose Isabel wanted was for the driver to stop. Something had happened to his brother. He could barely hear Jose Leonardo over the deafening noise of the speeding tires on the dirt road, and now a strange sound engulfed them. A helicopter blotted out the sun. Through the fabric he saw, above him, the outline of a soldier and the thick barrel of a gun.

Capt. Stacy Holland maneuvered the helicopter closer as the pickup sped east down Sevenmile Road toward the small South Texas town of Peñitas. The shooter, Miguel “Mike” Avila, had already shredded its rear tires with at least 18 shots from a rifle. A plume of dust billowed in its wake. The truck fishtailed, but it didn’t stop.

“Johnny, you think it looks good? We can give it to him again on the front left,” said Holland to the helicopter’s co-pilot, Lt. Johnny Prince.

“Try and hit a tire, Mike,” Prince said. Avila sat in the open door of the helicopter steadying his rifle.

“Game warden, we’re going to go hot. Give us some room. Give us some room. We’re gonna go hot after the front tire,” Holland radioed to the wardens pursuing the truck on the ground.

A shot rang out.

“You got it,” Prince said...

Rudy Arredondo suggested I read this story.


See Thru

French Singer Shy'm Rocks NRJ Awards In Completely See-Through Dress !!!!

French Singer Shy'm in 2012 wore a compelling see through gown to the NRJ Awards on red carpet.



"There is always a reason to be happy?"

I don't agree. 

If you search for it you can find something to be grateful for that in better times would bring joy. But, happy is not necessary in the dark of struggle. It is seeing a way out that small pin points of light, in an otherwise dreary situation, creates the tension that tells the body and soul, "I will survive this..." 

- Gregory E. Woods, Keeper of Stories 5.23.14 

The Letters of Gratitude

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Could You Be the Most Beautiful Idea?

middle aged Anne Rosenberg, 59 says, 'For me now, sexy is alluring and creative.'
photo by Damon Dahlen for Huffington Post

Jennifer Aniston Is PEOPLE's 2016 World's Most Beautiful Woman!

Jennifer Aniston may be one of the most gorgeous stars in Hollywood, but she was still humbled and "very, very flattered" when she first heard the news that she was being named the Most Beautiful Woman in the World. "I thought, 'Oh my God,' " she tells PEOPLE in this week's cover story. "There was this sort of very excited, teenage-y kind of moment."
The actress, who says she's learned to embrace her appearance over the years, insists she feels her best when she's healthy and strong.
"It's funny, it's a really quick transition from not a care and now all of a sudden, we've got to really be mindful of what we put inside our bodies," she adds. "And how we sleep and take care of ourselves. You can get away with a lot in your 20s."

Maat Petrova advises, 'Keep beautiful, delicate things around you to remind yourself of how beautiful you are and to be gentle with yourself.' (11.22.15)

Aniston, 47, was first motivated to start taking care of herself early on in her career after an agent told her she didn't get a part because she was "too chubby." 
"I was like, 'What?!' But my diet was terrible," she says. "Milk shakes and French fries with gravy [laughs]. It was a good thing to start paying attention."
Now the actress mixes it up by exercising at least six days a week for about an hour each day and watching her diet. But that doesn't mean she won't indulge in her favorites. From chips and guacamole to her husband Justin Theroux's pasta carbonara, which they make together every couple of weeks, "I'm not as strict as I was," she says. "It was always sort of a monitored watch. Then I thought just give yourself moderation."
Besides cooking and exercising with her husband, Aniston says just being married to Theroux brings her the greatest joy. "He makes me laugh. He's so interesting and so interested," she says. "He's unbelievably talented in more areas than one and he's just a good man."

actress Kim Fields played Tootie Ramsey on the popular sitcom Diff'rent Strokes.

As for her natural look, the actress gives full credit to her glam squad for teaching her "everything that I know! Whatever was happening before was just unfortunate," says the star, adding that she now knows how to contour her cheeks and blow out her hair. "When I was in my 20s, my face was almost a complete circle. So I really needed contouring. And now I'm slowly chiseling away, wishing I had that round face back."
If she could magically try any new look and instantly go back, Aniston says she'd be game to check out a pixie cut. "If I knew I could instantly push it back. I'm very curious to see what I would look like with really short hair," she says. "But I'll never do it. Never. I'm a long hair girl. It's like a security blanket."
So how does Aniston define beauty? "Inner confidence. Peace. Kindness. Honesty. A life well-lived," she says. "Taking on challenges and not feeling shame for things that haven't gone the way you felt they should have. And not feeling like a failure or allowing people to critique your life and make you feel like you've failed at something. That's just toxic noise."
by Julie Jordan,
@juliejordanc for  magazine

Jaqi Wright, DC resident and government contractor.

gray haired & mature woman Renee Davis


Balance Form

"Maat Petrova, the red stripe somehow adds to the beauty, and strength of your body. It is an art form creating shapes from a perfect form changed by birth, challenged by challenges and perfect by creative processes."
- Gregory E. Woods,
Dawn Wolf Keeper of Stories

 'Yes, this Goddess inspired my soldier pose.'

Jomel Neter adopted the pose of Nature. Her secret is patience.


What Isn't Know

Celebrating Beauty

Sanctity of Feminine is a secret to the crude, the willingly ignorant &
 abhorrent to those who prey upon women's spirits and bodies.
- Dawn Wolf, Keeper of Stories
May 1, 2014Edited

"What was once secret and mysterious has been opened to the winds, and mystique has been rendered obscure in the lexicon of femininity. It is a loss for young women because a time will come their daughters' lives will ask for its return to the sanctity of their bodies, and most important: their essence." - Gregory E. Woods, Keeper of Stories 5.21.14


I Glanced into Her Eyes!

from gallery of Marilyn McAfee

drawing of Marilyn Monroe by unknown artist.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

THANK YOU. You Made A Difference!

Many of you participated through prayers, heartfelt words, deep spirits in how I angled my soul to the fact, the reality of my father dying last month. It meant a great deal to me. I was taken aback not expecting such an outpouring. But, I needed it.

Some of you thankfully showed up at the funeral ceremony. That was powerful. It was as if acts of power were manifesting in the physical form. It left me awash with gratitude and wonder!

There are things I don't understand about my father's dying and his death. But, what I have came from a lifetime with Daddy.

From my heart thank you all for the depths your encouragement came from. All of you! - Gregory E. Woods​, Keeper of Stories 4/20/16

Daddy dancing at grandson, Lemuel's wedding December 4, 2010.


Original Art

Lovers need each other by Charlie Bowater

deviantART Charlie-Bowater