By Inspirational Columnist and Author: Linda Mose Meadows


However, as it is written: "No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him"--
1 Corinthians 2:9

Saturday, October 15, 2016

AN UNFORGETTABLE VISIT AT THE SMITHSONIAN'S NATIONAL MUSEUM OF AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY & CULTURE









 


 







Charity Mason, our Grandfather Ellsworth Jackson's Grandmother 




I want to thank  Mr. Lonnie Bunch and the Smithsonian for the amazing cultural revival and historic celebration held on September 24th, 2016. I am still "full" from experiencing this powerfully enriching experience that was had not only with my son,  but with those that eagerly traveled the globe converging on The National Mall to commemorate this soul stirring event of opening of The National Museum of African American History and Culture. But let me share the remarkable moment had that day which really caught me and son, Michael by surprise! First was the gift of 2 admission passes from  a stranger who didn't wish to stand in line-this timely gift rewarded us with no wait time in line and second was our seeing a photo of my beloved grand father's (Ellsworth Jackson's) grandmother Charity Mason. There she was on display inside the museum. It's like seeing a friend in a public venue unexpectedly! Not sure who contributed our Grandma's photo but I am thrilled they did!! My heart burst with joy, I am sure I kept repeating that was our grandmother and then I immediately phoned my mother to share the joyful news! This moment confirmed for me that we all are contributors in shaping America's history. Thank you again Mr. Bunch and all those that created this amazing sacred space to share our truths and triumphs!!! It was a splendid day, Lord we thank You !!

Shared with a Transparent Heart,
Linda Mose Meadows, Author of the devotionals:
The Blessedness of Believing A Devotional Journey of Life’s Lessons and God’s Promises;
Destined to Receive, Reflections and Devotionals Celebrating The Love of God

AN UNFORGETTABLE VISIT AT THE SMITHSONIAN'S NATIONAL MUSEUM OF AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY & CULTURE






 


 







Charity Mason, our Grandfather Ellsworth Jackson's Grandmother 




I want to thank  Mr. Lonnie Bunch and the Smithsonian for the amazing cultural revival and historic celebration held on September 24th, 2016. I am still "full" from experiencing this powerfully enriching experience that was had not only with my son,  but with those that eagerly traveled the globe converging on The National Mall to commemorate this soul stirring event of opening of The National Museum of African American History and Culture. But let me share the remarkable moment had that day which really caught me and son, Michael by surprise! First was the gift of 2 admission passes from  a stranger who didn't wish to stand in line-this timely gift rewarded us with no wait time in line and second was our seeing a photo of my beloved grand father's (Ellsworth Jackson's) grandmother Charity Mason. There she was on display inside the museum. It's like seeing a friend in a public venue unexpectedly! Not sure who contributed our Grandma's photo but I am thrilled they did!! My heart burst with joy, I am sure I kept repeating that was our grandmother and then I immediately phoned my mother to share the joyful news! This moment confirmed for me that we all are contributors in shaping America's history. Thank you again Mr. Bunch and all those that created this amazing sacred space to share our truths and triumphs!!! It was a splendid day, Lord we thank You !!

Shared with a Transparent Heart,
Linda Mose Meadows, Author of the devotionals:
The Blessedness of Believing A Devotional Journey of Life’s Lessons and God’s Promises;
Destined to Receive, Reflections and Devotionals Celebrating The Love of God

AN UNFORGETTABLE VISIT AT THE SMITHSONIAN'S NATIONAL MUSEUM OF AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY & CULTURE






 


 







Charity Mason, our Grandfather Ellsworth Jackson's Grandmother 




I want to thank the Smithsonian for the amazing cultural revival and historic celebration held on September 24th, 2016. I am still "full" from experiencing this powerfully enriching experience that was had not only with my son,  but with those that eagerly traveled the globe converging at The National Mall to commemorate this soul stirring event of opening of The National Museum of African American History and Culture. But let me share the remarkable moment had that day which really caught me and son, Michael by surprise! First was the gift of 2 admission passes from  a stranger who didn't wish to stand in line- this timely gift rewarded us with no wait time in line. and second was seeing a photo of my beloved grand father's (Ellsworth Jackson's) grandmother Charity Mason on display inside the museum. It's like seeing a friend in a public venue unexpectedly! Not sure who contributed our Grandma's photo but I am thrilled they did!! My heart burst with joy , I am sure I kept repeating that, that was our grandmother and then I immediately phoned my mother to share the joyful news! This moment confirmed for me that we all are contributors in shaping America's history. Thank you to Mr. Bunch and all those that created this amazing sacred space to share our truths and triumphs!!! It was a splendid day, Lord we thank You !!

Shared with a Transparent Heart,
Linda Mose Meadows, Author of the devotionals:
The Blessedness of Believing A Devotional Journey of Life’s Lessons and God’s Promises;
Destined to Receive, Reflections and Devotionals Celebrating The Love of God

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

DIVAS' DIGEST BOOK CLUB, HAVING OUR SAY!






"You can describe parts of me, but who I am – and what I need – 
is something I have to find out myself.” 
Chinua Achebe (Nigerian novelist, poet and professor)

New Haven was excited about Having Our Say come to town and the Divas were a great part of these festivities! The Long Wharf Theater along with New Haven Free Public Libraries encouraged participation in a series of city-wide literary events correlating with the Delany's first 100 years: traveling re-enactments with local actors, a History Slam, Community Talks, story telling and discounted and free theater tickets. The city was a buzz with Having Our Say! The excitement was inclusive of The New Haven Stetson Free Public Library and Long Wharf Theater partnering with the Divas' Digest Book Club on Saturday,February 27, 2016 to partake in a spirited and revealing inter-generational  "Having Our Say" free and open to the public Community Talk complete with the trimmings. Divas'  members, President Sharon Brooks and Elizabeth Nearing, Long Wharf's Community Engagement Manager co-facilitated the afternoon's event. Diane Brown, Stetson's Director also assisted in the coordination of the afternoon's event and the repast-replicating the Delany's Papa's Birthday Celebration.

The Divas happily convene 6 pm bi-weekly on Wednesday's at The New Haven Stetson Free Public Library to discuss our designated monthly book selections. We started off 2016 with Harlem Renaissance writer Zora Neale Hurston's riveting novel:Their Eyes Were Watching God followed by February's selection of: Having Our Say written by Sarah and A.Elizabeth Delany with Amy Hill Hearth which brought history to life!

Needless to say this year started off in fine literary fashion! I suspect Dr. Bessie and her sister "Sadie" Sarah Daley would have been initially curious,and subsequently very appreciative. I imagine they'd be equally talkative about their intriguing lives. Community Talk attendees celebrated and applauded Dr. Bessie and Sarah Delaney's 100 plus years of living through America's 20th century historic milestones. They and their families resilience, determination, coupled with their sheer power of their indomitable human spirits shed light on what many African Americans had to navigate through in the 1920's and beyond! 

The beauty is the Delany Sisters lived to tell what life was like during a hateful post civil war era, Jim Crow inception, the bleak Depression Era, women gaining Voter's Rights, an awakening Civil Rights Movement and beyond! As Bessie would say, "Honey I didn't take no tea for the fever!"  Meaning that the struggle for African American was fierce! But perseverance and having self determination were key! 

As the book club and attendees enthusiastically shared varying learned Delany accounts, I suspect listeners earnestly reflected and felt a tugging on their heart strings, bursts of joy regarding the fact that in their life spans, Bessie's 104 and Sadie's 109 years of living was quite purposeful and triumphant! I believe that surely like me, we realize that there are countless others which made it through! Our elders are proof. Readers now, all over the world have an opportunity to celebrate Having Our Say whether they read about it,visit their favorite theatrical production, chat with elders or catch a video, the truth is being shared! This was indeed a terrifically insightful afternoon!

Shared with a Transparent Heart,
Linda Mose Meadows,  Inspirational Author of the devotionals:
The Blessedness of Believing A Devotional Journey of Life’s Lessons and God’s Promises (Tate Publishing)
Destined to Receive, Reflections and Devotionals Celebrating The Love of God (Amazon.com)
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Friday, February 12, 2016

REMEMBERING OUR AMAZING GRANDMOTHER'S LEGACY OF LOVE: EVELYN RUTH JACKSON




Sunrise: January 5, 1917
Sunset: December 11, 2015


Monday, December 21, 2015
Fairhaven United Methodist Church
12801 Darnestown Road
Gaithersburg, Maryland 20878
Reverend Esther M. Holimon – Officiant
Reverend Dr. Gerard Green- Eulogist
  
January 5, 1917, in Montgomery County, Maryland. She entered into eternal rest on Friday, December 11, 2015, in Conyers, Georgia.
Evelyn Ruth Jackson, was born to the late James and Essie Ricks Brown on January 5, 1917, in Montgomery County, Maryland. She entered into eternal rest on Friday, December 11, 2015, in Conyers, Georgia.


Evelyn Ruth was named for her aunt Evelyn Ricks Hallman. She was born in Montgomery County, Maryland but relocated to Buffalo, New York in 2003 to reside with her daughter. She later moved with her daughter to the Atlanta, Georgia vicinity.

Ruth received her education in Montgomery County, Maryland. Her passion was caring for others. Had her educational pursuits been fully realized, Ruth would have excelled as an exceptional medical nurse. She was married to her sweetheart, the late Ellsworth C. Jackson for 61 years. To that union was born three children; the late Calvin Eugene Jackson (Ret. Air Force), Clarinda Jackson Mose (Ret. Educator), and the late Kenneth Lee Jackson (Air Force veteran). She encouraged and was supportive of her loved ones in achieving their highest educational goals.

She was a beloved and active member of the Fairhaven United Methodist Church community. She was a member of the Women’s Society for Christian Service (the predecessor of The United Methodist Women). She was a beloved resident for 18 years where she served as the Sunshine Chair of the Tenant Council of The Heritage House in Rockville, MarylandRuth was a past member of the planning committee for the Ricks-Green Family Reunion and was especially instrumental in championing civil causes with a far reaching positive impact (i.e. ensuring the preservation and authenticity of the structure of the Pleasant View Methodist Church, advocating for the upkeep of the surrounding grounds inclusive of the Pleasant View Cemetery and the enhancement of the structure of the historic two-room Quince Orchard School House, which is now a museum frequented by many). Her collective efforts, along with that of other dedicated family and friends, ultimately resulted in the inception of The Pleasant View Historic Site being placed on Maryland’s Historic Preservation Registry. This historic site leaves an invaluable treasure for future generations sojourning to Darnestown, Quince Orchard, and Gaithersburg, Maryland

Ruth's active years she'd frequently be found providing a helping hand to family or sick neighbors who dubbed her as their "Angel." Sunday meals were lovingly prepared replete with all the trimmings including her applesauce with cinnamon, piping hot coffee, and a lemon frosted cake, which was always served on her lovely China, anticipating the arrival of her beloved cousin Thompkins Hallman and other family and friends.


If you peeked in the kitchen on any given day you'd probably see Ruth wearing her neat apron baking her delicious Congo Bars from her sister Mabel Prather’s recipe, a sheet cake, or melt-in-your-mouth wonderful chocolate-chip walnut cookies, which she eagerly shared with friends and her broad circle of acquaintances. She brought many recipients great joy.
Ruth was known as a calming force and a true blessing to those she encountered. Often she became an advocate for those friends and family experiencing difficulties. Ruth enthusiastically assisted without hesitation. She was a beautiful, modest, unselfish, compassionate woman who constantly demonstrated love. To meet her was to love her.
Ruth's knack for making others feel special was her trademark. She'd easily expressed sheer delight and gratitude towards those that visited her, phoned, sent greeting cards, and photos. She treasured that and they'd get tucked into her devotionals, phone books, Bibles, and photo albums. Often you'd see her enjoying them again, reading and commenting on how lovely each one was. When she received a bouquet of flowers from her grandson Eric she'd comment on the beauty of the arrangement and simply beam. When her grandchildren visited she was attentive and observant of each one. You may even hear her giggle and recount a great moment that was humorous. She wanted others to be happy and expressed that sentiment without reservation.

Ruth was an animal and nature lover. Her son Kenneth's German Shepard was in her care and she labeled him as "Puppy" who was later arthritic and would sometimes sprint out the screen door chasing the neighborhood children who she believed taunted him behind the closed gate. Even Duke was exonerated in her eyes. In Ruth's eyes even animals deserved kindness and consideration.

She exhibited pride in her work as a dedicated and competent domestic. She lovingly served The Robert Ostrosky Family and Dr. Julius and Mrs. Amsterdam for numerous years. Her work was not only exemplary but her temperament was seasoned with grace. Her prayers were realized in seeing her loved ones thriving, happy, and accomplished. She attested to God's care and goodness towards all. One of Ruth's favorite scriptures is I Corinthians 2:9 "Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard. Neither has entered into the heart of man the things that God has prepared for those who love him." 

She leaves to cherish her memories her daughter, Clarinda Jackson Mose, of Lake Spivey, Georgia; nine grandchildren, Diane Powell, Carlton Jackson, Linda Mose Meadows (Richard), John Mose, Jr., Steven Mose (Zina), Eric Mose (Miranda), Kenneth Lee Jackson, Jr., Michael Jackson (Rachel), and Ryan Jackson (Mary Beth); twenty-one great-grandchildren; Brandon, Zachary, Yolanda, Rachel, Christian, Christina, Tiega, Amber, Michael, Mary, Taylor, Jaycina, Morgan (Jermaine), Geordan, Taylor, Kristina (Eric), Katrina, Malikah, Jibreel, Madison, and Mikayla; numerous great-great-grandchildren; two sisters, Mabel Bernice Prather (the late Watson) of Rockville, Maryland and Madeline Allen Washington of Silver Spring, Maryland;  sister–in-law Mary Brown; Godson Troy; and a host of other nieces, nephews, family, and friends. 

She was preceded in death by two brothers, Zetroe Hilary Brown and James Wallace Brown (Mary); four sisters, Estelle Celeste Summerour, Helen Lucille Lee (the late William), Emma Jackson (the late William), and Frances Edna Payne (the late Portney); and granddaughter Marjorie Martin.


We are so grateful for Granny's legacy of love and our call to live in abundant appreciation of  it!

Shared with a Transparent Heart,
Linda Mose Meadows, Author of the devotionals:
The Blessedness of Believing A Devotional Journey of Life’s Lessons and God’s Promises;
Destined to Receive, Reflections and Devotionals Celebrating The Love of God

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