Countdown & Retreat

Pushing Daisy Tuesday Tribute is a series of posts promoting the Pushing Daisy Drive (Driven by Miss Daisy’s Daughter). Every episode is a small tribute to my mom Daisy and hopes to share inspirational posts and promotions. It’s also were I acknowledge Daisy Drive Donors and share campaign updates.
Tuesday Tribute

Pushing Daisy Drive Update

Happy Yellow Crystal Seed Year!

According to one of the many Mayan Calendars, July 26th is the beginning of the Crystal Seed New Year. Speaking of new years and new cycles, today I start another 10-Day Vipassana Meditation Silence Retreat in Jessup, GA. Also, as part of Phase One of the Pushing Daisy Drive, today was my deadline to pay early and save $300 on the $2,500 tuition to attend CalEarth’s Permaculture Certification Combined Training in October.

While I didn’t reach my goal, the good news is that I was accepted into the program and applied for a scholarship. I’m still waiting to hear back from them, so keep your fingers crossed and I’ll give you and update on the other side of my silence retreat.

Free  E-book Extended Until  August 21st

With a $10 Daisy Drive Donation  you can still receive CFTKT of which I am a contributing author. Careers From the Kitchen Table: Insider Secrets To Starting & Running a Successful Home-Based Business includes 8 hours of downloadable audio and interviews with the likes of Jack Canfield, Lisa Nichols and others. (P.S. I’d love your feedback on my story, Writing to Recover From the Loss of My Mother, on pg. 91)

 

 



NEW & IMPROVED POV MONDAY PROMO SCHEDULE

August 7th: POV Monday Promo 10 Pt. Series Reconvenes & Pre-Crowdfundraiser Kick-off

I’ve changed the POV Monday Promo from a 9 to a 10-Part Series. As part of the series, I plan to post the first 3 Chapters of POV by my mother’s Earthday on Sept. 26th.

Indiegogo’s “Coming Soon” pre-crowdfundraiser option allows fans to sign-up and spread the word before the crowdfundraiser begins and to also offer additional perks for early birds and fans that spread the word.

September 26th: POV 49-Day Indiegogo Crowdfundraiser Begins on Daisy’s Earthday!

From the time of my mother’s Earthday to her memorial day is almost exactly 49 days! Seven Weeks (49 Days) has a lot of significance in the Destiny Card System, so it’s befitting to start on her Earthday.

November 13th: Complete POV Indiegogo Crowdfundraiser

November 14th: 49-Days to Book Launch Project Starts on My Mother’s Memorial Date

I know that it’s a pretty ambitious goal, yet for the love of Daisy and sharing my greatest gifts, I plan to push on through to complete the editing and publishing of POV by the New Year.

January 1st: POV Book Launch Date!

Whether I meet with success, failure or some combination of the two, I’m glad to be on the journey and I give Big Thanks for your readership and support. You can learn about other ways to contribute by visiting the Pushing Daisy Drive Page.

Diasy Drive Donors

* David King  * William Scott, Jr.  *Janice Donovan  * Isaac Causey * Sharonda Caldwell  * LaVerne Freemon  * Lumumba Corriette  * Cher Hermschulte  *Camara Barbara Knight  * Alzonia Goss * Larry Boykin * Titilayo Tahir * Tex Mason

Remember, it’s never too late to spread the word on social media, to help out by shopping on

OR by making a donation.

Bug Shot of the Week- Nectar From the Mango

Bug Shot of the Week is one of two fundraising series that promotes photographers and youth programs on St. Croix, US Virgin Islands. When you Pay What You Want (PWYW) for the featured photo donated by the featured photographer, you’ll also be contributing to the Pushing Daisy Drive, and other youth programs.

The “Bug Shot of the Week” Series features the exceptional photography of Ras Lumumba Corriette of Ay Ay Eco Hike & Tours. His love for nature shines through in every one of his shots of insects, flowers and nature in general.

Making Way for Mango Melee on St. Croix

In honor of the upcoming Mango Melee Celebration hosted every year by St. George Village Botanical Gardens on St. Croix, I’m featuring two of my favorite things… bees and mangoes!
Ras Lumumba, writes of this week’s bug shot, “At this time of the year nectar is scarce; however the Bees are supplementing with nectar from the mango peel.” Enjoy!

“Nectar from the Mango” by Lumumba Corriette

About Ras Lumumba

Ras Lamumba is a master Gardner, Herbalist, Naturalist, and EnvironmentalistRas Lumumba, owner of Ay Ay Eco Hike & Tours, is a master Gardner, Herbalist, and Environmentalist. He has been conducting educational walking tours, teaching gardening and the use of medicinal plants for nearly 40 years. His fun and insightful way of teaching, story telling and engaging his participants in the ethnobotanical, cultural, and historical folklore of the island make his hikes and tours unforgettable. You will learn the Latin and local names of all the plant life you encounter, as well as their properties and uses. If you plan to visit St. Croix, US Virgin Islands, don’t miss the opportunity to take one of his hikes or tours! Go here: Eco Hikes and Tours by Ras Lumumba.

Bug Shot of the Week- Nectar From the Mango

Bug Shot of the Week is one of two fundraising series that promotes photographers and youth programs on St. Croix, US Virgin Islands. When you Pay What You Want (PWYW) for the featured photo donated by the featured photographer, you’ll also be contributing to the Pushing Daisy Drive,  and other youth programs.

The “Bug Shot of the Week” Series features the exceptional photography of Ras Lumumba Corriette of Ay Ay Eco Hike & Tours. His love for nature shines through in every one of his shots of insects, flowers and nature in general.

Making Way for Mango Melee on St. Croix

In honor of the upcoming Mango Melee Celebration hosted every year by St. George Village Botanical Gardens on St. Croix, I’m featuring two of my favorite things… bees and mangoes!
Ras Lumumba, writes of this week’s bug shot,  “At this time of the year nectar is scarce; however the Bees are supplementing with nectar from the mango peel.”  Enjoy!

“Nectar from the Mango” by Lumumba Corriette

About Ras Lumumba

Ras Lamumba is a master Gardner, Herbalist, Naturalist, and EnvironmentalistRas Lumumba, owner of Ay Ay Eco Hike & Tours, is a master Gardner, Herbalist, and Environmentalist. He has been conducting educational walking tours, teaching gardening and the use of medicinal plants for nearly 40 years. His fun and insightful way of teaching, story telling and engaging his participants in the ethnobotanical, cultural, and historical folklore of the island make his hikes and tours unforgettable. You will learn the Latin and local names of all the plant life you encounter, as well as their properties and uses. If you plan to visit St. Croix, US Virgin Islands,  don’t miss the opportunity to take one of his hikes or tours! Go here: Eco Hikes and Tours by Ras Lumumba.

POV Monday Promo- The Story Bee-hind the Title (Pt. 2 of 10)

POV Monday Promo is a ten part series leading up to an Indiegogo book crowdfundraiser for, Prayers of a Virgin: 52 Weeks of Poetic Inspiration and Personal Planetary Guidance with the Destiny Cards. The promo’s goal is to build a buzz around the campaign, “blook” the first 3 Chapters by my mother’s Earthday on September 26th, and get the needed funds and feedback before publishing.

THE STORY BEE-HIND THE TITLE

In Pt. 2 of this series,  I’d like to share the story behind the book title, Prayers of a Virgin: 52 Weeks of Poetic Inspiration and Personal Planetary Guidance with the Destiny Cards. The inspiration for the title came from my first love back in my college days. He called me out of the blue after not hearing from him in years, and as always, he was right on time, always popping up when I was going through life’s fire, and hearing his voice was a healing balm. He was calling to ask me a favor and what came out of his mouth surprised me, even today when I think of it.

He said, “I need the prayers of a virgin.” At that time, I was a little shocked and embarrassed because I didn’t hold my virginity as a badge of honor, but rather something that alienated me from the rest of society in some unspoken way.  I’ve come a long way since then and part of the reason it’s taken me so long to write my book in the past has had to do with me exposing my “literal” virginity up to age 32. In truth, I’ve always seen virginity as neither good nor bad, however, it was the values, beliefs and judgments that society projected on me around sexuality that I picked up on and allowed to hinder my full expression. Now that I’ve broken free from all the mental madness, I’m free to share my views without concern for what others might think around the true meaning behind virginity, which to me has little to do with sexuality and more to do with a person “owning onto themselves,” not claimed by any person or perspective that doesn’t serve their ultimate good. I decided to take Dr. Seuss’ advice when he said, “Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.” Below is the schedule for the promo and PLEASE take the survey below so I can get your feedback on the book title and concept so far.

NEW & IMPROVED POV MONDAY PROMO SCHEDULE (Updated July 26th)

June 12th- POV Monday Promo 10 Pt. Series Kick-off

August 7th: POV Monday Promo 10 Pt. Series Reconvenes & Pre-Crowdfundraiser Kick-off

I’ve changed the POV Monday Promo from 9 to a 10-Part Series. As part of the series, I plan to post the first 3 Chapters of POV by my mother’s Earthday on Sept. 26th.

Indiegogo’s “Coming Soon” pre-crowdfundraiser option allows fans to sign-up and spread the word before the crowdfundraiser begins and to also offer additional perks for early birds and fans that spread the word.

September 26th: POV 49-Day Indiegogo Crowdfundraiser Begins on Daisy’s Earthday!

From the time of my mother’s Earthday to her memorial day is almost exactly 49 days! Seven Weeks (49 Days) has a lot of significance in the Destiny Card System, so it’s befitting to start on her Earthday.

November 13th: Complete POV Indiegogo Crowdfundraiser

November 14th: 49-Days 2 Book Launch Project Starts on my Mother’s Memorial Date

I know that it’s a pretty ambitious goal, yet for the love of Daisy and sharing my greatest gifts, I plan to push on through to complete the editing and publishing of POV by the New Year. Whether I meet with success, failure or some combination of the two, I’m glad to be on the journey and I give BIG THANKS for your readership and support.

January 1st: POV Book Launch Date!

TAKE THE SURVEY

I’d love to get your feedback on the book basics in order to create a better product, more capable of reaching my audience.  If you complete the short survey, you’ll get a free copy of my e-book and a 45% discount on a Destiny Card Report with the coupon code given at the end of the survey.

Take The Survey!

Getting to Know Daisy Trivia Quiz & Contest

Pushing Daisy Tuesday Tribute is a series of posts promoting the Pushing Daisy Drive (Driven by Miss Daisy’s Daughter). Every episode is a small tribute to my mom Daisy and hopes to share inspirational posts and promotions. It’s also were I acknowledge Daisy Drive Donors and share campaign updates.

Tuesday Tribute

Okay, so here’s  a chance for new readers to get to know know Daisy, while also getting a chance to win a free Consultation or Destiny Card Report of your choice. This is what you have to do:

Step 1: Get to know Daisy. For new readers, I’ve put a link below to all four past “Getting to Know Daisy” posts in one place for you to read.

Step 2: Press play on the interactive “Daisy Trivia Quiz” video and and you’ll be asked a series of questions about the life and times of “Crazy Daisy.” You will immediately get to see your results and how you placed among other participants.

Step 3: The first person to post a comment with the correct answer to the third question will automatically get a free Connsultation and the next three people will get a free Destiny Card Report of their choice. Good luck!

Getting to Know Daisy- Part 1

Getting to Know Daisy- Part 2

Getting to Know Daisy- Part 3

Getting To Know Daisy- Part 4

Diasy Drive Donors

* David King  * William Scott, Jr.  *Janice Donovan  * Isaac Causey * Sharonda Caldwell  * LaVerne Freemon  * Lumumba Corriette  * Cher Hermschulte  *Camara Barbara Knight  * Alzonia Goss * Larry Boykin * Titilayo Tahir * Tex Mason

Remember, it’s never too late to spread the word on social media, to help out by shopping on

OR by making a donation or volunteering your professional services.

One Love,

DeBorah

PS. Go to the Pushing Daisy Drive Page to learn more about the fundraiser goals and the other ways you can contribute.

Shots of Bee-U-Tiful Spots- Fyah Burning

Shots of Bee-U-Tiful Spots is one of two fundraising series that promotes photographers and youth programs on St. Croix, US Virgin Islands. When you Pay What You Want (PWYW) for the featured photo donated by the featured photographer, you’ll also be contributing to the Pushing Daisy Drive,  and other youth programs.

The “Shots of Bee-U-Tiful Spots” Series features the exceptional photography of Sneferu Hotep, founder of Egiptian Church of Karast A’ashuq Youth & Prison Ministries. His eye for the perfect shot at the perfect spot is definitely hot (lol!).

History of Fyah Burning on St. Croix

Whether it be the historic “Fireburn” Labor Rebellion on Oct. 1, 1878 or the fire burning at a Rasta ceremony with Nyabinghi drumming and chanting, St. Croix is no stranger to fyah burning. This shot was taken at an African Liberation Day celebration. I’m sure my mother, the rebel and Zulu Queen Daisy would like this one!

“Fyah Burning” by Sneferu Hotep

About Sneferu Hotep

Sneferu Hotep is the founder and force behind the nonprofit Egiptian Church of Karast A’ashuq Youth & Prison Ministries. Their mission is to compassionately provide a supportive environment while uplifting and empowering all families in the Virgin Islands and surrounding areas. Through Agricultural, Educational, Spirit Counsel, and Youth Centered activities, the ministry addresses community issues by way of A’ashuq ”Divine Love”.  A portion of the photo sales will go toward funding their signature program in an upcoming crowdfunding campaign. We Shoot Flutes, is an Agriculture, Art, and Music exploration program centered in cultural awareness and peace promotion directed toward children between the ages of 7-13. Stay tuned for more information on their crowdfundraiser.

Let the Reading Bee-gin

Whatca Bee Reading? is a monthly post on DeBorah “B’s” Travel Bug Blog  that allows me to share what I’m currently reading with my tribe. It also gives me the opportunity to showcase Bee Sting: Critiques That Help & Hurt every month. Enjoy!

Book Name/ Author:  Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

What’s It About?

A National Book Award Winner, this entire book was written as a touching letter from a father to his 15 year old son sharing his experience growing up African-American in North America navigating his Black body through gang violence, racism, police brutality and the pursuit of happiness.

Why &/or Where’d You Get It?

I got it from a friend’s library, and to be honest, Toni Morrison’s quote, “This is required reading” is what got my attention.

What’s Your Percentage Point?

About 65% done

Whatcha Think So Far? 

After warming up to his unique writing style, I was able to settle into and be touched by his poignant words and most timely message around the effects of police brutality. Through storytelling, he makes real the constant threat to Black bodies whether it be from the Boyz n the Hood or the Boys in Blue.

Note: You can also read all older reviews on Bee Sting: Critiques That Help & Hurt.

Fyah Burning- The “Bee-U-Tiful Spots” Series Begins

Pushing Daisy Tuesday Tribute is a series of posts promoting the Pushing Daisy Drive (Driven by Miss Daisy’s Daughter). Every episode is a small tribute to my mom Daisy and hopes to share inspirational posts and promotions. It’s also were I acknowledge Daisy Drive Donors and share campaign updates.

In this episode, I’m kicking off the “Shots of Bee-U-Tiful Spots Series, one of two fundraising series that promotes photographers and programs on St. Croix, US Virgin Islands. When you Pay What You Want (PWYW) for the featured photo donated by the featured photographer, you’ll also be contributing to the Pushing Daisy Drive,  as well as other featured youth programs on St. Croix.

“Shots of Bee-U-Tiful Spots“- Fyah Burning

The “Shots of Bee-U-Tiful Spots” Series features the exceptional photography of Sneferu Hotep, founder of Egiptian Church of Karast A’ashuq Youth & Prison Ministries. His eye for the perfect shot at the perfect spot is definitely hot (lol!).

History of Fyah Burning on St. Croix

Whether it be the historic “Fireburn” Labor Rebellion on Oct. 1, 1878 or the fire burning at a Rasta ceremony with Nyabinghi drumming and chanting, St. Croix is no stranger to fyah burning. This shot was taken at an African Liberation Day celebration. I’m sure my mother, the rebel and Zulu Queen Daisy would like this one!

“Fyah Burning” by Sneferu Hotep

About Sneferu Hotep

Sneferu Hotep is the founder and force behind the nonprofit Egiptian Church of Karast A’ashuq Youth & Prison Ministries. Their mission is to compassionately provide a supportive environment while uplifting and empowering all families in the Virgin Islands and surrounding areas. Through Agricultural, Educational, Spirit Counsel, and Youth Centered activities, the ministry addresses community issues by way of A’ashuq ”Divine Love”.  A portion of the photo sales will go toward funding their signature program in an upcoming crowdfunding campaign. We Shoot Flutes, is an Agriculture, Art, and Music exploration program centered in cultural awareness and peace promotion directed toward children between the ages of 7-13. Stay tuned for more information on their crowdfundraiser.

* David King * William Scott, Jr. *Janice Donovan * Isaac Causey * Sharonda Caldwell * LaVerne Freemon * Lumumba Corriette * Cher Hermschulte *Camara Barbara Knight * Alzonia Goss * Larry Boykin * Titilayo Tahir * Tex Mason

Remember, it’s never too late to spread the word on social media or to help out by shopping on

OR by making a donation.

POV Monday Promo-Let the Survey Begin! (Pt. 1 of 10)

POV Monday Promo is a ten part series leading up to an Indiegogo book crowdfundraiser for, Prayers of a Virgin: 52 Weeks of Poetic Inspiration and Personal Planetary Guidance with the Destiny Cards. The promo’s goal is to build a buzz around the campaign, “blook” the first 3 Chapters by my mother’s Earthday on September 26th, and get the needed funds and feedback before publishing.

Let the Survey Bee-gin

I’d like to begin this ten part series with a survey to get your feedback on the book basics in order to create a better product more capable of reaching my audience.  If you complete the short survey, you’ll get a free copy of my e-book and a 45% discount on a Destiny Card Report with the coupon code given. But first, read the book summary below before you Take The Survey

Book Summary

Inspired by the death of my mother, POV is a 52 week inspirational guidebook and astrological calendar specific to your birthdate that helps you understand your life cycles to make better choices using an ancient astrological system coined the Destiny Cards by Robert Camp. This book will be accompanied by a .PDF formatted, 52 Week Report that reveals your personal daily life cycles using an ancient astrological system hidden in the ordinary deck of playing cards! This fascinating system that has been preserved throughout the ages by the Order of the Magi, is based on a mathematical formula that is NOT founded on divination alone like the more familiar tarot cards. With your accompanying report, you will be able to record your daily influences in the book and use it as a planning guide to make better choices.

Eric Pearl, healer and author of The Reconnection: Heal Others, Heal Yourself mentions the importance of having triggers in our lives to help us grow. Triggers are topics that bring up strong emotion. I like to use “trigger” words in my book titles that may bring up predetermined ideas in people’s mind in order for us to address them collectively.

“If you get down and you quarrel everyday, you’re saying prayers to the devils I say.” -Bob Marley

While the word virgin brings up different things for different people, I define virginity as a person who is owning unto themselves and not claimed by anyone. To me, true virginity has less to do with purity based on sex and more to do with ownership. We are all “claimed” by certain things whether they be good or bad (a nation, a person or a philosophy), and yet we are also “virgins” in other areas as well.

What we put our focus on is our prayer, and when we are “unclaimed and focused” in any area that is real power. This book will inspire you to reclaim aspects of yourself, and address the importance of the prayers of all virgins to create a vision for tomorrow…today.

Aishah Shahidah Simmons is Loving With Accountability

Every other week, DeBorah B’s Travel Bug Blog shines the Royal Jelly Sunday Spotlight on the many wonderful people and organizations in the world doing amazing and wonderful things. It’s obvious that after being fed the royal jelly of life, they have chosen to transform into the royalty that they “bee.”

Incest and rape survivor, Aishah Shahidah Simmons is the producer and director of the award-winning film, NO! The Rape Documentary and the force behind the #LoveWITHAccountability Movement that examines how accountability is a powerful and necessary form of love needed to address Child Sexual Abuse (CSA). I first met Aishah in 2010 at a Vipassana Meditation course in India. She was documenting the historic gathering of African and African-Diasporic Vipassana meditators invited to meet the late S.N. Goenka, foremost lay teacher responsible for bringing Vipassana meditation to the West.

Fast Forward to 2017
Over seven years later, I ran into Aishah again while serving a 30/45-Day Vipassana meditation course. After completing her 30-Day course, I had the opportunity to interview Aishah and find out just how synchronistic her 30-day sit was to her father’s release from prison over 45 years ago!

Her Interview with Me

Her Powerful Mother & Daughter Interview

The Spin podcast host, Esther Armah, conducts a powerful  interview with Aishah and her mom, Dr. Simmons, as they share their touching story about the effects of childhood sexual abuse. Listen all the way to the end to at least 45 minutes, and I GUARANTEE you won’t bee the same!

Her Forward Book Contribution

Aishah Shahidah Simmons writes the Introduction to this insightful collection of stories written by over forty artists, activists, mothers, writers, and students who share the common bond of being survivors of sexual violence.

Dear Sister: Letters From Survivors of Sexual Violence