I am so excited. Project Runway starts on Thursday. This is the only "reality" program I will watch. Why? Because I get to watch super talented people, displaying their versions of art in clothing form down a runway. I am not a fashionista, but I do love sewing. I love construction. I love tailoring. I love the drape. I love artisans. I love to watch the talented express themselves. They are challenged and they always step up to produce some great pieces.
I wish I could challenge Dr. Henry Louis Gates, Jr. to research my family tree. In an upcoming episode on PBS, he is tracking down the ancestry of an interesting group of people, Meryl Streep, Stephen Colbert, Yo Yo Ma, Queen Noor, among others.
Remember Gates? He's the guy that President Obama invited to the White House to have a conciliatory beer with the police officer that offended him.
I've tried to trace our family tree, but I found it to be a monumental task. My major problem stems from the way names are recorded with both mother and father's name as part of the last name. In some cases, it was normal practice to have the lineage be carried by the mother, which adds to the confusion. I would have to travel to the island to find birth records in churches, or family bibles. Then to trace roots beyond the island would mean to travel to Spain. From what I understand they kept excellent records when they conquered the Caribbean, but the records are in Spain. I know some of my descendants are Taino indians that were enslaved by the Spanish. My last name means Bethlehem in Spanish, which means we took the last name of the slave owner. My mother's ancestry comes directly from Spain. How about it Mr. Gates? Care to take up the challenge? Call me.
Speaking of challenge, I have been challenging myself to get stronger and healthier, or at least, not to punish my body. I took a survey on a women's health website about my habits. It tallied my answers and then gave me the results. It basically said, "You are very hard on your body." I sort of knew that in the back of my mind, but now it was there spelled out, something I had to confront. Why was I punishing my body by depriving it of what it needed most?
My challenge is to be good to my body. It's not about weight loss, though I suspect that kindness to my body will help in that endeavor.
- Hydrate it.
- Feed it on regular intervals stretching it out to four or five small meals a day.
- Allow it to sleep.
- Find time to go to the bathroom because apparently you are training your body not to expel and it will forget how to do it. Really? Use or lose it people.
- Breathe deeply twice a day.
- Put my feet up.
- And think positively. Because like Stuart Smiley on Saturday Night Live, "I'm Good Enough, I'm Smart Enough, and Doggone It, People Like Me."
No go over to Keely, because there are a lot of doggone, good and smart people over there.