The Mad Ones

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#Sunday #thoughts via @greaseandglamour #joy #hope #work #love #create

#Sunday #thoughts via @greaseandglamour #joy #hope #work #love #create

#word #Sunday

#word #Sunday

πŸ’ƒπŸ™ŒπŸŒŒπŸŒ  #imagination #quote #qotd

πŸ’ƒπŸ™ŒπŸŒŒπŸŒ  #imagination #quote #qotd

#Sunday #thoughts via @greaseandglamour #joy #hope #work #love #create

#Sunday #thoughts via @greaseandglamour #joy #hope #work #love #create

always #love lots #qotd #loa #vanGogh #quote

always #love lots #qotd #loa #vanGogh #quote

Don’t believe the #limits #qotf #quotes #loa

Don’t believe the #limits #qotf #quotes #loa

#strength #loa #quote #roar

#strength #loa #quote #roar

The Selfish Years: Six Things to Learn from Maya Angelou

A week ago last Sunday, I went to the Royal Festival Hall to attend an event put on as part of the London Literature Festival; Maya Angelou: A Celebration. It was a beautiful evening with actors, speakers and notable guests reading parts of her autobiographies and poems, as well as talented musicians performing some of the hymns and songs that she did.
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For an English Literature graduate, with a minor in history including a lot of the American Civil Rights movement, I came very late to the gifts of Maya Angelou. I first discovered her through my incessant love of other peoples soundbites - namely quotes- about two years ago and just loved everything that had been attributed to her, so I read up and I read her and it’s safe to say she was a word and mentality guru.
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Her biography reads pretty stark and also shows incredible resourcefulness and talent…. Born Marguerite Annie Johnson on April 4, 1928, she was raped aged eight by her mother’s boyfriend, was then mute for almost seven years and went on to work as a cook, madam and sometimes prostitute, nightclub dancer and performer, opera singer, coordinator for the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, and journalist in Egypt and Ghana during the decolonisation of Africa. She was an actor, writer, director, and producer of plays, movies, and public television programmes. Today we talk of multi-tasking, but she was a pragmatic polymath, a Renaissance Woman of the highest degree. Here is what we can learn from her life, work and treatment of others




1) Thrive
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#blogged: Six things to learn from #MayaAngelou: #poet #poetry #life #live #thrive #butterfly #humanfamily #dontcomplain #haters #love #passion #compassion #usa #loa #london #londonlitfestival #royalfestivalhall Link in my profile if you care to read #blogger #blog #theselfishyears

#blogged: Six things to learn from #MayaAngelou: #poet #poetry #life #live #thrive #butterfly #humanfamily #dontcomplain #haters #love #passion #compassion #usa #loa #london #londonlitfestival #royalfestivalhall Link in my profile if you care to read #blogger #blog #theselfishyears

#tbt to when these girls ruled my week’s plans. We thought marissa was such a drunk.. 😳 #theoc #throwbackthursday #noughties

#tbt to when these girls ruled my week’s plans. We thought marissa was such a drunk.. 😳 #theoc #throwbackthursday #noughties

#photograph #edsheeran #london

Amazing weekend at #cheltlitfest. πŸ“–. Enough intellectual stimulation to last a whole.. also I kinda want to live in cheltenham now.. 🌳🌼🌞

Amazing weekend at #cheltlitfest. πŸ“–. Enough intellectual stimulation to last a whole.. also I kinda want to live in cheltenham now.. 🌳🌼🌞

#vibes πŸ’«πŸŒŸβœ¨πŸ‘‘πŸ’ƒ

#vibes πŸ’«πŸŒŸβœ¨πŸ‘‘πŸ’ƒ

Love this. So true. Unfortunately I’m doing #gosoberforoctober. Regram from @lucybwilliams

Love this. So true. Unfortunately I’m doing #gosoberforoctober. Regram from @lucybwilliams

Please support  #WorldMentalHealthDay 2014 #wmhd2014 Please donate at worldmentalhealth.org #brain #mental

Please support #WorldMentalHealthDay 2014 #wmhd2014 Please donate at worldmentalhealth.org #brain #mental

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