About

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     Having been born and raised in Los Angeles, CA, I now proudly call New York City my home. I’ve been an elementary school teacher for over 20 years, having taught grades first through fifth. It seems that teaching is what I was meant to do in life, and it is also what I love to do. One of my favorite quotes is by Albert Camus: “Real generosity toward the future lies in giving all to the present.” I do give my all to prepare my students to become our future activists, educators, doctors, and the list goes on. The opportunities are out there, and I want my students to grab hold of them.

     One of my other passions is writing. I thank my middle school English teacher, Mr. Roger Lawson, for introducing me to poetry writing. He taught me how to use the very powerful tool of written expression, which I value so much. I have writing to thank for getting me through my darkest moments. Writing, along with faith, was my saving grace, while growing up. I don’t consider myself a professional writer, but I do use writing as a tool to help me process the heavy weight that the world places on my shoulders sometimes. Writing provides me with another way to express my emotions. Besides my actual voice, writing is my favorite go to tool of self expression.

     What else about me? I have a love of music. One of my very first posts on this site was a poem that I wrote about my love of music. I’m someone who has an adventurous spirit. I enjoy everything ranging from sports to shopping (I’m a shoe addict). I can go from spending time at the beach to watching football all day on Sunday. I may live in New York, but I will always be a Dodgers fan. Having been an athlete until I graduated from college, working out is a big part of my life. I love to read, I love to learn, I love people, and I love life. I have many more interests. There’s several layers of me.

     At the end of the day, I love and I am proud of the person that I see in the mirror.

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18 Responses to About

  1. Salaam says:

    My sister you old school with the Best of the Best: John Klemmer, Dexter Wansel, Jeff Lorber, Herbie
    Hancock, Roy Ayers, Al Jarreau, Grover Washington Jr., George Benson, Samara let me know how your page work, check out Dexter Wansel ( Solution) on you tube…

  2. Salaam says:

    Yes I spend some time on your page listening to our music and love every minute of it
    here a few you can checkout to see if you like them I believe you will.

    1. Mandrill – Moroccan Nights
    2. Donald byrd – Places and spaces out ther. (good sound)
    3.Donald Byrd – CHANGE
    4.Bobbi Humphrey – Harlem river drive
    5. Lonnie Liston Smith- Expansions

    • SamaraMarie says:

      Salaam, thank you for your kind words and encouragement. Looks like I have some more new music to explore. I had the chance to see an old episode of Soul Train, where Lonnie Liston Smith and Roy Ayers performed.

  3. Salaam says:

    And also I did read your Beautiful Poetry and the both was Beautiful keep it up my sister
    and always pass your Beautiful knowledge on stay strong….

    Salaam……Peace….

  4. Edward J White Jr says:

    Samara, check out some old school Billy Paul. I think you’ll like him.

    • SamaraMarie says:

      Hello, Edward! I do like Billy Paul. There’s so many artists that I like, I said that I’d keep adding to my playlists over time 🙂

  5. Joe Neely says:

    Hi Samara,
    I love your site, and some of your music is really new and refreshing to me.
    Of course, the poetry is truly beautiful too.

    Take care and the best of luck to you.

    Joe Neely

  6. Eric Alagan says:

    Thank you for following my blog.
    Merry Christmas and all the very best for the New Year
    Eric

  7. If you like music and poetry then you are likely familiar with Leonard Cohen, a Canadian artist. I had the great pleasure of taking in a Cohen concert recently. An amazing performer with lots of energy still at 78!

  8. kendrick d says:

    SO you just all over the place. Duly noted. you can peep my website for my band http://www.lyricalgroove.com

    • SamaraMarie says:

      Yes! I’m in NY to stay though, and I consider NY my home. Thanks for checking out my site, and I’ll visit yours when I get home today.

    • SamaraMarie says:

      Kendrick,

      I’ve been checking out your site tonight…swoons from being in awe. Your EP will be in my ears again tomorrow morning on the train. Can’t wait to explore your site more.

      Continued Blessings To You,
      Samara

  9. Shakir Sharif says:

    Peace Queen
    Your Words and Wisdom is held in high regard….LOVE IT
    #YOURLIFEMATTERS
    #POETICEXPERIENCE
    #POETQUEEN
    #BLACKBUTTERFLY
    #YOURSTORYMATTERS2

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