Never Surrender Your Dreams

The time has come for me to write my last post of 2016. As always, I want to say, “Thank you” to everyone who has visited my site, liked a post, or left a comment. As with any approaching new year, and now, a new presidency, life is full of uncertainty. On the flip side of this, life can also be full of possibilities. I want 2017 to be a year of possibilities, opportunities, and growth. May all of you make the very best of your 2017 and beyond. Sincerely, Samara Marie Douglas
‘Never Surrender Your Dreams’
There’s uncertain travels on the long road to somewhere.
Twists and turns on a questionable road.
Unpaved paths to new unknowns,
That make you put guarded faith on the line.
Uncertainty and doubt are heavy loads to bear,
And these elements eat away at one’s core.
Too far forward, so there’s no turning back now,
But for a moment in time, one’s feet are frozen still.
More road to travel, but the frightened heart wants to say it’s the end.
What if?
What happens at the end of the road?
When the hope dies out,
And positive vibes become non existent?
A stagnant existence is born that kills each breath taken,
And causes one to fade.
One will never know the possibilities.
What if?
What happens on the road still taken?
When you muster the strength to drop the load of uncertainty and doubt.
The body is now light.
Fluid movements allow you to just be.
And one can now see with clear eyes.
There’s something about being free,
That causes the body to press on.
Keep moving. Keep striving. Keep searching.
There’s a chance you’ll see what your heart is searching for.
Take that chance.
Never surrender your dreams.
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What Do You Do?

What do you do when your heart dries out?

When there’s no blood left to shed?

When the beauty of bodies float away like dust?

When all you can feel is despair?

So many days and nights have my heart cried out,

To hollow ears who hear me not.

Hollow ears don’t hear my screams in the night.

Hollow ears know not my soul’s twists and turns.

And blind eyes don’t see my bloodshed,

When murderous hands perform the devil’s deeds.

So, what do you do when your heart cries out?

When there’s no one who seems to care?

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The Crusaders: ‘A Message From The Inner City’

One of my favorites! The Crusaders: ‘A Message From The Inner City’

Album: The 2nd Crusade

Released: 1973

Musicians: Joe Sample (Piano), Stix Hooper (Drums), Wilton Felder (Saxophone), Wayne Henderson (Trombone)



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My Heaven Is My Happiness

‘My Heaven Is My Happiness’

My heaven is my happiness.
A sacred place I’ve searched for all of my life.
A freedom I can’t really describe,
But a freedom I’m grateful to have.
My heart and shoulders feel light at times,
As if I’ve been reborn.
I can see the world with new eyes,
And experience what life has to offer with open arms.
And then heaven’s eyes stop watching over me.
Just as my heart feels light sometimes,
At times my heart feels heavy.
It weeps as it’s full of sorrow.
Just as my shoulders feel light at times,
Sometimes I feel that the load is too much to bear.
Sometimes I feel trapped.
I feel stuck.
Feels like my time could be up.
Feeling faint as more beautiful bodies lie cold in the dust.
My heaven is my happiness.
But when will I ever leave hell?
You tell me.
And tell me the truth.
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“You Give Me the Sweetest Taboo. That’s Why I’m in Love with You.” -Sade

‘Love Overflowing’

Love overflowing.

Love everlasting.

A love embedded deep within my heart and soul.

Love in abundance to give.

A beautiful love that is all mine.

A love that will remain throughout time.

Through the ups and downs.

Through the good and the bad.

Unconditional love that I’m elated to have.

My heart has always been open,

To receive this special gift.

But it’s even more glorious

To give the gift of love.

I’ll cherish it always.

All the unconditional love.

All that you can offer.

All of you.

All of love.

Love overflowing.

Love everlasting.

Love, please keep knocking on my door

Video Posted to You Tube by  AuntieSoul34 on May 30, 2012

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Another Year and Sincere Thoughts

The time has come again to thank everyone who has visited my site this year. I appreciate the visits, the likes, and the comments. This year has been full of happiness and personal growth, but has also been full of heartache. As I’m writing this, I have a mother and a son in mind that were killed by police in Chicago in the early morning hours on December 26, 2015. Their names are Bettie Jones and Quintonio LeGrier. Both had just celebrated Christmas with their loved ones. A time of joy ended with time for violence. The coming of a new year should be another year of opportunities and growth. But just what kind of opportunities will present themselves? And opportunities for whom? As time moves forward, so must we. To all, do what you can to continue to be the best that you can be in the new year and the years to come. I will do the same.

Samara M. Douglas

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Lonnie Liston Smith’s ‘Astral Traveling’

I’ve been listening to this album a lot, lately. It’s one of my favorites.

Astral Traveling (1973) by Lonnie Listen Smith and The Cosmic Echoes

Video was posted to You Tube on February 5, 2015 by Aguirre.


1 – Astral Traveling (5:30)
2 – Let Us Go into the House of the Lord (6:22)
3 – Rejuvenation (5:35)
4 – I Mani (Faith) (6:10)
5 – In Search of Truth (7:11)
6 – Aspirations (4:23)
7 – Astral Traveling [Alternate Version] (5:37)
8 – Rejuvenation [Alternate Version] (6:33)
9 – I Mani (Faith) [Alternate Version] (5:57)
10 – In Search of Truth [Alternate Version] (6:23)


Lonnie Liston Smith: Piano, Electric Piano, Arranger & Composer

George Barron: Soprano & Tenor Sax

Joe Beck: Guitar

David Lee, Jr.: Drums

Cecil McBee: Bass

Sonny Morgan: Congas & Percussion

James Mtume: Congas & Percussion

Bandal Roy: Tabla

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