Day 256 Good Energy

August 22, 2015

(If we live with an open and grateful attitude, every day will bring a gift. This is one of 365 gifts during the year I turned 70.)

Photo by David. M. Ettlin
The corner of Arlington Avenue and Hollins Street in Baltimore held a little magic tonight—not the normal rabbit from a hat trick but peace and happiness from the heart. Troy Staton was the conductor but everyone there held the magic as they connected with one another. In 2014, just outside his barbershop, someone was fatally shot just several feet from the door and then earlier this year, some events scheduled to take place in the area were postponed because of the unrest in Baltimore. Last night’s party reflected a more positive spirit like the one that emanates from Troy. The street was blocked off for a party, chairs and tables were scattered about, food smells  and songs of music surrounded the area. As it grew dark, people sat and walked about, ate, drank, talked with one another and hugged. Talked with one another.  This is a most important part of the happening tonight. Good energy permeated the scene.

An art exhibit hung inside the barbershop and spoken word performances rang out with passion and touched all who heard. Talent vibrated the small space inside. Troy’s son Rashad, who graduated from Morgan State University last year, organized artist talks and spoken word performances. At age 18, spoken word artist Grim Jackson held the audience spellbound, as did those who followed.

I wonder…how can someone focus on negative energy once they’ve experienced a gathering such as this?

My gift today is a night of positive energy.
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