Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela

A tribute to a very special man. Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela. Thank you.

Amandla!

Below are the lyrics to a song my talented husband wrote in tribute to Nelson (or Madiba as he is also known).

An African man
I am
Born into a Rainbow Nation
The colour of our skin no matter no
It’s the blood that-
It’s the blood that run

See my history could be better
I have never been much of a reader
but the way I, I see it
We grow all our Knowledge though experience
And I lived it
Watched it as a child every day
As an

An African man
I am
Born into a Rainbow Nation
The Colour of our skin no matter no
It’s the blood that
It’s the blood that run

From a family (repeat)

See for most of his life-time of 27 yr
They Exiled him to an island
out of fear
And they almost almost sent him blind
Through forcing him to dig down, down, down deep in the quarries of lime
For his “crimes against humanity”????
No, No they didn’t see
No, No they didn’t see
What is Unity

He was a visionary
He was a Visionary eeeeehhh!!

Then as as he walked out with his head held high
Screaming AMANDLA!!!(power in Zulu)
With his fist in the sky
Singin’ freedom for all
Freedom, freedom for all (repeat)

Cause we know that everything will be OK
one day
OK OK OK OK OK one day

One day…..

“Rainbow Nation” A tribute to Nelson Mandela
Written by Hayden Hack

And here is a link to the song itself – RAINBOW NATION by The Hayden Hack Infusion

Facebook page of The Hayden Hack Infusion here

And YouTube clips here

Biography of Nelson Mandela here

Why Nelson is a badass here

Thank you for your lessons in humanity and compassion Nelson. Power to the peaceful!

Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela

A tribute to a very special man. Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela. Thank you.

Amandla!

 

Below are the lyrics to a song my talented husband wrote in tribute to Nelson (or Madiba as he is also known).

 

An African man
I am
Born into a Rainbow Nation
The colour of our skin no matter no
It’s the blood that-
It’s the blood that run

See my history could be better
I have never been much of a reader
but the way I, I see it
We grow all our Knowledge though experience
And I lived it
Watched it as a child every day
As an

An African man
I am
Born into a Rainbow Nation
The Colour of our skin no matter no
It’s the blood that
It’s the blood that run

From a family (repeat)

See for most of his life-time of 27 yr
They Exiled him to an island
out of fear
And they almost almost sent him blind
Through forcing him to dig down, down, down deep in the quarries of lime
For his “crimes against humanity”????
No, No they didn’t see
No, No they didn’t see
What is Unity

He was a visionary
He was a Visionary eeeeehhh!!

Then as as he walked out with his head held high
Screaming AMANDLA!!!(power in Zulu)
With his fist in the sky
Singin’ freedom for all
Freedom, freedom for all (repeat)

Cause we know that everything will be OK
one day
OK OK OK OK OK one day

One day…..

“Rainbow Nation” A tribute to Nelson Mandela
Written by Hayden Hack

 

And here is a link to the song itself – RAINBOW NATION by The Hayden Hack Infusion

 

Facebook page of The Hayden Hack Infusion here

And YouTube clips here

Biography of Nelson Mandela here

Why Nelson is a badass here

 

Thank you for your lessons in humanity and compassion Nelson. Power to the peaceful!

GRATITUDE

Today I am grateful. Actually most days, when I give myself time to reflect, I find myself truly grateful for many things. It is amazing how quickly you can transform your mind out of a negative downward spiral when you began to acknowledge those “things” in life that you are grateful for. It is one of the best ways to attract abundance into your life – realising your life is already abundant, perhaps just in ways you hadn’t given yourself time to pause and reflect upon.

Joy is inside you. Not in the attainment of things desired, nor in the achievement of goals made, but in the simple feeling that lies within you. Know that this joy is unaffected by outer circumstance and joy will be yours forever. – Author Unknown

My sister-in-law is American. Today for her (and many other Americans) is a special day. Thanksgiving. One of the few American celebrations we Australians have not yet adopted. I think it is a really nice thing to have a celebration for all that you’re grateful for. Especially in our modern society where so much gets taken for granted. I am a vegetarian, so no turkey for me. But in its place I will be partaking in a whole lotta gratitude!  Stephanie Noah (she’s my sister-in-law) I hope you have a fantastic Australian thanksgiving celebration and let me tell you now how grateful I am for having you in my life and for the sacrifices you have endured to live so far away from your land of birth to be with the one that you love. Big ups girlfriend! You rock!

So here is a quick list of some of the myriad of things that I am über grateful for………… love, health, my kids, my AMAZING friends and their beautiful families, the supportive community of Maleny in South East Queensland, Australia, the internet, my husband and his musically talented ways (you can check him out here if you’re feeling a tad curious), Africa and the connection I have to that place in all of its dysfunction and glory and unrelenting happiness, good coffee, the recent rain that took our tank from a slush pile of leaves to a lush reserve of water for our daily use, the ocean, photography – without which the creativity would not have a visual way out, poetry, and those who read it, the blog sphere my newest addiction, chocolate, myself and my ability to be an absolute idiot and not give a rat’s ass (this is somewhat dependent on the company I’m in but I’m working on that not being a factor).
That’ll do for now otherwise it may never end.

Let us reflect on what is truly of value in life, what gives meaning to our lives and set our priorities on the basis of that.  – Author Unknown

Copyright Ketakii Jewson-Brown

Go and write down 10 “things” that you are grateful for. My bet is that you will easily find more than 10. Big love x

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Photographic Quotes and Links

The photographer is an armed version of the solitary walker, reconnoitring, stalking, cruising the urban inferno, the voyeuristic stroller who discovers the city as a landscape of voluptuous extremes” – Susan Sontag, On Photography

The Delight Of Seeing is a fantastic photographic blog with posts of everything and anything photographic. Amazing source of information and more importantly, inspiration.

The camera is an instrument that teaches people to see without a camera” – Dorothea Lange

Who also is quoted saying:

For me documentary photography is less a matter of subject and more a matter of approach. The important thing is not what’s photographed, but how….. My own approach is based upon three considerations. First – hands off! Whatever I photograph I do not molest or tamper with or arrange. Second – a sense of place. Whatever I photograph I try to picture as part of its surroundings, as having roots. Third – a sense of time. Whatever I photograph I try to show as having its position in the past or in the present. But beyond these three things, the only thing I keep in mind is that – well, there it is, that quotation, pinned up on my darkroom door:

The contemplation of things as they are

without error or confusion

without substitution or imposture

is in itself a nobler thing than a whole harvest of invention”

– Francis Bacon

Magnum Photo Essays–  Beautiful and dramatic photographic narratives.

David Birkin – Hold – One of many of his stirring photographic essays.

All images copyright Ketakii Jewson-Brown