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Make Your Damn Bed

Julie Merica

@MYDBpodcast is a bite sized, real talk, daily motivation podcast to play while you make your bed every morning. Build momentum - better your life.


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1079 || the poetic analysis of Maya Angelou
19-02-2024
1079 || the poetic analysis of Maya Angelou
Yesterday, I shared Maya Angelou’s poem, On the Pulse of the Morning. And today, before we discuss it, I want to share an interview I found of her discussing writing it, this video includes Bill and Hillary Clinton’s opinions on the poetry as well. Originally, I wrote all these responses in my own words, but it just doesn’t feel right - further distilling history when we have video and audio, and you can hear it straight from the source, here: https://florida.pbslearningmedia.org/resource/ang17.ela.poetry.morning/maya-angelou-still-i-rise-maya-angelou-and-the-1993-inaugural-poem-on-the-pulse-of-morning/ Linda + Maya's interview: https://www.context.org/iclib/ic43/angelou/ Other resources used for today: https://www.losangelesblade.com/2018/04/06/remembering-maya-angelou-lgbts/ All of Maya Angelou's poetry, archived for free?!: https://antilogicalism.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/maya_angelou.pdf GET AN OCCASIONAL PERSONAL EMAIL FROM ME: www.makeyourdamnbedpodcast.comTUNE IN ON INSTAGRAM FOR COOL CONTENT: www.instagram.com/mydbpodcastOR BE A REAL GEM + TUNE IN ON PATREON: www.patreon.com/MYDBpodcastOR WATCH ON YOUTUBE: www.youtube.com/juliemerica The opinions expressed by Julie Merica and Make Your Damn Bed Podcast are intended for entertainment purposes only. Make Your Damn Bed podcast is not intended or implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Get bonus content on PatreonSupport this show http://supporter.acast.com/make-your-damn-bed. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
1078 || "On the Pulse of Morning"
18-02-2024
1078 || "On the Pulse of Morning"
Maya Angelou's poem "On the Pulse of the Morning" feels as relevant today as it did when she recited it on January 20, 1993. Tomorrow, we will dig into it. Here is the transcript: https://awpc.cattcenter.iastate.edu/2017/03/21/on-the-pulse-of-morning-jan-20-1993/A Rock, A River, A TreeHosts to species long since departed,Mark the mastodon.The dinosaur, who left dry tokensOf their sojourn hereOn our planet floor,Any broad alarm of their of their hastening doomIs lost in the gloom of dust and ages.But today, the Rock cries out to us, clearly, forcefully,Come, you may stand upon myBack and face your distant destiny,But seek no haven in my shadow.I will give you no hiding place down here.You, created only a little lower thanThe angels, have crouched too long inThe bruising darkness,Have lain too longFace down in ignorance.Your mouths spelling wordsArmed for slaughter.... I, the rock, I the river, I the treeI am yours--your passages have been paid.Lift up your faces, you have a piercing needFor this bright morning dawning for you.History, despite its wrenching pain,Cannot be unlived, and if faced with courage,Need not be lived again.Lift up your eyes uponThe day breaking for you.Give birth againTo the dream.Women, children, men,Take it into the palms of your hands.Mold it into the shape of your mostPrivate need. Sculpt it intoThe image of your most public self.Lift up your hearts.Each new hour holds new chancesFor new beginnings.Do not be wedded foreverTo fear, yoked eternallyTo brutishness.The horizon leans forward,Offering you space to place new steps of change.Here, on the pulse of this fine dayYou may have the courageTo look up and out upon me,The rock, the river, the tree, your country.No less to Midas than the mendicant.No less to you now than the mastodon then.Here on the pulse of this new dayYou may have the grace to look up and outAnd into your sister's eyes,Into your brother's face, your countryAnd say simplyVery simplyWith hopeGood morning." https://blogs.loc.gov/catbird/2021/02/on-the-pulse-of-morning-remembering-maya-angelou/https://awpc.cattcenter.iastate.edu/2017/03/21/on-the-pulse-of-morning-jan-20-1993/OR BE A REAL GEM + TUNE IN ON PATREON: www.patreon.com/MYDBpodcastOR WATCH ON YOUTUBE: www.youtube.com/juliemerica The opinions expressed by Julie Merica and Make Your Damn Bed Podcast are intended for entertainment purposes only. Make Your Damn Bed podcast is not intended or implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Get bonus content on PatreonSupport this show http://supporter.acast.com/make-your-damn-bed. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
1074 || James Baldwin's Pin Drop Speech
14-02-2024
1074 || James Baldwin's Pin Drop Speech
Today's words are brought to you by the badass James Baldwin at a speech that is wildly still relevant today. "What is crucial here is that unless we can manage to accept, establish some kind of dialog between those people whom I pretend have paid for the American dream and those other people who have not achieved it, we will be in terrible trouble. I want to say, at the end, the last, is that is that is what concerns me most. We are sitting in this room, and we are all, at least I’d like to think we are, relatively civilized, and we can talk to each other at least on certain levels so that we could walk out of here assuming that the measure of our enlightenment, or at least, our politeness, has some effect on the world. It may not."RESOURCES: Readings: https://www.sas.upenn.edu/~cavitch/pdf-library/Baldwin_NewLost.pdfRecordings: https://ia903003.us.archive.org/21/items/FreeAndBraveASpeechByJamesBaldwin1963/James%20Baldwin%20-%20Pin%20Drop%20Speech.mp3Articles: https://www.harlemworldmagazine.com/harlems-james-baldwin-pin-drop-speech-cambridge-university-1965-video/https://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2019/12/james-baldwin-william-f-buckley-debate/602695/ GET AN OCCASIONAL PERSONAL EMAIL FROM ME: www.makeyourdamnbedpodcast.comTUNE IN ON INSTAGRAM FOR COOL CONTENT: www.instagram.com/mydbpodcastOR BE A REAL GEM + TUNE IN ON PATREON: www.patreon.com/MYDBpodcastOR WATCH ON YOUTUBE: www.youtube.com/juliemerica The opinions expressed by Julie Merica and Make Your Damn Bed Podcast are intended for entertainment purposes only. Make Your Damn Bed podcast is not intended or implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Get bonus content on PatreonSupport this show http://supporter.acast.com/make-your-damn-bed. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
1073 || James Baldwin
13-02-2024
1073 || James Baldwin
https://nmaahc.si.edu/explore/stories/introduction-james-baldwin The human responsible for this quote: “It is very nearly impossible to become an educated person in a country so distrustful of the independent mind.”― James BaldwinIt is certain, in any case, that ignorance, allied with power, is the most ferocious enemy justice can have.—James BaldwinJames Arthur Baldwin (1924 – 1987) was born in Harlem, New York on August 2, 1924 to Emma Berdis Jones, originally from Deal Island, Maryland. Love is at the heart of the Baldwin philosophy. Love for Baldwin cannot be safe; it involves the risk of commitment, the risk of removing the masks and taboos placed on us by society. The philosophy applies to individual relationships as well as to more general ones. It encompasses sexuality as well as politics, economics, and race relations. And it emphasizes the dire consequences, for individuals and racial groups, of the refusal to love.— David Adams Leeming, James Baldwin: A Biography[192]GET AN OCCASIONAL PERSONAL EMAIL FROM ME: www.makeyourdamnbedpodcast.comTUNE IN ON INSTAGRAM FOR COOL CONTENT: www.instagram.com/mydbpodcastOR BE A REAL GEM + TUNE IN ON PATREON: www.patreon.com/MYDBpodcastOR WATCH ON YOUTUBE: www.youtube.com/juliemerica The opinions expressed by Julie Merica and Make Your Damn Bed Podcast are intended for entertainment purposes only. Make Your Damn Bed podcast is not intended or implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Get bonus content on PatreonSupport this show http://supporter.acast.com/make-your-damn-bed. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
1072 || new social studies standards
11-02-2024
1072 || new social studies standards
I grew up in Florida. My dad was a public schoolteacher, and I went to a variety of public schools throughout certain phases of my life. All within Florida. Then, once I graduated, I extended my education at the University of South Florida with a degree in education, and I taught in public school system for several years before moving to Chicago. To say I have opinions on the school system, would be an understatement. But given the current political/educational climate in Florida, I feel like it’s really no longer avoidable. So what better time than now to address just how toxic and terrifying and genuinely disturbing it can be to see a government official explicitly and violently whitewashing history and banning books. If you were not familiar, in 2023, Ron DeSantis, alongside mothers of liberty and other financially sketchy groups, went through the Department of Education to alter the standards for learning in the public school system. Within several months, they had already banned over 300 books, and approved over 60% of some incredibly harmful instructional material submissions for social studies. Again for all public school students in Florida. These are the standards they will be tested on, and schools will be funded because of the teachings/adhereance to them. And if you’re like Julie, what books are they banning, maybe they’re bad? Let me remind everyone that books like, Ready player one, Anne Frank’s diary, antiracist baby, aren’t harming your kids. Mary Louise GAY is a name, but even if it weren't??? This is wild.  If you’re like what kind of stuff did they add to curriculum, well, I have receipts for that too, I read the literal social studies “clarifications” and my personal pearl clutch came when I read these words, and no others on this page: Benchmark Clarifications: Clarification 1: Instruction includes how slaves developed skills which, in some instances, could be applied for their personal benefit.RESOURCES: https://www.aclufl.org/en/issues/students-youth-rightsGET AN OCCASIONAL PERSONAL EMAIL FROM ME: www.makeyourdamnbedpodcast.comTUNE IN ON INSTAGRAM FOR COOL CONTENT: www.instagram.com/mydbpodcastOR BE A REAL GEM + TUNE IN ON PATREON: www.patreon.com/MYDBpodcastOR WATCH ON YOUTUBE: www.youtube.com/juliemerica The opinions expressed by Julie Merica and Make Your Damn Bed Podcast are intended for entertainment purposes only. Make Your Damn Bed podcast is not intended or implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Get bonus content on PatreonSupport this show http://supporter.acast.com/make-your-damn-bed. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.