As a writer, I’ve learned to never start a positive comment with negative words. In Global Insights – The Zen of Travel and BEING in the World, Dr. Monteiro broke the rules of being a so-called “travel writer”, so I feel no shame (a laughable concept anyway) in putting forward my thoughts on her book.
What the book isn’t!
- It’s not a happy-go-lucky, generic coming-of-age book written by someone with no life experience.
- It’s not a book that highlights the highs and avoids talking about the painful, gut-wrenching, and often soul-crushing sacrifices made in order to live the dream.
- It’s not a book to be taken lightly, or easy to put down.
- It’s not even the “part memoir; part motivational/inspirational text; part travelogue; part collection of psychological insights into creativity, motivation, and self-actualization”, it’s billed as. Because this book is far more than the sum total of its profound, yet disparate parts.
So, You Don’t Like Black Guys?
That’s OK! Go for what you DO want!
She’s a lovely woman, whose beauty is still in full bloom. She wanted to talk to me, to ask for advice. She asked about things she thinks she’ll need to know “Later, when I want a husband, like you.” She and I don’t have any pretentiousness in our relationship. We have an easy freedom of conversation that’s more honest than what most men and women will ever have.
I explained to her that most men view a good woman the same way he sees his favorite old t-shirt, and that’s a good thing. I spent quite a while unpacking my reasoning with her.
I’ve been following Rachel Dolezeals story about as well as most of America, and I don’t think that enough attention has been paid to the most disturbing fact surrounding her. She is committed to her lie in a way that very few of us will ever be committed to anything!
Lets dig into the heart of the issue and why I went from subtle amusement at her lies, to vitriolic anger!
From to The Travel Guru to D.L. Hughley to Zane, Tanai and her family have been blazing trails all over the internet and the world! We had a bread time talking about all of the things that went into her decision to take her children on a global adventure. We also spent time digging into the more precious, and deeper areas of the life she has now, and the life she was once resigned to.
I first heard about Mandisa Lateefah Thomas during a CNN segment called Confessions Of A Black Atheist. Today she was featured in the CBS segment Openly Secular, http://www.cbsnews.com/common/video/cbsnews_video.swf. Turns out, Mandisa is the founder and President of Black Nonbelievers, Inc. She also serves on the boards for Foundation Beyond Belief and the Secular Coalition for America. I decided that she and I needed to have a chat!