The voices of women are raising in an alarming quantity. Women poets. Women musicians. Women speakers. Women teachers. Women with messages that must be heard are stepping in the limelight beautifully.

For centuries, it’s been “a man’s world”. The tide is changing and the voices of women are rising with a message of harmony, sanity and peace. Violence by hand, gun, chemical, pure neglect is diminishing. We are happy people on Earth, again.

According to Herstory, things are as we make them. We make them peaceful. We make them harmonious. We make things from abundance that surrounds us. We are co-Creators with the Universe. It is ours to create within. We create happiness and peace.

Reframing His-story


IYPAD goes unnoticed by media


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Afro-Latin Voices

On Counting

frog in roseAll  is possible 

We are up to 3 Ha Ha

Let’s see what will be 

~ Joan Cartwright
My fascination with haiku – a 17-syllable verse form consisting of three metrical units of 5, 7, and 5 syllables – began in college, where I wrote poetry in all forms.
Many of us have dreams that never come to fruition. Don’t stop dreaming.
We lay our dream aside until the right time comes along. Don’t stop dreaming.
Our dreams are mists in the night that disappear by morning. Don’t stop dreaming.kittyunicornbutterfly
Keep your dream close to your heart and your mind will know the answer.
While your soul plays the chords, your imagination can be the dancer.
~ Joan Cartwright

Women’s History Month

Today is the 5th day of Women’s History Month but Herstory is what will be told.


In email, I received an invitation to participate in a survey about sex, contraception, or abortion: www.academia.edu/s/4480eccbbc parentsof4

This was my response: Young Family Having Fun In Park

The first thought that came to my mind is the lyric from Cole Porter

Birds do it

Bees do it

Even educated fleas do it

Let’s do it

Let’s fall in love

Next, I thought, are we over-intellectualizing the procreation of the human race?top_for_parents

Then, I thought, how many girls have been pregnant before the “legal” age set by society not really very long ago. And I conclude, people fall in love, have sex, and boom, there’s another person.


What the real question is: Can every couple afford to make a baby in a society that classes human beings on a scale of from rich to poor?

This nauseated me in that even I qualify other people on what they look like, do, and have. The fact is girls will fall in love with boys until “Kingdom Come”, whatever that insinuates. How they control their progeny is the focus of another study that may produce solutions besides blocking the sperm, ending the existence of the fetus, or abstaining from sex, until one is ready and able to support the person(s) that issue from the urge to cohabit with another human-producing person.

And then, the whole issue of men loving men and women loving women, without the issue of procreation. The outliers in this group have another story to tell. So many ways to look at love. ~ DJC


appreciateIt is 15 years into the 200th century after the death of Christ and in Christian Churches around the world Jesus is still up on the cross.  Isn’t it time to take Jesus off the cross? Isn’t it time for God’s children to stop bickering about who is chosen, who is going to heaven and who is going to hell?

Wasn’t Jesus Christ’s message to LOVE one another. Isn’t it time for people to stop their ignorant foolishness of separation and join hands together to create a world of peace, joy, and prosperity?

Put the books of dogma away because it is evident that they do nothing to unify mankind. Each person should go within themselves to find their own sacred heart and accept their families and neighbors as all children of the same creator. Religious doctrine has been at the foundation of most strife and war in the world. No one person has the answer. Each of us is a piece of the universal puzzle.

If one of us is in turmoil, then all of us is in turmoil. Likewise, if one of us is at peace, then, all of us can be at peace.



2014 Goodbye

My WORDS in 2015 moved me to Chicago, Memphis, and across the Caribbean. WORDS are tools that create opportunities and situations that help us to fulfill our purpose on Earth.


In August, a book I wrote about Amazing Musicwomen brought me to Chicago, where I spoke at the street-naming of Dinah Washington Way, a momentous event to celebrate one of our country’s most memorable song stylists.

ASALH Panelists

ASALH Panelists

In September, two books and a paper Blues Women: First Civil Rights Workers brought me to Memphis for the conference of ASALH – Association for the Study of African American Life and History, where I was a presenter and a featured author.

Promenade (Deck 5) on Allure of the Seas

Promenade (Deck 5) on Allure of the Seas

From October 12 to November 9, I was the featured Jazz vocalist at Jazz on 4 aboard the Royal Caribbean Allure of the Seas that sailed to Nassau, St. Thomas, St. Maarten, Jamaica, and Cozumel.



All in all, WORDS have been my passport to many exotic places. In February, I was the guest of the Grand Bahama Jazz Society for a concert and workshop. WORDS (or in this case, LYRICS) are powerful!



I Intend

An email I received advised me to put my intentions for my life in words. This is my response:

  • I intend to live my life in peace and comfort with no barriers to wisdom and abundance.
  • I want to live like this to be happy and an example to everyone who knows me because my purpose is to bring joy to and out of others.
  • I trust that my Higher Self is guiding me to act and say all that will bring me the best in my life so that I may be a beacon for others.
  • All challenges are lessons that I need to learn and reflect on.
  • I celebrate all of my successes and achievements with regard to personal accomplishments that will increase the opportunities and wealth of my family and friends.
  • I appreciate everything the Universe has lain at my doorstep and accept all future gifts of Spirit.


Learning Non-violence

Tai-Chi-Meditation-Form2At an early age, I learned to be non-violent.

I learned to walk away rather than strike back.

How did I learn to be non-violent?

Through violent marriages and four divorces, I learned that peaceful separation is the antidote to toxic relationships.

Divorce became like what I believe Tai Chi exhibits – pushing past negative energy with the least resistance.

Listen to my song “Moving Song” (1977)

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Cruising Crew

There are few words to describe how I feel after performing on a month-long cruise to the Caribbean countries of the Bahamas, St. Thomas, St. Maarten, Jamaica, and Mexico, from October 12 to November 9.  Of course, the scenery throughout the Atlantic and Caribbean is beautiful. We had few really bad days of weather. Most of the time the sun glistened on the water and the sunsets were breathtaking.

However, the underbelly of the trip was the hard-working crew that got NO days off during their months of contracts and worked 10-hour days. Often, I could feel the tiredness of people walking down the long halls. I even felt their fatigue in the food we ate. My own experience of stress stemmed from the tight quarters in which we were forced to live. The first week, I had to climb up into a top berth that set off alarms in my body that I certainly had not experienced in decades.


How people live like this for months on end, I will never comprehend. The upside is that I squeaked enough to get my own room for the remaining three weeks, with the bottom berth and no roommate. Still, bathing in the tiny shower was uncomfortable. Then, I learned that the lead singers in the Broadway productions had double beds in rooms with a porthole. I’m saying to myself, “How do I, at 66, end up on deck 1, in a jail cell, when I’m entertaining hundreds of people in the Jazz room on the largest cruise ship in the world?”

“They love you!” exclaimed my agent.  “Well, they need to show it,” I replied. And that’s where I’ll stand from here on out. No agent or anyone else will get me to pack a bag and leave the comfort of my home without sufficient pay and accommodations ever again. Cruising may look glamorous but the adage, “All that glitters is not gold” certainly fits this experience.

During the first week, when my 26-year-old roommate from Macedonia slept in the bottom berth, while I climbed up on top, painfully and tearfully, several times, I awoke to go to the bathroom around 6:30 a.m. and just got dressed and removed myself to Deck 17, where I slept in the lounge, until breakfast around 10 a.m. Only when I told the young woman who arranged sleeping quarters this did she find a room for me. It’s funny how young people have no understanding of what being 60+ really means. When we speak of “the comforts of home,” space is definitely the place.

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Also, how companies expect seasoned entertainers to perform for hordes of guests without the proper rest and hygiene, I’ll never understand. So, here’s what I learned – “No” applies to signing contracts that put me in uncomfortable circumstances. Period!

“No” is the best word in any language. It gives you leverage. It expresses disdain. It is a powerful statement that I intend to exercise every time I have the slightest indication that I might be put in a precarious situation. “NO!”

Alternate sleeping quarters

Alternate sleeping quarters