The Color Purple


posted by Sheri

Read "Alice Walker: Outlaw, Renegade, Rebel, Pagan" over at AlterNet and you'll see.

I singlehandedly polished off almost a full bowl of these beautiful purple blackberries today while reading this interview transcript with Ms. Walker about activism, writing, one's sense of purpose, and the nature and liberation of rebellion and speaking our truths. Both were just what I needed. Maybe I'm feeling a little whimsical from the after-effects of a bowlful of summertime and our first "fake spring" here in Sacramento, but the sweet gush of this particular excerpt stuck with me today, just as several of her whole books have stuck with me for more than a decade:

...no matter what is happening, life itself is incredibly precious and wonderful, and that we are so lucky that we wake up in the morning, that we hear a bird...

You know, just if you think about little things, they seem little, but they are so magical, you know, like eating a peach. I came through that period understanding that I am an expression of the divine, just like a peach is, just like a fish is. I have a right to be this way. And being this way, The Color Purple is the kind of work that comes to me. I can't apologize for that, nor can I change it, nor do I want to.

Here's to the magic, purple or not, of your days. Days in which you do not apologize for your kind of work or truth either.

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