Did you know? Pocahontas

There are so many stories of Pocahontas, mostly romanticized as in Disney’s Pocahontas movie.

Supposedly, Pocahontas was kidnapped at 17 from the Powhatan tribe and paraded around England.   She is said to have died at 21.   John Smith is said to have started the rumor of her helping him.    www.looper.com/10289/

This Native American woman, Pocahontas, was born Matoaka, known as Amonute, circa 1596-1617. She was notable for her association with the colonial settlement at Jamestown, Virginia.   Pocahontas was the daughter of Powhatan, the paramount chief of a network of tributary tribal nations in the Tsenacommacah, encompassing the Tidewater region of Virginia.  Wikipedia also agrees that the John Smith tale was probably untrue.

In 1613, Pocahontas was captured by the English during Anglo-Indian hostilities, and held for ransom.   During her captivity, she converted to Christianity and took the name Rebecca.  She chose to remain with the English.

In April 1614, she married tobacco planter John Rolfe, and bore him a son, Thomas.

In 1616, the Rolfe’s traveled to London where Pocahontas was presented to English society as the “civilized savage” in hopes of stimulating investment in the Jamestown settlement.

In 1617, Pocahontas died of unknown causes in transit to Virginia and was buried in St. George’s Church, Gravesend.

For more information, check out https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pocahontas.

Submitted by Rosa L. Griffin

Can’t Close My Eyes—It’s no longer the little dirty Secret (Announcement)



Saturday, October 28, 2017, 2-5 p.m.


Location:   Enoch Pratt Free Library, 3601 Eastern Avenue

Contact:  410-209-9560, Director Barbara Moore

Topics:  Stranger Danger and the Danger Within; Child Safety Workshop; Stop Child Sexual Abuse; Child Sexual Abuse Awareness; Anti-Bullying Resolutions; Social Media Precautions; Abduction/Loss Prevention; and so much more.

First 10 adults who bring 2 or more children, get a Walmart gift card

Light snacks and drinks will be served

The weak, the powerless, the abused are my heart.    Director Barbara Moore announced this event at the Black Writers’ Guild of Maryland meeting on October 7.

Submitted by Rosa L. Griffin


Woodlawn Page Turners Book Club

I recently joined the Woodlawn Page Turners’ Book Club at the Woodlawn branch of the Baltimore County library.    For the annual Maryland Humanities One Maryland One Book program, the book Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, was selected for the October 2017 state reading.   Because of that, a free copy of the book was hard to find.   I had to wait a few weeks for a copy to become available.   Although I haven’t finished reading the book, it was well worth the wait.    I’ve stopped watching television so I can finish the book.

I will participate in a discussion of the book at the Woodlawn branch on the third Thursday night, October 19, 2017 at 7 p.m.    If you’ve read the book, why not come and participate in the discussion?   All are welcome to participate.  There will be light refreshments.

Baltimore County Library Woodlawn; 1811 Woodlawn Drive; Woodlawn, MD  21207; 410-887-1336

Written by Rosa L. Griffin

Why I don’t hate commercials–one 

When I watch movies or television shows, I get hypnotized.  I have to see every character, every detail–lighting, special effects, costume, weapons, plots, words, facial expressions, etc.

If I’m eating, my food gets cold and a meal might take a couple of hours to eat if there aren’t any commercials.   If a human being is talking to me, I’m not listening and I’m looking very annoyed at the interruption.   If the phone rings, I let it go to voicemail.  Or if I do answer the phone, the person on the other end senses that they don’t have my undivided attention unless it’s a life-or-death situation.    I have witnesses to those things.

So, if not for commercials, I wouldn’t re-heat my food, talk or listen to a human being, or return a phone call.    I also use these station breaks to fold and put away or hang up clean clothes.   Don’t forget bathroom breaks, snack breaks, coffee breaks, checking on meals I might be preparing, and writing.   Turning up the television set helps me know when my program resumes because the commercials are usually louder than the television program.   Some shows have anywhere from 3-10 commercials between each smidgeon of story.

Next time, I will be talking about specific commercials.   There are some prize-winners out there.

Written by Rosa L. Griffin