Leimert Park: Do you have a story for KPCC's First Person?

What does it take to lead a healthy life? How do we build a healthy community? We know we need good clinics and hospitals staffed by skilled professionals to keep us healthy and and treat us when we're not. But it takes a lot more than that. A healthy community has good schools, plentiful park space, healthy food options, minimal pollution, few or no gangs.

Sharing experiences is one way to build a healthier community. First Person is KPCC's contribution to that effort: a storytelling project that lets Southern Californians tell their stories about their health – and their community's health.

Do you have a story for First Person?

Everything you share will be read by journalists only, and your responses are confidential unless you tell us we may publish them.

First Person is funded by a grant from The California Endowment.

Views: 80

Tags: health

Comment

You need to be a member of Leimert Park Beat to add comments!

Join Leimert Park Beat

Comment by Nathaniel J. Shaw, artist BeBop on February 25, 2014 at 11:57am

I have too among so many have a story to add to the rest of what may indeed be a growing healing power. I now have a book I will work to get out to the people. It expresses my addition to the many stories of life in our lives:

PREFERENCE

 

It is recommended you do not even touch this kind of truth about life on the down side if you are the ole’ fashion, with its philosophy thinking, very religious individual living with the rest on these lands. It is believed this may be too much for you to try and endure. If indeed you are strong enough in whatever faith you live and you seek to know the thinking pattern and life style of the many suffering the negatives of life then by all means endure this one depiction of a brother in its diary kind of format. It will allow you the truth about life lived by just one unique individual among the many under the guidelines of the negative life so many live. This one life gives reference to many other lives encountered in the same wilderness and the suffering that gets so involved and intense. Be aware that what you are about to endure is a true encounter of only one individual having made it to hopeful safe grounds after the storm; that we as humans make mistakes on levels many would think could never happen. And for you who may be looking for a story of life similar to your own this may be what you seek; especially if you may be thinking of taking your own dirty laundry to the wash house. Many in this category could use some real inspiration to help make that one final and as well real decision to make that change. The truth about making that turnaround a reality will hopefully be endured in this story. For educators, doctors and others wanting more of the scope or picture of life in such a negative world and its thinking process as well, this story may pinpoint a more complete and overall view thus giving those in the mental, medical, counseling and other related fields a better focus on dealing more successfully in this area of life. It is especially noted in this story how those in the study field could maybe look more deeply into the desire for change and how so many years of such a pattern of life has its effects on making such a change. It is known how there continues to be the successful work to date in this area taken from expressed and open such stories and its experiences and I am sure more unique experiences are wanted in this area of study. Pay particular attention to the education sought allowing for depiction of the negatives and even positives in life that lead to decision making. For the one looking for entertainment this just may get you some satisfaction but may leave you with questions if indeed you make it all the way through without the excitement turning into the boredom of not really finding the  continuous nasty plot sought after. This continues to be my way of making sure I stay alert and on top of a new world free of the past – a past I term “Yesterday”:

My Stop Message

 

If more under the power and insanity of addiction cold stop long enough to focus on beginning of a fresh new day without the plague of a bottle of wine, a balloon, spoon and its outfit, a hit and its accompanying glass pipe or anything that must be ingested in some way to relieve the pressure and pain felt by addiction.

 

If such could stop long enough to watch the sun rise and endure its soothing warmth and tremendous energy instead of what has become a pest in the sky burning and getting in the way of another beautiful day that can never be seen.

 

Stop and try to remember what your teeth were like before this monster called addiction took over the direction of your hygiene.  Remember what your bathroom was like around this same time and if you showered or bathed on a regular basis.

 

Stop long enough to hear an ole jam mastered by one of the greatest of strings being played on a distant radio.  Remember those days and how life was indeed BREEZIN'.

 

Stop and reflect on the last night's peaceful and most comfortable slumber.  As well reflect on that significant other you cherish to this day and how the two of you awoke to that beautiful dawn.  And in such waking, after experiencing a night never to forget, the two of you put a seal on your love aided even more by the dawn and its rising sun.

 

Recall if you will the times on a regular basis when breakfast, lunch and dinner were hot and tasty meals.  Remember if such was the reason for all those diets.  Remember the service you were treated with at the local supermarket due to the checks that were always honored because not one of them ever bounced.  Recall, if you will, how your identification to verify checks had been replaced by your wide smile.

 

Compare your domestic quality today to yesterday.  I mean; when was the last time you were complimented for your domestication for a bright and cheerful home?

Stop and calculate the last most consistent lot of paid: rent, gas, electric, newspaper, ebony, jet, playboy, phone, internet and cable bills - not to forget housenotes for those of you.  And by consistent I refer to that lot of paid bills years old now.  And while your calculating find those receipts for that wide screen television set with DVR, that stereo system with its thousand plus collection of your favorite music, that gold watch with the diamond midnight mount, other jewelry shared out of love and the late model car.

 

Maybe after just some of this reflecting one may begin to do more wanting, desiring and yearning other than those times we can get backed up against a wall.  As long as that need does not arise those of us who keep saying, "hey; maybe I need to", may have a shot at recalling to light that missing sun and all its fresh glory.

 

You may even find that a rainy day has certain freshness to it for all its intended purposes.

 

Like the rain after some polluted problem in a downtown or ghetto alley you think of that monster you are polluted by as the very same.  And a good hard rain can be thought of as those tears and flow of snot all pouring without the thought of a man crying or a woman giving in both to surrender.  And like the rain there is something fresh and clean throughout that is seen and felt as strength, courage and especially humbleness. 

 

On the first sun shinny day after the cleansing rain can be seen and felt the very same intensity after one's own shower -OH YES !  It's alright to cry to !  At least for me it was and is still today.  As well there are those I walk with in this fresh new world who feel the very same.  There are those witnessed on a regular basis who feel the beginning of this brand new world free of the chains of insanity.

 

And if pride should stand in the way of so much pain suffered by addiction than it is only my suggestion that maybe you wait for one of Seattle's many rainy days or New York, Chicago or Atlanta's many buckets of rain and walk in it.  No one except our Higher Power will notice you in the midst of a wet crowded downtown or lonely ghetto street CLEANING HOUSE. . .

 

BeBop

 

  

Comment by Ashley Alvarado on February 25, 2014 at 9:36am

Hi, you can share story by clicking on that blue link in the post or by going to—> http://www.scpr.org/network/questions/firstperson.

Thanks! 

Comment by Katherine Nilbrink on February 24, 2014 at 7:04pm

If someone has a story, how do they share it?

Leimert Park Beat is the news and social network for Leimert Park and the surrounding neighborhoods. Stay informed. Join now!

 

• Got news you think everyone should know? Blog it.

• Have a show or attending a benefit? Put it on the calendar.
• Video of the big game? Embed it.
• Photos of your business or the school play? Upload them.

WHAT STORIES WOULD YOU SUGGEST? Let me know.

With your help, LeimertParkBeat.com raised money to hire reporters, graphic artists and community members to cover our area.
Read the stories - Urban Economy 411, Redevelopment Hell and One of these don't belong.

Latest Activity

Terri Dixon posted an event
Thumbnail

Cubism in African American Art at California African American Museum

October 26, 2014 from 2pm to 4pm
CAAM’s Contemporary exhibition Curvature features artists Michael Kilgore and Anthony “Eve” Kemp, whose artistic styles include Fauvism, Expressionism and Cubism. CAAM invites the media and community to sit in on a discussion between CAAM’s Visual Arts Curator Vida L. Brown and Artist June Emond as they discuss the artworks of well-known African American artists whose works embrace the styles and elements defined in Cubism.Curvature is ongoing at CAAM through January 19, 2014.   The exhibition…See More
15 hours ago
Profile IconLeimert Park Beat via Facebook
Thumbnail

Gallery Pick of the Week: David Lloyd at Klowden Mann in Culver City

Culver City Times

David Lloyd's New Paintings opens at Klowden Mann gallery in Culver City this Saturday, October 25. Lloyd is a Los Angeles-based artist, and his new work is a combination of "formal abstraction and narrative irreverence." The piece over there on the left is…

Facebookyesterday · Reply
Profile IconLatest Events - Culver City Times

Halloween Candy Crawl in Culver Village

Join us for the annual Halloween Candy Crawl in Culver Village from 4-6pm on October 31st…





Time:… See More
Wednesday
Ivory Shehee posted photos
Wednesday
Ivory Shehee posted photos
Wednesday
Jade Stevens posted an event

High Blood Pressure Awareness Workshop at Baldwin Hills City Library

November 15, 2014 from 2pm to 4pm
Join the South Los Angeles Food Co-Op (SoLa) on Saturday, November 15, from 2-4 p.m., for a free high blood pressure awareness workshop at the Baldwin Hills Library community room at 2906 S. La Brea Ave, Los Angeles CA 90016This workshop will provide information on ways to use physical activity, proper screenings and healthy foods to support cardiovascular well-being. The workshop will include a healthy cooking demo and tasting by Doula Cooks’ Chef Hawk, yogic practices for stress reduction…See More
Monday
The Fifth Avenue Times posted an event
Thumbnail

WASHINGTON IRVING LIBRARY - 2014 LITERARY SERIES at Washington Irving Branch Library--where life and literature meet

November 8, 2014 from 2:30pm to 4:30pm
Hiram Sims is a poet extraordinaire!  Don't miss this event. He is a busy fellow-- and we are pleased to have him come to LAPL to present his work to an appreciative audience of library patrons, readers, and budding writers, poets and authors.Hiram will read from his latest work: Photoetry:  Poetry and Photography From South Central LA.  This is an amazing collaboration between Hiram and five photographers:  Sam Bendall, Adam Tillman Young, Ameer Espy, Charisse Sims, and Kim Soria.  Hiram will…See More
Monday
DojO- updated an event
Thumbnail

"In The Village" · THE World STAGE Saturday Jazz Workshop w/ Sensei LATIF ☾Oct.☽ at The World Stage - Art, Education & Performance Gallery "The heart of L.A.'s African-American cultural community." - L.A. Times

October 11, 2014 at 12pm to October 25, 2014 at 2pm
                               Support yOur Stage SOS Save yOur Stage"It takes a Village" -  African proverb"Jazz state of mind" - Duke" At The 'Village'  'Stage' " - Jeannette Lindsay, Producer/Director"…See More
Monday
Profile IconLatest Events - Culver City Times

Pulp Fiction Graphic Novel Book Club

Pulp Fiction Graphic Novel club meets

 

 

Looking for a scary read to put you in the Halloween spirit?  Join us for the inaugural meeting of the Pulp Fiction Graphic Novel book club! 

 

This month’s theme - HORROR

 

Hang with your fellow fans and share, learn about and discuss all your horror favorites…

See More
Oct 18
Profile IconLatest Events - Culver City Times

Halloween ComicFest 2014

Halloween ComicFest - FREE COMICS for everyone!

 

Pulp Fiction gives the “treat” of literacy this holiday with

FREE all-ages comics for everyone who visits us on Hallween ComicFest 2014!  Plus meet Tony Fleecs, artist of the My Little Pony comic, who will be autographing his books, doing sketches and entertaining all his fans!

 

It’s also…

See More
Oct 18
Linda Fiaga posted events
Oct 17
Linda Fiaga promoted Linda Fiaga's event Dance Marathon Dance
Oct 17
Linda Walton posted an event
Thumbnail

ONE LAST LOOK at FAME CHURCH

October 18, 2014 from 3pm to 6pm
LIVE THEATER.  "ONE LAST LOOK"  is a comedy about Eustace Baylor who dies and leaves to morn his two families: A wife and Kids and a Mistress and Kids.  They all show up at the funeral and that's when the Comedy and Drama begins.Food may be purchased at our concession.See More
Oct 17
Marie Michele Montano's 2 photos were featured
Oct 17
The Fifth Avenue Times's photo was featured

CDCConference Call on West Africa Ebola Outbreak

Here is the flyer on the 10/18 CDC Conference Call in regard to the Ebola Outbreak in West Africa.
Oct 17
Profile IconSHEILA JACKSON, T, Naneka Williams and 1 more joined Leimert Park Beat
Oct 17
Institute of Musical Arts's event was featured
Thumbnail

"It Takes Two, an Afternoon of Stories & Songs" by Jayon Anthony and Jon Kevin Jones at Institute of Musical Arts

October 18, 2014 from 2pm to 4pm
Taking their cue from the Marvin Gaye/Kim Weston hit song of the 1960s, Jayon and Jon Kevin will present a lyrical and musical storytelling concert, exploring the power of two.  Jayon and Jon Kevin are both professional musicians.  Jayon is a classically trained vocalist and Jon Kevin, an accomplished guitar/bass player (with a wicked sense of humor).  Through stories and songs, they will weave tales of couples that span history, cross cultures, evoke fantasy and celebrate real life, showing us…See More
Oct 17
Joy Tribble's event was featured
Thumbnail

Emmy Winner Keith David in "Paul Robeson" at Nate Holden Performing Arts Center

October 16, 2014 at 8pm to October 19, 2014 at 10:30pm
Back by popular demand!!! One week only! Ebony Repertory Theatre presents “Paul Robeson” starring two-time Emmy Award Winner Keith David, in a powerful chronicle of his life. Written and Directed by Phillip Hayes Dean. October 16 – October 19, 2014. Various times. Nate Holden Performing Arts Center, 4718 W. Washington Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90016. For more information: www.ebonyrep.org or 323-964- 9766.   Description: A powerful chronicle of the life of…See More
Oct 17
The Fifth Avenue Times promoted The Fifth Avenue Times's photo
Oct 16
The Fifth Avenue Times commented on The Fifth Avenue Times's event West Africa Ebola Outbreak: Faith and Community Based Partners Call
"See "photos" for a copy of the flyer with complete details."
Oct 16

© 2014   Created by enhager.

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service