– as in bouncing back.

Many of our issues or insecurities stem from the mind. It is a wacky tool capable of either wreckin’ your world or elevating you to new and unchartered heights. I use my mind for good and make it a point to learn something new every single day. This way I don’t get caught up in the petty minutia of life in a city of excess and waste. Each year must bring about change and growth for me. Each day, my personal goal is to learn a little more today than I knew yesterday. A new word, a new artist, or even a new perspective. This past weekend was spent learning and exploring (and enjoying the outdoors).

art at Hostos Community College, Bronx NYC

I attended the Bronx Food Summit for which I had been registered since earlier this year. This would be my 4th food summit in less than one year. The last being the Malcolm X Grassroots Unity Brunch and the New York City Food & Climate Summit where I learned the basics of planting and maintaining herbs. The basil failed but I believe my sage will pull through.

This past Saturday morning, I woke much too early for what I had expected to be an hour long journey to the Bronx, Grand Concourse. To my surprise, it only took 40 minutes door-to-door. This was perfect plus I finally finished the book, The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald.

The summit included a speech from keynote speaker, Majora Carter, founder of Sustainable South Bronx, with introductions from Manhattan Borough President, Scott Stringer, and Bronx Borough President, Ruben Diaz, Jr.

Bronx Borough President, Ruben Diaz, Jr.

Majora Carter, Environmental Justice Activist

During the morning session, I took a workshop from a Master Composter who taught us the basics of composting. At the end of class, he asked me if I wanted to adopt worms so that I could begin composting when I returned home. I hesitated since I knew that I wouldn’t be home for several hours, he assured me that they would live as long as I kept them away from the sun’s rays. At that moment, I knew I had never been a worm in a former life.

Composting taught by Jared Cole, Master Composter

After lunch, I attended a workshop titled, Homemade Fresh Mozzarella given by David Greco of Mike’s Deli on Arthur Avenue in Little Italy (Bronx). The cheese was incredible, so fresh and light. I had to stop myself from getting thirds seeing that my allergies flare up when I eat too many dairy products.

David Greco, the Godfather of parmigiana (Mike's Deli)

I L-O-V-E cheese !!! but it doesn’t necessarily love me 😦

The last part of the day ended with a “Celebrity Food Panel”. I can hardly believe I met Kurtis Blow, Melle Mel from the Furious 5, and Joe Conzo, Hip Hop Photographer all in one day. These are the founders of hip hop and break beats; although most teenagers now have no clue. It was good to see the old heads representing the Bronx and Hip Hop while sharing their food stories and tips on what they do to stay fit and healthy. I am sure that they experienced some major lows in their time but here they were, alive, well, and back in the mix. Remixing and rebounding.

Kurtis Blow, rapper, hip hop founder (these are the breaks)

Melle Mel of the Furious 5

Rosa Clemente, Journalist and VP Candidate (Green Party)

USDA representative and Joe Conzo, Photographer (Book: Born in the Bronx)

This post is way too long so I’ll say goodbye. The rest of the weekend included dancing to live Senegalese music plus an adventurous bike ride throughout East Flatbush in Brooklyn. Later this week, I will share some images from the Brooklyn Photo Salon which I also attended on Sunday. What a full weekend!

Giving thanks for rebounds and sunshine! and PLEASE subscribe to my blog and receive an email each time I post something new (1x weekly). Thank YOU!

This week try something YELLOW or ORANGE to glorify the sun’s energy. Peppers, carrots, mango, and citrus all come to mind:)

Love! Love! and more Love!

Bronx keeps it FRESH!