Thursday, December 31, 2009

Nourishment for the Heart, Soul, and Mind

Throughout the year we nourish ourselves not only with food but with our connection with others. On this New Years Eve, I’m sad to say that one individual who truly nourished the lives of other with wisdom, grace, and kindness passed way just yesterday on December 30, 2009. Her name is Dr. Margaret Wade-Lewis, and I’m honored that she was both my professor and advisor when I studied with her at SUNY New Paltz. She served as the chair of the Black Studies Department and was the director of the Scholar’s Mentorship Program at SUNY New Paltz. Throughout her life she impacted the lives of countless individuals, both inside and outside the classroom. There is both sorrow and sweetness as I recall the memories surrounding this inspirational woman—sorrow in the loss, and sweetness in the moments I spent with her. 

Dr. Wade-Lewis touched the lives of many students, colleagues, friends, and family members—and she will be missed by all. There were some days I walked into her classroom empty, and she filled me with knowledge or hope or confidence. Although she has now passed, her memory will continue to nourish our lives.

Her influence went far beyond the classroom, and she will not be forgotten. Her memory lives on in all who were touched by her. In the excitement of welcoming in the new year, I hope that all who knew her will take a moment to reflect on the life of this amazing and inspiring woman. In the New Year of 2010 I wish you all the companionship of people who can offer the same nourishment for your heart, soul, and mind as Dr. Wade-Lewis did for so many in her life. Have a happy and healthy New Year everyone.
Should old acquaintance be forgot
And never brought to mind?
Should old acquaintance be forgot,
And auld lang syne!
The new year brings us hope for peace,
A new day for mankind,
Where we can all live hand in hand
And leave all hate behind.
For auld lang syne, my dear.
For auld lang syne.
We'll take a cup of kindness yet
For auld lang syne.
When dreams they seem so far away,
Your soul can feel so low.
But love is never far away;
Your heart won't be alone.
Let's make a world where people care,
A world that knows no fear,
Where we can open up our hearts
And hold each other dear.
Our children grow, they need to know
The Future's theirs to hold.
If we can teach them how to love
Then the world can carry on.
For auld lang syne, my dear.
For auld lang syne.
We'll take a cup of kindness yet
For auld lang syne.


  1. definitely never knew that song was so beautiful....

    thank you for the connection.

  2. Eden, I know--the words suddenly made sense! allowing memories to remain as we say goodbye...