Poetry and Prose, Publishing, Uncategorized

What is Good Poetry?

GoodPoetry by Teyuna T. Darris--- Web Version

Bible, Christianity, Essays and Articles, Lifestyle & Culture, Society and Culture

I Believe, But I Don’t Read

The Bible consists of 66 books. How can someone claim to bring honor to Someone who has never read about how to honor Him? How can someone call himself, or herself, a “Bible teacher”, but has never studied the Bible? How can we get in passionate debates, and discussions, on Bible passages and things we’ve heard others say about the Bible, but we have never read the Bible for ourselves?

For example, some of the people accessing this content probably have a Facebook page because this content was also published on Facebook. Did those individuals actually  take the time to read the Facebook Terms and Conditions before they began using Facebook? Whether, or not they read those Terms and Conditions, they entered into a contract in order to use Facebook. Who signs contracts, but doesn’t read them, first? The person who didn’t read the Terms and Conditions, but uses Facebook, does not know to what Terms and Conditions he, or she, has agreed. Each party of the contract has to give something up, and/or bring something to the table.

In the military, soldiers honor their countries because they took the time to study its customs and conduct and their environment constantly reminds them of those national customs and conduct. In school, my teachers new their subjects because they studied their subjects and usually, we had a classroom environment to constantly remind us of what we were learning. And in college, I wasn’t paying anyone to waste my time making comments on a subject which he, or she, had not studied.

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Bible, Bible verses, Christianity, Lifestyle & Culture, Society and Culture, Thank You, Uncategorized

I’m thankful for the Resurrection

I’m continuing my “thankfulness” posts on Easter 2016 because the Resurrection of Jesus Christ is central to the existence of my faith, redemption and salvation. I’m grateful for the life which Jesus lived on this earth in order to make it possible for all humanity to be able to experience peace and atonement with God, the Father.

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Thank You, Uncategorized

God, I Want to Tell You, “Thank You”

God, I Want to Tell You, Thank You

30 Days of Thankfulness, Challenges

Day #31 – I’m thankful that trends eventually fade away

Honestly, I don’t like trends because that usually means that lots of people are doing and/or, saying and/or thinking the same thing(s). I’ve never “fit-in”, and I’ve never been a “follower”. I’m more of an “anti-trendster” because if I see a trend which I think is cool, I generally don’t participate in it until it is no longer popular amongst the masses.

I’m sitting here trying to think of trends which I waited to embrace. One which I can think of off the top of my head is Facebook. I could be wrong, but I waited until 2009 to open my Facebook account for the simple fact that it was so popular amongst my friends and associates. So, i don’t do trends. What about?

Do you follow trends? Which are your favorites?

Challenges, Thank You

Thank You

A few months ago, I challenged myself to reflect on 30 reasons why I’m thankful, and to write about them. That challenge ended a few weeks ago, and I’m more thankful than ever. So, now, I’m going to post more often about the things, experiences, and people, for which I’m thankful. I believe that thankfulness helps us to be more content in our daily lives.

So, the tab on this site which read, “30 Days of Thankfulness” now simply reads, “Thank You”.

Join me each and I’ll share why I’m thankful!


Share Why You’re Thankful!

You can share why your thankful on the TDarrisBlog by posting in the comments sections of each post, or, if you send your “Thankfulness Story” to me via e-mail, teyunatdarris@gmail.com, your story could be featured on the TDarrisBlog.


30 Days of Thankfulness, Challenges

I’m thankful for my daddy

My daddy used to call me his “Brown-eyed girl”. He is a pillar of my life. He was my teacher, leader, defense and strength. I was his little girl.

He pushed me and my siblings to study music and to explore the arts. He was so proud of us that he would showcase our talents to his friends whenever they’d come visit us on Saturday mornings.

He’d make us play the piano and keyboard. My brother would play his clarinet. My sister and I would play the violin. I would play the trombone— which my mother did not approve of me playing because she thought it would make me have big cheeks like Satchmo and Dizzy Gillespie— LOL!

It wasn’t until I started undergrad that I realized that so many people come from households which did not include their fathers and mothers living as one with their children. And just as I said in a previous post about my mom, I don’t know what my life would be like if I did not have my daddy.

I am thankful for the strength and life lessons he poured into me all my life before he died. And I’m thankful for the identity he gave me, and for the legacy which he passed down to me.

There is so much that I could say about him, but tears are rolling down my eyes as I think about him— maybe this post should be a podcast instead of a text post so that I can fluently express the gratefulness I have for my daddy 🙂

He gave me some instructions before he left this life, and I’m so glad to say, “Daddy, I’m doing everything you told me to— thank you. I love you. 🙂

God, I just want to tell you THANK YOU for my daddy 🙂

(In today’s post, I’m embedding two videos from YouTube: One is Van Morrison’s Brown-eyed Girl, and the other is the Temptation’s My Girl— he used to sing these songs to me 🙂)