038 – Blended with Velda Thomas, Mammy Part 1 and 2

Episode Summary

Season 3, Episode 2 (038) Welcome back to The Earth Sea Love Podcast, with the second part to our first mini series of episodes with the lovely Velda Thomas, ‘Mammy Part 1 and 2’

Episode Notes

This is the second of three episodes where your host Dr. Sheree Mack is in conversation with Velda Thomas about her recent publication Blended – Perspectives on Belonging: A Participatory Notebook. 

In these special commissioned episodes Sheree and Velda talk books, writing and the creative process, while Velda reads extracts from Blended which they go on to explore with close readings for meaning and healing.

In this episode while exploring the piece called ‘Mammy part 1 and 2 ‘ they talk about:

  • A reading of Mammy Part 1 and Part 2
  • The stereotypical exploration of the term Mammy
  • How naming is power
  • The Body and Unresolved Trauma
  • How we stuff our emotions down
  • Enslavement and trauma
  • The Process of Writing
  • Multifaceted lives of the enslaved
  • The Master and the Mistress of the Plantation
  • How do we become more human?
  • Reflective questions of the text
  • Black Writing Joy
  • Our Healing Journey

Bio: 

Velda Thomas 

Born and educated in England, UK with biracial family ancestry sourced from Africa, the Caribbean and the America’s.  

Healing modalities have always been of interest. Love of plants, herbal remedies, somatic and ritual experiences weave passion with grounded human experience for creativity and freedom of expression.

Velda has worked as a kindergarten teacher, adult educator and birth doula. Currently a practicing massage therapist, sound practitioner and soul writer.

Velda is a horsewoman, nature lover,  mover of the body and world traveler. Currently living in Port Townsend on the Olympic Peninsula, USA.

A note from Velda.

I feel that I am truly an incredibly blessed person to have been born at a time where it is possible for me to uncover more of who I truly am and manifest it as I feel it coming through me.

I am birthing myself again and again, then putting parts to rest, peeling the fine layers away, letting go again and again. I continue to find more stillness, strength and clarity as I continue to walk my soul’s path and purpose.

I am blessed with courage and the consciousness to face myself. If I am fortunate, I am left with something to share be it art, sound, support, presence, performance or simply the primal essence of my own human nature.

I am honored to share what is here, right now, with you in this moment.

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Blended – Perspectives on Belonging: A Participatory Notebook.