This is the third and final episode of three 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 3 and 4’ they talk about:
- Manny Part 3 and 4
- Writing the difficult parts
- Where is Mammy in Velda today?
- Ellibert – connection to Great Grandmother
- Contrast between wild and domesticated selves
- Healing through nature
- Earthbound – a comfort and connectedness with the Earth
- Communion with Earth
- Gender fluidity -The Mammy within everybody
- Freedom is possible
- We’re all connected to each other as humans
- Witness hatred- Unseen wounds
- Healing too here belongs
- We need to do the work with self-love
- Black culture flourished
- Ritual as a concept and a practice
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.
FB Velda Thomas