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About marvalousmarva

I am an educator, writer, and community/cultural activist of Jamaican heritage, deeply concerned about the way we shape and are shaped by society. How do we engage the resources around us to realize our creative potential? It is my intention to engage an audience in energetic and provocative discussion on these issues.

Stepping Boldly with Nelson Mandela on the Long Walk to Freedom

The Legacy of Nelson Mandela by Marva McClean, PhD What a friend the world has in this symbol of possibilities! I was born amid the winds of change in Jamaica, a country fueled by the yearning for freedom and self-determination, … Continue reading

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What Empowers You?

What Empowers You?                Paseros: Marva & Margaret Celebrations! I am committed to celebrating the bonds of friendship. I see this as my estate of great wealth. In particular, I believe that my circle … Continue reading

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Send My Roots Rain

Send my Roots Rain The  morning after the accident on Florida’s I -95, I found myself browsing my book shelf for my volume of Gerard Manley Hopkins’ poetry. Something deep within spoke to me and sent me searching for this … Continue reading

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And I Shall Find Peace There [Yeats]

The Circle of Life: Searching for Peace on the Continuum The third week in September, I joined with friends from my childhood to celebrate the 50th birthday anniversary of a dear friend. We kicked up our heels, danced the night … Continue reading

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Friendship..Mutuality & Social Justice: What Are You Doing For Others?

We may have all come in different ships but we are in the same boat now. MLK “We may have all come in different ships but we are in the same boat now,” Martin Luther King declared decades ago. This … Continue reading

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Dancing With My Daughter by Marva McClean

The mother –daughter relationship is known to be one of the most complex and often explosive of relationships. It can also be empowering and life affirming; a bond that can build bridges and lay the foundation for generations to come. … Continue reading

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Look for me in the Whirlwind or the Storm

Subversive Words & Militant Actions by Marva McClean    Look for me in the whirlwind and the storm! These words spoken by Jamaican national hero Marcus Garvey, remind us of our accountability to take action to address the ills in … Continue reading

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Are You My Friend?

Exploring the Mystical Power of Friendship Is it Serendipity? Fate? Or the inevitable colliding of time? What creates that mystical essence of kinship between folk who though meeting for the first time, experience a sense of familiarity, of connection that … Continue reading

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Teach Me How to Whisper…

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Search for Meaning from Life’s Chaos..A Young Friend shares a powerful message

This I Believe You have to live with what is handed to you. by Sarai Age 14 The most important thing to know about the world is that it is not fair. As life goes on, it does not keep … Continue reading

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