It’s a new day and a past life


We’re headed for Europe this summer

Starting in Nice in time for the Nice Jazz Festival, then to Paris for 2 nights and off to Amsterdam for the North Sea Jazz Festival. July 5-14, 2013…Come on along, you’ll love it and meet new people and hear great music. The last time I attended these festivals I wound up taking a house boat trip with the band after the NorthSea…it was Taj Mahal and his group. The best time ever and we awoke to acres of Tulips and beautiful windmills. Then later in Nice I was invited to the after party at the main hotel to hang out with Al Jarreau and his band. Walking back to my apartment at dawn along the corniche with the sun coming up over the Mediterranean is an unbelievable memory.
Another favorite thing to do in Paris besides the Louvre and Versailles is to just kick back at an outdoor cafe, with a bottle of French wine and French french fries while the Eiffel Tower sparkles from the hundreds of lights. Hope you can join us. email me at for more info. We have limited space…I only take 20 people on these trips at a time.

(From my London trip 6-2017)

I’m on-board a flight to England to spread my mothers ashes on her birthday at her families estate. Dated back to 1066 and King Henry the 8th. With that kind of background on my mothers side of the family and that of my father I thank life for how I’ve been birthed to this world, for this time and this opportunity to know what I have to be thankful for. I tear up for the good and bad experiences I’ve had but know that it was guiding me to this place at this point in my life. And I rejoice

I can’t imagine how I became so blessed. But I am to be able to live, judge and enjoy the opportunity a mixed race parental marriage could bring. I’m a child of that menu. it has given me the chance to try out emotions, opportunities, judgements, acceptance and rejection on all levels. I find that my life is blessed and I am even more blessed given that I can experience all levels of rhythm, religion and reunion that I encounter. All music is important to me, I accept all from all religions, spiritual awareness. I can meet with people I have left behind before and carry no anxiety or anger. I understand what mom always said “It’s all in divine order.” At the time I first heard that I had no real idea what that meant…but years later I will have it tattooed as I have a love letter she sent me. (I don’t mean to not mention my fathers side…that is yet to come).

Now all have these ingredients. Having lived my life thinking that we are all the same and equal, I now know that there are blessings among us. How can you know that if you are a mixed message and product of black and white, that you can become someone that embraces all people, in all places and all beliefs.

I’ve traveled the world, perhaps with the idea of finding the differences in us all. To share the difference and learn the likeness is so much fun. But I find myself in a state of acceptance to all and any, no matter what they believe, what they hate or love and how the treat those in the same community.

I”m now at a state in my life where I limit certain activities and bad habits. I accept you for who your are, often loving the differences. I also understand why others are so different but acceptable for their lack of blessings. I try to share with them possibilities. And I can now turn away from those that are disappointing, unfaithful, unavailable, with no bad feelings. When I see them I can still be friendly, but no longer judging.

Mom was remarkable in secreting dilemmas when she was raising us. It wasn’t easy for her, perhaps that’s why I haven’t tried out the same thing. I have no children ( I admit to a couple abortions) the father’s would not have been the husband I wanted to live my life with. I hope I’m forgiven for not allowing those spirits to enter this life with me. I have god parented 3 some say 4 children and have worked with youth most of my life. I do regret not having that special child with my face that I share with my aunt Jewel; the talents that I learned from my mother; the support of a good man. But like mom said: “Its all in divine order”. Having said that, I’m so understanding of the advantage of being with my mother in the middle of the night, when her voice woke me up as she was calling to her mother, saying “Mom, Mom come and get me, I don’t want to be here anymore.” I cried. Mom wasn’t fighting an illness, she was just tired of being on this planet and was ready to “go back home to Mom”.
{When a crane flies it is recognized to have carried a persons spirit along with it…}


About What The Traveler Saw

What The Traveler Saw is what I want to share with you. I amass goods from around the world that represent the countries I visit. I no longer have a shop but I am encouraging all to join me on the trips we took before and the new ones ... Come See, What The Traveler Saw. This is how I see my world... I find myself at a time in my life that I am focused now on seeing how gifted my life is, how healthy I still am and how aware I am of my strengths and weaknesses. My loves are clearer to me after having a celebrated life of lots of good and a bit of bad. But, that just gave me the insight that I have worked with up to now. Come on...Let's see what's in the world we live in!


  1. Damani

    Laurel: What a blessing to be able to consecrate this sacred act of love to your mother’s spirit and her life. May God bless you more with her continuing spiritual visits! Praise God, for He is truly worthy of praise. Damani

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  2. Lucienne Lafontant-Lee

    what a thoughtful way of expressing the joys and tribulations of the mixed heritages that we share. It is indeed a blessing and gives us a totally different viewpoint of so many things. How lovely that we can share that between us. Love you cuz!

  3. Loretta Jones

    Count me IN

  4. I love you and I loved your Mom! I will go anywhere with you! You know how to find me! You are forever in my heart.

    Thanks for the message. I miss you too

  5. I’m glad to find your post, as it’s been a while. Thank you for sharing your insights–particularly the reminder not to judge those who are unavailable or disappointing but instead, simply to wish them well as they go on being who and what they have chosen to be. I hope your trip goes well. It sounds as though you’re off to a great start!

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