…20 Moments In Time…

So I've just caught up with the 20 participants who posted for the UBUNTU Blog hop. The posts were magical, entertaining and empowering… an outpouring of love…  just overflowing with Ubuntu…

This is a special thank you to the hundreds of bloggers who reached out across cyberspace… from all corners of the globe… to share in the spirit of Ubuntu. Some of you posted, while others took time to visit and leave comments.

Each one who posted had a unique and powerful message to share… there is a direct link to each post mentioned below, in case you wish to check them out…

From Denise Covey: Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani girl shot by the Taliban, has told the UN that books and pens scare extremists, as she urged education for all. Malala has been credited with bringing the issue of women's education to global attention. A quarter of young women around the world have not completed primary school. As a teacher, this resonates with me. Education is power.

From Julie Kemp Pick: An excerpt from Rings That Bind, a timely poem capturing the essence of the Olympics… without a doubt, sport is a great unifier… 

Working toward a dream,
Battling nail and tooth.
They finally come together,
To seek their greatest truth.

From Elise Fallson: An amazing TED video and this charming illustration…

 From Alex J. Cavanaugh: a simple story of Ubuntu online, one of many examples, which never fail to astound me "…humanity towards others came on Monday when so many rallied around Jeremy Hawkins and left comments of encouragement at his special tribute at the A to Z Blog. Over 160 people showed their support through the efforts of the A to Z Co-Hosts and DL Hammons’ Blog Blitz Team. You guys were awesome and really cheered up Jeremy!"

From Hilary Melton-Butcher: an in-depth exploration of Ubuntu complete with a TED talk and article. Highly educational. You should really check this out! I learned so much from this article! Some wonderful images too..

From Trisha: a reminder of collectivity that is the mark of Ubuntu…

From Michael Di Gesu: this beautiful, thought-provoking reflection of Ubuntu… which brings to mind this quote: "Ubuntu comes out of a philosophy that says, the only way for me to be human is for you to reflect my humanity back at me." – Chris Abani


From Susan Gourley: the wonders of the annual Penn State Dance Marathon to raise money for the Four Diamond Fund at the Hershey Medical Center.

From L.G. Keltner: an amazing piece, capturing the essence of inter-connectedness, which is at the heart of the Ubuntu principle. Just a little sample…

"Beneath the crystalline dome of blue sky, treading the same trampled ground, you will find them all, harmonizing together to create the magic of the everyday.
The baker, the undertaker.
The lawyer, a first class litigator.
The teacher, the preacher, the nonbeliever.
The barista, dispensing bright mornings with a smile.
The mechanic, the plumber.

The doctor, saving lives day by day."

From Elizabeth Seckman: who puts it quite simply, that "It's the concept of motho ke motho ka batho ba bangwe, or a human is a human because of other people. And sometimes, when it's all said and done…the best compliment a person can get is to be called human, or ke motho."

From Samantha Redstreake Geary: when you read this beautiful collaborative piece (words in response to music) titled Spirit Of The Blue Swallow… you will be transported to a legendary place… where dreams are born… where dreams are protected… where dreams take flight…

From Joy Campbell: who sums it up in these words… "With everything we do in life, our efforts are somehow combined with those of others. If we write, we need critique partners or beta readers. If we run into problems, we have close friends whose advice we trust. Even when we go shopping, there are times we take a friend because we need a second opinion or don’t trust our judgment 100%."

From Shah Wharton: a beautiful poem, Reign Together and a lovely video from John Legend, If You're Out There, with profound lyrics…

From Tyrean Martinson: a collection of random thoughts, highlighting the principle of give and take… "Have you ever noticed a boost in creativity when you are surrounded by other creative and busy people?
The blogsphere is filled with writers, teachers, filmmakers, indie and small press publishers, musicians, and all around creators. It's amazing. It's life-giving. It's inspiring.
I've noticed that when I give, I receive double-fold."

From Robyn Alana Engel: whose poem Mere Chance, made me teary-eyed…

From Stephanie Faris: a reminder that we're all in this together…

From Corinne Rodrigues: Reflecting on this, I begin to form my own definition of the philosophy of ubuntu: ‘an acknowledgement of our shared humanity…an openness to show you my vulnerability and be ready to see yours….our humanity is the string that binds us.'

ubuntu Understanding Ubuntu

From Vidya Sury: "Above all, Ubuntu implies compassion, giving and generosity. It is the legacy we leave behind."

                                                            ubuntu vidya sury

From Damaria Senne: "one of the lessons I learnt growing up was that Motho ke motho ka batho ba bangwe[A human is human because of other people] This meant that I was part of a community and that I would do better in the world when supported by my family and my community. Without them, I was nothing, even if on the surface I seem succesful."

From Jemi Fraser: who reminds us not to underestimate the power of Ubuntu amongst kids :"I'm lucky to be a teacher. I'm so often surrounded by joy and hope and the future. Kids are powerful and creative. At our school we obviously focus on the academics but we also focus on helping our students become kind and caring citizens."

So there you have it. Ubuntu in all its different forms.

If you haven't done so, visit one or two of these posts. They are AMAZING!

And I'm supposed to choose from all these wonderful entries? What have I done??? *sigh* What have I done??? I love them all…

I know… I know… I know… I said I'd choose one… *scratches head*

Basically, every entry is a winner! So I'm sending out 20 cyber-hugs to the participants!

But I will announce the one that resonated with me the most…

Visit my blog on Thursday 27 February to find out which one! I have a special team taking over on that day… it's going to be loads of fun!


In some other news, our Ninja Captain, Alex J. Cavanaugh, has scored a guest post with one of the sites featured at the IWSG – How to Write Shop. It's a site filled with great tips and other kinds of writerly info. The post will go live Monday 24th February. The link is HERE.


  1. Denise on February 22, 2014 at 8:49 pm

    Wow Michelle, what a wonderful round up. Let’s me see clearly the posts I haven’t visited yet. A vast array of posts, but the theme is what creates a one~ness. Let’s live in the spirit of Ubuntu!

    Once again, thanks for hosting.


  2. Alex J. Cavanaugh on February 22, 2014 at 9:27 pm

    That was really thoughtful of you to summarize all of the entries! Some were just amazing. I wouldn't want to choose.

    • Michelle Wallace on February 23, 2014 at 11:55 am

      I loved them all. If I had the means, I'd send a prize to every participant… 🙂 But the reality is that I'll have to choose just one…

  3. WriterlySam on February 23, 2014 at 2:16 am

    Thank you, Michelle, for inspiring us all to reflect on Ubuntu–a beautiful ideal that's pulled me into an extraordinary culture. And thanks for the summary links–I'll be visiting everyone's posts with a glass of wine to toast the inspiring spirit of community!

    <a href="http://writerlysam.com/2014/02/21/spirit-of-the-blue-swallow/">WriterlySam Ubuntu Tribute Spirit of the Blue Swallow</a>

    • Michelle Wallace on February 23, 2014 at 11:56 am

      Enjoy your visits Sam! A toast to the spirit of Ubuntu! *virtual toast*

  4. Tina Downey on February 23, 2014 at 11:41 am

    Wow!  I can comment!  Amazing!  I heard about this hop too late, but saw a lot of the entries.  Good stuff, all of it.  Wonderful idea, Michelle.  And boy, good luck choosing…

    Tina @ <a href = "http://kmdlifeisgood.blogspot.com/">Life is Good</a>

    A to Z Team @ <a href = "http://www.a-to-zchallenge.com">Blogging From A to Z April Challenge 2014</a>

    • Michelle Wallace on February 23, 2014 at 11:58 am

      I know you've been struggling to post on my blog. But you've managed to get it right! Having to choose just one entry really sucks… 🙁

  5. Damaria Senne on February 23, 2014 at 2:33 pm

    Wonderful round-up. Thank you Michelle. And for sharing the Chris Abani quote.

    • Michelle Wallace on February 25, 2014 at 1:49 pm

      So glad we connected via the hop Damaria… 🙂

  6. Gary Philip Pennick on February 23, 2014 at 10:30 pm

    Hi Michelle,

    Your wonderfully thought provoking blog hop did work a treat.  And for me to say that is something as you know how much I detest blog hops! 🙂  

    To see all those folks who celebrated hope and celebrated your blogging anniversary, is testimony to the ethos of a sharing, caring blogging community.

    Be well,

    Gary 🙂

    • Michelle Wallace on February 25, 2014 at 1:50 pm

      Thank you Gary! 🙂 Does this mean you've changed your mind about blog hops? They CAN be beneficial… after all… maybe you'll join in the Ubuntu blog hop next year…?

  7. Tyrean on February 23, 2014 at 10:56 pm

    Wow! Michelle, you know how to host a great hop with a great purpose. Thank you for sharing your blogging anniversary with all of us!

    • Michelle Wallace on February 25, 2014 at 1:52 pm

      I'm so glad that I decided on this theme for my Blog-o-versary… it's been a real eye-opener… thanks for participating!

  8. Michael Di Gesu on February 24, 2014 at 12:53 am

    Beautiful Round up Michelle…. I still have about six more people to visit….HAPPY BLOGOVESARY…. Your presence in our community is so special. A bright light….

    Thanks for hosting such an amazing blog hop!

    • Michelle Wallace on February 25, 2014 at 1:54 pm

      Thank you Michael! I DO love the writerly community.

      Hope the eyes are improving… take care of them…

      Thanks for the encouragement… will be in touch…  *nudge*  *wink*

  9. Lexa Cain on February 24, 2014 at 1:24 am

    Those 20 were marvelous! I really enjoyed the ones I read. I'm glad they all win and get cyber-hugs. Your hop was a big success! 🙂

    • Michelle Wallace on February 25, 2014 at 1:56 pm

      The 20 posts have resulted in the spirit of Ubuntu spreading throughout cyberspace… and beyond… they are most definitely all winners!  🙂

  10. Elise Fallson on February 24, 2014 at 2:31 pm

    Love the highlights! Awesome. I see I need to get to hoppin, I'm a bit behind on my visits. Congrats on a great bloghop and for introducing the word Ubuntu to people like me who hadn't heard it before. Hugs right back at you and happy 3rd year blogging!! 

    • Michelle Wallace on February 25, 2014 at 1:58 pm

      I don't know why I've been under the impression that you are familiar with the word…? Maybe because you've already visited this side the world… enjoy your hoppin'…

  11. Silvia Villalobos on February 24, 2014 at 9:01 pm

    Wow, sounds like an amazing hop. I enjoyed reading the entries through and through. And good to have found your blog through the A-Z Chcallenge.

    Silvia @

    <a href=”/silviatomasvillalobos.wordpress.com/”>SilviaWrites</


    • Michelle Wallace on February 25, 2014 at 2:00 pm

      Welcome to my place Silvia! 🙂 Glad to meet you too! The hop was AMAZING… and empowering too!

  12. Morgan Shamy on February 25, 2014 at 12:44 am

    This was so nice! How handy to have all of these posts grouped together. Really, thank you for this, Michelle!!! (And thank you for your wonderful comment on my blog. So heartfelt and beautiful) 🙂

    • Michelle Wallace on February 25, 2014 at 2:02 pm

      Morgan, I had such a blessed time sharing with the blog hop participants…

      Your post was really beautiful… and made me think… 🙂

  13. C. Lee McKenzie on February 25, 2014 at 1:06 am

    I enjoyed reading so many of these posts. What a great idea. I wish I could have participated, but my computer hasn't been cooperating and working on my laptop has limited my social media a lot for over a week. 

    I left something for you over at The Write Game. Hope you like it.

    • Michelle Wallace on February 25, 2014 at 2:03 pm

      Lee, sorry you missed out on the blog hop. It was wonderful… a real blessing… off to your place now… 🙂

  14. M. J. Joachim on February 25, 2014 at 4:59 pm

    I had so much fun visiting these Ubuntu posts recently. They were positively inspiring and gave me a warm fuzzy feeling. This post is very ubuntu of you, btw. 🙂 


    • Michelle Wallace on March 2, 2014 at 9:35 pm

      There was a wonderful assortment of posts. I'm so glad you had a chance to visit them all. Thanks M.J

  15. Suze on February 25, 2014 at 5:14 pm

    Oh, wow! Michelle, well done in coordinating this amazing show of unity! I am sooo impressed and pleased and delighted when I see things like this! You've made my morning, girl. 🙂

    • Michelle Wallace on March 2, 2014 at 9:39 pm

      Suze, I'm thrilled that you popped in and caught the Ubuntu posts! Can you think of a better way to start off your day…?  🙂

  16. Sherry Ellis on February 25, 2014 at 8:55 pm

    Those were all wonderful entries.  I saw Hilary's, and it was amazing.  She always has such informative blog posts.

    • Michelle Wallace on March 2, 2014 at 9:40 pm

      Hilary always has amazing info in her posts… so empowering!

  17. Karen Lange on February 26, 2014 at 1:48 am

    Great links. The writing community has so many outstanding and supportive members! Thanks so much for stopping by my blog for Alex's interview. Have a great week! 🙂

  18. Mary Pax on February 26, 2014 at 10:40 pm

    I'm glad your hop was such a success. It was a grand idea.

  19. Hilary on February 27, 2014 at 9:52 am

    Hi Michelle – it certainly was a very good choice for your anniversary blog-hop – and what an array of postings … I still need to get to one or two – so I'm delighted to have your summaries here.  I was just amazed at the overarching thought processes everyone put into their posts – and then we had so many visitors … whose eyes could be opened to the possibilities of Ubuntu …

    … today's the day for choosing your winner – an impossible task .. so many great ideas and thought processes … 

    Brilliant idea – cheers Hilary

    • Michelle Wallace on March 2, 2014 at 9:43 pm

      I particularly love the thought that thousands of eyes could be opened to the possibilities of Ubuntu. That makes me very happy!

  20. Susan Gourley on February 28, 2014 at 6:02 pm

    I read so many touching and inspiring posts. It was perfect timing for me with Thon weekend coming about the same time. Hope you do it again next year.

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