Sunday, June 05, 2011

Eyes On The Sparrow

Ethel Waters (1896-1977) began her career with vaudeville shows in the 1910s, followed by blues clubs in the 1920s, but her voice eventually spread to the Broadway and concert stages, as one of the great American singers, not only of the blues, but of jazz and gospel. She also tried her hand at acting, as in this scene from "Member of the Wedding" in 1952. Waters was born in Chester, Pennsylvania, the result of her mother having been raped at the age of thirteen. Raised amidst violence and poverty, she once said that “I never was a child. I never was cuddled, or liked, or understood by my family.”

How can good come from the midst of such evil? God only knows. What we know, is that in this day and age, rape would have been the pretext for aborting her. How many miracles are lost in this day and age?

God only knows.

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