FRIDAY, NOV. 2: This past week has given me a lot of time to reflect upon the things we cannot control.

Hurricane Sandy will go down in history as one of the worst the US east coast has ever experienced. Lives have been disrupted and people are discovering that so many things that they would normally take for granted are no longer readily available.

Air and ground transportation have been halted. Schools have been shut down, and in some cases destroyed. Communications have been severely comprised.

Millions of people are now left struggling to cope without power. The wide ranging effects of Hurricane Sandy will be remembered by millions across the world — including me.  

Every year my alma mater, North Carolina A & T State University, has its annual Homecoming celebrations. Known to us Aggies as “TGHOE” (The Greatest Homecoming On Earth), I try not to miss it. It had been a few years since my last attendance and after much coaxing from friends to be there, despite not being able to afford to do so, supportive family and friends saw to it that I got there.

I had the time of my life, as I always do when I’m with my old college pals. You see, A & T was more than just a school. It was, and still is, a place where when one makes connections for life.  

What should have been a quick weekend trip turned into an extended stay. At first, I started to panic as I thought about work and other obligations at home. But then it dawned on me; there’s nothing I can do to control the weather. Best  to accept this dilemma and to practice what I preach to young people all the time: when life gives you lemons, make lemonade.

And that’s exactly what I did. 

People who know me well will certainly attest to the fact that rest is something I rarely get. So that was on the top of my priority list. I stayed in bed until I felt like getting up. 

I had no rental car so I was home-bound unless other friends in the area came by to transport me to various places. This was a good thing as I got to see friends I hadn’t seen in a long time, and met new ones. I made contact with someone in authority to gather new ideas for my new job. I puttered around on the Internet and read up on local news, which actually dampened my spirits. I spent each day operating on no agenda — and it was great!

Art education

Needless to say, Generations radio show did not air as scheduled and there was no way to do it remotely so my guest, Patrina “Powergirl” Paynter, will be rescheduled. In the meantime, I’ll have Kendra Earls in studio next Tuesday evening to talk about the importance of art education, including the phenomenal world of mosaics.

There are many talented young artists on the island and oftentimes their artist talent is not full recognized or appreciated.

In the meantime, I’d like to encourage all readers to take a few moments to reflect upon your present position in life. Some areas may be quite bitter to you for now but add a little sugar and sweeten that moment with the understanding that this too, shall pass.

• Shawnette Somner is host of the radio show, Generations, which now airs on Tuesday evenings on Mix106 FM from 7:30pm to 9pm. E-mail: