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Prepping for Bread Classes

heartsoul : December 13, 2015 10:02 pm : Announcements, the Blog

just to let you know:  we are going to be teaching a bread class, ie, growing the barley, threshing it, grinding it, baking it and finally eating it!!!! Saturday, I went to the garden to put it to bed finally, and you can see the marigolds there and the green stuff, I think that was celery…and this is December!  I decided to keep the lettuce there, in order to go back and have some for the table; , and i put the fall leaves in the plot, so that when the rains came it will be easy to turn into the soil, and I put the cover back on they can decompose.   My hope is to be able to get some more compost to turn into the soil, and have it be really ready for the barley, which i am planning to plant mid-to late March, depending on the weather.   So keep checking back, and I will be putting up posts of our progress!

Just before cleaning it up

Just before cleaning it up

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Artist Taghi Omidian to Give 2nd Workshop At UPL

heartsoul : May 26, 2015 6:28 pm : Announcements

HSEKI was instrumental in helping Taghi Omidian teach beginning art classes at the Utica Public Library.  The next classes will be Aug. 18, and 25th, and Sept. 1st, 15th, and 22nd.


HSEKI received this year a plaque from the New York Department of Health for our participation and contribution to the Community Garden Project here in Utica, New York.


So slowly but surely we are making an a dream a reality.



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Artist/Outside Collective and Drama Group

heartsoul : January 31, 2014 7:40 am : Announcements

We have been meeting for three weeks at the Utica Public Library. So very excited about this and discovering the unique talents of the Utica Artists!

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Notes on the Equalizing Affect of the Social Business Model

Xenia : December 3, 2011 12:33 pm : Announcements, the Blog

"This is Hard, I Don't Want To Give Up, Either, Guess I Found My Niche!"

We are still planning for the Stephanie Black Life and Debt event, but for March, in the mean time, we are working on a few wonderful opportunities; that came our way.

One,  we are in the early stages of discussions toward  providing for  For the Good, Inc, needed cultural anthropological research for a project they are seeking funding for.  We are also providing consulting services to ArtWest Alliance, in gathering demographic data of West Utica.    All this for free, here in Utica, and a strategy we are using, and were using to enter into community undertakings that help us move forward in our mission’s mandate to conduct cultural anthropological research and provide household management skills in the form of the Prodigal Daughter Course.

We are developing a few products, to help us with Cash Flow issues, and seeking funding from new sources, but we are still going to have to revise and implement our literary review journal submission contest, because we really need to generate content for the journal, but that is in the about 6 or 8 mos time.

It’s chaotic here, in an ordered sense. Still trying to find partners who understand the social business model in a village and grassroots sense, in a non-competitive manner,  it’s the only way to do this when you are a person who is receiving social services and trying to create something that can help social services operate better.  This is what I’m told Bridges out of Poverty is about, and I admit that I am of that population that have used social services while I have dealt with having been a survivour of abuse on many levels..  Creating something from nothing when you are poor, and and coming from absolutely nothing in this very competitive environmnet is very difficult at this time, especially when people’s unconcious classisms factor in to the socio-professional environment from which one seeks to provide services.  Many Non-profit organizations are fighting for their life right now, because they are experiencing decrease in their cash flows due to decrease in fund giving, due to the recession, a reality of the non-profit world that social business can adapt to much better, because they can design strategies that can help them weather the inevitable downturns of an economy, without being a casualty of tthe governmental or a foundation’s  economy because suddenly they are perceived as burdens.

I think that the social business model can transform non profits and other classic non-religious social services organizations, if only in the sense that those on services who know at times what best they need to help themselves and other  heal from past traumatic events that impede their ability to take care of themselves  and become productive members of society begin to use the social business model to address issues of poverty, economic and social disparity, and public health issues, in terms of access, and lifestyle as it relates to their own real world experiences.  It can become a way to equalize relationships between those who provide social services and those who receive or who have received social services.  In a way, the non-profit sector has taken on the aura of the owning class in how they provide social services, and often times it is not pleasant having to go and receive services….and poor people who don’t want to be dependent on social services to survive and who want to be self-sufficient,  I think that there is a need for high-functioning folks on public assistance to take charge of their lives and create the programs they know they need and that they know can help others like themselves.

In this manner, we can limit the negative impacts of this dysfunctional aspect of the  non-profit sector of society, where it is also, in this context,  a matter of who you know, and what core values you are willing to sacrifice to succeed, to make your vision a reality.  You shouldn’t have to know anybody in order to succeed with a good idea, nor should you  have to sacrifice your core values to do so, or limit who you are in the totality of your being to do so, either.   Personally, I like the independence from fundraising that the Social Business Model offers poor entrepreneurs like myself, who have been conditioned to depend on public funds and fundraising to make ends meet.  It is so demoralizing. If I can develop a product that can help others and at the same time help myself…what is wrong with that…isn’t that the core message of the Golden Rule which states that we should Love Others as We Love Ourselves?  I think the Social Business Model models the Golden Rule very well.  And should be studied and copied as a way to create a social economy that is not only not dysfunctional, but one that is inclusion and celebrates the competencies that all people, those struggling with economic, social, and emotional, and mental and physical disabilities bring to the table, in their efforts to be self-sufficient, communally minded and proactively productive members of society.

Look for the first edition of our column the ekonomos life in the, this coming Friday, it explains why we had to postpone the Life and Debt fundraiser event, but I will post here in more detail about that as well.  Keep the Faith, because in the end, Faith is all you will Have!




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Jamaican Menu at Life and Debt Fundraiser

Xenia : November 15, 2011 12:58 pm : Announcements


This is the menu sent me by Debra Richardson of Leaf, Loaf and Ladle….

for the Life and Debt St. Sophia Scholarship Fund….Three Entrees for this event–can’t miss it!!!!

Hurry and Get Your Tickets!!!


Life and Debt:

Dinner, Film Screening & Panel Discussion with

Filmmaker Stephanie Black


Dinner Buffet

Fish & Shellfish Brown Stew-Soup

Red Snapper, White Fish, Shrimp & Scallops with

Celery, Potatoes, Tomatoes, Ginger & Peppers


Curried Chicken

Mild blend of curry, all-spice, peppers, fresh ginger, garlic & coconut milk

Jerk Pork

Spicy blend of peppercorns, Scotch Bonnet, all-spice, onions &  scallions

Baked Butternut Squash with Lime


Roasted Squash with Brown Sugar & Lime


Peas and Rice

Rum-Spiced Melon Balls

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Gracious Stephanie Black

Xenia : November 14, 2011 7:34 pm : Announcements, the Blog

Most Holy Theotokos, Pray To God For Us

People like myself who have been severly abused, and told that they were never going to amount to much in life, have severe ways of dealing with misfortune in their lives…they usually take a cataclysmic view–many resort to suicidal ideation, or other forms of self-destructive behaviours because the cataclysmic event to them is proof that they are worthless individuals.

This is just one of the issues The HeartSoul Ekonomia Institute want to address in our class the Prodigal Daughter Course.  We want people to understand that misfortune in life is just an opportunity to grow beyound one’s comfort level, to gain some humility, and to learn to succeed in any environment…it is also about defining success in how one responds to adversity.

You feel that life has betrayed you, A unexpected death in the family of a close and cherished family member,  Things don’t go as planned, it seems sometimes everyone has turned against you…a familiar story.  Instead of turning to drugs,  sex, or other activities that help you numb out by inducing trance-like states within you, The HeartSoul Ekonomia Institute through its course the Prodigal Daughter course want to help people tap into a healthy support systems that can help them weather the inevitable bumps that life has to offer.

Call a trusted friend or family member who is able to listen to you.  There are low cost therapy options that one can go to in your communities, sometimes seeing a therapist can cost as low as 5.00.  Exercise, and go ahead and buy your favorite butter pecan ice cream with apple pie.  And the two slices of pizza before hand, and see a feel good movie, such as It’s A Wonderful Life.  They don’t make ’em like that anymore–and get yourself a Andrew Sisters movie, and if that don’t get your spirits up—I don’t know what will—it’s fun, it’s makes you laugh, it shifts your mood from the spiral of dispair. Do it….and get a friend to join you.

For me also, I find that it is good to read scripture, the Psalms and to pray….it helps…crying helps, and venting a little helps—but what ever you do, don’t succumb to the thoughts that tell you you are are worthless, and that this latest setback is proof,  that it is better to be be dead than alive.  Humiliation will pass, and God always gives new beginnings, everyday is a new beginning, and count your blessings, and you will see how much He has given to you already!!!!  Just know that there is more of that to come.  Another good spiritual strategy, is to ask for strength to endure, and not merely endure. And yet another spiritual practice is to be honest with yourself, and look at the mistakes you’ve made and learn from them for the next time. Do not beat yourself up, just say, hey I could have done that differently–and look at how triggers in that situation caused you to reason and act in a way, not in your best interest.  This is important for people who come from emotionally adverse environments.  It is important to breathe, ask assistance from God, and assess with a sober mind all aspects of the challenge before you.  Remember, every good and experienced project management planner  knows, that no project is without its challenges, and need for adjustments…Its just the way it goes, stay within cost, on time, and within scope—well, no project does that perfectly…you plan for risks, for funds, for personnel, and the unseen happens.  It’s life, pick up your head and learn from it, do what you need to do to complete it ethically, and move on.

I want to say thanks so much to Stephanie Black for hanging in there with us, as we deal with the contingencies that have popped up here in Utica.



Today’s Post  Scripture Reading:

1Corinthians 12:27-31 — 1Corinthians 13:1-8

Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular. And God hath set some in the church, first apostles, secondarily prophets, thirdly teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, governments, diversities of tongues. Are all apostles? are all prophets? are all teachers? are all workers of miracles? Have all the gifts of healing? do all speak with tongues? do all interpret? But covet earnestly the best gifts: and yet shew I unto you a more excellent way.

Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal. And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing. And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing. Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil; Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth; Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things. Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away.


Holy Wonderworkers and Unmercenaries Cosmas and Damian
Matthew 10:1-1 — Matthew 10:5-8

And when he had called unto him his twelve disciples, he gave them power against unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal all manner of sickness and all manner of disease.

These twelve Jesus sent forth, and commanded them, saying, Go not into the way of the Gentiles, and into any city of the Samaritans enter ye not: But go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. And as ye go, preach, saying, The kingdom of heaven is at hand. Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give.


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Fracking, HydroFracking, Drilling and NordStream

Xenia : November 10, 2011 4:58 pm : Announcements, the Blog

Yesterday I attended a Hydro-Fracking Panel Discussion at Utica College, and it was a good thing. I don’t have time to talk about this in depth, but my conclusion is this.  We don’t need to sell our natural gas to Europe, we need to be able to use it ourselves.  Russia is already a supplier through their underwater pipeline NordStream. Europe is their backyard.  We have our own supply, why sell it over seas, and in the process ruin our environment and health, and nonetheless, it we can use it more cheaply here, locally.  I think municipalities should take control of the resources in their area; the only reason we are pursuing a strategy of selling to Canadian and Norwegian firms so they can sell to Europe is this pursuit of wealth, instead of pursuit of quality of life.

We have a glut of natural gas in the United States, (in the world as well) and we should see that as a blessing, and use it to fuel our local economies in a responsible manner.  More on this, later.  My conclusion:  Focus on creating strong economic families, not on pursuing wealth in order to buy  bombs!  The best defense of a nation is the health of its families’ economies! Why go to war over who gets what markets, if there is glut of gas  all over the world?



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Film Director Stephanie Black Comes To Utica

Xenia : October 24, 2011 4:52 pm : Announcements
A Captivating Movie About Bondage to Debt in Jamaica

 Friday, 02 December 2011,

Two Venues

Doors Open at 6pm, Ms. Black speaks at 6:30pm, and Movie begins at 7pm,

Panel Discussion at 8:30p.


Click Here To Purchase Tickets On Links Below Life and Debt in Utica 02 December 2011, at Two Venues, See Below  –

Based on “A small place” by Jamaica Kincaid.
Originally produced in 2001.

Cinematography, Malik Sayeed … [et al.] ; editor, John Mullen.
Interviews with Michael Manley, Stanley Fisher, Jean-Bertrand Aristide.
Jamaica – land of sea, sand and sun. And a prime example of the complexities of economic globalization on the world`s developing countries. Using conventional and non-conventional documentary techniques, this searing film dissects the “mechanism of debt” that is destroying local agriculture and industry in Third World countries while substituting sweat-shops and cheap imports. With a voice-over narration written by Jamaica Kincaid, adapted from her non-fiction book “A Small Place”, LIFE AND DEBT is an unapologetic look at the “new world order,” from the point of view of Jamaican workers, farmers, government and policy officials who see the reality of globalization from the ground up.


Women with Bananas at Market

About the Director:

Stephanie Black has won awards both here in the United States and in France for her documentary films. Notably, she has won best place for her documentary film H2 – Worker at the prestigious international Cannes Film Festival.


Where to See The Documentary Life and Debt


Life and Debt, Catered Dinner 02 December 2011, Doors Open at 6pm; 1st venue

the Resource Center for Independent Living – Dorothy Smith Advocacy $25.00:

The Film begins at 7pm, Stephanie Black, Speaks at 6.30 with live feed at Ukranian Hall.

The 1st venue: RCIL-Life and Debt, Catered Dinner, will feature a Jamaican dinner designed by Debra Richardson, program director of Leaf, Loaf and Ladle, and will be catered by students’ of the program’s Hospitality students. Stephanie Black will be present at the RCIL venue, and a live feed will go to the Ukrainian Hall, and participants there will be able to participate in Panel Discussion Q & A, after the movie.

2nd venue:Ukrainian Hall- Life and Debt, General Admission 02 December 2011 Doors Open at 6pm;
The Ukrainian Hall,-General Admission 12.50, will have available Jamaican inspired deserts made by staff of the HeartSoul Ekonomia Institute. Community members from Utica will speak on the panel after the movie. This event is part of the Ekonomia, Ecologia and Sustainability Symposium offered by the HeartSoul Ekonomia Institute. The theme this year is Global Trends on Family Economics and Family Health. This should be a very educational and delicious time for all involved.

Friday, 02 December 2011, Doors Open at 6pm, Ms. Black speaks at 6:30, and Movie begins at 7pm, Panel Discussion at 8:30p.

Online Tickets!!! We have partnered with Brown Paper Tickets, a fair trade tickets company. This is a really awesome and neat company, so please go check them out, and look for our Online tickets by clicking on the links above!

Cafe Tickets!!! Tickets will be available at the Tramontane Cafe 1105 Lincoln Avenue here in Utica, on the 1st of November, 2011. Call HeartSoul Ekonomia Institute at 347 229 5934 or email for more infomation.


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Faith and the Unique Selling Proposition in Social Services

Xenia : October 16, 2011 4:50 pm : Announcements, the Blog

Logo for the Prodigal Daughter Course

“I’m Not Perfect Nor an Expert. But I Know What I’m Talking About”.
And That is A Commitment To Adhering to The Greatest Good that A Human Can Offer to God–Love Thy Neighbour”

Father David Lubliner used to say to me that when we pray to God for something, you have to participate in the accomplishment or fulfillment of the prayer with effort….but sometimes I feel like I’ve tried every sure thing that would help to make this Institute a reality, and it feels as though I’m just stuck.

A few months ago, I had a talk with a friend about how I wanted the classes taught. How I didn’t want to come off as if I was better than the people in the room, how I wanted to really honour their inherent intelligence within their heart, mind and soul. I wanted to honour, the uniqueness of the ways they solve their problems—and help them to honour their own thinking strategies…I never wanted to feel as though I would be threatened by any bit of wisdom hard won through the trials and tribulations of their lives that they shared with me in the classroom process. I want most of all to give them the space to explore, share and implement that wisdom in the classroom and in their daily lives.

From living in Group homes and orphanages I learnt that the people who surrender to love, in spite of the injustice and cruelty around them, those are the people who survive with their human dignity intact. The people who make an inner choice never to go hard and mean as a way to survive the hard and mean things they’ve encountered in life—those are the people with the most gentle souls, with the sparkle in their eyes that defy death’s sting, they are the St. Seraphim Sarov’s walking amongst us who have found a way to inner peace.

Tonight I went to see Cory  Booker speak who reminded the audience that we have free will, and that we make choices every moment. And how we decide to respond to stress, and challenges, that is what exposes who you really are – to people and to self;  but as Father David, emphasises, this falleness is not who were made to be–so one shouldn’t get too depressed about the weaknesses we encounter in ourselves–but to remember that we are made in the image of God.  God’s confidence in us, in that we are made in His image, confers a type of expectation of what He knows we can be. So our confidence in His confidence in us reflects that knowledge that God, who is our Creator, has of us. His love is conditional, unconditionally, and he does not despise us when we Fall, but we greatly disappoint Him when we refuse to get up again.

So just what is my Unique Selling Position—well, I’m not perfect, and I’m not an expert, but I have walked the paths of being a traumatized, sexually  and physically abused child, who thought that everyone around her thought it better that that she was dead, and if she ever did aspire to anything, such as wanting to manifest the gifts God gave to her to manifest, that it was their duty to assure her that she was deluded, and just who did she think she was anyway, , to dream to be a human being, rather than to be treated worse than an animal that was whipped, molested, and belittled, till she became afraid to even be alive, much less to thrive. And in their twisted service to the flawed and false, ego serving, twin gods of humanistic humanity, ie,  rationality and logic, they learned to sabotage every good step I tried to make in order to become human, really human, and to give myself permission to even to live.

Now I say in my recovery of self through Christ Jesus, a line from the Psalter, “I shall not die but live, and I shall tell of the works of the Lord”. I say it with meaning, and with fear, lest i slip into the pit of suicidal stinkin’ thinkin–into the delusion that I do not matter.  Yes, I believed that I did not matter,  not even to God.  But this is changing.  Nonetheless, I sometimes find myself struggling with this demonic sense of worthlessness–Some demons do not give up—but I’m learning to remember who actually is Lord.

My uniques selling position is simply this, I am not perfect, nor am I an expert, but I do know what I am talking about.  I have been brought down into the pit, and every day, by the Grace of God, I am digging myself out of it—learning new ways of thinking, learning new ways to structure my life, and learning new ways to, yes, order my household, and sharing that with anyone who wants to learn what I’ve learned and am learning.

That is what I told my friend when we had our very heated and loud argument in the Barnes and Noble at Commerce Mall in New Hartford—and through the hardships that I’ve come across Im realising I do not want to do that walk of pretending I have it all together—because I don’t.  I still struggle, every day, to not to fall into the stink of despair, its prison which leads ultimately to the extinguishing of hope, inevitably to death. See, the demons do not give up, they are with you every step of the way, trying to make you fall off the ladder.  The demons’ track and stalk you, and when you start to get on your feet again they befriend you with little flattering remarks that are actually  consolations to your ego, and then they trip you up.  They are persistant whether they are flattering you or hounding you.  There was a woman where I worked at an  assisted living facility, who followed me after i quit after she pushed me because I had learnt to not to be afraid of her, ( i was implementing strategies that my new Orthodox Christian friends have taught me) and when she found out where I was working, took a job at my new place of work, just so she could continue to harass me.  They say the reason why the devil showed his face to Jesus when he was in the desert, was because there were no people around for him to work through. We got to love the people, but hate the demon that is influencing them.  How to do that—I’m still learning–the key is relying on God, and not on one’s own wisdom or strength.

But getting back to the subject at hand: I want to be dependable, I want to be reliable, I want to be competent, and I want t have compassion, I want to be meek, and I want to be pure in heart. I want to be what I profess to be, a Christian, even when I fall in front of others, and they judge me and say–some Christian she is, I want the freedom to Fall, and the humility to get up again, even when I’m slandered and abused by false convictions—That is the path, and each time this happens, perhaps I fall or slip a half rung on the ladder, but I don’t fall off-. I understand now that falling off is not getting up again, I have the courage, meekness, patience and humility to get up again. This falling and getting up again, it is a type of martyrdom, a witness to the brokeness of our beings and God’s unfathomable love for us.

So that is my Unique Selling Position: “I’m not perfect. But I know what I’m talking about”. Because I know I’m not perfect, I will never dishonour a student in my class. Because I know what I’m talking about, I will do my best to help any student in my class to be the best human being that she can be within the parameters of her unique personality.  And God will do the rest.


2Corinthians 9:6-11

    But this I say, He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully. Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work: (As it is written, He hath dispersed abroad; he hath given to the poor: his righteousness remaineth for ever. Now he that ministereth seed to the sower both minister bread for your food, and multiply your seed sown, and increase the fruits of your righteousness;) Being enriched in every thing to all bountifulness, which causeth through us thanksgiving to God.



After the Sermon, Christ Helped the Fishermen, Peter, James and John

Luke 5:1-11

    And it came to pass, that, as the people pressed upon him to hear the word of God, he stood by the lake of Gennesaret, And saw two ships standing by the lake: but the fishermen were gone out of them, and were washing their nets. And he entered into one of the ships, which was Simon’s, and prayed him that he would thrust out a little from the land. And he sat down, and taught the people out of the ship. Now when he had left speaking, he said unto Simon, Launch out into the deep, and let down your nets for a draught. And Simon answering said unto him, Master, we have toiled all the night, and have taken nothing: nevertheless at thy word I will let down the net. And when they had this done, they inclosed a great multitude of fishes: and their net brake. And they beckoned unto their partners, which were in the other ship, that they should come and help them. And they came, and filled both the ships, so that they began to sink. When Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus’ knees, saying, Depart from me; for I am a sinful man, O Lord. For he was astonished, and all that were with him, at the draught of the fishes which they had taken: And so was also James, and John, the sons of Zebedee, which were partners with Simon. And Jesus said unto Simon, Fear not; from henceforth thou shalt catch men. And when they had brought their ships to land, they forsook all, and followed him.

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Poet Judges

Xenia : October 5, 2011 2:04 pm : Announcements

I have the number of two nationally acclaimed poets, and made an enquiry to another poet who lives in Maine.  Also I will be contacting some artists friends of mine, visual artist friends, and ask  them to be judges as well. Please stay vigilent and I will keep you informed!

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Picasso- Woman with a Fan


Returning Home To Self

Sometimes you are walking down the street, and you meet someone’s eyes, and the expression in that person’s eyes, stays with you for quite some time. This happened to me recently, actually a few years ago. I was walking in my neighborhood where I grew up here in Queens, New York, right in front of Baisley Pond Park. That’s the name of the pond, and it still is several blocks long to the east of us, where themorning sun continues to rise burning the fog off of it. I remember the old black fishermen with leather-smooth skin. These fishermen, would catch Catfish and frogs from it. I remember the pussy willows and cattails that grew along the ponds edges, I remember looking at the goldfish, the tadpoles, I remember the frogs and toads that would visit from time to time our backyard, the dragonflies and the firebugs in June. the butterflies, the occasional rabbit, I remember this, I grew up here. I remember riding my bike to the point specified and back again, and to the circle on the square, that ended right in front of my house, wherein, I would have to navigate the grassy meadow, lift myself over the low metal barricade, and cross the street to get to the house I lived in.


Repin- fisher girl

On Sutphin Blvd, west of my house and away from the pond, going toward Jamaica Avenue–there were some blocks where young black girls, who were dresssed provocatively, plied their trade. They were young enough to still have a sense of innocence about them, their wide brown eyes, searching, the eyes betraying a longing for something better, and their bravado betraying their fear.

Many years later, returning home after 28 years, walking down Sutphin Blvd, away from Jamaica Avenue, and toward the edge of the park where it borders, I came across a young woman. She could not have been more than fifteen years of age…she saw how I was dressed, (my friends say I dressed very conservatively) and her eyes reached out to me in such a way, my heart responded as if it had been cut. She was dressed in short-shorts and a sleeveless low-cut top; I could tell by the way she was walking that this may have been her first day, and the way she was looking around, I sensed that her pimp, may not have been far away. I wanted to say, yes, you don’t have to live that way…but at the time, I didn’t know how to help her. But I never forgot her.

the Prodigal Daughter Reflects

What We Aspire To

HeartSoul Ekonomia Institute wants to conduct socio-economic and cultural materialistic research that addresses how women make spiritual, psychological, and economic adaptive changes in their lives in terms of sustenance existence as well as how do they find meaningful, empowering and dignifying work. We want to be able to provide low cost opportunities toward learning skills that must first of all be used in the home, and that will, just as importantly, be transferable to the work environment.   To keep the cost of the Prodigal Daughter Course low and deal with Start-up costs to establish ourselves and in order to introduce ourselves to the social services community we are having a literary competition that is also a fundraiser.

An Appeal To Artists and the Artistically Inclined, Writers and Poets and Concerned Citizens

By entering the PraxisQuarterly Literary Review Fundraiser/Submission Acquisition Contest, you are affirming the dignity of every woman who has had to in some way sell her soul in order to feed her starving body, or the starving body of her child, who more than likely was born out of wedlock. You are saying that you support helping women learn healthy skills in order that they may be able to transition out of unhealthy livelihoods. The HeartSoul Ekonomia Institute knows that a

art that works for social change

A woman doesn’t have to have been born in poverty or near poverty conditions to experience psychological and/or any other type of abuse at the hands of her caretakers, either male or female, or both. The experience encountered is that women from all walks of life can be subjected to behaviours that demean her sense of self-worth as a human being and which can diminish her ability to function well as a productive member of her community. Thus we welcome any woman who wants to participate in any of the courses we offer. And we will charge the same low price to every woman, no matter what her background. These classes teach leadership skills as well as management skills, in the corporate world they run on average about 1899.99 for a 3-day course. At these prices,  people of different sensibilities and means, are usually priced out as far as being able to participate. The HeartSoul Ekonomia Institute offers a 5-week course, The Prodigal Daughter, that is, and will be 189.99 during Fall-Winter-Spring Sessions. We also will provide, in most cases, life- long low cost counseling and wellness support.

Help support us in our women centered and educational social services effort. We Will Greatly Appreciate Your Support!!!!



xenia lynn teresa williams
Founder/Executive Director
HeartSoul Ekonomia Institute


  • Ekonomia, Ecologia and Self-Awareness Symposium Open House

the Child Mother

the HeartSoul Ekonomia Institute Blog, aka the Blog exist solely to engage its readers, and to address in word social issues affecting women, their families and their communities.

We are working on designing a symposium to introduce ourselves to the community  in Queens and in Manhattan, so be sure to come back and have a look at what we are doing.  We have approached Queens Women Center, and are looking forward to having a Open House with them in April, we are hoping the 15th of April.  On the 29th the Symposium will be held in Manhattan at TRS Professional Suite, and we are hoping to have on hand Single by Choice, an organization that works with single parents.

We invite expectant mothers, single and married, single mothers, to come to our Open House event for HeartSoul Ekonomia Institute, the Ekonomia, Ecologia and Self-Awareness Symposium that will feature a panel discussion on the environmental health issues facing women and their families as we enter into the 21st century.

The Open House will feature Hager Shawat, clinical researcher at Mount Sinai, community outreach organizer for the National Child Survey Program, and two of our providers, Dr. Julia Shost, and Dr. Claire Arcidiacono.  Yes, there will be a movie before hand, Daughters of the Dust, there will be vegan refreshments, and of course the Panel Discussion. This event is free, so bring yourself, relax and learn something in the process.  Best type of evenings, in my opinion.  Also you will be able to sign up for the Prodigal Daughter seminar at this time as well.   The Ekonomia, Ecologia and Self-Awareness symposium will be from 6:30 to 9:45pm.