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My Welcomed Failure and Lesson of 2020
December 10, 2020
It may tickle some of you to know that I started to title this piece, “I Have No Idea WTF Are We Doing Here?” or “What I’m Really Thinking?” JK but seriously, I don’t. I don’t pretend to know what the meaning of all of this is (if it’s even possible to know) but it seems to me that there are certain theories about the matter that are more beneficial than others. ... read more »
Open Letter to the White, Southern Racist
July 2, 2020
As you may know, many of your confederate ancestors went home after fighting the Civil War to find their lives, as they had known them, changed forever. Plantations and businesses had been burned to the ground. Unemployment among southerners was high and unable to continue to exploit Africans for free labor and without a representative government to appeal to, depression set in. The stolen wealth, to which the south had grown accustomed, like an abandoned cotton field, dried up. ... read more »
While We’re on the Subject of Cleaning Up Sexual Harassment & Assault, Let’s Also Consider This…
September 20, 2018
“Sexual bullies” (if I may coin a term) give me the creeps and I don’t want to be around them. ... read more »
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‘Free Thought’, Opinion, Foolishness and Valid Ideas Navigating Change
June 24, 2018
In today’s world, technology has made it easy for everyone to share their ideas and opinions. I think most of us would agree that dialogue is a great thing as it gives us an opportunity to consider perspectives different from our own and possibly learn something. Historically, this deliberation process has been essential in ushering in progress and positive changes. However, being confronted with an idea different from our own often puts us in a vulnerable position. Challenges to our worldview is like a challenge to our identity and even considering a different perspective can be scary and make us feel uncomfortable. We may feel that our intuition is strong but still be without any definitive facts to make our case. ... read more »
“This Little Light of Mine, I’m Gonna Let it Shine”
May 24, 2018
As the world now knows Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were married in an opulent yet intimate ceremony on May 19 in the Windsor Castle. Days later, people are still talking about it and all of its facets. ... read more »
“What A Wonderful World” A Discussion on Perception Vs Reality
March 29, 2018
If you are reading this article, there is a strong possibility that you’ve experienced one of those, what I sometimes refer to as “white noise moments.” ... read more »
On The Legacy Of A True King And His Influence On Ours
January 18, 2018
Rev Dr Martin Luther King is one of the greatest leaders history has ever known and yet I’m afraid that though his name is internationally recognized, we have, as a nation, yet to fully comprehend the man and his ideas. ... read more »
Weeping May Endure For A Night But Joy Cometh In The Morning  
January 10, 2018
Why One Of My Most Painful Years Was Also Among My Best   ... read more »
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Don’t Bring a “Gun Fight” to a Discussion About Safety 
November 9, 2017
The Time I Considered Buying a Gun ... read more »
Racism, Ancient Wisdom, Society and Homework
October 16, 2017
I believe that we are all capable of developing a love that has the power to drive out hate and to transform hearts ... read more »
Surviving Hurricane Harvey
September 7, 2017
This is the reality that we are living right now. That is the ideological conflict currently playing out in our economic policy, veterans hospitals, inner cities, in the streets of Virginia and in various ways all across this country. ... read more »
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