AWOL, Truth and Compassion

Oh Truth & Compassion, Where for art thou? I see those traits every day when out in public. Anyone who is paying attention to who and what is said around them sees those traits in action at their supermarket, gas station, etc. Yet there is always one in the crowd. The odd person out, Mr….

Walking, Driving or Living while Black

As far back as the late sixties, when I ran the streets. A twenty-something living my life young, gifted and black. So, advised Donny Hathaway in his hit song of the same name. Though the streets had its own perils, there was one unknown ending that could occur in my life. What happens if I…

Maturity comes with a Price and Responsibility

For as long as I can remember, I’ve never run away or shied away from who I am. By that I mean my birthright or race. Oh, I’ve had my questions of why I had to live with my father instead of my mother after their divorce. But then I finally resolved that idea by…

Here’s 2018, or…

…Down is up, up is down and sideways is running around in circles We are approaching or in a brand-new year. Yet we are still dragging along a bunch of crap from the old year. Stuff that hasn’t been worked out or a federal investigation that hasn’t reached a conclusion. Everybody knows the Russians interfered…

I Remember The Old Christmas Seasons

Tis the season when I become nostalgic and remember Christmas time at my parents and an assortment of relatives’ houses. Being raised in Milwaukee, I understood what the late Bing Crosby meant by a White Christmas. We wished for light snow instead of a snowstorm. If that be the case, I would grab my snow…

Morals for sale, cheap…or Free of Charge

Well, where do I begin? Let’s just say we (Americans) have watched and participated in a morals rudderless society since the days of Ronald Regan’s presidency. Before that of course but let’s begin during that time. Congress forbade any federal funding for the Nicaragua Contras in 1983. An order which the Regan administration ignored and…

Misguided Intentions, the Book

From birth through our teens we experience quite a bit of life that is out of our control. One could say we are not in command of our lives during that period. The responsibility for our overall well-being lies with our parents or other adults. Once we have reached the legal age of self-responsibility, we…

One Trick Pony or Jack of All Trades

Some of you millennials may not have heard the term ‘One Trick Pony.’ For those who haven’t let me explain how it relates to people, places and things. It’s pretty simplistic in meaning that the pony has one trick. It is not good at any more than one thing, thus the phrase. A lot of…

Has Common Sense Left The Building?

I’ve told my wife and friends several times in the recent past. I no longer have my cool stroll. Some, not me, would call it a pimp walk. But most dudes from my era (the sixties) had the stroll walk. For that matter, it goes beyond the sixties. A perfect example of that was the…

Communication Is Still A Problem For Some

Over the years, I’ve written a few blogs and articles whereas the subject matter is communication. Specifically, written examples of miscommunication between people or loved ones.  It’s a personal irritation of mine. I don’t mind calling out people and family members who don’t communicate with me or each other. Or, at the very least do…

Reading for Knowledge is Mandatory, Part 1

I know you’re wondering, who is this fellow? What credentials, education or background gives him the authority to suggest what I should do, much less how I should advise my family? Well, I am really nobody special, just a black man, an interested party in the growth, survivability, of my people and their ability to…

Who Told You That?

Think about it. You call up tech support or an on-line major retail store. The person on the other end of the phone line is quick. They almost solve your problem before you describe it. They give you a meticulous to do list that supposedly will make all your problems go away. You thank the…