My, My, My, What a Mess

‘My, my, my, what a mess’ is one of those phrases from African America lore. In this usage, mess meaning the equivalent of excretion. One can surmise the situation untenable, making no sense. I love these kinds of phrases as they remind me of conversations I’ve had with members of the older generation of black…

Unchon-ni, South Korea, I Remember 1962-63

Strike up a conversation with most people who were young, free, and enjoyed American life in the sixties. You will hear, maybe even feel their urgency to bring back the nostalgia of being young during that era. It was a time, whereas the overall feeling of most people in this country was to live life…

Grandma Gracie’s Book and Pittsburg, CA. Creative Book Store

As people of color, we should all be proud of the way our grandparents, parents, and other relatives survived in the South. They not only survived but thrived through the great depression, sharecropping, outright racism, all while living in Klu Klux Klan country. There were plenty of white people who didn’t hate blacks. Let me…

Third Floor Flat to a Single Story Home

Once again, a health issue caused me to be out of pocket for a length of time. I was in the hospital on Christmas Day last December, discharged on New Year’s Eve. I wrote about my aortic valve replacement a couple of years ago. This time I didn’t feel like writing about issues concerning my…

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…