22 December 2019

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year 2019 ~ 2020

Let me begin by stating that when I began collecting my thoughts on the celebration of the holidays; the task seemed to take on more of an air of redundancy.  As far back as 2011 and subsequent annual essays on the subject, there was always this foreboding and pessimistic view of the events of any given  period.  The concept of hope and the collective will of the majority of the American people and our global community who continue to be the champions for justice, compassion and mutual support --were always the redeeming factors.  The events that have preceded 2020 prove to have set the bar at one of its lowest and the consequences are unparalleled. We have a president, recently impeached and a rogue administration and party threatening the very fabric of our democracy in ways that mirror old guard threats and challenges.  There is no bottom to the inhumanity of this regime. The most touted concept of love must become a verb with active solution planning and accountability.  We must get back to perfecting our union instead of totally eradicating it and one must not only wish for a Happy New Year but a just and humane one.  

Archival Posts:

26 November 2019

30 September 2019

Jessye Norman ❤️ September 15, 1945 ~ September 30, 2019

"There is a Balm in Gilead"

 Ms. Norman' s majestic voice will be missed and the above rendition of "There is a Balm in Gilead" still brings tears to my eyes and a feeling of awe in my soul. The great ones are leaving us, however, her legacy of song and taped performances will be lasting gifts to the world.

06 August 2019



This will be brief for I am fresh in my grief for this outstanding scholar, novelist, intellectual, Nobel Prize Winner, Pulitzer Prize and Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient. I remember several years ago, a family friend lamented when a well-known celebrity had transitioned and I'm paraphrasing...send the ushers and bring the smelling salts! My sentiments since I heard the news that she has left us and they all eventually leave us.  The saving grace is her legacy of superb novels, *academic and *philosophical writings and her love for a people horrifically displaced, who struggled and attained heights that dared to challenge oppressive tactics and moved on for the greater good.  I've read that she is and was a National Treasure, for now, I'm not ready to fully let her go, so my feelings are with the former.

*Statement From the Family of Toni Morrison:

A preview of the latest documentary "The Pieces I Am" and a few of the many interviews that will stay with me until my final transition:

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