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Learning To Be A Friend

16 November 2016 Across my almost 70 years of living, I have been lousy at initiating and nurturing friendships. It was not until I worked with my father to write a book about his life that I came face-to-face with this fact of my being. Talking with Daddy about his treasured friendships and then compiling […]

Be Careful, America…Think then Vote

3 November 2016 We are in the throes of a painful 2016 presidential election. This is an election where Americans must be careful and give detailed thought to how we should individually respond in this situation. My wife and I recently spent a weekend visiting with a two-year-old and her mother. The father, mother’s husband, […]

Framework as a Critical Element of Thought

20 October 2016 I started this column on 22 September 2016, while watching reports and commentary on rioting the previous night in Charlotte, North Carolina. Businesses in the downtown area were looted, police officers were attacked, and one person was shot. This situation came about in the aftermath of a Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officer shooting resulting […]

Insights from the Community Garden

5 October 2016 I spend substantial time in the Fayetteville Community Garden. This is because I grow vegetables in a plot there along with volunteering to help maintain and beautify the garden. This five acre, 94 plot garden, is proving to be a microcosm of what I see in our country from a distance. That […]

Cutting Off Our Nose to Spite Our Face

20 September 2016 I recently read a column by Myron B. Pitts, Fayetteville Observer newspaper columnist, which added to my already tremendous mental and emotional pain regarding the condition of Black Americans. The title is “Myron B. Pitts: Donald Trump is ‘birther’-in-chief.” Pitts makes the case that because Donald Trump persisted in questioning whether Barack […]

Thought Control through Narrative Manipulation

7 September 2016 We live in a time when the word “narrative” is used repeatedly in discussing or analyzing events and conditions in our nation and world.  What follows is a warning that citizens of the world, and especially America, must be alert to the thought control that happens by way of narrative manipulation. Miami […]

Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump: An Approach for Choosing

23 August 2016 I believe America is facing the most important presidential election in my lifetime, or even longer.  America needs and is crying out for meaningful change.  Unless something far beyond what anybody can imagine happens, voters will choose between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.  What follows is an approach for making that choice. […]

My Interactions with White Police Officers

9 August 2016 Given that there seems to be a flood of black men relating accounts of their negative interactions with white police officers, I feel obligated to share my experiences.  Before sharing my story, setting the climate is important.  Why climate is important becomes obvious in the story. For starters, consider a comment made […]

A Glimpse of the Possible

28 June 2016 Without doubt, the moral condition of America is in a state that left unchecked will lead to our self-destruction as a nation.  Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines moral as “concerning or relating to what is right and wrong in human behavior.” With few exceptions, we are a nation where people are allowed to do […]

Without Question, This is Discrimination

14 July 2016 In an atmosphere replete with allegations of discrimination regarding black victims where the evidence is questionable, now comes a case that is absolutely discrimination.   In early May 2016 the Cumberland County School Board voted 6-2-1 for Vernon Aldridge to replace Leon Mack as the school system’s activities director.  Aldridge is white and […]

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