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Markeysha and Dekeim: Learning from People Who Know the Way

8 February 2017 My writings and speeches often address the disturbing condition of far too many black males in America. From high incarceration rates, dumbfounding unemployment rates, totally out-of-control black-on-black homicides, to unbelievable levels of poverty, this is a segment of our population in need of informed attention. Obviously, what is being done is failing…even […]

Trump and Pence…Eight and 16

25 January 2017 If Democrat leaders continue on their current course, I expect Donald Trump will serve eight years as president, with Mike Pence as vice-president, followed by eight years of Pence as president. What follows is a look at some components of the perilous course being pursued by Democrat leaders. Start with their effort […]

Diminishing Effectiveness of the Race Card

11 January 2017 For several years, playing the “Race Card” has been a very effective means of forcing actions that might not have otherwise come to pass. From the Cambridge Dictionary, race card is “to try to gain an advantage by drawing attention to someone’s race or to issues of race.” An editorial in the Fayetteville Observer titled, “Our View: School board creates drama with […]

Dr. Ben Carson: Prepared to Serve, but Challenged

29 December 2016 President-Elect Donald Trump selected Dr. Ben Carson as his nominee for Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Immediately, several prominent Democrats, including Representative Nancy Pelosi, House Minority (Democratic) Leader, and Senator Chuck Schumer, recently-elected Senate Minority (Democratic) Leader, declared Carson unqualified for the job. My suggestion is that Democrats should press […]

My Draining Struggle to Understand

14 December 2016 The opening line of the welcome to my website says, “After all my years of living, there are still some things I do not understand.” That is, I cannot make sense of, cannot reason, my way to some conclusions reflected in the actions or words of others. The 2016 presidential election and […]

Dogwood Festival Music Diversity: An Opportunity For Exercising Leadership

29 November 2016 This column shares my thinking regarding a recent issue related to the Dogwood Festival. The festival is a major Fayetteville, North Carolina, weekend event held in the spring of each year. It brings together vendors who sell a multitude of items ranging from food to birdhouses. Beyond vendors are some twenty-five musical […]

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 […]

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