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AND NOW… AFFIRMATIVE ACTION

I wish everyone a peaceful and healthy New Year. And now, a few thoughts about an item on the Supreme Court’s docket. You would expect an American person of color to be in favor of affirmative action, right? While I’m living proof of that expectation, I know the correlation between one’s racial identity and supporting…

THIS FALL’S GREAT AMERICAN YARD SALE

Dear readers, you might remember from a previous blog that I don’t enjoy going to or participating in yard sales. Traipsing through someone’s collection of used tools, ancient cassettes, old Christmas ornaments, and dozens of frayed wicker baskets is not my idea of fun. Perhaps if I were a collector of things, I’d froth at…

TRUE CONFESSION: I’M AFRAID OF THE DARK

I’ve known this for a long time, but recently I’ve been reminded of it. I’m not referring to the nighttime’s darkness associated with zombies or vampires, although I am glad that with two cats as opposed to two dogs, I don’t have to make forays outside late at night. Dogs have to be walked, in…

LET’S TAP THE BRAKES ON THE BREAKING NEWS…

Perhaps it’s the heat and humidity that’s gotten to me. Each time I listen to the news I hear headlines listed like a series of bad dreams or worse, a non-stop run-on sentence of misery, violence, and existential threats to my being. Writers can get away with a run-on sentence from time to time, but…

THE THING ABOUT ELVIS PRESLEY

A friend of mine whose musical tastes I respect and usually share wrote a Facebook post in which she urged people to see the new biopic about Elvis Presley. I responded that if she were familiar with the late Elvis’ reputed attitude about Black folks, she’d understand why I didn’t want to see this film.…

THE THEORY OF ONE

During the halfway mark of my teaching career, I felt discouraged and less than successful. I questioned what I was accomplishing, what I was contributing to the greater good of my students, why I was no longer enthusiastic about teaching Spanish and French. In tune with B.B. King’s plaintive lyrics atop the chords from his…

IN APPRECIATION OF AMISTAD

Many of you recall reading about the ship, Amistad. In 1839, in violation of all treaties then in existence, Portuguese slavers abducted a group of Africans from Sierra Leone and set sail for Cuba. Some of these captives rebelled, seized the ship, and ordered the crew to return to Africa. Instead of sailing West, the…

“…WITHOUT FEAR OR FAVOR…”

I’m thankful for the people who read my last post (“Non Sequiturs,”) and told me it gave them some laughs. I had fun writing it. God knows we’ve all needed to read, hear, or watch something humorous recently. It would be easy for me to compose a similar essay because after writing that last one,…

NON SEQUITORS

And now … the latest dispatch from the land of divided attention, a rather crowded place filled with twenty-four-hour news cycles and two-minute reports from the trenches in Ukraine. I need a break from world events, so please excuse me if I leave the latest headlines and travel to the mundane. First, welcome back, E-Trade…

WHAT’S NEW?

Not much, as it turns out. Cautious respect for the transmissibility of the Omicron version of Covid-19-20-21-22 continues to keep me close to home. There’s always something to do here, but I miss being able to go to stores, the movies, museums, and restaurants. Not having those activities to define the days, I’ve found myself…

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