Meditation 6

Fifteen minutes today. A quiet place in the house – usually the sofa, blinds closed. I start out with the Lord’s Prayer taught to me when I was a little girl. I pray for health mercies, traveling mercies, peace-of-mind mercies, companionship mercies, finding a job mercies and so on for family and friends. Single word-concepts […]

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Positive Statistics about Black Men 2

I wonder if I should even bother with this post.  After all, the Black men I know personally are positive people.  Not only does this include my husband, son, brother, brother-in-law, uncles (unfortunately deceased), my late step-father, and a host of cousins but also friends, colleagues,  acquaintances and strangers. Still, the prevailing and loudly promoted […]


A Lyrical Life – Rose Marie McCoy 6

Reading obituaries on a regular basis introduces me to all sorts of people of local, national and international renown who have lived interesting/riveting/extraordinary lives. I have blogged about reading obituaries before (see link to post below).  I find them so instructive and inspiring that I read a book about obituaries, The Dead Beat: Lost Souls, […]

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Telling like it T-I-Is – Dr. Beverly Scott 6

Dr. Beverly Scott, who stunned Boston by announcing her resignation as General Manager of the Mass. Bay Transportation System or “The T” as we call it, is a refreshing public servant.  I tweeted on Monday about how much I liked her candor and the fact that she was not a political hack.  And then, on […]


Books read in 2014

Usually books are constant companions as I travel to meetings and presentations. I typically  have 2-3 going at a time – one each waiting at my favorite perches in my home.   Such was not the case in 2014 when, I am ashamed to say it, I only read 30 or so. (Most are listed […]


Searching…Searching…the Internet 6

Having always been an information and story aficionado (a more polite word than junkie), the Internet has become my go-to tool for getting information on everything (like just about everybody).  The Internet offers too much information; not always accurate information, often contradictory information, not even necessarily the best information,  but information that is useful, varied, […]


Here + There = Everywhere 1

We are all in this together.  What don’t we understand about this? We may all live differently in this world because of our individuality and our unique situations but we are still living on the same planet.   If the planet goes down, it won’t stop and let certain people get off first*.  Even if you […]


Tidy-widy, Uptight 2

I find myself in regular encounters with people who have tidy lives and are so far removed from my messy, over-wrought reality that we might as well be living on separate planets (except we aren’t…we are all in this together.)  I call them the tidy-widys.* They come from plenty even though some of them don’t […]


The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander 2

The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander (Copyright 2010, 2012 by Michelle Alexander, The New Press) There are books that hit you in your head and heart and make sense of things you’ve seen and felt but had not put together in the same way as the author. […]

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My mother prays for me 7

For the first time in many years, I have seen my mother twice in the course of two months. (Yes, this is a sin and a shame and I am an asshole for allowing this to happen.) Usually I see her once a year, sometimes twice. Our first visit this summer was when she surprised […]


Will this keep my grandson safe? 7

I have an old acquaintance who types all of his emails in capital letters. They all begin, GREETINGS, and they are annoying. On the other hand, my two-year-old grandson, Tommie, speaks his greetings in capital letters that sound as if they should be bold, under-lined and painted a vivid ORANGE. “Hey, T-Pop,” he calls out […]

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From the job boards – 5 1

I occasionally share interesting job postings, and my thoughts about them, on this blog.  Here is the latest crop. Tudor needed for college Oceanography (Perhaps the tutoring should start with learning to spell the word tutor.)  Sexual Misconduct Prevention Specialist This wins for most provocative title.  Description: The Sexual Misconduct Prevention Specialist reports to the […]