Hard come, easy go – workplace diversity

I used to keep my distance. I was professionally courteous but made little effort to get to know my colleagues very deeply.  There were so few people in the work environment I could relate to culturally or who shared my economic background or who seemed interested in news and events […]


Hiding in plain view 2

It  is not unknown to me. I actually do know it.  I’ve been to that place, I’ve seen that sculpture, and I’ve experienced that event/practice/celebration. I live or have lived in that neighborhood or on that street.  I’ve read that book.  I learned that history.  I’ve dined at that restaurant, […]


Love can return after it’s gone missing 3

Sometimes love returns after it’s gone missing. It can be found again… Can you love someone that you see clearly, who is no longer opaque, mysterious and unknown? Can you love someone whose flaws are apparent – at least to you if not to them?  Can they love you when […]


Love the One You’re With 1

Love the one you’re with.  I mean really – love the one you’re with but not in the manner of the lyrics from the song, “If you can’t be with the one you love, love the one you’re with.” by Crosby, Stills & Nash.*  That is opportunistic love.  I’m talking […]


Po-Po-Poetry – David Bickham – National Poetry Month

I met David Bickham about 18 years ago when he was living in Boston.  He promised me that he would get me to his hometown of Jackson, Mississippi one day to share my experience with cultural economic development.  We kept in touch over the ensuing years and he always contacted […]