Brené Brown on Empathy

Posted by on Aug 18, 2015
Brené Brown on Empathy

This reminds me so much of Mom it hurts, until I smile inside, realizing how lucky I am to have come from her and to know her. She was the most empathetic person I’ve met and not just towards me. She never shared videos about being empathetic, nor did she talk about it. She just […]

Police Are Like a Box of Chocolates

Posted by on Aug 11, 2015
Police Are Like a Box of Chocolates

Not my work, but too perfect not to share. Now, can anyone explain how this situation was handled reasonably, or how the end result should not be any different? Reading up on this topic, I came across an upcoming documentary titled Of Dogs and Men that explains the systematic, unapologetic killing of pets by US […]

Our Nuclear War

Posted by on Aug 6, 2015
Our Nuclear War

Seventy years ago today, even after leaders knew the war was won, roughly 50,000 innocent people died instantly at the hands of the US military. In the following months, roughly 100,000 additional humans suffered prolonged, gruesome deaths in Hiroshima, and tens of thousands more would die similarly in Nagasaki. If we are to consider our […]

The Hunt for Walter Palmer

Posted by on Jun 29, 2015
The Hunt for Walter Palmer

And like a poached lion, Walter Palmer has discovered himself trapped by better-equipped forces, singled out into the open. Let me first clarify that in no way do I wish Walter a long traumatic death – followed, perhaps, by routine skinning and decapitation – or any sort of violence on him at all, and I […]

Add “Emanuel”, or “Charleston”, or “____” to the List

Posted by on Jun 18, 2015
Add “Emanuel”, or “Charleston”, or “____” to the List

The Five Ws of tragedy will change, but little else will – that is, until we recognize our connection to all tragedies and change our beliefs and behaviors accordingly. To respect men but not women. To side with one race but not others. To embrace love but not for everyone. To pray for Charleston but […]

Rains of Joy

Posted by on May 14, 2015
Rains of Joy

love cries from above: those cooling powers those downward- pulling reminders of how tears enable life

The Golden Spiral

Posted by on May 7, 2015
The Golden Spiral

I am a shell, among billions on this rocky beach; lonesome atoms provided me with form. Torn across this vast ocean, I spiral throughout time. Alone. Unnoticed. Yet I feel forever connected

The Wire, Revisited

Posted by on Apr 29, 2015
The Wire, Revisited

Regarding Baltimore, here’s David Simon, the mastermind behind HBO’s The Wire, talking about America at a conference in Australia in 2013. The conference being “The Pop Up Festival of Dangerous Ideas”. In referencing “the brick”, Simon, in essence, predicts the Baltimore riots two years before they happen. (His speech is 25 minutes; a Q & […]

When The Buzzards Come

Posted by on Mar 12, 2015
When The Buzzards Come

give my boy his lil’ toy back oh lord when the buzzards come up cottonmouth valley, when they come to pick his bones. you said shake’m so I shook’m ‘til his lil’ amber eyes danc’d like them lil’ cussin’ bells. that lil’ toy fell like a buzzard ‘to the tub. i can only hear those ripples now oh […]

Night Shift

Posted by on Feb 25, 2015
Night Shift

it was 6AM or 7 the night shift nurse’s aide changed the subject:  you’re so strong. she frowned and swayed towards my arms my lips took on a faint smile my eyes slid across  nothingness. earlier that morning around 1:30 or so from my mother’s throat I heard that first subtle  pop that unhappy flutter: it only comes at […]