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September 2014

The Value of Lost Things
Do You ever Think of the Emotional Value of Things?

      I've often heard that you don't know the value of something until you lose it. I think a more accurate statement might be that we take the value of things, even people, for granted while they are around and available.
     One afternoon, in between class periods I used the nearest girl's restroom at the suburban junior high school where I teach. I freshened up then left my cosmetic pouch on the sink before I used the stall, as I always do. I heard one or two girls come in and leave. When I came out, the bag was gone.
     Gone was my soft, perforated black leather over red satin pouch. What an inconvenience to replace these necessities-my compact, lipstick, lip gloss, purse-size hand sanitizer, small comb, brush, mini nail file, hair pins, safety pins, and my small Swiss army pocket knife with seven tools heads.
     Then I felt the pang of a deeper loss! That little bag was associated with very emotional memories of my experience of 9/11...

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July 2013
The Trayvon Martin Case - What is the lesson learned?

George Zimmerman's acquittal in the trial of Trayvon Martin's shooting death was received with mixed reactions by an American public that most agree is divided over the issue because of the underlying notes of racism...

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January 2013
How to Make New Year Resolutions a Reality

A New Year brings to many a chance for a do-over. People speak of resolutions: lose weight, love more, take time for self, etc. Great! Now let's be real. Nothing will happen unless you actually do it and stick with it.

The first sunday of the year was a beautiful, mild January day in Houston, TX.  That afternoon I decided to kick off my promise to exercise more regularly and walked ten blocks to use a local high school's running track. I power-walked the course once,then picked up the pace by alternating the walk with a jog. Each time I gave myself a starting and stopping point; jog from the bleachers to the trash can,walk from the can to that drain, jog from the drain to that bench then walk from the bench to the score board. Each time I stretched myself to jog past my designated goal and got a little further.

After a while my exercise routine became a metaphor for what a resolution should look like...


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Can the Trayvon Martin tragedy spur a movement for conciliation?




I believe it can.

Somebody’s baby boy died in a senseless act of violence prompted by prejudice. Another budding life chopped down because of a skin color that some associate with everything negative and undesirable.

Hasn’t it been proven time after time that color doesn’t make a man or woman? Isn’t it true that underneath that thin layer of skin, what makes us all human is really all the same? Why then do we continue to experience tragedies like that of Trayvon Martin?

I thought back to two incidents involving racial profiling that took place over a decade ago when I lived in New York. In 1999 and in 2000, New York City witnessed the senseless murders of Amadou Diallo and Patrick Dorismond, innocent black men shot by over-zealous police officers who assumed they were suspects solely based on their “appearance.” Diallo was 23 and unarmed when four New York City plain-clothed officers fired 41 bullets at him on February 4, 1999. The officers said he fitted the description of a wanted suspect in a rape case. On March 16, 2000 Patrick Dorismond was approached by two undercover cops asking to purchase marijuana. Dorismond felt insulted that these guys assumed he was a drug dealer. The cops never identified themselves as officers, but during an ensuing scuffle, one of them shot Dorismond in the chest and killed him.

Those events roiled the city and sparked numerous protests and marches. I felt so deeply moved by the injustice of it all I did what comes to me naturally when I can do nothing else. I sat down and penned the following words for a song “We Are One.”

The other day a mother cried
My son she said has died in vain
Innocent blood was shed again
And still the lessons pass us by

When I went into the recording studio in early March of this year to work on my upcoming album “I Live by Faith,” I hesitated to add “We Are One.” How relevant is a song written twelve years ago that speaks of the perils of skin color when we have a black president in the White House?

Today my brother dared to dream

Was told he was not worth a thing
Cause of the color of his skin
Oh, what a life for one to bear

Another mother cried. Her son had died in vain. Innocent blood was shed again and till we learn to embrace the God-intended diversity of our human race, the tears will keep on rolling.

“Why can’t we live together? Learn from one another. When will we learn to get along?” the lyrics wonder. In the midst of the public outrage and all the confrontation, the song offers a message of conciliation. “We all are one.”

Friends, I say it’s time we do our part to eliminate the “R” word. Join the “We Are One” movement. Let’s put the ‘G’ to race. Let’s talk about grace instead of race.

“We Are One” – The song that promotes unity! –

Dedicated to the memory of Trayvon Martin and other victims of racial profiling.

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