Murdering The Mind

What’s it all about? When we think of “murder” usually we only think about strangling, stabbing somebody, poisoning somebody, beating someone to death and, of course, shooting somebody. These are among the many ways that “murder” is commonly characterized and committed. Our first recorded murder is biblical. Cain murdered Abel. Many reasons have been expostulated as to why Cain killed his brother. He certainly was bitterly jealous, deceptive and disobedient. As it goes, Cain talked to Abel saying, “Let us go into the field….” It infers and sounds like what we call today premeditated murder. When they got into the...

Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah

We’ve heard them all before. On the TV commercial, the lady talks about car insurance and asked, “Didn’t you read the ne print?” She says, “Oh, that part that says, Blah, Blah, Blah,….” They promise the moon, right…Then you find out the moon is made of cheese. You don’t get a chunk or a piece of the pie. We’re left out in the cold again! Or they promise the earth. Who can deliver all these extravagant promises that can probably not be fulfilled or highly unlikely to be fulfilled. But, they don’t deliver anything anywhere near what was promised. Now...

The Ol’ Green Eyed Monster

The phrase “Green Eyed Monster” was used by, and possibly coined by, Shakespeare to denote jealousy, in “The Merchant of Venice”, 1596. Before Shakespeare, Jesus pointed to the pitfalls of envy and jealousy, “Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world.” Can jealousy have a positive side? What about envy? They are related and have come to be closely identified; however, in my learning, envy has come to be known as the worse of the two. Envy involves deep hostility and even rage. “Envy” can be deadly, vengeful and revengeful. There is a difference between the...

Cut Through The Red Tape!

My mother talked about “Red Tape.” I understand now. She was talking about: AKA The Bureaucracy AKA The Establishment AKA The System AKA The Man AKA The Cards Are Stacked Against Us AKA Red Tape. Responsible positions of authority require working, collaboration with authorities, commonly referred to as “the bureaucracy.” This word has become known to some negatively and arousing anger. Some people don’t know what it means at all; but when they hear it, they know it’s something about government. Bureaucracy connotes a systemof administration and government; a large group of people with many complicated rules and ways of...

You Got The Power!!

Every day brings fresh challenges; some are similar to previous challenges. Somehow, they take on a new identity. Where does that leave us? What do we do? Well, here’s the answer! Take ona new attitude! Refresh yourself! Put on fresh make-up (so to speak), a new cologne, some fresh perfume. Wipe away the anxiety. Stop worrying. Blink your eyes and re-focus your thoughts toward whipping up your mental and physical strength to ATTACK the problem with fresh ideas and fresh approaches. Develop some new mental strategies. If the old way of thinking hasn’t solved the problem, start thinking another way....

Voices In The Wilderness

Does all life matter? Really?? The killing of Harambe, the rare, silver back 450 pound, 17-year- old gorilla at the Cincinnati Zoo was widely publicized this week. While swishing around a 3 year old child, Harambe was killed to save the boy who managed to escape his mother and slipped into the gorilla enclosure. [The gorilla was minding his own business, living a gorilla life in captivity.] Those who heard of and onlookers who saw the event speculated the gorilla did not have to be killed. A conservationist stated the gorilla might have been distracted if he was offered fruit...

Side Effects of the Side Effects

The media is a great useful communication “tool.” Filtering media content for our precious, vulnerable children is critical. Watch television and BAM! drug advertisements pop up! People in the ads appear care free and have the avenue to healing! “Well, what are they doing?” “I want some of that!” [BEWARE!] Click to another channel. Not long…before you see more drug ads with strange names and “subnames,” so hard to pronounce, you have to stare at them to pronounce them. Not only that! While you’re lulled into this life of purported ecstasy, there is a seductive, subliminal voice saying some really...

Breathe, Breathe….

Wow! Better watch frying that bacon! Who wants to hear that, huh…. Bacon is so good, yum, yum. Try low sodium…keep that blood pressure down. But let’s not get side tracked. What we’re really talking about today is some serious work that goes on behind the scenes by very dedicated, committed people, who care enough about us to rid our air of those “nasty atmospheric particulates.” We can credit that to organizations like Coalition for Clean Air the Air Quality Management District (AQMD) and others. Do you remember when the air was so bad and the smog so thick you...

Transgender…. Gender Identity…And Education

Listen UP!!! Surely, you have been hearing about the controversy raging in North Carolina about transgender persons may use public restrooms according to their original gender on their birth certificate. The article herein is an advisory-guidance sent to schools all across the United States from the United States Department of Education and the United States Department of Justice. “The United States Departments of Education and Justice released joint guidance today to help provide educators (all over the country) the information they need to ensure that all students, including transgender students, can attend school in an environment free from discrimination based...

Don’t Judge A Book By Its Cover…..

As I walked today, two men were passing by using profanity. I stopped and said to them, “There’s a lady in your presence.” One kept walking; the other humorously said, “I don’t see a lady,” squinting his eyes; “I’m blind. I’m blind. I can’t see,” turning his head from side to side, smiling, jesting. I repeated, “There’s a lady in your presence,” I smiled with him. He said, “Oh, excuse me Ma’m..” We chatted. He said, “You know the older women respect the Black men more than the young women and I can’t get no respect from them. They treat...