Saying I Love You If Black Lives Mattered

In a time of segregated pools, Mr. Rogers asked a black singer to play a police officer. The two shared a foot bath with on television and sang a song about the many ways to say I love you. Francois Clemmons said he felt an authentic connection with Mr. Rogers, and that Mr. Rogers was intentional and conscious about the…


Afro-Cuban Visit – Obama and Cuba

This picture of the Obama family arriving in Cuba is iconic. The headline in Huffington Post read “Obama in Havana.” The picture resonates with many other images, so I keep thinking about it. The photographer got lucky, was in the right place at the right time, lined up a perfect shot, at least to my untutored eye. The picture makes…


Gratitudes: Time and Time Again

Keeping track of gratitudes helps keep me positive and appreciative. The only rule is people can't be on the list because there are too many to name. Focusing on the small things keeps me mindful. Here's my gratitudes for today.

1. Summer!

2. Summer in the Northwoods is not like summer anywhere else.

3. Patient people.

4. Grapefruits are available out of season. Yummy! (Bad for the world economy to eat fruit out of season, but yummy in my tummy. Darn.)

5. Bread Pudding coffee from Community Coffee – a taste of Louisiana in the Northwoods.

6. An awesome post-grading night’s sleep. Gosh, that felt so effing good.

7. A kick-ass semester in the can. “It’s a wrap!”



Boomers Embrace Beyonce

Back in 2010, Prince chided Beyonce for her lack of musical knowledge, but was impressed that she understood something about Mixolydian scales and Egyptian styles, WTF. Basically he thought she was quite talented and gifted, but her longevity and survival depended on learning a lot more. I’m not much of a Beyonce fan, and had no interest in Lemonade. The…