Saturday, August 27, 2016
I love what Nina Simone did with this song, but this original adolescent song is so pure and innocent. I love it. It goes to show how much of a cultural preservationist Nina Simone was through her music. She not only sung and preserved African American culture but American culture. She was and still is a treasure. Nevertheless, thank you Ms. Christine and Katherine Shipp for this lovely rendition. Peace~
Monday, August 22, 2016
Today, I tried to fall back into a rhythm - a living rhythm. I've been "off" for the last couple of weeks, but I'm am slowly getting back into some sort of routine. Then again, perhaps this is my chance to break away from routine. I don't know? There are just times that I strive for "normalcy" whatever that is or isn't.
Anyway, I went to the library, sat in the lobby, and started reading a biography about C.S. Lewis. My father gave it to me as a gift while he was here in Washington for my mother's home-going service. We recently had a conversation over the phone concerning Mr. Lewis, so, I guess that he felt it would be a good gift. He was right. Besides, good things usually happen after he gives me a book. Yes, that is the superstition that I have decided concerning my father and books. Plus, it's a chance to have something beyond surface conversation with my father. Who cares about the weather and classes when we can exchange thoughts about a great writer and theologian. Besides, no one else in the family is likely to have that conversation. Peace~
Tuesday, July 05, 2016
Friday, June 10, 2016
Thursday, June 02, 2016
Very nostalgic. The conversations and the way they people interact reminds me of my grandparents generation in North Carolina. I would visit every summer around this time in June when I was a little boy. These conversations give me ideas about language and it ultimately inspires much of my poetry.
Tuesday, May 24, 2016
Today, I strayed from my dialectical form of poetry and ventured into storytelling. I wrote the first draft of a short story that has been on my mind. It also deals with myth. I taught an Introduction to Mythology course this spring and it inspired my sense of storytelling. I can tell you that it deals with matters of the heart. By the way, initially I was ambitious with my wanting to give daily updates. I will, rather, give periodic updates. I will give at least one weekly update. Enjoy your evening.
Art by Cathy Delaleu
Friday, May 20, 2016
Wednesday, May 18, 2016
Sunday, May 01, 2016
In a fight held at Reno, Nevada, on July 4, 1910, Jack Johnson became the first boxer to knock down Jim Jeffries, and in the 15th round Jeffries’ corner threw in the towel. The white public was outraged. Their "Great White Hope" was defeated. he was supposed to restore the crown and make America great again! In the end, there was racial violence and rioting across the United States. Johnson's victory became tragically pyrrhic for the African American public. The racial violence would continue throughout the first decade of the 20th Century and beyond.