“The Uninvited Guest” was the name of this Sunday’s sermon. The Pastor referenced Luke, chapter 7, when the “sinful woman” crashed the dinner party that the Pharisee (Simon) was having for Jesus. (I won’t go into how in the Bible, reflective of society, the women were almost always the accused — even when that “sin”Continue reading “Party On”
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Guess Who’s Not Coming to Dinner
Thanks-giving. Yup, on everyone’s minds. I hope. I assume. But boy, oh boy, a lot of us are thinking about how much we don’t have to be thankful for these days. This holiday has always been a confusing one for me. When I was a kid, I actually thought it’d be a good idea toContinue reading “Guess Who’s Not Coming to Dinner”
“The True Essence of the Funk is the Power of the One”
The power of the one. That’s what Bootsie Collins was talking about in a recent interview on WNYC. He was speaking of his latest album of the same name. Bootsie’s 69. I felt he’d been around so long he had to be older – or even dead. But he is exceptionally alive, and generous andContinue reading ““The True Essence of the Funk is the Power of the One””
“Joy and Pain Are Like Sunshine and Rain”*
Well a whole bunch of us just felt like Whitney Houston in Waiting to Exhale. I mean just because we exhaled, not because we sing like her, or that her character in the movie is all that applicable. Because her man never left his marriage for her, but we just somehow got out of oneContinue reading ““Joy and Pain Are Like Sunshine and Rain”*”
What Does Agreement Smell Like?
Let’s agree to disagree. Some of the most annoying words you will hear these days, am I right? Or is it just me? I mean we can agree to disagree on which Housewives show is the best (and by best I mean worst) or whether dark chocolate tastes better than milk chocolate (it does). ButContinue reading “What Does Agreement Smell Like?”
Whose City Is It?
Politics is not a bad word in and of itself. It started out meaning “affairs of the cities” when Aristotle first introduced the term, politiká. But we all know how powerful connotations are, and the word has become burdened with an identity of contention, greed, and backroom dealing. When we don’t get a promotion weContinue reading “Whose City Is It?”
A Forest of Thoughts
There is so much on my mind right now that I can’t seem to zero in on a particular subject. And I just did yoga, which is supposed to center me. Which it did, while I was staring up into the waving branches of a Southern California black walnut tree. I was meditating on sacrificing,Continue reading “A Forest of Thoughts”
Unpacking the New
My Sunday blog is happening on Monday because I spent most of the day Sunday unpacking bags, boxes, and other receptacles full of things I didn’t think I owned. Because I thought I was a minimalist. Well, after this move, it is clear that that was a false identity I was clinging to. So, forgiveContinue reading “Unpacking the New”
What’s *Your* Call?
I was watching the documentary, Toni Morrison: the Pieces I Am last night and was feeling incredibly inadequate. Now of course as a writer I would feel that way. I mean she’s Toni Morrison. And the way she writes, the way she approaches the same words we all have access to and then sets themContinue reading “What’s *Your* Call?”
Patrice Khan-Cullors said yesterday that being an African American in the U.S. right now is to be “hunted.” She was speaking on her new book collaboration with asha bandele, When They Call You a Terrorist (Young Adult Edition): A Story of Black Lives Matter and the Power to Change the World. This was part ofContinue reading “No Hunting”