I was out for one of the two walks I’ll take today when I saw an older black man get extremely startled. He was edging his lawn and didn’t see a woman walking behind him in the street until she was quite close. Not too close, mind, but he jumped so hard, I was startled, … Continue reading In the Age of the ‘Rona It’s Mask or Die: But If You’re a Black Man, Apparently It’s Complicated
So, I saw an article on Fast Company today, “5 reasons we need emotionally intelligent leaders in times of crisis.” Are you nodding? Yeah. Me too. Day to day people are struggling. I mean, they’re really struggling. At last count, some 26 million Americans applied for unemployment in the month or so. It’s bananas. Almost completely out … Continue reading Sarcasm, Bleach and Sunlight: I Think I’ll Just Sleep Until Times Get Better
Okay, so I started watching #blackAF because who wouldn’t want to watch a Netflix original series about a family of black people struggling with something other than sports injuries, being broke, abuse, being chased by police, drugs, booze, sex or gambling addiction, and/or trying to survive in the face of unreasonable and irrational hardship. Yeah! … Continue reading What to Do When You’re #blackAF and a Walking, Hilarious Stereotype
It’s an interesting question, with long reaching implications into too many industries and areas to comfortably count. But brass tacks, people are dying right now due to the coronavirus. We’re in the midst of a global pandemic. If there is a woman who has something, anything, that could make a substantive difference in our fight … Continue reading If a Felon Had Key Info That Could Aid the Fight Against Coronavirus, Should We Forgive Her?
I left the house today. I went out for roughly 20 minutes to help my mom at her other house. On the way home I saw this girl walking on the street. She was wearing a long flowing black skirt, combat boots and a mask, and I thought, damn. She looks like an extra from … Continue reading After It’s All Said and Done
I think it was Reuben, played by Elliott Gould, in the movie Oceans Twelve who said, “Didn’t you see the signs? I saw the signs.” He wasn’t talking about forecasting the future via crystal balls or tea leaves. He was saying, because of the nature of things, common sense suggests, X, Y and Z could be coming, … Continue reading Trump, Tea Leaves and Tragedy: What Makes a Good Leader?
I don’t know about you, but I have been suffering from anxiety messing with this coronavirus. It’s not staying in the house that’s doing it, at least, not entirely. I’m always in the house anyway – I work from home. But being advised/required/forced to stay here is messing with my brain. Suddenly I have this … Continue reading First World Problems, aka Being Petty in the Midst of a Pandemic, and a Boring but Worthy List to Combat the Angst
So, the coronavirus is a thing. Or, should I call it COVID-19? I’m not being flip. I’m certainly not laughing or even smiling as I write this, but I think it’s important not to get too heavy, you know? To maintain a sense of perspective. I did think about writing on something else this week. … Continue reading Pandemics and Perspective, Now We Have Both
My friend Adri always says when you find yourself in a potentially dodgy situation, and you have doubts about another person, always assume good intent. Meaning, when you wonder, “Hmmm. Is this person trying to play me dirty?” Don’t jump to the negative. Instead, give them the benefit of the doubt. It’s a perfect lesson … Continue reading Don’t Mess with The Honey Pot