Tag Archive | freedom

progressive reawakening


Hello readers, Are you an idealist? If you are anything like me, it probably really bothers you when you see an individual or some group of people or defenseless animals becoming the object of mistreatment or discrimination. Like me, you might be struggling to make a living and having the feeling that the little safety […]

What does it mean to be a man? On Freedom, Responsibility and Ferguson


Hello readers, As a human being and a mom of a young 15 year-old son whose father is from West Africa, I am deeply saddened and frightened by American culture and behavior in the after-math of the murders of Michael Brown on August 9th in Ferguson, MO and 12 year-old Tamir Rice this past Monday […]

Links between Freedom and Community


Hello readers, My recent readings have lead me to an epiphany of sorts.  The books in question are not related to each other in topic: Jon Katz’s book about relationships between people and dogs, The New Work of Dogs: Tending to Life, Love, and Family (2003), and The Smartest Kids in the World – and […]

Play (a very short story shaped like a poem)


Come out and play!  Sluggish eyed, Taina no longer had the soft gaze and limp cuddle of a clearly innocent puppy.  Childhood, a time for play, is no longer Replaced by other activities.  Chores. Entertainment. Mating.  And yet she was beginning to feel that the accoutrements of adulthood were A) not so important to being a successful […]

WHAT IF? ON FREEDOM…


July 4, 2013 Hello readers, What does freedom or independence mean to you?  To some, it means having no one over yourself to tell you what choices to make or how to behave. To others, it means enjoying the ability to be your true self without censorship, to be able to reach full potential without […]

The Carrot of Hope


Hello readers, Hope is an essential although elusive ingredient to human life.  As children, we may rejoice in the moment more effectively than do adults, but we still emulate and aspire to the power and effectiveness of adulthood. This too is a form of hope.  My grandmother told me when she was about 90 years […]

Living Simply: A New Standard of Living


Hello readers, I have always aspired to living simply, and for the most part, I feel I have succeeded.  Although I have never earned much more than $20,000 a year, I manage to live simply with a focus on enjoying the moment.  I feel that a high standard of living means doing work that has meaning, having […]

Unrivaled Sibling: Forgiveness of Dreams Undone


A colleague’s face is painted with my sister’s shadow Resentment springs where attention undeserved was lost Unspoken conversations over decades remain intact A mind weaves poisonous threads easily Cut outs of unnecessary misery excised My sister’s bitter note “wish you were dead” No longer matters So sad you feel I stole the love you craved […]

Memory in Bites and Flashes: An Embarrassing Poem


Days past innocently abused Took on the embarrassment of others Carried it like a shield One time, still cringing at the memory, a man tricked me into a hotel bathroom under pretext of business I bought the lie, didn’t understand My skin did crawl in red-cheeked shame I needed to forgive myself for what he […]

The Mastery of Love: Are We Any Closer to Relationships Without Fear?


Hello readers, It is programmed into our beings to seek out others, and intially, before we are hurt, shamed, or conditioned by life, to delight in ourselves and in one another.  No one explains better, I feel, than author Don Miguel Ruiz the dichotomy between fear and love that causes our lives to be full […]