learning to swim

I recently learned how to swim. I decided it was time to learn.  I asked friends for a swim instructor referral, looked it up and enrolled in a class.  A week later, I was swimming across the pool.  It was... Read more →

Getting Happy

I make grits on weekend mornings.  As a vegan, I try to make organic grits and I have them with soy-sausage or scrambled tofu rather than the corned beef hash, scrambled tofu or fried liver on which I was raised. ... Read more →

The Power Of Honesty

I have a confession: I like soap operas.  Not all, but a couple.  I’ve been following their story lines for years.  At the end of almost every weekday, I indulge myself by watching the day’s episode online.  It seems like... Read more →


I find comfort in those two tones that indicate that an episode of a “Law and Order” franchise is coming on.  I don’t mind watching reruns because I’ve usually forgotten the outcome.  I feel the same way about the “CSI”... Read more →

Fully Human

“What does it mean to be a human being?”  This is one of those questions I heard in the opening lecture to the required philosophy class in college.  It was the kind of thing that made me not like philosophy. ... Read more →


For decades I’ve heard Barbra Streisand’s voice crooning out words I know to be true: “People, people who need people, are the luckiest people in the world.”  Of course, I think that people needing people aren’t just lucky; they’re human.  I... Read more →

Unholy Ghost

In the summer of 2002, I was a graduate student in religion who was tired of reading theology.  In search of summer fiction, I walked into a large bookstore and stumbled into a book that hit closer to home than... Read more →


  Growing up in the Sunday school programs of black churches and in Catholic elementary school, I was taught that although there were many disciples, but there were only twelve apostles.  That is, there were many people who followed Jesus,... Read more →

Needing The Past

  My father was a student of history and ensured that I would be as well.  More specifically, he was a student of African American history.  I knew who Mary McLeod Bethune and George Washington Carver were before I went... Read more →

Peace and Comfort

        I like the way the gospel of John talks about the Holy Spirit.  In Jesus’ farewell to his disciples (John 14-17), he talks about a Spirit – a Comforter – that will come to bring peace... Read more →