Well Enough

Well Enough

Like most people I know, I have a very long to-do list.  It seems that I add things faster than I cross them off.  I use the list for my much-needed sense of accomplishment.  I exact this need in all types of ways.  For example, I refuse to let the servers in...
Crutches

Crutches

I own a pair of crutches.  I keep them in the hallway closet where I can grab them if I need them . . . because every so often I will.  I have a knee condition where my kneecaps naturally dislocate. I can move my kneecaps with my hand, or they will naturally dislocate...
learning to swim

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 that easy.  In my own defense, I knew what to do.  I just...
Getting Happy

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.  Eating grits on the weekends reminds me of leisurely...
The Power Of Honesty

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 a perfect mindless wasy to unwind.  I jokingly...
Evidence

Evidence

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” franchises and the television show “House.” ...
Fully Human

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.  I wasn’t interested in hearing historical and contemporary...
Community

Community

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 think we all need other...
Unholy Ghost

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 I ever could have imagined.  There it was in the main...
Overlooked

Overlooked

  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, but there were only...