Perspective

T-R-A-N-S-I-T-I-O-N-S

IN THE SPRING OF 2017 anxious to have more white space on the pages of my life, I decided to retire. Working in community relations, as I have for the past decade, is a labor of love but leaves very little time for the growing responsibilities of assisting…

Hoping Denver 2008 won’t be Chicago 1968

August 25, 2008 I have the dubious distinction of being one of the first journalists to be beaten by the Chicago police in 1968. My own personal cop clubbing came in a different era in a different city at a different Democratic National Convention. It was exactly 40…

Freedom: Responding to the Call

Freedom is that instant between when someone tells you to do something and when you decide how to respond. ~Jeffrey Borenstein Dr. Robert D. Hill, when the director of research for the National Urban League, wrote The Strengths of Black Families (1972) to counteract the negative stereotypes of…

Hoot, Hoot, Hooray

  A story by Wanda Gail Campbell Many millions of years ago when God, Goddess, All That Is, whom we shall name GGATI, was thinking of creating humans, a call went out to all the animals of planet Earth for a brainstorming session. When they were gathered GGATI…

An Umbrella of Perceptions

Who knows what is in the minds of men today when they see or hear the word, “freedom”? That one word seems to have taken on so many meanings though they may be only ‘sub-titles’ for a greater concept of what it means to be free. The word…

Truth and Musings by Faeez van Doorsen

Comrades, What matters is holding close the knowledge that hatred only lasts for as long as love will allow. What matters is that there’s a revolution around the bend and if we falter now, we’ll incur regrets that spare no room for solace. What matters is that we…

Losing the Shackles: Getting Free

All of our lives we’ve been told of the freedoms we have by being Americans. Freedom of speech, religion, to bear arms, press, etc. It is only when we get to be middle-aged that we realize we haven’t taken advantage of the most important freedoms promised by American…

Reflections…on family, fathers, and soft landings

Meet my father Nathaniel (Jake) Box, my nephew, Kelley Hudson, Shawna Young, and my uncle, Leotis (Red) Box Shawna’s graduation Battle Creek Central High School, June 1995 As Father’s Day approaches, the debate intensifies about Missing-In-Action fathers. Deadbeat dads. What useful nugget can I add to the conversation…

Hello World: Memories of My Father

Hello World, These musings are dedicated to my family’s memories of my father and his love of bright sunshine, children, poetry, art, flowers, and trees. Math I always thought that my father was the smartest person I knew. He freely and cheerfully offered his expertise about issues ranging…