Connection, My Work, My Gift, and My Salvation 

Remaining members of the 47th Street  Temptations, L-R Azell Madden, Robert Brown and Don Arnold “We are hardwired to connect with others, it’s what gives purpose and meaning to our lives, and without it, there is suffering.”— Brené Brown Talk About Connection! I recently attended a childhood friend…

Goin’ In: We are connected: Deal with it!!

  We are connected to a violent American past that few people want to remember: the transatlantic slave trade. America chooses not to atone for slavery or grapple with the lingering question of reparations in the form of land, money, and international healing. When American political, social, and…

Connections: Physical vs Psychological

The entire Universe is inter-connected—every galaxy, every solar system, every planet. Equally important, every human is connected to one another, and that’s the function of our DNA. To better understand these considerations, we shall attempt to present a few clues to help you better understand the makings of…

Blossom: Me and My Bro – Lifetime Connection

    I have only one brother, Bernard Basley (Bernie). Two years my senior, as far back as I can remember, Bernie has been the proverbial “big brother,” moving with me through the stages of my life. I am almost positive that the melancholia I have when reading…

Poetry by Jon Purdue

BASTARD, BABY BOY. Born above a bread store. Muddy memory: Mom. Me. Mama. You. I knew then (that)…   You didn’t want me. Neither did she. Stories about me told then were Thinly veiled disgust.   My very favorite told and told and told again: You said “Mom,…

Sarin’s Thai: Clams!

CLAMS, CLAMS, CLAMS! Serves 4 Ingredients: 2-1/2 lbs. of Manilla clams 2 Tbs. Thai curry paste 1 Tbs. Lime 1/2 cup coconut water 2 cups water For Spicy, add 2 crushed chili peppers Preparation: 1.  Take a big bowl, wash clams and sit them in cold water for…

Thanks for Listening: Connecting for Impact

When I look back to those who have profoundly impacted my life, I realize the importance of each person reaching in and helping to mold me into who I am today. Growing up, I loved listening to older adult conversations and learning from their mistakes and triumphs!  Think…

E-mails from Jason

Date: Friday, February 1, 2008, 8:42 AM Hello everyone once again. This is Captain Jason Carter coming to you from the beautiful mountain of Afghanistan. Shall I begin my tale of this week’s exciting adventures? Shall I? This week found us on several convoys for our missions. We…