Month: January 2013

The Windy City!

Finally, Chicago’s winter wind is often called “The Hawk”, a term long popular in the African American community. The first recorded citation of Chicago being dubbed “The Hawk” is from the Chicago defender, October 20, 1936: “And these cold mornings are on us—in other words ‘Hawkins’ has got us.”
Lou Rawls’ recording of “Dead End Street” explains “The Hawk” pretty well. I love the line when Lou says, “I had to get fully dressed before I could go to bed.” By the way, Lou Rawls is an alum of my alma mater, Dunbar Vocational High School.

What I’m Grateful for!

While there are still things I want, as I look around this morning, here are ten things I’m so-o-o grateful for (and not in this order): A hot shower. A steaming cup of coffee. The sun streaming in through my garden…

Medical Service Providers in Your Home

Say no to deliverymen’s requests for drinking water, pop, or the restroom. These people aren’t your friends and they are getting paid for what they’re doing. Don’t allow them to call you if they are ahead of schedule and just want to pop in at their convenience. If my mom was watching “Jeopardy” or “Wheel of Fortune”, I wasn’t stopping her pleasure for someone else’s convenience.

A Baby Boomer’s Tips to Manage Your Boss

The roommate from hell who almost made you dropout of college your freshman year didn’t change. She just grew into a mean woman and now she’s your boss. Unfortunately she brings the same messiness to her team or a department,.

Those messes are a result of her inability or unwillingness to dialog professionally in order to communicate her vision. She may also have some issues with compromise. If you don’t manage the situation in a way that makes her value your contribution, before long, she will use antagonism and negativity to manage you.

Happy Birthday Dr. King

Stevie Wonder was an untiring pioneer in the struggle to make Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday a National Holiday!
Let’s try to honor and reflect on what this one man was able to accomplish for African Americans, and in so doing, what he accomplished for mankind.
Hope you appreciate this song.

Summer Gardens for the Outdoor Souls

If you’ve been with me for a while, you know that I like to post pictures of my summer garden as well as what I see in my neighbors yards from walks around the community. Well, during summer hiatus, one of my favorite sites is houzz.com. Today I thought I’d share some of my favorite garden and flower pictures from them. Please enjoy your tour.

74 Year Old Body Builder with the Body of a 20 Year Old

I am on my way to the gym this morning! Not that it has anything to do with a New Year’s Resolution. As my body gets older and the joints get tighter, I need to move it around in order to keep things working. Also, as a retiree, I need to get up and get moving. It is so easy to sit in my comforttable chair and watch the news, or read, or surf the net.

This morning, I’m reposting an article about 74 year old Ernestine Sheperd. This amazing woman didn’t even begin working out until she was 56. Now, she is winning body building championships, modeling, and teaching fitness. The bible teaches, “We can do all things through Christ”. I hope this inspires you, too.

Paul L. Dunbar’s “The Party” Still Sounds Good

The first time I heard “The Party”, by Paul Laurence Dunbar, was in 1990 at my former high school’s Hall of Fame Induction. The poem was recited by Ms. Eunita Rushing, an alumna of the school, whom I had not known as such an orator. Though we honored Bernard Shaw, Reuben Cannon, Mr. T., and Lou Rawls that night, the true hit was Mr. Dunbar himself through Ms. Rushing.

Colored People’s Time

Four female members of the U.S. Congress had to be mechanically added to the official photo marking the first day of the 113th Congress. If you peruse the photo, it appears that three of the late arrivals are African American. That’s them on the top steps above the others. Don’t numbers one, three and four appear to be sisters? This brings me to the conclusion that Colored People’s Time may have entered into the equation. I’m just sayin’.

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