What is A “Hero”?

Like most people, I have a morning routine. As a rule, I get up, have some coffee, eat a little breakfast, watch Morning Joe and, finally, check my social media connections (I’m so freakin’ trendy). This morning, when I opened Facebook, I was invited to join a cause, which asked me to Help Shut Down […]

Bad Things Happen

I have to tell you, I struggled mightily over whether or not to write this particular entry. I always have a hard time writing about people I know. Even when it’s good, I feel like I’m invading their space. When it’s not so good, like this time, I agonize over it because I don’t want to use someone else’s pain for my own […]

It’s Cherry-pickin’ Time

My conservative brothers and sisters have been rather vociferous lately over what the Bible has to say about sexuality. To be honest, most of it has been quoted out of context. Cherry-picked, if you will. I’m sure you’ve heard that term before, it was all the rage back in early to mid-aughts to describe how the Bush Administration parsed intelligence leading up […]

We Did it. We Really Did it

In the last week, two institutions that I have put a lot of faith in have let me down in rather dramatic ways. First, the United Methodist Church voted to keep divisive and hurtful language in the Discipline (their rulebook) that says “While persons set apart by the Church for ordained ministry are subject to […]

Still Teaching

As most of you probably know, my father is dying. Almost 10 years ago, he was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkins lymphoma and, up until the last year or so, he’s managed pretty well. So well, in fact, that he’s picked up a couple of nicknames during his waltz with the big “C”; one of his nurses […]

Apologies and Americans

Americans are loathe  to apologize for anything, even though there is a lot we need to apologize for. I suppose it’s because we view apologies as a sign of weakness. And, of course, all human beings hate to admit they’ve done anything wrong. Remember all the non-apology apologies you’ve heard over the years? Things like “I’m so sorry […]

Why?

On the evening of February 26, 2012, Trayvon Martin was watching a basketball game on television. During halftime, he decided to walk to nearby convenience store to get a snack. After purchasing an Arizona Iced Tea and a pack of Skittles, he was heading home. While talking to his girlfriend on his cell phone, he […]

Courage Under Fire

I still remember the first time I saw the movie, Saving Private Ryan (not to be confused with that other classic Saving Ryan’s Privates). It was my first movie in a stadium seating theater and I was in the “sweet spot”; about halfway up and dead center of the aisle. To say that it made […]

Distracted

This morning, I’m sitting in Cafe Helios, located in the trendy Glenwood South district of Raleigh, N. C., trying to find something to write about and it’s not easy. It’s not easy because of the reason I’m here at Cafe Helios: I’m killing time before a doctor’s appointment. At 11 o’clock, I’m supposed to see a […]