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Writer and Observer: Injustice, History, Family, Love, and Politics. Electrical Engineer. Completing First Historical Fiction Novel.

Reminder: The good ole days weren’t actually very good…

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp and allies as he signed his state’s new voting law in his office Thursday night, in front of a painting of a former slave plantation in Wilkes County. (Photo from Kemp’s Twitter feed)

I can actually see how it could be attractive. You wouldn’t have to wash your own clothes, cook your own meals, or even raise your own children. The slave life was great for everyone but the slave…

You could live labor-free. Who wouldn't want a life like that? But you’ll have to earn it by paying fair wages, not by keeping others in bondage.

That’s what some white people gave up when slavery went away. But that’s not all.

When slavery did “officially” become illegal, there was a huge conspiracy to keep it going — on the down-low. All one…


Because of video cameras, today’s stunts now follow you to the grave…

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My boss back in the ’90s used to laugh about the things he’d get did “back in the day.”

“Twenty years ago, I was always getting in fights in bars,” he’d tell us. “Then they’d throw us out.”

No harm done. He even admitted to us that sometimes, he and his friends would even get arrested. But here he was, middle-aged manager of a team of IT and telephone technicians in a respectable company with a name you’d recognize.

Now, his career wouldn’t have happened. Those arrests would have prevented him from becoming the man he was today, a father…


"I am financially more stable and I have enough experience to recognize the ways being white-skinned did contribute to that fact over time. " I agree with you that this is true and admire your ability to write it. Some will disagree because it takes away from their own accomplishments. However, I assert that structural racism hurts ALL of us and it is because of the bias against people of color that we have whites who are poor. They are caught in the net.

IF we behaved like the happiest countries (Finland, Iceland, and so on) we would have healthcare…


Jason,

Thank you! I'm honored. I was shocked when I did my research to find many of these things in the history of our country. The police are made up of honorable and brave men and women. But we have to keep an eye on the origin of some of the negative things that can come from unbridled power. Then we can fix it. Again, thank you! This made my day!


Simplicity is the key.

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It was interesting to watch Tidying Up with Marie Kondo on Netflix deliver advice on clearing out your house. I watched the first three episodes of the series and then stopped. Nothing personal; I just realized that I was experiencing clutter overload. I mean, how many times can one watch someone's kitchen be de-cluttered?

Recently, I realized that this de-cluttering could apply to other parts of life as well.

I’ve started a new thing. You know that uncomfortable flash you get in the back of your mind when something’s not right? You’re irritated or just plain mad. …


Unless you were Black, of course

Top photo courtesy of Georgia Tech Capital Planning & Space Management Department

I have never lived in Georgia. It’s possible it could have happened. My mother is from the state, and if she hadn’t gone up to Philadelphia to work as a maid, she wouldn’t have met my dad, who was in the Air Force. Then they (with me, my sister, and two brothers) wouldn’t have lived on bases from Germany to Idaho to New York and the Phillippines. She’d have stayed in Georgia, married a hometown boy, and, well, then I wouldn’t be me. I’d be somebody else.

But as long as I’ve been alive, Georgia was known to have a…


My in-laws are 83 and 85. How hard could it be?

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I’m beginning to panic. My heart pounds and my hands are sweating because I have anxiety…not for me, but for my in-laws. They are wonderful people, and a little unusual. For example, my mother-in-law, who is 83, still works. She won’t listen to anybody who will tell her to stay home. And what does she do? Why, work with children of course! She’s the monitor who straps them into their seats every day for their safety.

I can assure you that any child on her bus will have no choice.

They WILL be strapped in. Securely.

In the meantime, she…


This Black History Month we should honor Representative Jim M. Hinds

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United States Representative James M. Hinds is dead.

Even though he was born and raised in Hebron, a small town in northern New York, Congressman Hinds was the Arkansas representative for the 2nd congressional district. He had arrived in Arkansas after the “War between the States” which had ended in 1865. A graduate of the Cincinnati School of Law, he realized that St. Peter, Minnesota, the town that he and his wife, the former Anna Pratt, lived in would not grow much further. …


He sicced a mob on the U.S. Capitol

https://twitter.com/JordanOnRecord/status/1346931938955812866/photo/1

Today domestic terrorists breached the U.S. Capitol building. They carried a confederate flag, showing where their allegiance lies. They never truly believed in the United States of America. They never really bought into the tenets of democracy. Only this time, slavery is not the subject — or is it?

It was a dark day.

The ghosts of the Civil War, the traitors, that is…still live. They live on in today's Republican Party. The evidence of that was demonstrated quite amply at the U.S. Capitol today. The allegiance is not the abolition of slavery this time; it’s the worship of President…


U. S. death tolls are going up, and up

Former New York City mayor and current attorney for President Trump, Rudy Giuliani, poses with members of the Arizona Legislature Nov. 30, 2020, after an unofficial hearing on alleged election fraud in Arizona. Trump announced Dec. 6, 2020, Giuliani was diagnosed with COVID-19, leading the Arizona Legislature to close. From left are Sen. David Gowan, R-Sierra Vista, an unidentified man, Sen. Sylvia Allen, R-Snowflake, Sonny Borrelli, R-Lake Havasu City, Rep. Mark Finchem, R-Oro Valley, Giuliani, Rep. Leo Biasiucci, R-Lake Havasu City, Trump lawyer Jenna Ellis, Rep. Kelly Townsend, R-Mesa, Rep. Bret Roberts, R-Maricopa, Rep. David Cook, R-Globe, Sen. Nancy Barto, R-Phoenix. Arizona Capitol Times

My brother was in Desert Storm. But soldiers were able to come home now and then. And right in the middle of some of their worst conflicts, he was able to visit. We were living in Dallas, Texas, at the time.

It didn’t go well.

We drove through the streets. Everything looked pretty normal; various people walked the streets nonchalantly, and there appeared to be no drama.

But it was when we stopped at a Chili’s to catch up that he exploded. It was full, and we had to wait for a table. Inside were groups of people talking fast…

Vanessa Robinson

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