In March of 2017, I wrote some words about Colin Kaepernick and making adjustments (1). The sentiment was that Kaepernick took a knee to protest police brutality in the United States, and after doing so for the entire 2016 NFL season, his contribution to the movement would likely need to be modified after the season was over in order for the movement to take the next step, whatever that step was, also give me, a fan of the NFL since I was 9 years old, who became a rabid fan as I got older, an opportunity to make an adjustment of my own and show solidarity to his sacrifice. It was an adjustment that would have been inconceivable years ago: sitting out the 2017 NFL season. Don’t get it twisted; this decision did not come right away. There were people who made the decision long before I did (2). As a matter of fact, it took a good friend of mine, one who has traveled the roads with me to countless Dallas Cowboys games and training camps, to plant the seed.Read More
The first time I remember truly being charged up, in terms of being held accountable for things I could absolutely control, was in the sixth grade by one of the math teachers at my elementary school. She was never my homeroom teacher, so I don't understand how I and my classmates ended up in front of her, or her in front of my classmates and me, but it happened.Read More
1. to reorganize (as after a setback) for renewed activity.
2. to stop for a short time and prepare yourself before you continue doing something that is difficult: to stop and think, reorganize, etc. before continuing.
Life consists of events that do many things, one of which includes causing people to regroup. Certain events and people are mere footnotes in the bigger scheme of things, a collection of sentences helping to form a decent paragraph on a page; a forgettable scene in the movie of one's life.Read More
Sometimes, taking a step back is the best recourse left to find clarity. For me, taking a step back included figuring out what needed to stay and what needed to go, as well as what needed to come to the surface. It also meant being comfortable not knowing, while also being uncomfortable in a holding pattern.Read More
Books bring a myriad of thoughts and opinions. Those thoughts and opinions often begin well before the book is opened. The mere sight of a cover, or the name of the author or the title is enough to spawn excitement into the potential reader. Once the excitement turns into action, the book is picked up and the reader is on their scholastic and literary journey. Throughout the twists and turns, the excitement and exuberance, the suspense and surprise, the curiosity and corralling of feelings, the prime objective of starting a book remains paramount: to finish the damn thing.Read More
The month of March marks Women’s History Month and today, March 8th, is International Women’s Day. The month is celebrated in a variety of ways all around the country. Some people engage in organized group activities while others use it as a time to shine the spotlight on the women who have made priceless and invaluable contributions to the world. One of the aspects about Women’s History Month is that women have done, and continue to do, so many wonderful things and contribute so much to the world that people can observe the month in ways that are unique to their personal experience.Read More