Fond Memories of My Father-In-Law on His 100th Birthday

◼︎MY PERSONAL JOURNEY◻︎DAVID & ME These are a few personal recollections of my father-in-law, Rodney Lansaw (1922-2008), and some brief highlights of his life story. Rodney was born on January 14, 1922, in Breathitt County, Kentucky. He would have been 100 years old today. I invite and encourage friends and family to share a word … Continue reading Fond Memories of My Father-In-Law on His 100th Birthday

Blessings & Gratitude on Christmas Day

◼︎MY PERSONAL JOURNEY◻︎CANCER◼︎MIND, BODY & SOUL Gratitude lifts our eyes off the things we lack so we might see the blessings we possess.- Max Lucado Christmas is a special time. People's traditions vary but for many it's a time of family and friendships, gifts and celebration and worship. For many it's also a time to … Continue reading Blessings & Gratitude on Christmas Day

My Cancer Jouney Has Begun

◼︎MY PERSONAL JOURNEY◻︎CANCER◼︎MIND, BODY & SOUL Well I'm finally off on my journey. The train has left the station. Getting to this point required that I research this strange land, learn the language, plan my route and book my tickets. As I write this I've finished the first week. I started radiation last Monday and … Continue reading My Cancer Jouney Has Begun

To Be Transgender is to Be Human

◼︎LGBT RIGHTS:◻︎TRANSGENDER COMMUNITY To be nobody but myself — in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make me somebody else — means to fight the hardest battle any human can fight, and never stop fighting.- E. E. Cummings Actor Elliot Page did an interview last spring with Oprah Winfrey on … Continue reading To Be Transgender is to Be Human

Courting Tragedy: Reflecting on the Rittenhouse & Arbery Trials

◼︎BLACK LIVES MATTER◼︎WORKING-CLASS POLITICS I've spent a awful lot of time watching Court TV this month with the Kyle Rittenhouse trial in Wisconsin and the Ahmaud Arbery murder trial in Georgia. I can't immediately recall two trials of this magnitude coming back to back like this, nor situations touching simultaneously on so many social, legal … Continue reading Courting Tragedy: Reflecting on the Rittenhouse & Arbery Trials

What’s Happened to Concerts?

◼︎AN OLD GEEZER RANT! As of this writing, nine people are dead from the November 5th "Houston Stampede" with many more injured including a 9-year-old boy now in a medically-induced coma.9-year-old Ezra Blount died on Sunday, November 14, 2021, becoming the 10th victim. This isn't a total surprise. Rapper Travis Scott has a reputation and … Continue reading What’s Happened to Concerts?

Mindfulness, Happiness & ‘RAIN’

◼︎MY PERSONAL JOURNEY◻︎CANCER◼︎MIND, BODY & SOUL "Don't fret. Everything's going to be OK." That's a helpful advice for someone, isn't it? Yeah, sometimes. But sometimes not. I read a commentary last week in the Wall Street Journal about "toxic positivity." Elizabeth Bernstein wrote that "forcing ourselves or others to always be positive can be harmful … Continue reading Mindfulness, Happiness & ‘RAIN’