Category Archives: Helping

GM: Back in Black After Bankrputcy

Old news by now but I wasn’t blogging when this appeared and since I wrote on it earlier, thought it worth revisiting. In case you missed it, GM recently reported profits of $4.7bn on new vehicle sales.  As if that … Continue reading

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Corporal Brett Sanders: Safe and Stateside

We talked at length about many things, the very least of which was politics (which we didn’t discuss at all) since they seem petty when compared with the daily drama played out in real-time by our troops. The bullshit ends there. Reality is ever-present, etched in the faces of our courageous troops and a civilization that while dramatically different from ours, nevertheless shares family, friends, fear, trust, suspicion and the full spectrum of human emotion. Continue reading

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Friday Night Concert Clip: Tower of Power feat. Carlos Santana

Ever since I first heard Tower of Power, I was drawn to them.  Their red-hot chops, superb vocals and up-tempo crossover jazz-funk makes toes tap and asses wiggle, even among those not prone to do either.  Through decades, they’ve weathered … Continue reading

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Friday Night Concert Clip:Teddy Pendergrass

In the late 70s, Teddy left the “Notes” to embark on a successful solo career, in which he morphed into a steamy, sex-charged love balladeer with wide appeal, including women of all ages. In 1981, he had a car crash that left him paralyzed. Many thought that he’d never perform again but a force of nature, Pendergrass proved them wrong, performing through the 90’s. Continue reading

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Corporal “Bert” “Ships Out” Again

You’ve become acquainted with Corporal Brett Sanders, a longtime family friend and former neighbor, through a post about his coming of age, in which I share how the first hints of his maturation became evident. I’m still in touch with … Continue reading

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America’s Flat Tire: School Funding

Educational funding is a sore spot in thousands of  communities across America.  With no universally accepted model, states  drum up funds that seem to guarantee little other than meeting minimum standards.  Frustrated by scant resources, teachers make do.  With household … Continue reading

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Child’s Love of “Alice in Wonderland” Nearly Kills Him

Beijing, CHINA:  A toddler barely escaped a tragic end when he took Alice in Wonderland’s White Rabbit’s advice and literally tried to “feed (his) head.” 14-month old Li Jingchao allegedly attempted to insert a pot sticker into his nose when … Continue reading

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Binge and Purge: The Wedding and “The Wire”

I blame HBO–and David Simon. On Monday, HBO on Demand threw up the second half of Season 4 of “The Wire,” which I’ve seen several times but may be my favorite (a nose ahead of Season 2) .

I’m hypnotized by “The Wire.” When it appears, I gladly suspend other meaningful pleasures including riding my motorcycle and sleep to watch and re watch it. I was up most of the night. Continue reading

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Isolation: The Lady Upstairs

As connected as we are, a distance still pervades our communities, even our families. The lonely come and go, some with little or no fanfare. We pass then on the street and often fail to make eye contact. Simple courtesies once extended by a more gracious society seem to be absent today. Continue reading

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Ryan Montbleau: “75 and Sunny”

Ryan Montbeau came as a total surprise to us. We Googled him and found hid web site, which is great. He’s one of those rare musician/writer/singer who can be as entertaining alone as when he’s accompanied by other talented players. We saw him solo and were amazed. He’s not flashy but his voice and guitar playing are expressive, dexterous and remarkable; his lyrics are poetry. Continue reading

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