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The Ideal Inspiration Blogger Award

ideal-inspiration-blogger-awardThe following is a very delayed response to my nomination for the Ideal Inspiration Blogger Award.

I must note that I am way behind in my blogging efforts as I again fell ill and required care in an Emergency Room. Thanks to being in considerably poor health for many days, I was previously unable to give my response to the nomination the kind of thoughtful attention it deserved. Fortunately, my situation is now considerably improved.

Here are the rules:
1. Thank the person who nominated you and link back to their blog.
2. Answer your nominator’s questions.
3. Nominate up to 9 other bloggers.
4. Notify your nominees.
5. Ask 5 questions.
6. List the rules and display the “Ideal Inspiration Blogger Award” logo.

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Black Lives Matter

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I am a black man, and my life matters. Saying that my life matters does not mean that yours does not. Saying that my life matters does not mean that the universe somehow holds my life in greater regard than yours. Saying that my life matters is a statement of fact and a dedication to the continuance of my life, not a declaration of personal supremacy. Continue reading “Black Lives Matter”

Open Minds Needed

 

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Slave with whipping scars. 1863. Photo by Matthew Brady.

Some people will look at the above, make assumptions, and fail to understand the per-party history of racism in the US. As a captive in the Confederacy, the above slave named Gordon was the wholly-owned property of people who saw blacks as sub-human and inferior, and those people went to war against their own nation in an attempt to perpetuate a race-based culture that denied millions of the most basic of human rights. Slaves, especially those in the South, were largely owned by such people, most of whom were of one political affiliation: They were Democrats. Continue reading “Open Minds Needed”

The Police and Yours Truly

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I am a black American man, and I support the police. That may be a strange thing to read in this age of unprecedented rage against police over the shooting of black people, but I believe that failing to support good, decent police officers is a vote of support for crimimals and anarchy. However, although I root for the men and women in blue, I also know there are a few police officers who don’t deserve to wear the badge. Accordingly, this is an article about such police officers and how their misconduct impacted me. This is not about the legions of police officers who perform their tasks without bias. This is not about those officers who diligently keep us safe and who deserve our utmost respect. This is not about Black Lives Matter or any other modern-day police accountability movement. No, this is about a few bad cops whose misdeeds tarnished the badge and shook me to my core. Continue reading “The Police and Yours Truly”

Dear Millennials…

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Dear Millennials,

Hi, Boomer here. Wait! Don’t click away! I have an important personal opinion to relay! First off, I understand many of your concerns relating to the state of the world as passed on by my generation. In particular, you are in a world that is seemingly unbalanced by the devastating effects of climate change, and I understand your anger at the apparent inaction of my fellow Boomers in that regard. People, I get it. Continue reading “Dear Millennials…”

The Next 5 Q&A

The Next 5 PNGLast time out, On My Mind Today answered the five most frequently asked questions posed to this blog. This time, we take a look at the rest of the top ten questions that are frequently asked. Yes, it’s the next 5, top questions six through ten, here in this installment. Warning: Number 7 is not for the easily offended! Here we go… Continue reading “The Next 5 Q&A”

The Pandemic Must Not Be Y2K Part Two!

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Though coronavirus is here in 2020, we can learn much from a crisis that happened in 1999. In that year, fear was everywhere for it, the great and unstoppable thing of doom, was coming. It was prophesized by seers and spoken of in ancient texts. It was bringing untold horror. It was bringing death. It was going to be the end of modern civilization. It, the dreaded thing on a march for destruction, was the year 2000, also known as “Y2K.”

Over time, various theories arose regarding the way humanity could meet its end, with divine wrath, rampant climate change, unchecked disease, celestial impacts, and nuclear armageddon standing as just some of the doomsday scenarios presented. However, in the year 1999, the fear was based on the predicted global failure of technology due to shortsighted computer programming practices of the past. Continue reading “The Pandemic Must Not Be Y2K Part Two!”

Transit Trouble

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Notice:
This article has descriptions some may find upsetting.
Reader discretion is advised.

 


Like many New York City residents who ride the city’s subway, I brave the filth, rats, noise, bed bugs, and numerous leaks of questionable origin within the system. If you live here, then there is no escaping the vast network of underground trains and the often-disgusting elements within it. However, despite my long-time experience and relative comfort with the many deficiencies of the subway, one strange trip made me fear for my life. Continue reading “Transit Trouble”

Dark Intelligence

 

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There are certain names that are inseparable from America’s history of ingenuity. Names such as Henry Ford, Alexander Graham Bell, Samuel B. Morse, Jonas Salk, and Thomas A. Edison are commonly known as belonging to several of America’s brightest lights. However, there are many others—comparatively unknown others—who also catalyzed America’s march toward greatness, and I fault America’s primary, middle, and high schools for not exposing the contributions of those undeservedly obscure creative geniuses. Accordingly, on my today is the education of our youth to combat racism. Continue reading “Dark Intelligence”

Smallscape

The following guest post was written by Susan Smalls and edited by yours truly. Ms. Smalls is a life-long New Yorker, a graduate of the City University of New York, a gifted individual, and a devoutly religious person.

unisphereI grew up in Queens County, one of the five boroughs of New York City. When I grew up, the area code was still the classic “212” or the newer “718” for every house and apartment. Cell phones did not exist and beepers came in the late 80s. On the streets, all you had were payphones for use at ten cents a call. Welcome, my friends, to the way things used to be when I was growing up. Continue reading “Smallscape”

Five Blogs You Should Know

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Hello, again! I’ve decided to continue presenting topics in groups of five. Why five? Because I like that number more than four, that’s why! 🙂 Today’s topic is that of informative or spiritually uplifting blogs. Please note that I am not presenting the blogs in any particular order. Suffice to say that each of the following is special in its own way, so please read, click, and take in the many flavors of creativity. Continue reading “Five Blogs You Should Know”

This Is the Demolition Man Future

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Demolition Man/Warner Bros.

I am convinced we are now living in San Angeles, the setting of the 1993 science-fiction action film, Demolition Man. The movie, starring Sylvester Stallone and Wesley Snipes, detailed the culture shock suffered by a time-displaced cop (Stallone) forced to exist in a world where all physical contact—even the merest touch—is forbidden. In the film, a natural catastrophe spurred humanity to alter its rules of personal behavior and ban personal contact. Those aspects of the film somewhat correspond to our reality in that a virus, a thing as natural as the tragic event stated in Demolition Man, is responsible for changing the rules of our society for the worse. Continue reading “This Is the Demolition Man Future”

The Hatchet Woman

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Young Carry Nation
(Public domain photo.)

She called herself Carry A. Nation, and she was on a mission from God. Armed with a hatchet and powered by her dogmatic religious beliefs, the Kentucky native became the terror of bars, bar patrons, and consumers of alcohol in general. From 1894 through her death in 1911, the nearly six-foot-tall Carry Nation championed the anti-alcohol temperance movement, women’s rights, and the protection of wives abused by alcoholic spouses. Continue reading “The Hatchet Woman”

Tales of Enterprise

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Space: the final fron— WHOOPS! That line refers to a very different Enterprise from the ones I’m presenting here! Instead of the fictional Captain Kirk, Mister Spock, and Doctor McCoy, I offer the true stories of Captain Kurt Carlsen of the Flying Enterprise, and Chief Officer Leslie Sabel and Assistant Boatswain Mark Stanley of the Herald of Free Enterprise. Of the three men, one reached levels of bravery worthy of Star Trek’s Captain Kirk, while the other two behaved in less than exemplary fashion. Though the actions of these men are decades past, the ways in which they performed their duties continue to serve as lessons for us all. Continue reading “Tales of Enterprise”

Blame Them!

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Dear Sony: This article is largely satirical. We love your products.
Please keep your lawyers on a leash.

America is a mess. People are at one another’s throats. Everyone has an opinion but nobody’s listening. Well, I know how we got to this sorry state, so it’s time to point the finger of blame. Ready? Continue reading “Blame Them!”

Fearless Women

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On my mind today are Harvey Weinstein and the women he offended. Found guilty of some (but not all) of the charges he faced, Mr. Weinstein is now the face of unbridled male supremacy and the suffering women are often forced to endure at their hands. His name alone now represents every obstacle women must often surmount in order to be competitive in today’s society, and as I looked upon him as he half-walked/half-waddled into court every day behind a walker, my thoughts were of the many women who accused him and of the little girl who represents women’s struggle for respect.

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