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Archive: Unity's a Five Letter Word - March 30th, 2020 9:24 PM
There is a feeling among African-Americans like myself, that we should work together as one and unified as a race. However, the idea is perfect but the reality is flawed. For...
Thoughts on The Author Experience - March 28th, 2020 6:53 PM
Hey folks, How are you? I hope youâre all doing well as we're all dealing with the global impact of the Coronavirus or as it's called in its medical term,...
Relief From The Trouble - March 13th, 2020 7:55 PM
We live in troublesome times, eh? Coronavirus, instability in the markets, it looks like we won't make it out alive right? Almost as if we're all going to die?...
Random Thoughts for Early 2020 - March 10th, 2020 7:25 PM
Hey folks, followers and friends: here's an update. It's been a few months since the stroke. So far, I'm doing well and improving. I hope within the next few months...
Welcome New Readers! Words to The Wise (and The Opposite) - March 10th, 2020 3:30 PM
I know you're out there. Reading, watching, recording everything I wrote on this blog, past and present. You may find something you like, or you don't. It's...
A Message About Trash-Talking in Sports (Nothing Personal) - February 5th, 2020 6:34 PM
Every year they sit, huddled around a television set for over three hours. Emotions are spent, voices are hoarse from shouting and in the end result feelings are hurt or there...
In Tribute: Kobe Bryant - January 26th, 2020 6:35 PM
This is one post I didn't think I would write so soon, but such is life..... As a proud Los Angeles Lakers fan, I had the pleasure of attending many parades following...
A Public Service Message: Would You? - January 4th, 2020 11:32 AM
Readers, Let me ask you a simple question. Would you hang with a dude that doesn't have your best interest at heart, that doesn't care for your existence or would...
Archive: For Men, This Is How It Really Goes Down - January 2nd, 2020 10:04 AM
Wrote this a decade ago (wow!) Enjoy! Â Over the holidays, I watched a movie called The Book Of Love: The Definitive Reason Why Men Are Dogs It's a movie...
Welcome to 2020! - January 1st, 2020 12:28 AM
Hey peeps, Thoughts on a String is officially fifteen years old! Fifteen years worth of content written by yours truly! Hopefully the author of this blog has kept you...
Happy New Year's Eve ! (a look back at 2019) - December 31st, 2019 11:31 AM
The final day of the year causes different reactions from everyone who makes it through this special day. For one, it's a day planned for a party later in the evening as the...
Archive - From the Director's Chair: New Image Weekend - December 22nd, 2019 10:29 PM
I returned from the New Image Writers bus tour and man, are my arms tired! Well, I'm not THAT tired, but I digress..... Many thanks goes to author and New Image...
The (Opinionated) Voices of YouTube - December 17th, 2019 9:30 AM
Far be it from me to share the following with you, knowing I can be accused of the same issue but here we go...... During my recovery, I have spent a lot of time watching...
Archive: From The Director's Chair - 365 Days Later - December 4th, 2019 6:38 PM
Just an old post about the L.A. Black Book Expo, a summary of the first year Yours Truly took over the event beginning in 2007.......... One year later.... I...
Indisputable Facts - November 20th, 2019 1:05 PM
For the man is not of the woman; but the woman of the man. Neither was the man created for the woman: but the woman for the man.-ÂÂ I Corinthians 11:8-9 Nevertheless...
If The Dream Is Worth It.......... - October 31st, 2019 8:47 PM
Happy Halloween and welcome to any new subscribers to the blog! I hope you enjoy the experience....... I would like to share with you the experiences of this writing life...
Progress Report With Some Thoughts - October 15th, 2019 11:33 AM
Hey folks, I'm doing much better these days. During my time off, I've been thinking on what my life will be moving forward so I want to share that with you. In a social...
Social Media is Our Downfall - September 4th, 2019 9:47 PM
Remember the sane days we had before the invention of social media? I sure do. In the past few years there's been an explosion of regular people and public officials...
The Lesson Of It All - September 3rd, 2019 9:40 PM
UPDATE: I am not fully healed from my stroke - the rest will depend on other medical professionals to see how I'm doing, but I wanted to 'vent' about a subject...
Why You Haven't Heard From Me (Charles) - August 2nd, 2019 9:21 PM
Hey folks, I haven't posted in a while because I had a stroke. This is something I usually don't share with the rest of the online world, but I wanted to explain my...
"And Chaos in the Inner City Serves a Purpose" - July 8th, 2019 2:16 PM
Note: the following is courtesy of the L.A. Times, May 22, 1994. This should explain a lot of why South Los Angeles has remained the way it has for decades, hence the title....
In Tribute: Itibari M. Zulu - July 7th, 2019 12:16 AM
Tonight I received an email that the founder of the Journal of Pan African Studies and the L.A. Black Book Expo, Itibari M. Zulu has passed away. He asked me back in 2006 to...
The View from South Los Angeles: Reflections and the Need for Respect - June 28th, 2019 10:53 PM
In 1989, I wrote an article for my college newspaper describing the conditions living in South Central Los Angeles. I was proud when the article was published and in The Voices...
Archive: God Loveth An Oppressor - June 27th, 2019 11:29 PM
Note: This is an article I wrote for my church newsletter years ago but I decided the time is right for a repost because it is. It simply is. The earlier post is here in case...
Even If You Had Nothing To Do With It............ - June 27th, 2019 10:35 PM
Readers, The topic of slavery, or any historical atrocity committed by these Divided States is a topic most would rather not discuss let alone, tackle. Often the argument is...
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