Another Stage in Our Cycle of Grief

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While Minneapolis my be the current site of our frustration, America is the space that gives fervor and urgency to our frenzy. The long history of police brutality has been well-documented by activists, academics, researchers, and journalists for over a century. There have been so many books, so many words, so much anger that can be traced from as early as David Walker’s Appeal in 1829 to the burning of the Minneapolis Police Station in 2020. So what can we say about this particular historical moment that can shed light on what we already know?

What can we say about…

Temporary Faculty Edition

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I don’t like this timeline. I’m don’t know anyone who does. Just a few months ago, I was having the time of my life in Seattle, interviewing for a great job, eating great food, and drinking great coffee. It was the first week of January, and I decided then that this year would be a year of manifestations and possibilities.

February rolls around, and I get word that I have the job. I pass the time joking with my students, teaching them how to compose Native Advertisements. I was riding my bike around town some days, trying to catch up…

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I was doing a Google search on how to properly feature one of my Medium articles when I came across this article by Medium writer and reader, Craig Phillips. Briefly stated, Phillips is not a member of the Medium Partner Program, and he is concerned about the amount of articles available to non-paying members.

Over a four day period, he measured the amount of articles available to read. The results: after a four day period, he was only able to access 7 articles total. …

A New Year Manifesto

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Happy New Year! We have finally reached a new year. We have finally made it through the long 20–18, the year that had many feeling like they were walking through quicksand, or mud, or muck.

Some found happiness. Some took the time to see the light overhead, while others never had the opportunity to look up, weighted down as they were. Some found someone to help them dodge the throwing daggers, and some managed alone.

2018: The year of caged children, caged hearts, and caged minds. The year of floods and fires and bullets.The …

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I voted today. You should too.

You should vote because democracies live or die by the participatory actions or inactions of the citizens that live in those societies. While it is true that inaction is a fundamental right in democracies, it is an ill-advised course. Consequences rain down from the sky, and it is not a matter of doing or not doing; consequences will always show up.

I’m reminded of a student in one of my classes who once said that Jesse Jackson was “basic.” It was such an appalling thing to say because, as a Black American male youth…


In the late 18th century, a salacious scandal tore through Boston that rocked the upper class. Perez Morton, Revolutionary War hero, lawyer, and prominent politician stood accused of seducing and impregnating a young Fanny Apthorp, his sister-in-law. A daughter resulted from the affair, and Morton would vehemently deny the claims. Fanny, feeling desolate at the rebuke of her family and the denials of Morton, committed suicide. An inquest was called, and a cover-up would quickly follow.

James Bowdoin, a wealthy merchant and governor of Massachusetts and James Adams, the influential lawyer, statesman, and future president, wrote a spirited defense of…

Finding Strength in Poetry


Recently I wrote a post on “melancholy” and how the poetic quality of this word makes it feel different from “sadness.” Now, I want to consider how a simple arrangement of words can lift us up. Words have power, and that power is always magnified by the power of a competent wordsmith.

So, if we find ourselves in the doldrums, we may find comfort in knowing that we can rise. This is what Maya Angelou did; despite all the odds stacked against her, “still,” she said, “I rise.”

Think about the power behind that one line, “still I rise.” We…

It’s a Question of Ethics

Recently, I wrote a few words on the drama surrounding Cosby alum, Geoffrey Owens’s work as a Trader Joe’s employee. I got this really great response from Maliha Mannan that I want to address. Here is her response:

I love this! And while agree wholeheartedly what you’re getting at, there’s a part of me that wants to look the other way… and here’s why:

I’m a photographer and one of my favorite “genre” if you will, is street photography. …

Privacy Not Guaranteed

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Social media is a great tool for cataloging our experiences, but what about when those experiences include other people?

By now, everyone has seen the story of Geoffrey Owens, who played the husband of eldest Huxtable, Sandra, in the ground-breaking hit, The Cosby Show. Fox News posted an image of Owens bagging groceries at Trader Joe’s, and as soon as the story hit social media, it became a sensation but not the one that Fox intended.

While many people have raged at Fox News for what they see as tantamount to bullying by the network, the image did spark fascinating…

We have a saying in the Southern Baptist tradition: When you are prepared to stand flat-footed and sing, you are singing for the Lord. It’s about believing in something greater than yourself and trusting that everything is going to work out. It’s not about deciding to be vulnerable, it’s about understanding that you already are, and just giving it up, turning it loose, and accepting it.

In this acceptance, you stand and, from the bottom to the top, you turn it all over to God. With a flat-footed stance, and your face turned toward heaven, you sing. This is what…

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