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The Riches in Us

Oil-Painting- by-Artist-Claude-Clark

“Freedom Morning” (1944), an oil painting by Claude Clark (1915-2001), depicts African Americans from various walks of life and, in the background, a rising sun shattering the chains of two clenched fists.

Joining artist Claude Clark’s “Freedom Morning” and timeless words of wisdom from writer Carson McCuller’s Doctor Copeland, what better motivation does a soul need to rise up?

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this one had me feelin' some "type" o' way...

Status Symbol


Go on . . . hurry . . . turn the handle . . .

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No Better Valentine Under the Sun


Who’s afraid of the dark?

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The Daily Grind


Nothing could complement “The Daily Grind” by poet Fenton Johnson better than “Green Beans” served up by artist Kadir Nelson.

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Idle Mind

climb to the mountaintop

You can take the low road or climb to the mountaintop.

Outside is pretty, too bright for eyes. Shine, sharp as a knife. The first time, by accident, mind absently thinking.

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Burnin’ for Bernstein

Jared Bernstein

Jared Bernstein makes Economics look good.

From 2009 to 2011, Jared Bernstein was the Chief Economist and Economic Adviser to Vice President Joe Biden, executive director of the White House Task Force on the Middle Class, and a member of President Obama’s economic team.  In May of 2011, he joined the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, a liberal fiscal group, as a Senior Fellow.  In case you were wondering, Bernstein’s official reason for leaving the White House was because his calls for more stimulus spending were being ignored by a GOP-controlled House in an environment focused on major snips and cuts.

The Pew Research Center has just released a report, though written a year ago, by Jared Bernstein that they say is worth a close look.  I’m not so sure.  However, I am sure that I, personally, will never know if I have to read it.

When Jared Bernstein explains that the title, “The Lost Decade of the Middle Class,” comes from the observation that real median income or the more comprehensive measure of net worth were lower at the end of the last decade than at the start,” my eyes don’t exactly cloud over.

Instead, in his presence, it’s my hearing that fails.

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Book Review: Toni Morrison’s Home

Author Toni Morrison

Author Toni Morrison: The first black woman to receive the Nobel Prize for Literature and the only living American Nobel laureate in literature.

The word “home” can stir up many varied emotions, a knotted macramé of emotions. The simple joy of perhaps simpler times.  Old tensions.  Old pain.  For most, just hearing the word “home” draws out, needle-like, different places at different times with threads of pain and joy thickening or thinning from one tapestry to the next.

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Anchal of America's Next Top Model

Anchal Joseph

Perhaps the reason Krishna and I got along so well was that we were both severely dark-skinned.  In a society that looked down its patrician nose on anything except milk-and-almond hues, this was considered most unfortunate, especially for a girl. 

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Dad’s Spine-Tingling Tattoo

Dad's spine-tingling tattoo

Hmmm, the child might have more skills than the tattoo artist!

This has to be the strangest tattoo ever.  Most parents put their kid’s drawings on the fridge.  Some parents feed their children from their mouths when they are too young (and toothless?) to chew their own food.  But this parent seems to have taken the human refrigerator theme to an extreme.

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