Sunday, August 02, 2020



by James Weldon Johnson

Lift every voice and sing   
Till earth and heaven ring,
Ring with the harmonies of Liberty;
Let our rejoicing rise
High as the listening skies,
Let it resound loud as the rolling sea.
Sing a song full of the faith that the dark past has taught us,
Sing a song full of the hope that the present has brought us.   
Facing the rising sun of our new day begun,
Let us march on till victory is won.
Stony the road we trod,
Bitter the chastening rod,
Felt in the days when hope unborn had died;   
Yet with a steady beat,
Have not our weary feet
Come to the place for which our fathers sighed?
We have come over a way that with tears has been watered,
We have come, treading our path through the blood of the slaughtered,
Out from the gloomy past,   
Till now we stand at last
Where the white gleam of our bright star is cast.

God of our weary years,   
God of our silent tears,
Thou who hast brought us thus far on the way;
Thou who hast by Thy might   
Led us into the light,
Keep us forever in the path, we pray.
Lest our feet stray from the places, our God, where we met Thee,
Lest, our hearts drunk with the wine of the world, we forget Thee;
Shadowed beneath Thy hand,   
May we forever stand.   
True to our God,
True to our native land.

Friday, July 31, 2020


It isn't what you do, but how you do it.

~John Wooden

Tuesday, July 28, 2020


Life may be hard sometimes. It's good to laugh, tell jokes, and let loose. I enjoy life grateful to be alive. Each day is the opportunity to do something different.

Sunday, July 26, 2020




The next few months promise to be interesting. With Black Lives Matter, pro and anti-police factions, and extreme groups on the left and right, the last time I remember the country in a mess was back in 1968. Local politics are as important as national. 

What I'm praying for is that people will tone done their anger and communicate with each other. What are the issues that are important to EVERYBODY? How can we as people resolve them?  Mainstream does nothing to help clarify anything. I believe that we the people need to speak and take charge, leader, or no leader. 

The elite on both sides sees this as a sideshow in which they are jerking us around with nonsense and empty promises. No more! Many of these so-called leaders are an embarrassment to the country and the constituency they allegedly represent. I'm happy I don't have power because if I did, EVERYBODY WOULD BE DISMISSED!   

Friday, July 24, 2020


The hope of a secure and livable world lies with disciplined nonconformists who are dedicated to justice, peace, and brotherhood.

~Martin L. King, Jr.

Thursday, July 23, 2020


Talk of defunding the police has ramped up in the wake of George Floyd's death in May. In a number of cities, moves are being made to defund or, in some cases, dismantle the police force. Is this a good idea?

From my vantage point, this is a bad idea that will hurt law-abiding citizens. I agree that the police have become militarized and this needs to stop. Peaceful protestors have treated roughly like violent criminals.  Peaceful protest is a right people have. My objection is that there are over 30 thousand gangs throughout the country. What's going to stop them from wreaking havoc our neighborhoods. Here in New York, shootings have increased. Innocent people are being hurt or killed.

Bad cops need to be weeded out of the police force. If they commit a crime they should be prosecuted. I don't know what the police budget is but I believe efficient policing would serve the public better. Stop and frisk was a bad idea because of a lot of innocent people  (mostly people of color) being targeted and harassed. I also believe that defunding the police to divert money to social programs seems good on the surface but it's 'robbing Peter to pay Paul', something New York politics is notorious for.  Perhaps all of the cities services need to be reviewed and revamped.

Defunding the police is a bad idea because it will hurt all of us in the long run. The change will need to come from the public as well as the police department.  The men and women in blue have a tough job and I pray for them and their families. I pray for all the families who have lost loved ones through violence. It's time people get serious about REAL reform. Defunding the police will hurt all of us in the long run.

Tuesday, July 21, 2020


   COVID 19 has made me change a few things in my life. It's forced me to look inside. Where I am now. Where do I want to go when all this is over. I have noticed the change in my poetry writing. I have written things some very personal things I am feeling that that moment. This has never been easy for me because of my introvert demeanor.

     As a queer person, I'm challenged to keep exploring and keep seeking. Say and write the things that are deep inside me. Not all of these thoughts are related to gender and sexuality. I do take life from the perspective of a queer trans person and have, in some instances, turned my world upside down. The complexity of my feelings is both exhilarating and challenging.

I'm not at liberty to share much at this time because the process is ongoing. This reminds me of the early days of my transition. While this is challenging it is not stressful. Something wonderful will be coming out in my future writings.