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Paradoxical Patriotism

“We had hoped that the white men would not be willing to travel beyond the mountains. Now that hope is gone. They have passed the mountains and have settled upon Tsalagi (Cherokee) land. They wish to have that usurpation sanctioned by treaty. When that is gained, the same encroaching spirit will lead them upon other […]

Black History

None of us are free None of us are free None of us are free; when one of us is chained, None of us are free. (Barry Mann, Cynthia Weil, Brenda Russell)     NOTE:  When a Person of Privilege celebrates the accomplishments of People of Color and ties it all up in a happy […]

Musical Identity: A New Year’s Challenge

“When we don’t know who we are, we act like someone else.” (Tiffany Sankofa) It’s Social Media’s Fault I was trying to wake up this morning and started scrolling social media. Someone close to my age had a 1980’s “mixtape” challenge, (youngheads click here for explanation.)   You know I went happily tripping through time! […]

Growing Up the USA: From Reactive to Responsive

Being reactive and screaming might feel cathartic in the moment, but sustainable change is born out of centered responsiveness.  Inde-WHAT-ence Day? It’s interesting to me that we are about to celebrate another “Independence Day,” right on the heels of a Supreme Court decision that goes against the will of more than half of the populace. […]