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Learning through the Pandemic

Note: I’m a University of Richmond student who studied remotely from China during the Fall 2020 semester. Today is a typical morning of October 25, 2020, and I have never imagined where I am now. A year ago, I took an English class called 20th Century British & Irish Literature. We covered topics such as […]

Confessions of a Worried Black Dad

Today, I read a wonderful, wise and loving farewell – and admonishment – from Rep. John Lewis. He spoke to all of us about what we need to do from here, for this nation to live up to its promise. The fact that he planned ahead to share it with us on the day of […]

Tuskegee Airmen

I’ve decided to talk about things as they occur to me, rather than subject you to a chronological slide show like our parents’ friends used to bore us with (“… and here’s another shot of Esther and me wearing leis at the Luau on Wakiki …. “) SO … a few words on the Tuskegee […]

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The Nonchalant Elephant

In 1975, my sister, Mary Evelyn, came to visit Tom, Lyle, and I while we were living in Dar es Salaam. We had been there for about a year and were delighted to see her. Right away, we began planning to show her around Dar and the rest of the country. Most people were interested […]

Election Day Coffee

My writing has been blocked for the past couple of months. Some of it has been due to life circumstances. I’ve had so much going on, with a lot of really meaningful work happening at the same time, dealing with personal matters (both challenges and triumphs), and continuing to feel frustrated and slightly faithless at […]

Our Heroes Are Closer Than We Think

“What time even is it right now?” I thought to myself as I spent another Sunday evening cramming away at building another lesson for my 9th-grade students that would inevitably blow up into fragments of learning and chunks of redirecting. My phone rang. On the caller ID was my father. It was November of my […]