Revised Edition Family Ties: Thicker than Blood, is a novel about a character from the South, who continues his trip to the big city (New York) to find his way in life. This book is well written with characters, and especially places, that can be recognized if you are a resident of inner city New York. You can curl up on your couch and enjoy this intriguing novel.” —CIW (Retired) Georgia

In The Gray Matter

Life in Forward Motion

(Originally Posted April 2016) Composing this post was particularly difficult as I've not been able to shed haunting thoughts of our mortality. Today marks one week since the ventilator was removed from my father, Billy Howard, Sr., when I watched via video chat as he...

As it is Written

In the process of visiting a mentor recently, I discovered him engaged in conversation with a gentleman who's about the same age as he. The two of them were discussing aspects of how things used to be when they were young as compared to the way the world has become. I...

Can’t Take the Sag…Really.

Throughout modern history there has always seemed to be an "invisible wall" serving as a distinct divide between generations. Never has there been an arena where that is more prevalent than the bobbin-laden battlefield of fashion. The youth of any given era seek for...

Everybody has One

Side Note: I'd like to, firstly, offer that Merriam-Webster defines the word opinion as: a belief, judgment, or way of thinking about something: what someone thinks about a particular thing. This is an important fact to keep in mind concerning the following...

Trust or Consequences

The constantly churning wheels of my mind shifted into overdrive last week when I came up on the tail end of a conversation between two would be friends. As the larger of the two guys walked away, I heard the other mumble under his breath, "I wouldn't trust that clown...

Politics…Fact or Fiction

With all the hoopla and senseless bantering floating around concerning perspective candidates in the local and upcoming presidential elections, I've tried as much as possible to avoid jumping on the bandwagon and getting caught up in the nonsense as related to...

FDA: Regulation or ?

The result of a recent experience wherein I ended up in the hospital emergency room at midnight ultimately resulted in me seriously questioning the functionality of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). MedicineNet.com defines the FDA as a federal agency within the...

Nothing Free about Free Enterprise

Our government was established upon basic principles conducive to every individual, supposedly, having the rights and freedoms to participate in "Free Enterprise." Defined by Daniel Webster as "an economic system based on predominantly private (individual or...

When Helping Doesn’t Help

Of course, one who considers himself a generally good person would be more than willing to lend a hand to any individual displaying a demonstrated need.  Every self-appointed decent Neanderthal desires (even if secretly) to be viewed as a genuinely generous friend in...