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

Not in Chank’s Kitchen

I was contemplating an interesting thing that happened some time ago when i thought on the passing of my late mother, Maretha "Chank" Howard. It was during a week when I had the rare visitor at the house.  Those who know me have a firm understanding of the general...

Consider This…

When powering on the television to catch up on the status of society, one is usually greeted by the latest "Breaking News."  Logging onto the internet immediately connects a person to an unlimited list of noteworthy details from virtually every country in the world at...

Mistaken Identity

It's a factor that this area of the country, though somewhat more liberal than times past, is still considered very much part of what has traditionally been referred to as the Bible belt.  If asked, most residents in the south will readily identify themselves as...

Not Again

(Originally printed May 2018) Unfortunately, breaking news during May of 2018 consisted of reports detailing yet another school shooting.  This time; it was a small town thirty miles southeast of Houston, TX. The people of Sante Fe were still reacting to the fall out...

Tenstions De-escalated

An intentional effort had been made a few years back to shy away from a number of news-worthy incidents involving increasingly heightened racial tensions in various areas throughout the country.  There was a radio report in 2018 of an occurrence at a large restaurant...

Disadvantage of Taking Advantage

When considering all the injustices that transpire in today's increasingly difficult society, one would prefer to believe it's something that happens far from home.  Unfortunately, circumstance delivered an ugly dose of reality to my neighborhood weeks ago. Since not...

Time Differed

When considering the fact many of the daily tasks people intend to complete during the course of their respective days, one has little option except to draw an important conclusion. Understanding that no matter how important an individual might become or what degree...

Times that Once Were

An interesting thing happened relatively recently as an old friend contacted me via a popular social media platform.  Normally, I'd not list the person's name but it's warranted that a rare exception be made in this case.  The friend introduced herself as Verranda and...

The problem with church folk

One subject that seems to be virtually unavoidable, no matter the circumstances, is that of religion.  This was a topic among many included in a recent lengthy conversation with a gentleman I'll identify as Mr. Fred.  He reported his efforts at trying to embody the...

Re-defining the Narrative

As youngsters, children are taught police are "good" people and encouraged that they should turn to them when in trouble or danger.  A badge is supposed to represent an upstanding individual who seeks to enforce the law which is perceived as being designed to equally...