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

Accountability is a Good Thing

"Breaking News" reports have inundated the airwaves and internet on several occastions over the past severaul years as accounts have been detailed of a number of deadly school massacres.  One such incident occurred at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland,...

The Good about Bad Days

Just as I was beginning the process of composing this opinion, the bottom seemed to literally fall out the sky.  The torrential downpour prompted a friend to begin complaining about the perceived consequences of rain.  He specified any plans for things to be done...

The Value of a Promise

During the process of a home remodel project, there was an unfortunate mishap which resulted with a couple hundred square feet of the flooring being damaged by (Mr. Eddie for reference) the contractor.  Of course, the guy immediately promised his company's...

Mandated by Design

In the process of sitting with my usual barber (Cliff for reference) last week for a much-needed "taming of the mane," he disclosed having come up with an idea for a unique product some time ago.  Cliff then spent several minutes detailing the demonstrated need...

The Old Way

In consideration of how things have drastically changed throughout the years, one has little choice except to consider how matters once were during times that have long passed.  I'd scripted an opinion in an edition of a newspaper which posed the query:  "Is more...

If it Slithers

There have been occasions when I've expressed my opinion with the understanding that it's an opinion platform.  Having come under fire from some followers regarding specific subjects, I once, essentially resolved it better to simply avoid expressions of certain...

Customer service redeemed

Having fallen victim to benefits of the advantages of modern technological advancements; also known as laziness, I've become accustomed to receiving bills via the internet.  Monthly obligations are simply emailed by respective creditors and the invoices paid...

Resolution Deferred

Less than two weeks ago, most of the world did their best to usher in a New Year as the calendar rolled over from 2023 to 2024.  Many have, as tradition would dictate, established resolutions regarding the need to do everything from lose weight to concentrate on the...

The Virtue of Selfishness

As the country and majourity of the world is concluding the season for doing and giving, many will realize they have over-extend themselves in their doing and given until they've all give out. Retailers are all too happy to extend limitless invitations to the, now...

Christmas or Xmas: Which do you observe?

Okay, I guess the topic of Christmas has been avoided as long as it can conceivably be put off. Granted; this is the time of year to which many eagerly look forward (especially retailers) and children everywhere find justification for being exceptionally good given...