Monday, August 24, 2020

Frightening

I couldn't sleep so I decided to work.  Problem is:  I'd left my notes in my car.  So, at 4AM, I went to my car to retrieve the notes.

I was shocked to see a man in my car rummaging around...stealing items from the car.

I startled him but he startled me more.  I screamed, bolted into the house and called the police.

They came right away and, naturally, the intruder had left.  I discovered he'd gotten in and out of the house via the garage window.

Then, we discovered the big find:  He'd left his cellphone.

With that, the police are moving to apprehend and arrest this thug.

I intend to testify and pray that he doesn't get a slap on the wrist.

Criminal behavior begins with acts like these.  If he's not punished, his acts will escalate!

But, it was a frightening experience!

Monday, August 17, 2020

So proud of Kamala

 On so many levels, there are reasons to be proud of Vice President Kamala Harris. 

She's diverse.  Unlike the other female VP nominees (Ferraro and Palin), she has so many ethnic strands running through her veins.

She's smart.  Listen to her.  Watch her. Question answered.

She's a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority.  WOW!  She's my Soror and she 'gets' it. 

She's relatable. She's approachable and can relate at every level.

She's probing.  If you have any doubt about that, ask Attorney General Barr and former Attorney General Sessions who were both grilled by her to their detriment.  They were both flustered.

She's beautiful.  In these days when being telegenic helps, Kamala Harris exceeds expectations.

And I'll be happy to call her Vice President.

Monday, July 13, 2020

Having fun during COVID-19

Hello!

There are ways to enjoy summer...even amid Corona.

Since you're safe outdoors, I've gone to many outdoor haunts where there are limited crowds.  Wauconna Parkway is beautiful with its lagoon and Venice-mimicking tableau.

I've discovered so many of these.  There's a lovely trail in University Park that is next to a nature center....both are great options.

Then, if you are good with your partner, go to the drive-in.  We're going and expect to have a LOT OF FUN!

There are many parks to visit that have their unique identity.  The trail in Oak Forest has a lot of natural wonders and if you're lucky, a deer will cross your path.  Then, at the end of the trail, enjoy a picnic at one of the many picnic tables.

But, one thing I've tried to avoid:  ZOOM virtual fun.

Why?  Because who wants to see a block of one's photo when you can have REAL FUN!


Monday, July 6, 2020

Americans have no....

PATIENCE!

As we see Europe return to normal from COVID-19, Americans continue to see the number soar and surge.

WHY?

Because we have no patience and no willingness to make the sacrifice to comply.

I see folks yelling in government meetings about "their right to not wear masks."

I see beachgoers huddled together and frolicking in a pool -- a small space.

I even saw a security guard get murdered in Flint because he barred someone from coming into a store because she didn't have a mask.

States that opened early are witnessing the biggest jump in cases and deaths.

The European Union is barring Americans to come to Europe because they could spread it to their citizens.

Dr. Fauci is looking with alarm and the escalating numbers and sees little hope if America doesn't buckle down and take this seriously.

There is no end in sight if folks don't do the right thing and exhibit discipline, short-term sacrifice and the willingness to live.

Monday, June 29, 2020

Sometimes...you gotta let it go

I've worked on this project for over a decade.  I've always felt a certain sense of pride at being asked year and year to do the Public Relations.

But, this year was stressful...a nightmare...a drain.

I don't know what made this year so different.  Maybe it's my age or lack of tolerance for the drama surrounding this project, or maybe lack of patience.

Whatever the reason:  It's time to let it go.  It's time to say NO.  It's time to refuse to do it again.

I do this once a year and each year, I vow not to do it the next year.  But, with the lapse of time, I forget.

This year, I won't forget!  I've tagged a lot of people to remind me when the request comes to say...NO!  When the client is treating me to a sumptuous breakfast...say....NO!  When the memory of the stress of it all begins to wear down as the year goes by, remember and say...NO!

In other words, say NO!

Monday, June 15, 2020

One word

For all of the turmoil in the world:  Black men being murdered, the Corona-19 pandemic in full throttle, heightened protests, statues toppled, anger...anger...anger.

One word:

PRAY!

Monday, June 1, 2020

Outrage, shock and tears

Like anyone who saw that tape of George Floyd having the life "kneed" out of him by a cop, I have a mix of emotions.

Outrage
Fear
Sadness

When you survey the landscape of the scores of black men -- and women -- being murdered in the most horrid of ways at the hands of law enforcement.

Rifled down Armery by vigilantes in a dump truck, who killed him like a dog.

Put a chokehold on Eric Garner who yelled "I can't breathe" in his final hours.

Bulleted their way into Breonna's home and murdered her.  Later found out that the criminal they sought was already in custody.

Too often these "law enforcers" are exonerated.

Let's keep our eye on the ball and resolve to keep society's feet on the fire and get white people "woke."

And, let's be vigilante about Karens lying and using their privilege as a weapon to get blacks into the prison mix.

It's time for us to rise up.  Use the tools of the smartphone to expose and use our voices.

But do it with resolve but in peace.