Prisoners Coming Home to Roost

 

There are many in American society who have advanced the argument that it is a matter most vile to spend taxpayer dollars on attempts to educate or rehabilitate offenders.  – Derek Irvin 

COMMENTARY

The 1994 crime bill passed by the United States Congress explicitly prohibited inmates from receiving Pell grants by stating:  “No basic grant shall be  awarded…to any individual who is incarcerated in any Federal or State penal institution (Korte, 2016).  Surely people who break laws of a system should be punished.  However, the system should too provide an opportunity to rehabilitate and restore!  Surely the prisoners will eventually come home to roost.

Korte, G. (2016).  Pell grants for prisoners:  Obama to give inmates a second chance at college.  Retrieved from USATODAY.com/story/news/politics/2016

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How To Make The Perfect Cup of Coffee

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I thought I’d died and went to heaven. Someone else whom loves coffee as much as I! Haven’t tried his technique yet, but I Will! I WILL!

Reposting his blog post HERE!

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Once upon a time…

On a sunny Sunday morning I made a change to the way I make my morning coffee.  Which is not that interesting.  What is interesting is: when I took the first taste I almost dropped the mug because it was soooooo good.  It was the best cup of coffee I could remember tasting.  Ever.  Dark, sensuous, chocolatey, rich and clear, with zero bitterness and a highway maximum caffeine wattage.

It was perfect.

But!  Things are not SCIENCE unless they are repeatable.  So the next day I tried the same method and reaped just the same results; a smouldering whirlwind of orgasmically coffee-scented bliss.

When it worked for the third time I tweeted this:

…and promptly collapsed under the tsunami of messages saying: how?…

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The Resilience Breakthrough Part 4

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Resilience is innate.  However, it must be discovered, explored, and/or developed. Absent challenges, adversity, etc., resilience cannot be realized, demonstrated, nor illustrated.  Derek Irvin

Commentary

One evening, I had been reading the book, The Resilience Breakthrough.  Thus my shared thoughts above surrounding – resilience.  Then later that night, prior to bed, I was watching Animal Planet. This segment was about seals.  There was a baby seal that was newly born.  Not long after its birth, the mother quickly jumped into and swam far out into the sea for food according to the narrator.  The baby seal was “fearful” of swimming. He was fearful of getting in the water.  At first it just dipped its head in and looked around under water.  It was the cutest sight.  

Eventually it FELL in.  At that point, it was life or death, the baby seal had to swim – although clumsily.  It splashed and made lots of noises.  There was a male bull seal that seemed to be perturbed by this little baby seal.  The large bull bit the little baby.  Several times, the pull picked up the baby by the neck and or the fin and slung the little baby around the sea like a rag doll.  At one point I thought the bull seal was trying to drown the lil’ guy.  You could  hear the baby seal swallowing large gulps of the sea.  Eventually, the baby seal got away. Weary and worn, the baby seal made its way to the shore near some rocks. The rocks were slippery, so much so that  the baby seal had a difficult time climbing atop the rocks.  Pull, slip, pull slip and it fell right back into the sea.  It was a pitiful sight.  It became exhausted.  I thought it would surely drown. However, finally, it made it atop the rocks.  There the baby rested.

This sight to me was a demonstration of resilience. We all have it within ourselves to overcome any challenge.  The wherewithal to stay afloat and not drown lies somewhere deep within us.  It is when we find ourselves in difficult circumstances, pain, disappointment, or tragedy that resilience is demonstrated. Here’s a video that attempts to demonstrate my point; it’s not what I saw last night, but you should get the point.  CLICK: Baby Seal Swimming.  Period, Case-Closed!

The Resilience Breakthrough, Part 3

Resilience BreakthroughResiliency is the ability to bounce back when you have every reason to shut down – but you fight on! – Christian Moore, LCSW

Commentary  (Repost from June 2016):

I am reading this book for a potential project in the program for which I am employed.  Recently, I read a public Facebook post on June 26th, 2016, 7:33am, by my second mother.  Her husband went to school with my mother.  She shared a number of challenges that speak to the reason many would shut down:  The lost of two children (her oldest daughter and her only son), then a car wreck that included her other children, the loss of a father, surviving breast cancer, blood clots in both lungs, then her baby too experienced blood clots in both lungs and through all this she eventually graduated from college. When I read the definition of resiliency above, I had to stop to publish my thoughts as I immediately thought of her.  She has absolutely demonstrated resiliency.  She is the epitome of resiliency. Period, Case-Closed!

Hating, Persecuting, and Despising Each Other

hands upIt is amazing to me that a difference of opinion upon subjects that we know nothing with certainty about, should make us hate, persecute, and despise each other. – Robert G. Ingersoll

 

Commentary

As an Black male, I go out into the world daily with an understanding of how the world views Black men. My feelings can be best described in the context of the latest murders of two Black men, the one near Baton Rouge, LA. and the other near St. Paul, MN. Whether it is about the hatred, persecution, or loathing of some Whites of Blacks, Heterosexuals of Homosexuals, Men of Women, Jews of Gentiles, Christians of non-believers, etc., etc., I too have found it indeed (borrowing Mr. Ingersoll’s word)  – AMAZING!!  However, after reading the above excerpt by Ingersoll, I now understand why from a different perspective that it is NOT amazing.  We should expect nothing less from so-called humans when the very make-up of their mental faculties are founded upon one’s superiority and another’s inferiority. How ’bout that?! Period, Case-Closed!

Impostors of Leadership

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They speak such wondrous words of wisdom and sometimes spirituality. They even pat you on the back and tell you what a wonderful job you are doing.  They become our presidents and vice presidents, directors, managers, teachers, scholars, business and community leaders, etc.  They manage to gather great support of colleagues; they build a wonderful network of advocates.  They publish books, articles, become great orators – they build and or lead multi-million and billion dollar companies. We praise them for their astonishing accomplishments. 

Commentary

This post was inspired by a conversation on yesterday with my brother James and my friend Tammy.  Both conversations were about leadership.  It was Tammy who mentioned the words “impostors of leadership” during our conversation.  I immediately responded, “OMG, this sounds like a blog post!”  During both conversations, I was reminded of a particular scripture.  We have all heard it said many times.  It starts with a warning, “Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves!” (Matthew 7:15, KJV).  I can imagine the Master making this great announcement – loudly, forcibly and emphatically.

Prophets are a type of leader – a spiritual leader, if you will.  However, then also there are our leaders in medicine, education, criminal justice, law, politics, etc., etc.    Some of them, maybe many of them are no more than wolves in sheep’s clothing.  Excuse me, “ravenous” wolves in sheep clothing.  I then looked up the word “ravenous” to get a greater understanding of what this piece of scripture was attempting to communicate.  Among the synonyms are:  ferocious, greedy, insatiable, and voracious – could eat a horse!  There is so much in the idea “could eat a horse!”, but time does not permit.  Meanwhile, what I can share with you is that the Master has already forewarned us, “Beware, Beware, BEWARE!”  A wolf in sheep clothing does NOT look like a wolf.  They are NOT sheep and they are NOT leaders.  They are impostors!  – Period, Case-Closed!