“You know, our children don’t hate until we tell them to hate,” said Ann Linton, the mother of a recent high school graduate.
Friday, May 26, 2017
Saturday, May 20, 2017
Anyone who knows much about me is keenly aware of how much I love my alma mater, McKinley High School. I owe so much to the teachers, administrators and my classmates. I learned more about life there than any book could ever teach me.
Friday, May 12, 2017
Friday, May 05, 2017
So, where are we now that the U.S. Department of Justice has “officially” announced that the two Baton Rouge police officers involved in the shooting death of Alton Sterling will not be charged with violating his civil rights when they shot and ki…
Friday, April 28, 2017
It’s official: I’ve lost 3 pounds this month, which, at the time of this writing, still has a few days remaining. I want to share my great feeling of accomplishment.
Friday, April 21, 2017
Most athletes have that day, that moment, when they can’t be stopped. Whether it is a game in front of a large crowd or in the neighborhood in front of the home boys. You just feel it.
Friday, April 14, 2017
I don’t think I ever went on an Easter Egg hunt when I was child. If I did, I can’t think of where it would have been held. I did a lot of things, but I can’t fish out a memory of hunting for Easter Eggs.
Friday, April 07, 2017
Recently, I’ve found that we are so stressed amid all of the tumult and political noise bombarding us that many of us don’t take time to notice all of the good stuff happening right in front of us every day.
Friday, March 31, 2017
There was a picture in a book that ignited my imagination when I was barely school-age, and it stuck with me for years. It was a picture of a young boy lying on his back in a huge field. There were some flowers here and there around him. But he wa…
Friday, March 17, 2017
I’m creating an imaginary a scene, so bear with me a little bit. I’m basing it on the Walker Police Department sergeant who recently brought a noose to work. I don’t know if I can be that funny, though.
Friday, March 10, 2017
Some mornings I arise trying not to turn on the television. I steer clear of my smartphone because there might be a bulletin about some dumb stuff the most powerful man in the free world has said or done.
Friday, March 03, 2017
Nothing good was going to happen when 38-year-old David Johnson showed up at the party his estranged wife was having for her son who was going to be heading off to college.
Friday, February 24, 2017
From my office window I can see young men at Christian Life Academy playing baseball on their nice, well-manicured green field of dreams. Sometimes I will get locked in on them for a few minutes.
Friday, February 17, 2017
The Rev. W. Marshall Myles lamented to his congregation at New St. John Baptist Church on a recent Sunday that he felt “so low that I had to reach up to touch down.”
Friday, February 10, 2017
Sometimes when I’m a little riled up by rotten politics, reprehensible politicians and the vile motives of some folk, I write a little something for myself.
Friday, January 27, 2017
So, the other day I was sitting, talking with a co-worker about stuff on the job. If you have to know, I work at the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries. You get the idea from the name alone what this office all about.
Friday, January 20, 2017
A few weeks ago, I wandered into a local pizza joint that I had avoided for years, generally because the idea of an all-you-can-eat pizza buffet seemed like a sin.
Friday, January 13, 2017
Eight years ago, on a Tuesday night, I sat at my laptop writing a column about the election of Barack Hussein Obama as not only president, but also the first African-American president of the United States.
Friday, January 06, 2017
Saturday, December 31, 2016
I think it’s unanimous that 2016 will be remembered as one of the worst years on this planet, especially in Baton Rouge.
Friday, December 23, 2016
It’s Christmas Eve, for most of us an occasion to think of fun times, both present and past. It’s a great chance to wish that Santa would bring some much-needed gifts.
Friday, December 16, 2016
As an elementary school-age child, I spent a lot of time listening to the conversations of my grandmother and her circle of friends. I guess the average age of that group was between 65 and 70 years old. Few of them had much formal education. My g…
Friday, December 09, 2016
Last week, I attended three funerals in four days, and that, my friends, can take a toll on you. Of course, I’m not suggesting that my feelings compare to the loss suffered by my friends.
Friday, November 25, 2016
Sometimes when I ride through my neighborhood in Old South Baton Rouge, I have to stop and think about what I am seeing and recall all of the political promises of whole loaves of bread, yet this area barely got crumbs.
Friday, November 18, 2016
Friday, November 11, 2016
The greatest fear I had as a child was that my grandmother — the stabilizing force in my life — would die someday. My fear mounted as she grew older, ill and less verbal. Then, one night in May, she died.
Friday, November 04, 2016
I was standing in a long, snaking line on Monday morning preparing to “early vote” at the Secretary of State’s office. There is little doubt that the candidates for president — Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump —were driving the rapidly growing line.
Friday, October 28, 2016
Last Saturday, I sat with friends enjoying great food, adult beverages and interesting conversation at our tailgate in the hours leading up to Southern University’s homecoming football game. As you know, homecoming is that one game that is suppose…
Friday, October 21, 2016
It was a pretty warm morning as I got on my knees to get a better angle to take a photograph of my father’s headstone. It was Memorial Day 2016 at Port Hudson National Cemetery.
Friday, October 14, 2016
Friday, October 07, 2016
My wife and I were waiting for the doorbell to ring on Sunday afternoon. Our friends Mike and Brenda were heading over to the house to pick us up.
Friday, September 23, 2016
Friday, September 16, 2016
I was at the foot of my driveway talking to an electrician on Wednesday evening about an idea I had about adding a couple electrical outlets to the exterior of my house. I wanted a place to plug in my generator.
Friday, September 02, 2016
There I was Tuesday morning, 10 minutes late for my photo shoot at an elementary school in Baker. I hustled out of my car to make sure I got to the office as fast as possible.
Friday, August 26, 2016
It takes a lot of mental toughness to live in my town right now. East Baton Rouge Parish is not for the faint of heart. We have overcome years of disasters by finding that thing that helps us overcome.
Friday, August 19, 2016
I felt helpless Saturday afternoon when I saw the fear on my wife’s face as we were about to abandon our house of 31 years for a future that would be decided by rising floodwaters in our neighborhood.
Friday, August 12, 2016
An African-American law enforcement officer said at a recent town hall meeting that he lives outside of East Baton Rouge Parish, but considers himself a great peacekeeper in Baton Rouge.
Friday, August 05, 2016
I recently read a federal appeals court decision that basically called North Carolina’s attempt at voter suppression somewhere between ornery and mean-spirited.
Friday, July 29, 2016
Somewhere around the third mouthful of Wednesday morning's waffles (I do some of my best thinking at breakfast) I began to think long and hard that my town really has to get it right over the next few months.
Friday, July 22, 2016
Friday, July 15, 2016
I continue to watch the video of the Baton Rouge police officers on top of a prone and struggling Alton Sterling. I heard the word “gun” and then gunshots. One. Then two. Then three. Then four. All at can’t-miss range into Sterling’s body.
Saturday, July 09, 2016
Sometimes there are things that happen that are so breathtakingly horrible that you have to take a minute to ask: What the hell is going on here?
Thursday, June 23, 2016
The recent jailing of Schaquana Spears, of Baton Rouge, for whipping three of her children who allegedly had broken into a neighbor’s house is heartbreaking and scary. Did the injuries the boys suffered warrant an arrest? Did she do the right thin…
Friday, June 17, 2016
Friday, June 10, 2016
I was sitting in a big, Dallas-area civic center last Saturday as nearly 500 young men and women walked in neat lines in their graduation caps and gowns. It was a ceremony I have witnessed many times over the years.
Friday, May 27, 2016
I am conflicted about the actions of Andrew Jones, the Amite High School valedictorian who chose to take a position on facial hair that he knew would result in him being denied participation in graduation ceremonies.
Tuesday, May 03, 2016
For about 10 minutes last Saturday, I stared at Richard “Cooter” King, a man I have grown to admire over the years. My admiration is even stronger now.
Sunday, May 01, 2016
I was doing some light reading on a recent night, glancing up occasionally at the TV as political commentators droned on about the battle for party nominations in the race for president.
Saturday, April 23, 2016
“If people are messing with you, you just kill them. … Shoot them and run, put the gun in a paper bag and drop it somewhere. I would just go home and act like nothing happened.”