BY THE WINDOW: Mass Shootings Have Nothing To Do With You

And everything to do with hysteria. Truth be told. There are enough smart people with education and opinions to go around that have turned to social media to express their frustration with what is pretty much the uncomfortably consistent “tradition” of mass shootings in the United States of America. From gun control legislation to mental health funding the main poles of discord are guiding the conversation on this matter and it is sure to give us the usual result. NOTHING. Bleak, one might say. However, at what point do we adjust our framing or shall we just keep beating a … Continue reading BY THE WINDOW: Mass Shootings Have Nothing To Do With You

ON THE SOFA: Can You Afford Your Friends?

I will never forget the pastor in a Brooklyn church who uttered the words: “Your friends are God’s apology for your family.” At some point in our childhood we come across people whom we deem fit to allow into our space because they keep us comfortable or make us comfortable. They take the role of the absent or non-existent sibling as we make our way through kindergarten or elementary school. Friendship at this stage is managed by joy markers. We often laugh together, fight together, play together and snack together. This remains the case through about the junior year of … Continue reading ON THE SOFA: Can You Afford Your Friends?

ON THE SOFA: Need is Undefeated

Let me preface this revelation by saying; if you ever want face the highest amount of temptation make a commitment. From relationships to religion. I recently was moved to reaffirming my Christian faith and some of my most vulnerable foibles were heavily exploited by temptation. Truth be told, I lost a lot of battles. At times I wondered if I was actually in the right faith practice especially when the temptation would weigh on me like an invisible yet palpable weight. I would then submit myself to such condemnation at my inconsistency. The memories of sins rush in from as … Continue reading ON THE SOFA: Need is Undefeated