Forced Civility: Maintaining Privacy in the Workplace

When you think of privacy in the workplace, do you consider it as the two-edged blade it truly is?   I wonder if we do; I know I didn’t.  That’s because on-the-job civility emboldens a certain amount of invasion of privacy and working to maintain a balance that not only appreciates the concerns of coworkers while at the same time, holding some things back from prying, investigative eyes, is not as easy as it seems.  Let me relate what happened to me… Continue reading

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Applying for naturalization

I read the account of the beating of Bakari Henderson and the first thing I thought of was Poland, so eager to wave the Confederate flag in honor of Trump’s arrival.  I wondered at the time if they recognized the significance of what they were doing.  Did they understand that many would see it as though the Polish Right were telling a segment of the American extremist Right, yeah, we know what you wanted to do and together, we’ll take it as far as you want it to go?  None in the Republican Party found that too troubling. Continue reading

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The Toppling of Balance

A column of tholeiitic basalt, part of the North Mountain Basalt lava flows of Jurassic age, between Tiverton and Central Grove in Digby County, Nova Scotia, Canada.

When you think of balance what comes most immediately to mind? Many of us would think of a scale, as in the Zodiac sign of Libra, the old-fashioned type where you had to equalize the weights of each of the scale’s trays. Or, maybe some of you think of a linear line, possibly considering the phrase, I’ll meet you in the middle, something commonly heard or thought of during times of crisis and compromise. And while I think of both, these days when I think of balance, I see in my mind’s eye, the many balancing rock formations precariously located around the world. I imagine them and I ask myself, why not us? Continue reading

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What the Beginning of Subjugation Looks Like

“We thank you for the opportunity and the blessing to serve your agenda.”

Reince Preibus – Trump Chief of Staff

One of the things always bandied about by conservatives-and others to be fair-is what must the nation’s forefathers think of us or specifically, how can we today, with all our modern necessities, ideals and ostensibly “new” standards of existence, remain true to the original vision of America, the future home of the truly, free man. As I watched Trump’s cabinet “bless him” for all his good works, I immediately thought that this was what they hoped to avoid back then and probably had no inkling that anyone settling in this great nation, past, present or future, would be without balls to such an extent. Continue reading

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Faces of Responsibility

In the past, I’ve commented on the plight of black teens and men with invisible bullseyes on their bodies; targets crying out for acquisition that seemingly only the police can see. But I don’t know if I can keep doing so.

That’s because there are two worlds existing simultaneously in the black community; the world of the predator and the world of prey. And like all humans, blacks are no different in that they exist in both of those environments, at times performing the functions of one or reconciling the actions of the other. Continue reading

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