June 19, 2020

I know. This is just what the world needs--another white male boomer with opinions about racism in America, and on this of all days. Heaven help us. If you’re weary, I completely understand.

Anyway….for the record, I grew up in the Deep South in the 1960’s, and I’m undeniably shaped by the attitudes of those experiences. But I’ve also lived long enough to know that some of what I learned then and there just ain’t right. The other reality is that I have a long, long way to go to understand the Black American experience. I’m a work in progress. So, here are some random racism ruminations.

* Never before in the history of the world have statues and monuments been erected to generals who lost a war. Do we find statues throughout Germany to Goering and Rommel, even Hitler? Is there a statue of Santa Anna at San Jacinto? Does anyone remember the name of the British general at Valley Forge? I even wrote about that over 4 years ago, here. That notion seems absurd, but in the Jim Crow south, it b...

May 7, 2020

The word Liminality was new for me when I encountered it in the middle of my 4 year involuntary sabbatical at Bastrop Federal Satellite Camp. I even wrote about it here a little over 2 years ago. The word made a significant impact on me, as it clearly explained what I was experiencing. In case you’re wondering, or didn’t click above (or don’t understand or don’t want to understand hyperlinks) to my post from the past (one final chance, boomer), liminality is an in-between state of mind or situation. In our life, it might occur when we retire and are trying to decide what to do with the rest of our life. Perhaps a marriage or relationship has ended or the last child has left the nest for college. Perhaps we've been single and are on the threshold of marriage. Maybe we’re a high school senior who’s supposed to be graduating, but it feels like we’re being forced to stay home.

My sense is that even if the word is new, we now clearly understand the feeling as we are in the end of the beginni...

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