Words Matter

Words Matter

Sitting on my zero-turn lawnmower is where I do my best thinking. What was on my mind after finishing my latest grass cutting were several comments that I’ve left publicly over the past few years that, in retrospect, would have been better left unsaid. Assessing my...
The Gift of Well-Placed Shame

The Gift of Well-Placed Shame

Well-placed shame is not an easy gift to receive. But it is indeed a gift. Few things are more harmful than the misplaced, abusive shaming of others — or the weighty, unjust self-shaming some people experience. Yet, when rightly applied and humbly received, shame can...
The Debt America Refuses to Pay: Part 2

The Debt America Refuses to Pay: Part 2

The formerly enslaved population of the U.S. was given no land, no property, no money. They received no restitution for deprivations they had been forced to endure under the “rule of law” – neither have their more than 30 million descendants. The nation that...
The Debt America Refuses to Pay: Part 1

The Debt America Refuses to Pay: Part 1

I am one of the more than 30 million descendants of American slavery. Our enslaved ancestors were shipped, sold, robbed, maimed, raped, murdered and otherwise wronged from 1619, when a Dutch ship named the White Lion arrived at Jamestown, Virginia, until slavery was...