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Theodore Parker: American Visionary

Tweet Although relatively unknown today, Theodore Parker, who lived in the turbulent decades leading up to the Civil War, was an American whose life exerted a tremendous influence upon his own times, and whose thought and actions still reverberate at the very heart of modern day issues. In one speech, Parker used the phrase, “A [...]

Richard Wright, Our Own Native Son.

Tweet Richard Wright (1908-1960) was perhaps the most influential African-American writer of the twentieth century.  His books helped to change race relations in the United States. I was 16 or 17 when I first read Wright’s novel, “Native Son.” I still remember the impact it had on me.  I could only read the novel piecemeal, [...]

Christmas: A New Name Needed for Ourselves

Tweet Christmas has come once again, the new year soon to follow. A new year….   Ah, dreams of a better world.  Round and round since the beginnings of time. Yet pain and suffering still cry out from this village, that town, this city, that nation around the globe. What is it that keeps us bound [...]

Black & White

Tweet Nelson Mandela survived twenty-seven years in a jail cell. Have you spent even one day and night in jail?  Twenty-seven years was truly an eternity. The incomprehensible thing is how he managed to maintain his humanity amid a desert of timelessness. He wielded a heavy hammer for years in the hot blazing South African [...]

Maybe We Need A New Religion

Tweet Sometime ago, I read a report of a young ten-or-eleven year old boy, who, after being exposed to continuing newspaper and television reports about the fighting going on all over the Middle East, involving Christians, Muslims and Jews, remarked: “Maybe we need a new religion.” Certainly, this week’s Senate election in Alabama highlights the [...]

Traveling to a New America – Florida State University

Tweet Traveling to a New America – Florida State University Last week, I gave a talk, via Skype video, with members of the Department of Dance at Florida State University. The group, under the direction of celebrated choreographer Millicent Johnnie, is creating a performance centered around the annual Minstrel’s Carnival in Cape Town, South Africa. [...]

Jack London & The Iron Heel

Tweet This past weekend, Elizabeth and I stopped by Glen Ellen, California, a lovely small town north of the city of Sonoma, and the location of the Jack London State Historic Park. Jack London was one of the most prolific and successful writers of the early 1900′s – author of “Call of the Wild”, “White [...]

Traveling to a New America – People Along the Way – Salinas, California

Tweet Traveling to a New America – People Along the Way Chris.  Salinas, California. _________________________________________ Chris, what’s your take on America at this time? “With America being built on immigration for hundreds of years, we’re all immigrants, but we’ve let the illegal immigration go on for so long, maybe it’s been a century or longer, [...]

Maya Angelou & My Friend Joe

Tweet Joe Morhaim was my best friend.  He died in 2006, at age 79, from complications of heart surgery. Joe had such a bright, brilliant manner.  He was a wonderful writer, and for twenty-five years he lived and wrote screenplays in Paris. He loved France.  Even after he returned to Los Angeles with his French [...]

Traveling to a New America – People Along the Way – Berkeley, California

Tweet Traveling to a New America – People Along the Way Miles.   Berkeley, California _________________________________ Miles, what’s your take on America at this time? “My take on America is that we’re in a time when there seems to be a loss of hope among the American people.  There also seems to be a lot of [...]