Sunday, December 16, 2007
Comparisons to the noble iPod abound. However, this is not what excites me. As a boomer, I'm looking at some of the first real change in human reading and communication habits. The speed of technology during my half century of life easily surpasses that of any 19th century industrialist. This is an exciting time to live in . . . just think, before I kick it for the last time I might get to see those books from a hologram that originates from my watch (so old school, but so Dick Tracy-like).
Back to the present, I'm still sticking to books. At least for a little while. Check out the review here: 22nd Century Press: Amazon's Kindle is Sold Out! Is it the iPod of Reading?
Toni Morrison weighs in:
Wednesday, October 03, 2007
Okay. You scared me. I'm leaving this blog RIGHT NOW to walk the dog.
Sometimes we just need a kick in the pants.
FEELING FINE AND FABULOUS AT FORTY-SOMETHING! - Black Author Showcase
Monday, October 01, 2007
What this will mean is yet more generations starting from scratch. Is this a good thing that breeds integrity and ambition or does it increase the circle of poverty? Beverly Mahone runs the stats on this phenom in her blog entry Black Baby Boomers and the American Dream and places the blame on institutional racism.
Perhaps its time for us to 'pull up' and take a good look at our lives and the alleged legacy we intend to leave (if that is the intention at all). Will the fact that we can afford a blinged out SUV or the largest HDTV available really matter if our grandchildren still endure the indignities of the Jena 6 or the brevity of life of the Newark/Delaware State victims?
It's time to re-tool the dream.
Saturday, September 15, 2007
So you think you've overcome? Check out Color and Money: How Rich White Kids Are Winning the War Over College Affirmative Action for a wake-up call you may have chosen to ignore. Peter Schmidt's got the study's and he's not afraid to use them in this informative book.
Don't debate affirmative action without it.
Color and Money
As many of us have found, if we don't write it - it won't come. Bill over at Jewels in the Jungle has written a good introductory treatise on AfroGermanic history. I found it inspiring and it sparked my imagination, giving me several ideas for Afro-historical fiction.
My spouse Levon, is always saying that "history is created and remembered by the works that are written about it." How many times have we seen a Cleopatra movie? Or books about Alexander the Great? A perfect example was last season's HBO hit Rome. It used historical fact to underlie a good story about two Roman soldiers.
In my life, those soldiers could have easily been two Nubian warriors . . . and it should have been. And if I have anything to say about it, it will be.
Jewels in the Jungle: Black History in Germany & Europe (English version): An African-German educator speaks out
"Read A Book" - Bomani
Sunday, September 02, 2007
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An animation industry legend, Floyd Norman worked on the Walt Disney animated features Sleeping Beauty, The Sword in the Stone and The Jungle Book along with various animated short projects at Disney in the late 50's and early 60's. He and business partner animator/director Leo Sullivan co-founded the AfroKids animation studio in 1966.
In recent years he has contributed creatively as a story artist on films such as Toy Story 2 and Monsters,Inc. for Pixar and Mulan and The Hunchback of Notre Dame for Walt Disney Animation.
In one of his columns on the Jim Hill Media site, He laughs at how he was described as as "The lone Negro" by former screenwriter Charles Shows in his memoir of his time at Disney entitled "Walt."
You can find his books 'Faster! Cheaper!' , 'Son of Faster, Cheaper!' , and 'How The Grinch Stole Disney' - collections o cartoons inspired by his lifetime of experiences in the animation industry on the AfroKids web site. He is also a regular columnist on the Jim Hill Media website.
Adrienne & Floyd Norman
Sunday, July 29, 2007
She's written to booklets title "Journey to Health" and "Journey to Health2". She's a raw foods proponent and I'm not mad at a sister! We should all look so good at 60. She's among a growing list of people who have switched to raw foods and have avoided diabetes, wrinkles, obesity and more.
Check out her website at:
Journey to Health with Annette Larkins
Wednesday, July 18, 2007
Despite 9/11, more and more boomers are traveling and losing a grip on their goods. The TSA has devised a way to profit from your loss, however small. The confiscated items are sent to various state warehouses to be either reclaimed or sold. However, this isn't exactly news. The Unclaimed Baggage Center has been selling lost luggage in Alabama for years. It was even featured on Oprah. http://www.unclaimedbaggage.com/index.html
It's not clear if they are also selling your gels, lotions or other liquids that are over 3 ounces. Many people report seeing them thrown into the garbage. But one man's garbage bag may be another's TSA shipping container on the way to Tucker, Ga or some other state destination. Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, and Pennsylvania are saving items with some states even collecting for other states and raising money for their own coffers.
According to the Wall Street Journal article, they are now seeking to reunite passengers with their items before selling them. This may come as some relief to those that have lost a precious gift or heirloom. But don't hold your breath - there are thousands of items retrieved each month.
There's Also Help Preventing Baggage Loss
There's a new service that will assist you and the airport in locating your luggage. It's called Bags ReUnited. According to the website it is a free 24 hour Global Recovery system that " . . . has been created to provide an effective way of ensuring that a lost bag or item can be returned to you."
The online service provides luggage tags (that can be printed from the web) and when your baggage is found, it sends an SMS (text)/email alert message to you. The instructions on the uniquely coded tags can even be printed in various languages depending on your destination. There are a few other features like maintaining your address book and itineraries online, but there are lots of other sites that do that. You can report your loss anywhere you can access the internet (smart idea to add the url to your smart phone with data access).
It also touts free lifetime registration and protection of items other than luggage. While registration, tag printing and notification are free, Instant Alert (SMS text message to your mobile phone) carries a $4.99 yearly surcharge payable by credit card or PayPal.
So - maybe you haven't lost that slamming bathing suit (although you had to buy another at your destination) or the custom engraved chopsticks forever. Focus on enjoying your travels and if the luggage security troll eats your stuff, check out these options before you give up hope.
Carry-On Items Taken at Airports Find Happy Homes - WSJ.com
Unclaimed Baggage Center
Monday, July 09, 2007
Friday, July 06, 2007
Right now I'm listening to Nobody, It's Over, and We Got Love. Sweet. Check him out, he's touring this summer with Joss Stone.
THIS IS RYAN SHAW
Catch him 'live' in this video from a radio appearance in Baltimore on WTMD.
Oh, Yeah! I'm an overaged groupie!
Check out Ryan Shaw's new cd here.
A Singer's Hardy Old Soul - washingtonpost.com
Recent article with this young blood wearing a hat like my daddy! Too cool. Now when you've finished checking out this blog, go tell yo' momma AND your daughter!
Monday, May 21, 2007
Wednesday, May 16, 2007
Growing up, I briefly identified with Yolanda King. Our fathers died in 1968 and we were the same age. While mine wasn't famous, almost a month later when her dad died I wondered if she cried every night too. What ever the answer, I made my comparisons, locked up the subject and moved on.
Today I'm lost in comparisonville again. Fifty-one seems as young as twelve today. I'm happy and living my best life and I imagine she was too. Heart disease seems a million miles away. For me at least . . . in my head.
I lost my mom to congestive heart failure in 2004 and Yolanda lost her mom in 2006. Both in their seventies and still it feels way too young. It's way too soon for Yolanda.
Here's to you, my sister - for finding your unique voice and sharing it with the rest of us. We will honor you by spreading the word - reminding others to Go Red for Women.
Check out her website and a sample of her speaking engagements: Higher Ground Productions
A Dream of Her Own: article by Mitch Horowitz that appeared in the April 2005 issue of Science of Mind magazine (www.scienceofmind.com).
Video from this year's King birthday observance.
Thursday, April 12, 2007
Now I also have to listen to Don Imus all day apologizing for calling the Rutgers Women’s Basketball team “Nappy Headed Ho’s” and his assistant calling the game “the jigaboos vs. the wannabes”. Where is the FCC on this? What’s more important, Janet’s nipple or insulting a hard working group of young black women? This is not about political correctness, it’s about what’s right.I actually used to listen to Imus on NBC radio back in NYC. I stopped about 12 years ago when once again, he went to far with his insults and racial/sexist digs. I thought this guy had calmed down now that he was solidly in "Geezerdom". Nope. Nada.
There are still loads of noodleheads that really believe and agree with his insults. The kinds of things said in private but never in front of those oh so overly sensitive black folk at work.
This is not Imus' first time. Michael Wilbon brings that home in this article:
Michael Wilbon - Out of Imus's Bigotry, a Zero Tolerance for Hate - washingtonpost.com
That said . . . to my home state lady Scarlett Knights - next year you're are going to own those hoops! Great season girlies.
What’s really scaring me is that I’m beginning to agree with Al Sharpton.
Damn. Must be menopause.
Tuesday, February 20, 2007
“Motivational Morsels” contains hundreds of quips, quotes and anecdotes to inspire, entertain and uplift. This is a personal collection from over 15 years on the Internet and close to 60 years of being on the planet. Here are a few examples: “Walk by faith, but run when you get a chance.” James A. Carter
Motivational Morsels by Rey Harris (Book) in Self-Improvement