Can Humanity Be Saved?

“The only thing that is going to save mankind is if enough people live their lives for something or someone other than themselves.”

~Leon Uris

Leon Marcus Uris (1924 – 2003) was an American Jewish writer from Baltimore, Maryland. During World War II, Uris served in the U.S. Marines, and that experience gave him the background and expertise to write his best-selling historical novel Battle Cry. He helped write the screenplay for the Hollywood movie that followed the book’s success. Continue reading “Can Humanity Be Saved?”

Imitation Is Suicide!

“Trust yourself. Think for yourself. Act for yourself. Speak for yourself. Be yourself. Imitation is suicide.”

~ Marva Collins

Marva Delores Collins (1936-2015) was an American educator, born in Alabama, but spent most of her teaching career in Chicago. Concerned about the quality of education available to black students from impoverished families, Collins started the Westside Preparatory School in 1975 using her personal funds and ran it with her daughter for the next 30 years. Continue reading “Imitation Is Suicide!”

Oneness With the Universe

“The first peace, which is the most important, is that which comes within the souls of people when they realize their relationship, their oneness, with the universe and all its powers, and when they realize that at the center of the universe dwells Wakan-Tanka and that this center is really everywhere, it is within each of us.”

~ Black Elk

Nicholas Black Elk (1863-1950) was a Native American Sioux medicine man and warrior who lived in what is now South Dakota. Through an interpreter, Black Elk related his life story, his great vision, and details about his Native culture to John Niehardt. “Black Elk Speaks” was published by Niehardt in 1932 and has become an important source for understanding Native American culture. Continue reading “Oneness With the Universe”

21. Papa Jethro Continues His Story #RRBC

The next day, JoJo creeps into his grandfather’s reading room only to find him fast asleep in his chair. The boy stands still in front of his beloved Papa and gazes at his peaceful face. Very carefully, Jojo climbs into his Papa’s lap only to find him wide awake and grinning.

“Did I wake you, Papa? Are you mad at me? Can I hear more of that story? Please?” Continue reading “21. Papa Jethro Continues His Story #RRBC”

IF YOU LOVE ME… #RRBC

“Love is always bestowed as a gift – freely, willingly and without expectation. We don’t love to be loved; we love to love.”

~ Leo Buscaglia

We have arrived at that gift-giving and receiving time of year – ushered in with spectacular fanfare by the incredible blast of the commercial horn called “Black Friday”. As we take deep breaths, and summon our courage, we set out to seek the elusive mall parking space, run the gauntlet of throngs of shoppers and search futilely for a harried salesperson to assist us. Or, we can go forth into cyberspace and explore strange new markets, seek out new products and exotic bargains; to boldly go where no consumer has gone before. Continue reading “IF YOU LOVE ME… #RRBC”

IS THE SKY THE LIMIT? #RRBC

“Never be limited by other people’s limited imaginations.”

~ Mae Jemison

Mae Jemison (1956 – Present) is the first African-American female astronaut to fly into space in 1992 aboard the Space Shuttle Endeavor who also appeared in a Star Trek episode of The Next Generation series in 1993, one year after Jemison left active duty at NASA. Before her years with NASA, she spent two years with the Peace Corps. Jemison holds nine honorary doctorate degrees, is a dancer and has written several books. Since retiring from NASA, she founded a company which researches the application of technology to daily life. Continue reading “IS THE SKY THE LIMIT? #RRBC”

18. Ultimatum: It Must Stop… NOW! #RRBC

In our last episode, ArcGeneral Hastings had delivered a firm ultimatum to High Chancellor Hayes and the CO of the Crusader Army, Shappa Durant. Hastings pleaded with them to punish the Crusaders who assisted Shaspa Hendricks in the unlawful execution of one Marine, the torture and rape of that man’s siblings, and the coercion and violation of a female Marine. If they refused, an all-out war between the Crusader army and the Marine Corps could ensue.

[We join the conversation between Hayes and Durant after Hastings left their presence.] Continue reading “18. Ultimatum: It Must Stop… NOW! #RRBC”