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Jimi Says

 "Knowledge speaks, but wisdom listens"
-Jimi Henrix
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Christmas, Nintendo, and Free Passes

It was the Christmas of 1986, like a lot of kids, I was anticipating my Nintendo Entertainment System.  My grandparents hadn't “assured” me I was getting one but I knew them well enough to know that they just wanted to…
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Jimi Says

I used to live in a room full of mirrors; all I could see was me. I take my spirit and I crash my mirrors, now the whole world is here for me to see. 


-Jimi Hendrix
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My mother, Expectations, Parenting, and Success

If you know me, you know I usually speak with great reverence about my grandparents. They did everything in their power to “set me up to win” and I appreciate them more and more every day. However there was one…
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Children, Sacrifice, Goals, and Parenting

If the “Parent of the year” award was based on sacrifice – my wife would win hands down. I have no problem admitting this because it’s the truth. When I was up late submitting applications to writing workshops and writing…
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Observations and Thankfulness

A young girl, no older than 8, wrapped in berets, uniform blues, and goodness - crossing a hectic road in a not-so-safe part of town on her way to school. I asked God to watch over her travels and thanked…
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The Hood, Suburbs, Good Kids, Bad Kids and Parenting

I grew up at 17385 Pinehurst on Detroit’s west-side in the 80s and 90s. It was more “neighborhood than “hood” but nonetheless – it still had its challenges. My grandfather was savvy to the threats surrounding me/us. There was always…
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The Importance of People

One of the most important things we can do with our lives is to connect with people that have the potential to help us. This doesn’t mean you have to necessarily be what’s called a “People Person” but you have…
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The World we Live in

At this point in parenthood I absolutely understand the looks of concern and hope my grandfather gave me on a daily basis because I give my children the exact same looks. The world is an ever evolving sphere with way…
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Please & Thank you

It’s easy and common to pray to your preferred savior when you’re ambitious and reaching for your goals. But when you get there: do you pray and “say thanks” as passionately as you “asked please?”
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Every Day in Every Way........

“Every day in every way, I am getting better and better”


It’s amazing where you can find tid-bits of motivation. It was my first time watching HBO’s Boardwalk Empire this morning. A pretty violent and graphic series but low…