Tuesday, June 28, 2016

THOUGHTS ON POLITICS OBAMATIME

THOUGHTS ON POLITICS OBAMATIME – sagging pants no shorts just raw ass: butt-crack and all There was a time when politicians on opposing sides would scent the funk in what they did; you know, keep their shit from stinking in everyone’s nostrils. There was an effort to appear honest, patriotic, and noble. But at the advent of OBAMATIME many politicians said fuck the pretense. The same politicians now say it in headlines: ‘This is a white country governed by wealthy white people and we will use our power and wealth to dictate what is taught in classrooms, what is written into law, how governing policies are designed, and how court judges adjudicate.’ Wealth-power says, ‘We will limit the number of jobs and make it impossible for your government to provide you with the resources to have health care, to feed, clothes, house, and educate your family. Every American citizen will kneel at the feet of Wealth-power and pledge allegiance to doing its will – God bless you and God bless America.’ http://www.adolphusward.net http://www.amazon.com/Adolphus-A.-Ward/e/B00OSDSSRC

Friday, June 24, 2016

THOUGHTS ON THE I AND THE WE

THOUGHTS ON THE Is AND THE WEs – something to think about I have what I’ve come to think of as a Popcorn Brain. It stems from the fact that whenever I’m given an idea or think of one myself, my brain takes that one idea and Pops a head full of others. A few kernels into my brain produce a bag full of popcorn. Some of the pops ain’t worth a fuck, but they’re in the bag. From time to time I get an idea that’s worth sharing. I have this idea about my 2 modes of thinking; the first mode is what I call my I-mode of thinking. The second is what I call my We-mode of thinking. In the first mode I mostly think about what concerns me – others seldom inter my mind. In the second I include others in the things that concern me. What I’ve found is whenever I move from the I-mode to the We-mode of thinking I get more possibilities to meet, resolve, my concerns. The I-mode (Me) way of thinking doesn’t work as well for me as the We-mode (Us) way of thinking. http://www.adolphusward.net http://www.amazon.com/Adolphus-A.-Ward/e/B00OSDSSRC

Friday, June 17, 2016

THOUGHTS ON BELIEFS THAT KILL

THOUGHTS ON BELIEFS AND BELIEVERS THAT KILL I am not shocked by the systematic slaughter of the 49 human beings celebrating life in a gay club. For sure, I do have empathy for the mourners who lost love-ones and for those recovering from inflicted wounds – but I’m not shocked by the misguided act of the shooter. In fact I anticipated it as I have other atrocities committed by fellow humans with a belief, the will, and the power to force their belief on others. A note of caution: be leery of a person with a fervent belief when they are determined that others must accept that belief. Be especially leery when that belief is sanctioned by a god. My anticipation of radical behavior is not limited to individuals or small groups but includes governments: especially those with the power to force their will (belief) on others in the name of a god. http://www.adolphusward.net http://www.amazon.com/Adolphus-A.-Ward/e/B00OSDSSRC

Thursday, June 9, 2016

THOUGHTS ABOUT MY GETWITH - my VACATION

THOUGHTS ON MY GETWITH – my word for vacation It’s the morning after deplaning at LAX from Milwaukee, returning from three weeks with the best damn family and friends to ever dwell upon this earth; my sister Zenobia, her companion Wilma, my brother Isaac; daughters, Denise, Azeeza, Lisa, sons, Anthony and Michael; grand and great grandchildren; nieces and nephews; friends. When leaving Reseda, CA my determination was to GETWITH and enjoy, again, just being with them. I’m fiercely independent and am cautious about interrupting the routines of family or friends. I always rent a car when I get to my GETWITH destination; and more often than not rent a motel room. But, some years ago my “young” friend Virginia gave me a key to her house and a spacious room to use whenever I’m in town. Mind you, her house has an unobstructed view of Lake Michigan from each of three floors. Virginia is actually much younger than my 81 years but whenever I talk about her publically I always make that clear; it’s my way to keeping her house key. http://www.adolphusward.net http://www.amazon.com/Adolphus-A.-Ward/e/B00OSDSSRC

Sunday, May 15, 2016

THOUGHTS ON RIDDING MYSELF OF CLUTTER

THOUGHTS ON RIDDING MYSELF OF CLUTTER – stripping down to what I really need Not quite sure why my mind and efforts have moved toward getting rid of stuff; perhaps my getting older has something to do with it. A few weeks ago I set out to see more empty floor and wall space. It turns out I’m really good at getting rid of stuff. When I was less old it was near impossible for me to part with books I’d read and reread, and I kept buying more books; it was as if to part with them was eliminating a part of me. I’ve now sold or given most my books to readers – it was like my donating an organ that keeps both of us living. In the past few weeks I’ve sold and given away books, furniture, sports equipment, bedding, empty glass picture frames, and other items that had occupied floor and wall space. I can now see more wall and floor space than stuff in my one bedroom apartment. I’m now taking a critical look at my closet full of clothes. I’ve decided to start wearing items I seldom if ever wear: my one suit, sport coats, dress trousers, dress shoes, dress shirts, tux, dinner jacket. So, if you see me wearing a dinner jacket, jeans, and running shoes having an espresso at Starbucks, I didn’t just come from nor am I going anywhere special – I’m just delaying getting rid of more stuff. http://www.adolphusward.net http://www.amazon.com/Adolphus-A.-Ward/e/B00OSDSSRC

Sunday, May 8, 2016

THOUGHTS ON BELIEFS - gods devils heaven and hell

THOUGHTS ON A FEW BELIEFS – gods devils heaven and hell I don’t believe in a God a Devil a Christ an Antichrist or the angels who are supposed to attend them; I believe all of them grew out of mythology and evolved into reality through the spoken and written stories told by creative minds – today, some of us believe it all to be true and real. Not only that, but some of us actually believe Gods or Devils plan and direct our individual and collective lives. I’ve already said I don’t believe in Gods or Devils so it should be understood that I certainly don’t believe any God or Devil plans and directs my life. Whatever the state of our existence – individual, race, country, or world – humans have created that state by their actions or inactions. I said this to a relative once and almost got put out of her house. When our thinking is trapped in mythology it’s difficult if not impossible to see and admit that we did more than anyone else to get where we are – at this moment, each of us is where we are and doing what we do because of the choices we made; exception, of course, but nonetheless true. Prayer is a wonderful tool to envision an alternative state of being; but without enabling action the time could be better spent.

Sunday, May 1, 2016

THOUGHTS ON WHAT BLACKS KNOW ABOUT WHITES..

THOUGHTS ON WHAT BLACKS KNOW ABOUT WHITES AND VICE VERSA Black people know more about the lives of white people than white people know about black lives. This is not a new thought but one that should be repeated often. There’s a reason for this difference in white and black knowledge. Black people were and still are forced to learn about white history, white science, white literature, white art, and of course white gods. White people have never been required to know anything about black people but have been fed a constant stream of caricatures by media makers. The obvious intent for this was and still is to maintain a position of dominance. All media, including that for stage and film, is created from a position of dominance – and to that extent it’s propaganda. Where black media workers tend to think altruistically about their work, white media makers think politically – maintaining dominance. The most reliable and durable way to get more black faces in stage and film media is to produce more stories about black life: these stories must be written by black writers and from a black perspective. Black makers and viewers of media must move beyond the feeling of altruism to the political perspective of purpose. This must be done for the progress and survival of the black mind. http://www.adolphusward.net http://www.amazon.com/Adolphus-A.-Ward/e/B00OSDSSRC