Sunday, May 15, 2016


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.

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 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.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

WHAT WHITE RACISM IS - a republish

Repost: THOUGHTS ON THEATRE AND REVELATION I took time last night to be at the Fountain Theatre. The symphony in words is titled CITIZEN by Claudia Rankine, adapted for stage by Stephen Sachs, and conducted by the skilled craft-woman Shirley Jo Finney. The synergistic energy of the cast gave CITIZEN its life’s blood – its pulse and rhythms. To say I love theatre is an understatement. When I’m in a theatre witnessing first hand the living of life I feel privileged and inspired. Sometimes, not always but, sometimes before the musicians take their bows I have a revelation – I have a tangible something I did not have when I came in. I have, for some time now, been trying to give racism a name and body that plainly states its nature. CITIZEN provided the impetus for this revelation. The revelation came slow and in pieces, not all at once. I started with, RA CI SM IS, then added A, then decide I had to give racism an owner, so I added WHITE. I put that together and had, WHITE RACISM IS A, a what? This part was revealed slowly: SE RI AL KIL LER. This killer is pampered and protected by rich powerful white men; he is a celebrity in every American institution – bar none. He does his blood work honestly and with impunity. He is American as any of us; but he is also a racist – WHITE RACISM IS A SERIAL KILLER!!!

Monday, April 25, 2016


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Sunday, April 24, 2016


THOUGHTS ON THE I IN ME – what enables me to do what I do? I made Sundays my Stink (think) Day some years ago. I don’t shower or change out of bed clothes. I use the day to assess the value of what I’ve done the past week or so – did what I do help or hurt my progress or the progress of another? Most of the time I do more good than harm – I do fuckup from time to time. I’ve been in control of me for a very long time and have learned to accept the fact that I can and do fail. I face my failures and immediately move to alter or completely change the behavior that led to them. With the help of mother and daddy, the marine corp., and living I decided to take control of my own life and not give that power to anyone else – to any physical or metaphysical being. Some foolish people and organizations have thought they were in control of me; but in the end found that I alone had the controls. I have the fearless power to trust me, to love and respect me – that power enables me to fearlessly trust, love and respect another individual.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016


THOUGHTS ON EQUITY AND LA 99 – member division and solution Political and propaganda maneuvering is intensifying between equity members supporting LA 99, as it is, and equity members demanding change. At issue is money: 99 producers with some equity members insist on actors not being paid; this is said to provide more actors an opportunity to work. On the other side of the divide are equity members who insist on being paid. Actors’ Equity Association is said to be going forward with its plans to implement a minimum wage contract at LA 99. What makes this a politically murky situation is that equity members are pitted against equity members while 99 producers sit awaiting the outcome. To muddy this political pool even more is that some equity members are also producers. As an equity actor I’m for a minimum wage equity contract – work for pay is equitable. Adolphus