MAHALIA AND PTSD

It’s why I do it. Advocacy. It’s why my own trauma is kept alive and raw. I don’t get to pack it away, hide out… heal? As if I could… Cause countless other souls, without my media presence LIVE daily with THEIR pain. And they may not have found counseling or meds or understanding. A… Continue reading MAHALIA AND PTSD

FAMILIAL IRONIES

It’s been a blitzkrieg, traveling east to DC and back today in slightly more than 48 hours…and worth every second. It’ll take me a few days to get current…and I must begin filming tomorrow morning. But I’ll make a start. The purpose of my mission: to unite with classmates from college in Munich, ’62-64. These… Continue reading FAMILIAL IRONIES

HIP HOP

OK, going into the deep end of the pool here. Got into this today with my therapist. I have NEVER had an appreciation for rap, hip-hop, what have you. I recorded a blues album back in ’82 with a producer who’d represented Curtis Blow, one of the early pioneers. Thru the decades I’ve encountered some… Continue reading HIP HOP

GLORY DAYS…

Tonite a classic Yankee victory –  2019 style.  We won in the 10th, 12-10.  In truth our pitching staff is questionable.   EVERYONE!  Starters, middle men, closers.  Tonite, Yankee starter Domingo German was going for his major league leading 13TH victory! Instead he got lit up for 8 runs, quite early on.  He’s not the same… Continue reading GLORY DAYS…

SERVICE

Today I served dinners to some of the 4000 homeless here in Los Angeles. I’m always mindful that many of our homeless are veterans, some from wars past and some of wars present. There are celebrities and politicians aplenty in evidence; many of their nametags superfluous but providing a leveling affect. Fame and power bring… Continue reading SERVICE

THAT’S NOT FUNNY

What constitutes humor today?  What is funny?  Is Aristophenes still funny?  Is Buster Keaton?  Milton Berle?  Richard Pryor?  Is there something intrinsically timeless about comedy…or does it vary with cultural trends and contextual world events?  Must a joke ‘travel well’, from culture to culture, to be genuinely comedic? I love to laugh, I think everyone… Continue reading THAT’S NOT FUNNY

SAVANNAH

  I was perhaps seven, when I went to visit my father in Georgia. To supplement his income as an English professor at Howard University, Dad taught summer school at Savannah State College and I looked forward to my first visit to the South, spending my summer fishing and reading, and the chance to travel… Continue reading SAVANNAH

GUIDANCE

VAGINA MONOLOGUE I watched the above theater piece this afternoon, taped months ago.  It was not at all what I’d anticipated.  I discovered (perhaps this should NOT have surprised me, given my sexual past) that many women, if not most, have a somewhat negative relationship and perception of their vagina.  So much of male and… Continue reading GUIDANCE

GEGNER’S BARBER SHOP

This arrived today in my mailbox and really struck me as synchronous. I’m not an alumni of Antioch College, I graduated from U of Md…but as a freshman I attended Antioch in the summer of ’61. I’d recently turned 17, they’d offered me a Naval Engineering scholarship for their $3000 tuition and I went for… Continue reading GEGNER’S BARBER SHOP