Art Crawl: A note from the Voiceless

This is a time for courage.  We cannot stand back. “Art is really about that moment. I just couldn’t take it any longer,” said artist Phillip Hyman about his hooded angel.  (Click the image for the full story at CNN.) We have to stand together against hate. The art of protest can have an impact. First they came for the Socialists, and I did not … Continue reading Art Crawl: A note from the Voiceless

The power in getting off your duff

Katrina. It’s a sentence, a novel—APOCALYPSE. Having grown up partly in New Orleans and nearby Slidell, I wasn’t shocked by Katrina, only outraged. Days before the storm, I remember sitting in my living room yelling at the TV, “Where are the fricking buses? NOLA people don’t have cars.” After the levees broke, I sat there yelling, “Where’s the Coast Guard, the Navy, anyone?” And when … Continue reading The power in getting off your duff

Fire and Ice: August Absolute Write Blog Chain

So it’s 112 degrees outside, dozens of wildfires are still raging across my state, and the greatest minds in the world are developing new apps for the iPhone? Seriously folks, the planet needs some attention—but what can we normal folks do about it? I live in the Bible Belt where much of the past five years has been spent denying that global warming existed. Of … Continue reading Fire and Ice: August Absolute Write Blog Chain

The Hate Groups Are Enjoying This

The Sikh temple massacre was no accident, no random act of a madman.  It was designed by 7 distinct Stages of Hate Training. Most people know very little about these fringe, shadow groups.  They hopefully never have to look them in the eye.  Unfortunately, I had to face down members of a just-forming Hammerskin “nation” while fighting apartheid in the late eighties and nineties.  They … Continue reading The Hate Groups Are Enjoying This