Can a fairy godmother be an old black man?

When I was young and considerably more impressionable than I am now (well, OK, maybe that’s not entirely true … I still have my gullible moments — come to think if it, probably more than I should admit) I used to ride on trains. I traveled up and down the west coast, visiting family, sometimes…

Nothing Compares to a First Kiss – or does it?

There is nothing that compares to a first kiss. OK. Wait a minute … now that I think about it, some first kisses can suck (no pun intended) — but even the crappy ones have the same level of anticipation. That heart-pounding, belly-twisting, nervousness that makes your body shake at the mere thought of it….

How to give the perfect insult in Pig Latin…

Youyay ightmay ebay ethay iggestbay idiotyay onyay ethay anetplay. I didn’t learn much from my grandmother — and in all honesty, I don’t have a bank of fond memories to fall back when I think of her. But, while it goes without saying that she was from a different era, it wasn’t the generation gap…

Sometimes you have to fight when you’re a man …

Remember the Kenny Roger’s song, “Coward of the County”? “… Promise me, son, not to do the things I’ve done.Walk away from trouble if you can.It won’t mean you’re weak if you turn the other cheek.I hope you’re old enough to understand: Son, you don’t have to fight to be a man …” I grew up…

Today, of all days, please smile at a stranger …

I don’t read as many blogs — or books, or news sites, or magazines for that matter — as I’d like to. Mostly, I suppose, because when I find I have time to read for pleasure, I’ve already done so much reading and so much research that my brain begs for stillness. So rather than…