now you are free…

One Tuesday afternoon in 1981, while Taslin and I played with what I remember were Barbies, cutting old socks making them into sweater dresses, we heard a wail from the top floor of our apartment building on Teutonia Avenue. I never heard anyone cry like…

speaking of real talk…

While it seems like ages ago (as we’re all transfixed on natural disasters and the revolutions in the Middle East) I haven’t stopped thinking about the State of the Union Address: What’s more, we are the first nation to be founded for the sake of…

scattered thoughts on moderation and restoring sanity.

I had every intention of going to DC for the Rally to Restore Sanity. The spectacle and clarion call, the gathering of moderates was seductive. However, in typical moderate fashion, I didn’t figure out a plan to get there. By the time I realized I…

phoning it in.

Ta-Nehisi Coates touches on something that I’ve been stuck on too with respect to the ‘freeze’ and POTUS most recent comment about his presidency: Andrew also notes that it’s largely a symbolic measure, but has faith that Obama will eventually move to the hard choices…

there’s a party at the crossroads…

A few months back this earworm invaded my mental mind and prompted me to post it as a stub. Today, it’s my writing prompt as I re-read Pygmalion and think about the code/switch. For the uninitiated, here is a sampling of X-Clan’s tome to the…

Ballots, bullets and bombs in Afghanistan – The Big Picture.

via boston.com All eyes on Afghanistan. Obama has authorized deployment of 13,000 more troops. Although I haven’t seen the film yet, I plan to see Rethink Afghanistan as soon as I get a free moment. It has been said that wars are necessary to secure…

Pastime Paradise

Tea Party in New Dorp Staten Island, NY. April 15, 2009, originally uploaded by indigo_belle. I posting this as a stub. As I was reading this post by TNC, my iTunes DJ randomly landed on this classic track. I don’t believe in coincidences. As the…

‘Teachable Moment’

I think it was Malcolm X who had once said, ‘You got to make them laugh in order to make them think.’ Last night, the Colbert Report tried to disambiguate the furor over Gates-gate. The Colbert Report Mon – Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30c <td style='padding:2px…

Public Option Now

Health Care Reform Rally – Washington, DC. June 25, 2009, originally uploaded by indigo_belle. It should be restated again. We need health care reform now. For one, like MSM, I got distracted by the Gates-gate episode. Following this very complex conversation or rather deconstruction about…

Mad World

Huge Rally in Support Of Mousavi, Tehran, originally uploaded by mousavi1388. I feel their sense of urgency. And I’m hopeful for their success in achieving self determination as a society. The people deciding who represents them. It’s not so much about the who’s the best…