Year: 2020

Moments Frozen In Time

As we get older, it seems that the days run together and most days seem to be similar to the one before, and the weeks that went before that, the months, years and so on. “The older you get, the faster time goes by” is the refrain you hear from most people past the age of forty. I would offer my opinion that the primary reason that this seems to be the case is that..

Dead Zones and the End of History

When you look around at what’s going on in many of America’s big cities, you have to wonder what is going to be left intact when it’s all said and done? While some would call what’s going on an ‘awoke’ protest to what they consider racial injustice, others would call it more appropriately orchestrated rioting and anarchy. Regardless of what side of the political and cultural spectrum you reside in, it would be hard to..

Shorty Long and Willie Lump Lump

Looking back at my childhood years, I have often said that there were more characters in that little S.W. Baltimore neighborhood than anywhere else. These individuals were not noteworthy in the sense of accomplishment or what the world would consider people of importance but to many of us growing up during that time they acquired a bit of status in the sense that most in the neighborhood recognized them instantly by the name. While the..

You’ve Got to Keep Them Separated

The song ‘Come Out and Play’ by the Offspring talks about the insanity of gang violence and how the littlest thing can be a sign of disrespect and leads to violence among the gangs, whether Bloods and Crips, or others, and how you need to keep them separated. Here in Baltimore and other places we’ve been told that we have to keep ‘social distance’ between us and therefore we have to keep ‘us’ separated. As..

Bullying the Bullies

Bullies have existed ever since man was first hatched. They are as much a part of life as taxes, death, and the heartbreak of psoriasis. Bullies come in all colors and genders, and they exist in all areas and occupations. Just about all of us will encounter a bully or two along the way, or perhaps we will be the bully. In any event, being a very shy boy with extremely low self esteem, I..

One Eye Wilson

I’ve often thought that there were more characters in that little area of Baltimore that I grew up in than anywhere else, but it was probably the same in every little neighborhood back then. Most, like the Boo-Boo’s lived in the area but some would pass through on a regular basis. I should also add that being very shy, and reading a lot when I was younger, some I created with my own imagination. That..

It ‘Don’t’ Matter

I remember many years ago talking to a guy I worked with back around the time Marion Barry was among the living commenting on the fact that I couldn’t believe that the people would elect Barry to office after the video came out showing him smoking crack, was convicted of a crime, went to jail, and later was elected as Mayor of D.C. Ken, a tall soft spoken Black guy responded to my comments with..

The 10 Most Notorious Projects in Baltimore

I remember most of these projects, and fortunately the worst of the worst, the high rises like the ‘Flaghouse Projects’, ‘Lafayette Courts’, and ‘Murphy Homes’ have since been destroyed. My grandmother lived in the ‘O’Donnell Heights’ projects back in the early 60’s and I recall visiting her back then, and it didn’t seem all that bad. It’s not only Baltimore many other cities like D.C. have some pretty nasty projects as well. When I was..

Jack Says “NO”

Here in Baltimore there is a car dealer that runs tons of ads on T.V. touting that regardless of a person’s credit, financial history, or any other factor he will find a way to make a deal. At the end of the commercial he usually finishes with “Jack says YES”. Well, here in Baltimore City, we have another Jack that says”NO”. Jack Young the mayor of Baltimore has decided to shut down all outdoor activities..

Thinking Out Loud

As I was traveling throughout Baltimore today over in East Baltimore, up around Greenmount Avenue, and other areas in the heart of Inner City Baltimore, I noticed that the warm weather had brought many people out and about on the streets, some with masks and about as many others without. I was thinking how difficult it would be to have the residents of these Baltimore neighborhoods practice ‘Social Distancing’ as so many people are pushed..