Brendan Phelan was born in the Old Coombe Hospital in 1946, the son of a barber and a tailoress, Michael and Carmel (formerly Kelly). Brendana€™s paternal grandparents lived in anartisan dwelling in Lower Sheriff Street in Dublina€™s north inner city. Brendana€™s parents had what can only be described as a volatile relationship which culminated in many long periods of estrangement, with intermittent periods of reconciliation, they both being what Brendan describes as a€?highly strunga€™. On other occasions he would sneak downstairs and conceal himself under a table, only to be found asleep hours later. Brendan had four uncles and an aunt also living in the house at this time, as well as his grandparents and his mother. On Christmas night in 1962, around midnight, it started to snow in Dublin and didna€™t stop until April a€?63. In early Spring the roads were still iced up when Brendan got his first job in Fox & Co.
The dance hall scene was booming in Dublin and halls were bursting at the seams with young women, outnumbering males by four or five to one. What transpired in the life of Brendan Phelan after he left Dublin and his childhood behind in the winter of 1964 is for another day, perhaps more suited to a memoir or an autobiography, considering the many twists and turns his life took in the intervening years. About the book: Ray Adams buys his girlfriend, beautiful Ava Belle, a baseball team for her birthday. The Lord God Bird is a startling novel filled with dark images of America in the South in 1949. Deliverance moment, she is spotted by a group of local toughs who plot to rape, then kill her. Their plan is interrupted by the great bird itself, who hears the girl call out, and flies to greet her. In my novel, The Lord God Bird, the protagonist and his girlfriend go into the swamps of Louisiana. Ia€™ve never been in a bayou in Louisiana, but I know the sensation of being set upon by a cloud of mosquitoes.
Since lighted candles can be problematic with puppies in the house, my friend suggested we build an electronic-candle bonfire and sent her husband to buy just the right ones. I spoke briefly about the Buddha tradition of offering a Metta Prayer; first for self, then those closest to us, and then to everyone everywhere.
To celebrate the creative spirit in all of us, I presented each of them with a drawing I had done of each of them based on an earlier time in Life. Here now, there is no way to know if this different kind of Winter Solstice celebration had meaning for them, but their upturned faces will live in my memory as a time when my intention was only to share love for them, for me, and for the creative process which is Life. As this new year begins, I offer this Metta Prayer: May everyone everywhere receive a moment of pure love that can sustain them through Lifea€™s many changes.
We stand and sit together in the silence of our prayers and observe the vastness before us. We chose on the same day, at the same time, to stop and to see the mountain and each other. So often when I consider what experiences have shaped me, my thoughts bring up the men of my Life. Today as I reflect more deeply about being shaped by experiences, it is the women who have continually touched my Life and who are held most deeply in my heart with gratitude. Not to be overlooked are my younger sisters; together they have taught me how to care for another.
Perhaps the most overlooked experience-shaping women are all those who have given and received love without expectation of reward or credit.
As I move towards a€?old age,a€? it is not how fast I can run, how well I can write, or how well my accomplishments will be remembered that sustains me.
It is easy to believe that the opposite of love is hate and the opposite of fear is courage. This concept is difficult to accept if we equate fear to weakness and avoidance of physical harm as the only fear. So new were the views from this direction, I missed the path entrance that would take me on around the lake to the dam and back home. So there I stood wanting both things; to protect my knee and to know where I had missed the path. Asking what I most want is a process that serves me well for big decisions; I often sit quietly before acting.
We stand face-to-face and as he explains the importance of getting his name right, the ancestors within him shine through the sincerity of his eyes and soft voice.
He is a black man in the autumn of his life; and me, I guess most would say I am a white woman in the winter of mine.
From high atop the Circus arena looking down, a giant, dark-blue curtain divides two worlds. On the one side of the giant curtain is the crowd; excited by the bright lights and colors theya€™ve come to see.
On the other side of the giant curtain, back-stage, are the performers, the animals, the equipment, and staffers who care for them. At the bottom of the separating curtain, the would-be performers ready themselves to cross into the other world. As the show ends and the rigging begins to come down, a young woman from the audience approaches; she asks if she can look down over the curtain to the back-stage area.
In that moment, it occurred to me that I too had prepared at home in private, and then had come to the arena to perform my roles. During my journey home, the numbness was there inside me, and I sat with it feeling and thinking very little; just letting it be there. In those few minutes of deep pain followed by a sacred touch of deep healing, it seemed like my heart expanded and I was finally free of the past.
Now as I lighten my load in preparation for my move across country, it feels so right that this beautiful bed of comfort from my past moves too. At this time of Thanksgiving, the promise of each moment fills my being with gratitude for my transformation from living in a bed of thorns to joyfully sharing a life lived fully.
This week chatting with friends, someone said that I ran on my own time, and I said that I ran on kairos time. On my way home, I remembered that when my children were young, I told them that in order to use a word they needed to know how to spell it and what it meant. As chronos time passes, I want to be more awake to the kairos time in my life; to be so present in my life that I can feel each moment with clarity and gratitude. To add to my self-judgment, the young woman who had inspired my longing to try stone carving was unexpectedly occupying the table next to mine along with her friend, who was also an accomplished stone carver. The only thing to do at this point was to begin; the instructor suggested an abstract design as he does for most beginners. The next day it seemed like a good idea to look for photos of abstract stone carvings online. The instructor sent a supportive email, and I returned his email saying that changing my mind was not likely. His maternal grandparents, Bridget and Jem a€?Sapa€™ Kelly lived in nearby Coombe Street in the Liberties area of Dublin City. For some reason, which was never explained, Brendan was reared in his Granny Kellya€™s home in Slievemore Road, a newly developed housing scheme in the Drimnagh area of Dublina€™s sprawling suburbs, while his only sibling, Danny, who is six years older, was reared in Lower Sheriff Street. In those days people named James Kelly were often nicknamed a€?Sapa€™, in the same way that people named John Murphy were nicknamed a€?Spuda€™.
Mick had been living there for a couple of years hence and persuaded Carmel to join him in another reconciliation. Brendan was back living in Nana Kellya€™s in Slievemore Road and distinctly remembers cycling across the Royal Canal at Kilmainham on his unclea€™s bike in mid January of that year, which only goes to show how cold the weather was at that time. Shy and awkward, Brendan took Myra to the picture houses in Ballyfermot and Inchicore and Walkinstown, for there were many cinemas in Dublina€™s suburbs where young people could do their courting and sometimes they would go to the a€?hopa€™ in Inchicore called The Mhuire Hall (a€?The Wirraa€™) or to Our Ladya€™s Hall in Drimnagh to see The Airchords Showband.
His novel, Robbie's Wife (Hardcase Crime), was a finalist for the 2008 Edgar Allan Poe prize from the Mystery Writers of America. Here's a book which starts innocently enough with a photographer named Michael McSwain discovering some black-and-white negatives hidden in a camera box. Jake Hamrick, a 19-year-old who has been obsessed since childhood with the Ivory-billed Woodpecker, a bird that is on the verge of extinction, leaves Illinois for Louisiana to find the creature, accompanied by Robin, his tiny girlfriend. When Jake Hamrick and Robin return to the bayou, they have smeared on their bodies a patent medicine, oil of eucalyptus. This year as I planned my first shared celebration with family, I was struggling to come up with a way to keep it simple enough for those unfamiliar with my process and still retain its deep meaning for me. My daughter wanted to help me return my rental car early in the day so I didna€™t get a chance to shop to support an idea of celebration I had come up with earlier. I scattered the small cards on the table in no particular order and invited each of them and then me to choose one. Now as I write here, I am reminded of a Christmas Day long ago when I was wondering how different people with different traditions could possibly find a common ground. My habita€”started with my Mom long agoa€”is to turn it over in the hand of someone nearby to spread the luck of finding it. He speaks out of the stillness and says, a€?It is a blessed day and you are part of that.a€? I agree, shake his hand, and get into my car feeling at peace without further words. The strong Father figure, the older brother, the brother-in-law, the clever science teacher, my first mentor, my first love and my most current loves, my sons and grandsons by blood as well as those adopted within my heart have influenced my physical life in so many ways. First of course is my Mother, who gave me Life and taught me the benefits of caring for my body and my surroundings. When she was a baby, our shared experiences taught me about determination and strength of purpose. In my Life they have been called friends, but that does not describe who they have been in my Life and how they have shaped my choices.
It has been my choices in response to shared experiences that have shaped my sense of joy and meaning. When examined closely as states of being, love and fear become each othera€™s opposite, and Lifea€™s energy flows from us depending on which state is most prevalent. The larger concept includes fear of loss, fear of non-acceptance, fear of loneliness, fear of being blamed, fear of not being special, fear of not being loved, fear of not being able to love, fear of not being enough, fear of our own fear; the list is endless. Instead of coming to the dam, I found myself about to cross the golf cart bridge at the opposite side of the lake.
He taught me the importance of being present and trusting that the experience Ia€™m having with another will be the one we need.
One moment they are back-stage sharing and living their lives and the next moment they cross over and become their roles in the bright lights under the big top. Their faces are bright and concentrated with wonder as they gaze upon the incredible performers as they fulfill their roles.
I tell her a€?noa€? because that is my job here high atop the arena where both worlds are visible. The portrayals of the characters created an environment of real feelings made visible, maybe too visible for me to take in immediately. Compassion flooded my mind and body for all us humans that have harmed each other in ways we have not been able to say out loud; those who have numbed out for fear of feeling more pain than we could bare.
As I let go of the past and live more and more in the present, my bed has found a new home. It pleases me that one so lovely as this future nurse will share the next chapter of my bed of healing.
When asked what that meant, I gave the explanation that I had heard so many years ago and had embraced as my own definition of how I would like to live. If they did both of those things and still felt it was appropriate for their use, I was okay with that. To see the magic of a flower bursting into bloom, to watch the changing of the seasons, to hear the mating call of the owl outside my window, to feel the love of my grandchild as he shares his Halloween candy on Facetime, to feel the energy of my daughter as she prepares dinner in the background, to laugh out loud with a friend, to watch the sunset, to hear excitement in the voice of others, to feel the wind in my hair. As with much of my experience, the story of the stone came first and the wisdom of the stone followed in sometimes painful and sometimes amazing small steps. The next day, with the pressure of performance for others no longer triggering my fears, I set up a permanent workstation in the garage. My process of co-creation with the stones inspired a poem and became a Mothera€™s Day present for my daughter. A But he promised me on his returnA back to the United States I would be the first media personality to interview him in New York City.A  I never will forget how confident he was that he would return victorious. Her first husband, John Hand, was killed in an accident at his workplace in Dublin Docks when he was crushed to death having fallen between a ship and the Liffey wall in the East Wall area of Dublin.
On his very first day at school he learned a song which he remembered word perfect and recited for his Granny Kelly as soon as he got home.
Danny had already joined his father the previous year and this was to be one of many forays to England for Brendan and his mother. This lasted until he got his finger caught between the steel rollers which, thankfully, automatically stopped before his whole hand went in.
These were among the best days of his life as there was an explosion of what became known as the Showband era in Ireland with hundreds of six and seven piece bands playing the hits of the day, including The Young Shadows from Ballyer who were very popular. Especially as it transpired that she dumped him for a fellow with a Honda 50, something few youths could afford in those days.
Ironically, there was now something of an economic boom in Ireland which seemed to have occurred overnight. That was followed by two more Edgar nominees: The Lord God Bird and The Dog Sox, both published by Caravel Mystery Books, an imprint of Pleasure Boat Studio. Wanting to find out about the photos leads him to people and places he didn't expect, not all of them friendly, and to long-unsolved crimes by prominent and powerful people.
Ray's gift is a broken-down -pro team in California's Central Valley, with a 70-year-old Jewish manager who's been n baseball for 50 years and breaks into Yiddish homilies when the going gets tough.
They search in the bayous where the bird was last reported, and Robin, as i??obsessed as Jake, dresses like the bird, smearing her naked body with white clay, wearing a cloak of black crow feathers, her hair in a red crest. Each of us read our part of the prayer out loud: May you have a deep and abiding peace, May your life be filled with wonder and gratitude, May you know the source of well being, May you know joy, May your life be filled with abundance.
It was in an unexpectedly quiet moment after we sat down for dinner that my 2+ years-old grand-son said almost in a whisper, a€?Merry Christmas Grams.a€? He went on around the table wishing all there a Merry Christmas by name. And although there is a summer breeze, the air surrounding him is quiet and filled with calm. The experiences we have shared have triggered within me the need to shrink at times and to grow by leaps and bounds at other times. Our relationship was sometimes contentious, which created in me a need to think for myself and to stand firmly within my choices.
Together we have shared victories and defeats, wins and losses, and have stood together and faced our new futures with strength and resolve; a strength and resolve built on shared experiences and love for each other.
They have listened when I needed an ear, they have been honest with me when I needed clarity, they have called me when I was lonely, they have tolerated me when I was difficult, they have loved me when self-love seemed impossible; their loyalty has been a sustaining force as I make choices that may not agree with the choices of others. So today, especially for the women who have deeply shared themselves and their experiences with me, I am filled with the shape of gratitude.
Now what seems true is that fear of being a victim kept me from the intimacy for which my soul longed. They look for their seats in anticipation of the performers on the high wire; performers who will become clowns, dancers, jugglers, ring masters, animal trainers, etc. A beautiful young girl becomes a princess carrying the American flag on the back of a giant elephant. On the back-stage side of the curtain there is the intimacy of close friends and family, sharing and contributing their talents to put on the greatest show possible.
The performers create their bigger-than-life magic for the center ring and my job is to protect their privacy and their illusion when they return to Life back-stage. It was amazing to see both sides of the curtain simultaneously and the miracle of transformation of those passing through. Although Ia€™m not sure what was going on with the others there, inside me was complete stillness and a growing numbness. The family portrayed was dysfunctional to say the least; it kept many secrets and the only emotions the members seemed free to share with each other were anger and disappointment. Compassion for anyone anywhere that came into this physical existence to become aware of the rage within along with the courage to heal it.
No matter how I sought comfort, it seemed I was lying in a a€?bed of thornsa€? and each movement tore at my soul; so many questions and no answers. You may be thinking that all this remembering and romanticizing about a bed is just that; just thinking. She said that chronos time was literally minutes and seconds as expressed on clocks and that kairos time was the time it took an egg to hatch, the time it took a leaf to fall from its branch, and the time it took for a butterfly to come into being. The part of me that gets excited to try new things immediately searched out a a€?class for beginners,a€? or so I thought. My fear of failure was more present than the stone before me, and my mind chatter was pervasive. I would try carving for 30 minutes at a time and see if my patience and energy could sustain that much effort. Earlier when I read that Michael Angelo said, Every block of stone has a statue inside it and it is the task of the sculptor to discover it, I knew intellectually what he meant. He still remembers the tears flowing down her face as she told him that if he never learned another thing in school he had learned something beautiful that day. Brendan makes a point of explaining this because in modern times the word a€?Sapa€™ has taken on a completely different connotation, meaning drunkard, which Jem Kelly never was. These bands played cover versions of songs by the stars of the day: Elvis, Del Shannon, Roy Orbison (Brendana€™s favourite), and lately, The Beatles, Billy J. Brendan spent most of the following few months listening to Roy Orbisona€™s a€?Cryinga€™ on the juke box and wondering where it all went wrong. He assembles a rag-tag lineup of sheetrockers, laborers, wanna-be big leaguers, and a freak submarine pitcher - 19-year-old Billy Collins.
She is discovered by local hunters and Robin and Jake are pursued deep into the bayous, where they are harbored by Robert, an ancient black man. By opening my heart to the creative process for which I have such deep gratitude, the Universe supported me at every turn. Our collective energy grew quiet and this collective prayer became my spoken hope for our family and everyone everywhere. My actions in response to those shared experiences have without a doubt had a profound part of shaping who I am and who I am becoming. Without any specific effort, she taught me to sing, to write poetry, to take risks, and to trust that being who I am will serve me best.
Perhaps even in disagreement, it is a bond of unconditional love found nowhere else; it is ours. As an adult, she has stood by me with a loyalty supported by one of the most loving hearts I have known. When those choices have created pleasure they have cheered; when those choices have created disappointment, they have stood with me in silence.
At other times, we may take on a project from a state of fear to avoid an emotion we dona€™t want to acknowledge or feel; to stay busy. They seem to have permanence, but when observed closely they are filled with cracks and colors created by their adjustments to their environment. Up until this moment, I believed it was because the wind blew my hair as I stood on the hillside.
These woods are familiar to me and so I turned and bushwhacked up through the trees back to my well-worn path. He and I are the collective experience of generations raised together separately, and within us both is the deep human need to know that we, all of us, matter. And yet, here we are; two open hearts meeting through the experiences we have in common and our courage to be real in the presence of the other. When I left the arena, I gave thanks for the learning about illusion and intimacy that my visual Circus experience had offered. There was a residue of heaviness as I got into my car and began the long drive home over the mountain.
It was the story of kept secrets, addictions, betrayals, separations, denials, suicide, and judgments. My heart began to beat harder, faster and my throat seemed closed to the air around me; breathing was difficult. Our level of healing comes in ita€™s own way and time and catches us when we are brave enough to experience the deeper pain and just be with it. In a flash of wisdom borne out of acceptance for what was not to be, a voice asked me to begin again and I responded.
As it fell from its box, its pieces glistened as the sunlight entered the room and bounced and scattered along its surfaces. Her eyes sparkle and dance like stars filled with the enthusiasm and challenge of her youth. I loved the concept of time described as kairos time, but didna€™t investigate the meaning further. She tried to find it on the Internet without success so I said Ia€™d find it and send her the web link.
Immediately I wanted to feel inside me when and where I had experienced a kairos time moment. The instructor chose a stone for me, which was my first encounter with my fear of not being in control of my experience.
I had my stone, I had my photo idea, and I had determination to make something from this imperfect stone. Now with the intimate experience of sharing and being open to the wisdom of the stone, I understand what he meant with my heart. After that Granny Phelan decided to call a halt to the matrimony lark and lived to a good old age on her two pensions.
Brendan remembers times when uncle Ned would come home from the night shift and deposit his dentures on the sideboard. The only consolation was that it brought Brendan and his brother Danny closer, where before they had hardly known each other, and this closeness remains to this day.


Christmas passed and early in the new year word came from Slough that his Dad needed Carmel and Brendan to return to England urgently.
From one harrowing incident to another, McSwain comes to regret that he ever bought the camera, certainly that he developed those negatives.
The only problem is that Billy has a drunken, abusive father who, when he shows up at the ballpark, causes Billy to fall apart. It is a cinematic novella of obsession, passion, violence, love and loss that you won't forget. But his language is, in turn, equally poetic, so while the story is suspenseful it is also beautifully haunting.
It was a painful time of self-discovery, and the process of change consisted of many small steps. As I arrived there, I wondered where I had made my mistake; but having a sore knee, thought perhaps I should continue the short distance to the dam and home. His words sooth something deep inside mea€”perhaps all the wounds of those who have come before me. Each time since when Ia€™ve met someone for the first time, I have quieted my mind and truly listened.
A small young man becomes a high-flying aerialist when moments before he chatted via his cell phone with his girlfriend on the back-stage side of the curtain.
Role-playing is fun, exciting, entertaining, and requires support, practice and skill; however, being stuck in the illusion of a role makes intimacy impossible.
These actions were stirred together with their suppressed feelings and the result was painful fear turned inward and then outward to rage.
There was no place to go and nothing to do except to continue the long drive home in peace and gratitude. She aspires to be a nurse and her warm infectious smile indicated she has the compassion and caring to become a very good one. The concept of kairos time came back to me often over the years since all the clocks in my house are set to a different chronos time, and I rarely know exactly what time it actually is. It would be impossible for my finished carving to be good enough to stand up to the surrounding competition. Although encouraged by the others, my sense of joy at having found the class was as pale as the alabaster stone. The cleaning of the stone continued during this class and the stone began to have a nice curve about it.
In some places it was very hard, some places very crumbly, some places pure white, some places orangey pink.
Love of the work and stone replaced impatience and with the stone guiding me, we co-created an abstract shape that is called, Moth to the Flame. In retrospect, it could be said that this was probably a defining moment for a boy who would one day become the author of many hundreds of songs and music compositions, culminating in the peerless classic, a€?Dublin In My Tearsa€™. Soon after, Tom would emerge from the bed and put the same dentures in his mouth and head off for the day shift.Life was idyllic for a young boy surrounded by a doting, extended family who lavished affection and kindness on him. Dannya€™s marriage of two years had broken up and Brendana€™s brother was on the verge of a nervous breakdown. An avid fly fisherman, he has written for outdoor magazines, and is the author of The Search for Sheepheaven Trout, a book about a two-year quest for a nearly extinct trout. How to get rid of Bucky Collins becomes a primary goal not just for the team's sake, but for Billy's. In the stillness, he begins to share that he has stopped on the mountain to pray although he is unsure what that prayer might be. She was the person most likely to be holding my hand when my very busy Mother had other hands that needed her. Once I discovered through each small step that I could choose what I wanted to create, my Life began to evolve from a state of love more often. It captures the water among its stones and sends the flowing bubbles into the valley creeks of my neighborhood, also called StoneyCreek. Here was the golf course, over here were the mountains, and there was a beautiful old tree. Ita€™s about getting their name right because I care; and because in that very moment, there is something beyond their name that matters.
The performers are a€?just beingsa€? in preparation for the roles they will play; most are in old jeans and baggy shirts and jackets. Another slightly older man, who moments before was giving his mom and dad a tour back stage, is now the lead clown contributing his gift of making people laugh to the mix.
Eckhart Tolle once said, a€?I am not a spiritual leader when I go into a coffee shop for coffee or tea, Ia€™m just thirsty.a€? Is there a curtain inside you that does not allow intimacy to flourish because you believe the role you are playing is you? And piece-by-piece, it supported my soula€™s restoration: I slept in it, ate in it, watched TV in it, cried in it, dreamed in it, wrote in it, and laughed in it.
My internal clock is usually quite accurate enough for my purposes, and I dona€™t wear a watch, which pleases me greatly.
A moment full of potential when I can go beyond thinking about something to feeling the importance of this moment in my life. As this fearful familiar thought appeared, another thought about it not being a competition was a voice of reason that I could hear clearly. Eckhart Tolle once said, a€?I am not a spiritual leader when I go into a coffee shop for coffee or tea, Ia€™m just thirsty.a€?A  Is there a curtain inside you that does not allow intimacy to flourish because you believe the role you are playing is you? As this fearful familiar thought appeared, another thought about it not being a competition was a voice of reason that I could hear clearly.A  Great!
Days were filled with songs of bygone days, a school around the corner where a young student teacher, Dolores Oa€™Byrne, sparked the first awareness of puberty and the endless days of playing his beloved soccer, a sport which consumed him obsessively.
So without thought, I let a Metta Prayer come through me and wrote a part of it onto each of the five cards.
She taught me to accept responsibility, to not whine, and to love deeply in the face of loss and disappointment.
Sometimes it rages in noisy cascades, and sometimes it forms quiet ripples over the stones. A young mother becomes the center of attention as she commands enormous animals all around her and she sparkles without fear.
I can feel my heart beating and opening again to all the difficult and pleasant moments when I was at a crossroad and took a small step toward growth. My mind leaped to judgments about how I should have been present when others were selecting their stones so I would not be stuck with this less than ideal stone. So as not to get behind, I started carving at home; unskillfully struggling with the stone to make it look like the photo.
Had it not been for the break up with Myra, it is almost certain that he would not have accompanied his mother to Slough. I spoke briefly about how much this time of year means to me and how in ancient times people built bonfires to remind the sun to return. He talks about choices and consequences, and my energy quiets in memory of other such conversations.
We take different paths at times, but we meet in the nurturing field of trusting the universal source of Life to sustain us. If we discover fear and do not want to create from that state, we have an opportunity to choose differently? Compassion, a state of love, for the part of me that still fears victimization brings me back again and again to the present moment; the only time and place where choice is possible.
Some of the stones are tiny and some are boulders brought down from the mountain during long-forgotten storms.
I hold them in my hand, I look at them, I cherish their beauty, and I do not compare them with any other stone I have seen. We tell each other about those we love and what sharing our lives with them has supported us in learning. One person at a time, we are capable of learning to be comfortable in the present experience regardless of our history, race, or gendera€”that is a huge learning.
Looking down as some beings perform in the bright lights of the big-ring and some beings stand ready back-stage awaiting their turn, the elephants, camels, horses, and dogs are brought into the dimly-lighted area and made ready for their curtain calls.
My intention was to stay with whatever was occurring in this moment for as long as it took to find compassion for the part of me that feels wounded by acts of past betrayal, my own and othera€™s. There are many thoughts from that time that trigger sadness still, but the sight of that sweet a€?bed of healinga€? continues to stir feelings of joy within me. As she tested it out and smiled up at her Mom, my heart softened with tenderness and joy for the promise such young people represent.
In some of those kairos time moments, chronos time stood still and in others, it raced ahead of me and I had to run to catch up. It wasna€™t working, and after hours of grueling effort and messiness, my frustration level was high. Added the meaning of Metta (kindness) to the outside of the envelop along with the definition of Namaste (the light in me honors the light in you). We opened the candles Brenda had suggested, and it was a creative process to get them to work. In him I see no self-pity only acceptance, and he shares how that acceptance has left him in such a peaceful place.
This spot of nature is surrounded by a variety of trees that cast their shadows over me and everything else. We are human, we succeed and stumble, we need to feel we are seen for who we are right now, and we need to demonstrate to each other that we matter; and what seems to be my life lesson over and over again, your need is as great as my own. Some are running toward the dressing rooms, perhaps arriving late and rushing to make their curtain calls. It is my amazing gift to watch both worlds; there is an instant transformation whether the performer is going into his role or coming back.
Even now on cold winter nights, I sometimes take my books and curl up in its softness, fall into a peaceful sleep, and wake restored.
I hit the chisel hard with a hammer and a large chip of stone sailed across the porch and away from the curvy part at the stonea€™s top; my design ruined. I know that your love will last for all time, that your faithfulness is as permanent as the sky. One old oak tree, near the edge, anchored in the stoney bank reaches with ita€™s mighty branches toward the creek.
Some are dressed in black so they will be less visible as they come and go between the two worlds in support of the others. Kairos is pregnant time, the time of possibilitya€”moments in our day, our week, our month, our year or our lifetime that define us. Defeated I laid down the tools, cleaned up the mess, put the stone in the garage, wrote the instructor an email, and quit the class. The candles were eventually lighted and our circle was formed by our combined effort to make it happen.
So I share my love of nature and photography and how I am practicing staying in each moment to find the richness here while grateful for all that has come before and, as much as possible, staying open to whatever the future brings. The hillside behind the creek is eroding red Virginia clay made bare from ita€™s years of withstanding the watera€™s strength and speed. Some are warm, some are round, some are cool, some have deep crevices, and some are so smooth to the touch. 15: But you, O Lord, are a merciful and loving God, always patient, always kind and faithful.
In each of their faces I saw a different energy, but the one constant in all of them was their willingness to participate. There is no attempt to a€?fixa€? or get something from each other, we are merely sharing our history or holding space for the other to share.
The time flew by and without my knowing it three hours passed; the stone was beginning to form itself. He says, a€?Me too.a€? I tell him sharing the a€?photo of the daya€? with friends and family adds to my feeling of connectedness. Their body languages are telling their stories, which cannot be heard atop the arena because of the high-energy music that fills the air around and above both worlds.
They brought opportunity for change and I had the courage to embrace them, sometimes with eagerness and sometimes with trembling. The animals seem quiet for the most part from this distance and some of the people are petting them, grooming them, leading them, and seeing that they are made ready for the big center circle when ita€™s time for their performance on the bright side of the curtain. Now and then a doga€™s happy bark floats upward and is heard even at this distance high above them. Without force, without frustration the stone art was taking a shape that was pleasing to my eyes. A My second week at the course I got in early and became bored while waiting for my homeboys.
Sometimes a sharp call or a loud giggle floats upward and fades before crossing the barrier of the curtain.
Kairos moments are a string of moments that possess possibilitya€”clarity brought on often by pain, uncertainty or crisis. 8: But God has shown us how much he loves us a€“ it was while we were still sinners that Christ died for us!Hebrews 13, vs. A My teammates and coaches were often challenged by my "Just give me the ball and get the hell out of my way" attitude. A I was not the best athlete on the field or on the court, but I thought I was.A When the game was on the line I wanted the ball in my hands.
I would come home from work and plop myself in the chair for A? hour or so, wash up, change my clothes and eat dinner. I can count on my one hand the number of times I played ball with my boy or took my daughter shopping. I feel sorry for my children for not being there for them and sorry for my wife because she raised the kids pretty much on her own and she did a great job of it. I am sorry for myself also because the moments that I missed with my children can never be recovered.
A A It was a hot evening and the constant in and out of the woods was not a pleasant undertaking. I thought I was doing my best by beingA a goodA provider but in my older wisdom I know that being a Dad was the most important thing they needed. What I thought would be a nine-hole outing turned into eighteen holes and a White House visit and a Presidential appointment in 1969. General William Rogers, Hattie, President Nixon and HBA Petey and I would become great friends and in 1965 we would meet again.
A The United Planning Organization a self-help community organization was hiring "Neighborhood Workers." A They hired three, me, Petey and H.
A Two years later Rap would be named Chairman of the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee. A I would become a Roving Leader (Youth Gang Task Force) for the DC Recreation Department and Petey would find his new home in radio at WOL. He created us, molded us, watches over our lives, provides for us, and when we die He brings us into His kingdom. A Three UPO "Neighborhood Workers" would go on to establish their own independent idenities. A Petey would win 2 Emmy Awards and in 2007 there was a feeble attempt to do his life story on the big screen.
He is now in jail serving a life sentence for the murder of a black Deputy Sherrif in Fulton County, Georgia. It was customary at that time for Rabbis (Jesus was onea€”it meant teacher) when they were among a crowd to say the first verse of a Psalm. What He most likely was doing was wanting the rest of the people, and us, to say the rest of the Psalm.
Brian McIntyre.A  He was sitting almost alone and there was no one waiting in line (compared to today's media circus). Kendall===============================================================================Pastor Pop-Pop June 12, 2010. A  I looked down and notice that all the white media were seated on one side of half-court and all the blacks were seated on the other side of the half-court line.
He stepped in front of me and said "I got it."A It would be the start of the 4th quarter that Mark returned to the press table table and apologize for his unprofessional actions. A There were other mistakes like someone thought a black Judy Holland was VP material---far from it.
A It took a minute but in the meantime, he was making an effort to bring about change in his own way. Lost loves, friends, jobs, disagreements with others, death of relatives, and depression are just some of the reasons we lose pride and hope in one self. A But according veteran (32 years) sports writer Bill Rhoden of the New York Times, progress in sports media pressrooms around the country are on a slow boat to China.A His recent appearance on the widely acclaimed television news show Meet the Press, he said, "the NBA, NFL and MLB are still dragging their feet.
We could go on with this forever so today I am just addressing those qualities in single people. With single people, it could just be the problem with finding the right a€?someonea€? to love. Media pressrooms at Deadline are still the last plantations.A A Pioneering broadcaster and former NBA CBS basketball analyst Sonny Hill and now a sports talk show host on WIP Radio in Philadelphia said, "I am not surprised by Rhoden's statement, very little has changed in media pressrooms.
The delay or loss of a past love (among other things) could send someone spiraling downward into a loss of respect for themselves. A One of the problems there is no networking among blacks who have moved it up the ladder." A That is an understatement. Nationally, there are 85.6 unmarried men for every 100 unmarried women and the birthrate is approximately 53% women over men.
A  The copy rights for Inside Sports is own by News Week Magazine and it is own by the Washington Post.
They have the a€?TV-ADa€? looks, drugs, drinking, sex, and instant communication (cell and text).
A A First, there was a a problem with the PR Men from hell, Brian Sereno and Matt Williams.
Some people give up on themselves and become self destructive with over eating and drinking or hibernation.
A A It was brought to my attention that Sereno was disrespecting the ladies of The Roundball Report.
A The meeting was set before a Wizard's game in the press louge but Scott Hall was the lead man. A He listened and we disagreed on some points but when we walked away from the table we were on the same page.
From a mana€™s perspective, if a man is looking for a quick date, sex, or just a temporary girlfriend he will frequent a bar. If a man is looking for a long term loving relationship or wife, he will look around church, a library (or book store), coffee bars, or social groups.
A The community and everyone in it was a friend, the old and the young, the black and the white and the healthy and the lame.
Dona€™t settle on things that go against you conscience whether it is with yourself or a mate. A I was honored to speak at his retirement held at the arena just before the Bullets moved to Washington and changed their name to the Wizards.A Denny Gordon was in ticket sales and it seem like he knew everyone who brought a ticket. People with multiple divorces fail in relationships, drinkers are good drinkers, abusers (physical or mentally) are just abusers and players, and cheaters are cheaters. People rarely change and never enter a relationship with the thought that you can later on change that person to your expectations. If a person you care for ever poses this statement ----- A a€? If you want me (or love me) you need to do a€?this or thata€™.a€? ----- then walk away and dona€™t look back. A He was made the scapegoat after being sold out by his assisstant coach Bernie Bickerstaff and others.
A The meeting revolved around a charity all-star game scheduled for the Bahamas, the island home of NBA star Mycal Thompson.
A Magic Johnson was one of All-Stars participating.A Representatives from the NBA included VP Ron Thorne, Legal Counsel Gary Bettman and head of security Horace Balmer. A A Gary Bettman is the Commissioner of the NHL, Thorne is somewhere lurking in the NBA, Balmer has since retired and Magic is a role model for Black America? A A The short lived existence of basketball legend Michael Jordan as a Wizard's player and Executive in the front office.
A After the story broke he and several teammates made light of it during introductions of a game. A He was eventually suspended for most of the 2009a€“10 season.A The thing that I find disturbing about this Donald Sterling charade is that folks are acting like they were surprised by his rants against blacks.
A A I also notice the same "Old faces and voices" are called on to respond to the racist acts by men like Sterling---when they are a part of the problem . A He and Sterling were good friends because "Birds of a feather flock together." A  Check Magic's history out and you will discover the two have a lot in common.
A Magic's claim to be a minority owner of the LA Dodgers is another sham (token black face). James Brown (CBS Sports) another mis-guilded brother claiming to be a minority baseball owner and an expert on racism.
A He did finally admit on the late George Michael Show (Sports Machine) "I have no say in making baseball decisions as a minority owner." A His role as a minority owner is to be paraded out on Opening Day as the black face to read the starting line-ups. A A This is the same Michael Wilbon that I had at least two recent conversations about the use of the N word as a term of endearment. A I have to give him credit, he will at least talk to me face to face and not behind my back. A I tried to explain that his rationale that his grandfather's use the word as a term of endearment does not make it right today. A I told him he should not go on national television saying it is okay to use the N word among friends and family. A It gives bigots like Donald Sterling the Green Light to do the same among his friends and family.


A Plus, Michael told me he was not going to appear on the ESPN Show Outside the Lines because the white host had no horse in the race!
A A I wish that Magic, James, Michael and the rest of the media experts would defer to black men like Hank Aaron, Dr.
A But they wear the battle scars and have been on the front lines of the civil rights movement in real life and in the sports arenas of America.
A In other words, they have been there and done that.A I guess that is wishful thinking, especially when everyone wants to be an expert on television.
A In the meantime, they don't know their asses from a hole in the ground but the beat goes on and on. A Auerbach would go a step further in the 1966-67 NBA season, when he stepped A down after winning nine titles in 11 years, and made Bill Russell player-coach. A A trailblazers, RED AND DOTIE AUERBACHi»? ON INSIDE SPORTSA Russell would eventually be the first black to win an NBA championship. A There are far too many crying "Foul" and playing the victims in this charade, to include some NBA owners.A Let me start with my homeboy, the great Elgin Baylor who was the Clippers GM for over 2 decades.
His teams were perennial losers on the court and in attendance, but he picked up his check every two weeks and kept his mouth shut. The following religions or faiths consider Jesus as an enlightened spiritual teacher: Jehovaha€™s Witnesses, Mormonism, Unification Church , Christian Science, A? of all Wicca, New Age, Nation of Islam, Bahaa€™i World Faith, Hare Krishna, Hinduism, some of Judaism, and Islam. It is funny that all these listed above recognize him as a great spiritual teacher but do not follow His teachings. A A In his deposition, Elgin spoke about what he called Sterling's 'plantation mentality,' alleging the owner in the late 1990s rejected a coaching candidate, Jim Brewer, because of race. The other half of Wicca, Transcendental Meditation, Scientology, and Buddhists either do not mention Him or He is not important to their way of thinking.
A Talking about an organization needing a change of name and a face-lift---meet Leon Jenkins.A Jenkins seen above at a press conference trying to explain why the li»?ocal branch was honoring Sterling during the 100th Anniversary of the organization next month. A A He explained the previous award had been approved by the man he replaced and he just went along to get along.
A A Sterling won't be the first to sleep black and think white when it comes to sex, politics and money. Genesis Chapter #1 in part of verse 2 says, a€?and the Spirit of God was moving over the watera€?.
Slave owners lived by the credo and in modern day history there was the late Senator Strom Thurmond. A Nike NBA rep John Phillips and I met with VP Rod Thorn, League Counsel Gary Bettman and Head of League Security, Horace Balmer. A The meeting centered around whether Magic Johnson, Mycal Thompson and a group of NBA All-Stars would be allowed to travel to the Bahamas for a charity basketball game without league approval. The game had been played in the Bahamas the previous year without incident or controversy.A It was obvious that there was a power-play being made by the league office to cancel the game.
Thorn open the meeting by asking who was going to be responsible if one of the players was hurt during the game? A Magic suggested that the topic of conversation just might be centered around an injury to a player. He won trophies for the best in class in New York State for horseshoes and archery (before compound bows) for several years running.
He hunted and fished and always, it seemed, brought back his limit no matter what game, fish, or bird was in season. I tried to explain that playing the game was no different then one of the players participating in a pick-up game on a New York City playground in the off season. He joined the Navy Sea Bees in WW2 and ended up getting drafted in the Marine Corps on an Island in the Pacific during the conflict.
A What is this some kind of plantation?"A The room went silent and Horace Balmer the only other black in the room just shook his head and seem to be lost for words.
The only way there is through His Son Jesus so I accept Him as my Lord and Savior and try my best to follow His ways.
A Thorn called off the discussion and promised to get back to us but he never did.A In the meantime, Magic Johnson disappeared and changed his number. A Mycal was a class act but his hands were tied when Magic decided to do his Houdini act.A Gary Bettman now runs the NHL, Ron Thorn is still in the NBA somewhere calling the shots, Horace Balmer has since retired and Magic is the face (black) in the middle of the Donald Sterling charade.
A When all is said and done, the real victim despite all of her baggage is the girlfriend (The Whistle Blower) V.
A NBA Commissioner Adam Silver during his annoucement as it related to the punishment of Donald Sterling apologize to black NBA pioneers Earl Lloyd, Chuck Cooper and Magic Johnson. A ====================================================== ==============================================Note: If you have not seen the movie "Left Behind" with Kirk Cameron, now would be the time.
Well to begin with; this promise from God is only for believers and followers of Jesus Christ. Paul was talking about believers and inserted the condition of a€?for those who love Goda€?. A He reminds me of the controversial Celebrity Chef Paula Deen who alledgely use The N word to describe her love for black folks. A  How should we expect her to know if she has never walked in our shoes ?A  When it is a part of your DNA it is difficult to rid yourself of the gene.A  A One morning I was watching Ms.
You see, when you accept Christ as your Lord and Savior and ask for forgiveness and confess to Him your sins --------- you are washed clean with the blood of Christ. However, sometimes you carry the baggage of the memories of those sins in your mind and heart. This verse in Romans assures you that your guilt is unjustified because God will make it turn out in the end for good. This award was longed overdue and I wonder why it took the NAACP so long to finally recognized Mr.
Jesus did not promise that this life would be easy but that He would walk through those troubled times with you. Although it was a good one, it caused me much stress and sometimes aspects of it violated my conscience. Belafonte in accepting the award asked, "Where are today's black leaders?A  Our children's blood is still running in our streets---there is work still to be done.
The coalition stated it will urge President Obama to mention an urban jobs plan in his state of the Union speech on February 12th----Good luck!
I do believe that God is making this bad thing turn out to be good and I think He has a better job for me in the near future. Ben Carson of John Hopkins University Hospital.A  His prayer and message was centered around health care, the economy, American debt, and tax reform, thus taking dead aim at President Obama's platform for the nation. Carson spend 25 minutes talking about the nation's ills and solutions with the President sitting less than 5 feet from him.A  When all was said and done, President Obama was not looking so Presidential! If you believe in God and love Him and believe in His promise, these too will turn out for the better.
Carson set the record straight from the very beginning.A  He made it clear he was not taking any wooden nickels. And leta€™s not forget that even though what his brothers did was a€?wronga€?, God made it into good when Joseph forgave them and helped them. His promise does not make wrong right but makes it turn out into something good for his glory, for us believers.
We know that Jesus will walk with us through the valley but God will get us to the mountain top when we get through it. I am sure there are many stories out there of how this verse helped many people weather their storms. Kendall============================================================Pastor Pop-Pop July 31, 2010. Do not make for yourselves images of anything in heaven or on earth or in the water under the earth. Do not bow down to any idol or worship it, because I am the Lord your God and I tolerate no rivals.
I bring punishment on those who hate me and on their descendants down to the third and fourth generation. In 2010, he became that series' youngest driver and the first black driver to win a race at Greenville-Pickens Speedway. It tells us His personality, words, likes, dislikes, rules, commands, pleasures, and all the things he has done.
So any god or image of him that does not conform to or match the one described in the Bible (the word of God) is not the God of Israel that we are to worship. A close friend of mine that has been partially paralyzed by strokes, pays for aids to "help". Let us be clear that making images of anything is not a violation of the commandment but actually worshiping it as a god.
If they show up, they usually just sit and do nothing, root through her jewelry and personal effects, and some have been caught stealing jewelry. Some churches within the body of Christ have pictures or statues of saints or even Jesusa€™ mother. One was there when she collapsed with another stroke, and instead of calling for help, she called her boyfriend and left, leaving her patient to manage on her own. That is not a violation unless the statue (or the person) a€?itselfa€? is being worshiped as a god or the statue is believed to have some sort of power within itself.
Wearing a Jewish star or a cross is also not a violation unless the emblem itself is worshiped.
If they are decorations that is OK but if you actually place or believe some hope or faith of luck in them, it is a violation of the commandment.
It runs M - F from 10am - Noon and starting on Monday July 22 will repeat from 4pm - 6pm each day. People now seem to create their own god to worship in a€?their own minda€? and not within the scope of the Word of God (the Bible). The one I hear the most is, a€?I am a good person so that is all that is needed to go to Heaven and be saved.a€? That is not what the Bible tells us. Matthew 7:21 (ESV) says, a€?Not everyone who says to me a€?Lord Lord,a€™ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father in heaven.a€? What is the will of the Father?
My opinions about Tiger Woods or any other issue are mine and I could give a damn about what Feinstein or anybody else things about them. People go around saying god is this or god is that or that is a€?not what I believe ina€™ but if their beliefs are not in line with the Bible, they are in violation of the first commandment. God is OK with working on a Sunday (or having your place of business open), God is OK with Homosexual and Gay behavior, I dona€™t have to go to church and worship Him, I dona€™t have to give, I dona€™t have to forgive everyone, it is OK to kill unborn babies, He is OK with pagan rituals, I can be rude to people, God did not make the earth a€“ and on and on and on.
In their prime at theA Washington Post, they were among the best sports writers in the country. A I was up close and personal with the sports department.A Kindred and Chad were talented writers but you could not trust them, Cornheiser and Feintstein's talent, they easily blended in with the landscape of the paper. A Feinstein called Wilbon the biggest ass kisser in sports media, if that is true he had great teacher in Cornheiser. The pastor said that this church was saying the Holy Spirit told them this was OK but another church said that the Holy Spirit was against this and yet another one had a different view point from the Holy Spirit. A When Solomon tried to kick Cornheiser to the curve (fire him) in the 80s he was able to move to the Style section of the paper.
A One black female Washington Post columnist wrote a book titled "Plantation on the Potomac." A She was describing her employer. We all violate them in some way or another but that is why Jesus died on the cross to wash us clean in His blood and absolve us of our faults. A Hopefully, they were asked to participate and were of the same mindset as Wilbon not comfortable with Mr. A Goodell makes more than any player in the NFL and he never has to make a tackle or catch a pass.A The owners recent pay out to the players for injuries suffered on their watch was peanuts compared to the billions they make year in and year out.
A When he refused a request by his mother to cease using the word and a similar plea by poet Myra Angelo. Martin Luther Kinga€™s 1963 march on Washington and 46 years since his assassination in Memphis, Tenn. He scribed it on stone tablets and gave them to Moses on the mountain top to give to His people. That is the translation that she likes to use.===============================================================Thou shall have no other gods before me. You shall not make for yourself an idol in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below. With the high-scoring Macauley, elite passer Cousy, and new prodigy Sharman, Auerbach had a core that provided high-octane fast-break basketball.
You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous Goda€¦a€¦a€¦a€¦a€¦a€¦a€¦a€¦. In the next years until 1956, the Celtics would make the playoffs every year, but never won the title.
Brown was desperate to turn around his struggling and financially strapped franchise, which was reeling from a 22a€“46 record.[5]A The still young but already seasoned Auerbach was made coach.
Leta€™s take one at a time and discuss:We discussed this command last sermon (review if you want to).
Have you ever created another God in your mind or worshiped another god of a different religion or faith? A Nike NBA rep John Phillips and I met with VP Rod Thorn, League Counsel Gary Bettman and Head of League Security, Horace Balmer.A The meeting centered around whether Magic Johnson, Mycal Thompson and a group of NBA All-Stars would be allowed to travel to the Bahamas for a charity basketball game without league approval.
A He was right on point.A To this day I think Magic had a previous discussion with the league office.
Jesus said that if you even lust in your heart (or mind) for another that you violate this commandment.
James Gholson, Red Auerbach, Biff Carter, Jessie Chase, Morgan Wooten, Everett Cookie Payne Sr., Frank Bolden, Dr. Leo Hill, Roper McNair, Earl Alfred, Maxwell Honemond, Tilman Sease, William Roundtree, Charlie Baltimore, Jaky Mathews, Ferdinand Day, Nick Turner, Walter Brooks, Ted McIntye, and my saviors, Dave Brown and Bighouse Gaines.A  They knew their Xs and Os, but more important, they were there for our highs and lows.A  Where have all those flowers gone?
We never could have made it without them.I have given up on the Pigskin Club, but keeping hope alive for the DC Recreation Department and the Roving Leader Program. Covet is defined in the NIV dictionary as: To want for yourself something that belongs to another person. BELL 12-25-1940---8-1-2013A A GOOD COP WHO BROKE THE CODE OF SILENCE IN THE WASHINGTON, DC POLICE DEPARTMENT. Whether you take it or not, take it and not return it, or just desire it ---- you have violated this commandment.
A The real Serpico is seen leaving the Bronx Courthouse alone after testifying before the Knapp Commission on wide spread police corruption in the department. A In the old days police A would carry a "drop knife---an inexpensive weapon cops would bring along on patrol to drop onto or next to suspect that they had taken out so that they could say that he had threaten them. A Today you don't even need to do that; all that you have to do is justify the use of deadly force if you are a police officer is to say that you feared for your life, for whatever reason. If the victim dies, that just means there will one less witness around to contradict the test-lie. A In the case of Officer Michael Slager of the North Charleston police, it appears he was being extra-carefulto cover his tracks. A Probably he could have gotten away with simply declaring, as he did in the radioed report, that Walter Scott "took my taser," and that would have probably have sufficed to exonerate him.
A But Slager having shot Scott eight times in the back--as everyone can see in the now famous video--perhaps felt that he needed a little help explaining what he was up to.
A So apparently dropped his Taser next to Scott's body, which would obviously help to make the case that Scott "Took my taster."A If you think that what happen in North Charleston is a unique case, its not.
A Only recently, in another case, a policewoman in Pennsylvania first Tasered a black man then shot him twice in the back as he lay face down in the snow.
If you believe in Jesus and accept Him as your Lord and Savior, you are forgiven of your sins and you are washed in His blood clean and white as snow. A Unless honesty is rewarded more often then corruption, the police will lose credibility altogether.
A I wrote a letter to President Bill Clinton in 1994 addressing this very issue, saying that honest cops have never been rewarded, and maybe there ought to be a medal for them, he wrote back but nothing change. A If enough testi-lying is uncovered, then who is going to believe the police even when they are telling the truth? A Timothy McVey the mastermind on the Oklahoma bombing defied God and declared that he alone was the a€?master of his destinya€?. A A Until now the shoot first fear of my life mantra has eliminated any cause for concern in the taking of life by police.
A When a civilian committs a crime, every nuance is looked at, the better to "throw the book at" the suspect. A ==============================================================================Pastor Pop-Pop August 24, 2010. A The other day I got a letter from a journalist in Argentina who was complaining about police and judicial corruption there. A I wrote back to him, there are good cops, even where you live, but if the good cops don't want to be painted with the same broad brush as the bad cops, they need to come forward and expose the guys who are doing bad things.
A Take New York City detective who was caught on camera recently abusing an Uber driver with threats and foul language, A This was truly disgusting behavior. Having a good relationship with your spouse, family, friends, or co-workers is usually based on a good two way conversational attitude. Yet predictably enough the detective union leader, Michael Palladino, was out there making excuses for him, suggesting that, well, it was only one incident, and everyone has a bad day.
A Afterward Police Commissioner William Bratton announced he was removing the detective's shield and placing him temporarily on desk duty while an investigation is conducted . A But this man needs to be demoted to uniform at the very least, or "back in the bag" as we use to say.
To render Him praise and glory through prayer, actions, good deeds, following His laws and commandments, and accepting Jesus as our Lord and Savior. A Imagine what he is capable of doing under the cover of darkness if he can talk to someone like that in broad daylight. He knows what we need before we ask but He likes to hear it from us also with some praise and worship attached. A There are plenty legitimate incidents where police believe, correctly, that their lives are in danger. Your Mom knows you need food and gives you healthy meals but approaching her and asking for a snack also tells her you would like some cheese doodles too.
A I was in a few of those situations myself during the course of my career.A But unless the police forces and society as a whole take action we're not going to be able to distinguish between the legititimate claims and made-up testimony. A A long time ago Norman Rockwell painted a famous picture of a friendly neighborhood cop bending down to help a little boy.
Prayers can be from a book, made up by you, from the Bible, or just general conversation between you and God.
They can be on your knees by your bed, in Church, or just during every day activities or work. A For example; I could name someone who is a great athlete but a lousy human being or I could name someone who is a great human being but not a great athlete. I try to concentrate not on an earthly or worldly fixture or thing but temporarily close my eyes (not while driving) or look up when I talk to Him. A Heading the list is Muhammad Ali (The Greatest), Red Auerbach (NBA), Dave Bing (NBA), Lenny Moore (NFL), Bert R. Sugar (Boxing), Lee Jones (NBA), Roy Jefferson (NFL) and Harold McLinton (NFL), finding pro athletes like them today are far, few and in-between. A And that is a sad commentary when you think about the hundreds of men and women I have interviewed on Inside Sports and worked with as a youth advocate (Kids In Trouble).
Moore, LB Dave Robinson (2013 NFL Hall of Fame inductee) and WR Roy Jefferson host KIT toy party.
A Sam Jones (NBA), Lenny Moore (NFL) and Roy Jefferson (NFL) participate in KIT clothing drive for needy children at Union Station.
I find one (or a paragraph or verse) that I derive comfort from and say it as a special prayer to the Lord. A Bert Sugar (Boxing) receives KIT Life Time Achievement Award and Dave Bing (NBA) pays tribute to KIT Saturday Program All-Stars.I had the opportunity to hear an interview on Sirius A XM Radio (channel 126) on the Maggie Linton Show recently, her guest was NFL Washington Pro football player, wide receiver Peirre Garcon. A I have not been very impressed with todaya€™s pro athletes and their give back commitment to their family, friends and community. A He has three older sisters making him the youngest and the only one born in the United States.His father died when he was 4 years old leaving his mother to raise him and his 3 sisters alone.
A My background is similar to Peirrea€™s, my mother had to raise 4 boys alone with an assist from Grandma Bell. What can flesh do to me?Psalm 121(NLT): I look up to the mountains-does my help come from there?
Go to a good book store and page through some and see which ones are comfortable for you personally. They are good Bibles but one is paraphrased and one is in a so called modern language that, for me, does not read real well.
I highly recommend The New Living Translation (NLT), The New Century Version (NCV), or the New American Bible (NAB). The first two are used a lot with Contemporary Christian Churches and the third contains extra books as it was designed to meet the needs of Catholic Christians. I also like the Good News Translation (GNT).A It is important that you like it and are comfortable with it.



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