Bright Moments

Happy Hump Day, All!

Everybody is “Dancing With the Stars”, except me of course, and that is one way that television seeks to integrate people from different walks of life … using dance! I saw a special report last night on the news of a former musician and multi-millionaire, Sylvester “Sly” Stone, who is now homeless and living in an older model van in the Crenshaw neighborhood in Los Angeles, California. He has an extension cord running from his van into the house of a sympathetic resident, and, his Studebaker remains parked in front of the van on a street in a residential neighborhood. One resident wants “Sly” to leave because he feels the property value is going down!

More locally, last weekend, an African American man shot his wife (Caucasian) who refused to give him a divorce, and then shot her mother … then himself … in front of the mother’s young daughter in Sunrise, FL. “Why would someone do that – take a child away from her mother?”, friends of the woman asked. I have challenges handling rejection but this is a way too extreme a reaction.

Another incident occurred in Coral Springs, FL not too long ago when a white police officer went to a home regarding “false call” of reported child abuse. It was at the home of an African American Muslim who practices Islam as a religion. His home had enframed Islamic writing on the walls as well as decorations and the Koran visible, and he appeared at the door dressed in traditional garb with his children at his side. Once they encountered each other face to face, the officer purportedly began a rant about Islam being a religion full of n-ggers and said his job was to protect Americans from such violent people. He continued, since the man was bearded though his head was covered with the traditional Islamic head gear, that he was a Bob Marley type n-gger Muslim! The claims are under investigation, and as usual under those circumstances, no response has been made by the Coral Springs Police Department.

In light of such atrocities, it may seem hard to find a bright moment. May we continue to look for smiles on children’s faces, love in our neighbors hearts and gratitude in our own attitudes.

“Life itself is the proper binge.” – Julia Child

I ask that my compulsions and my weaknesses be lifted from me. I ‘m not able to cure myself, but I pray for help. (TOUCHSTONES, September 28th)

Have a great day … and do pray!


John I. Cook, Director

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