Moving Right Along . . .

Happy Hump Day, All!

It is the day after “Fat Tuesday” and the Mardi Gras festivities in New Orleans, and elsewhere. Yes, other than Friday, Hump Day is my favorite! It goes back to my college days when I was a disc jockey for WPRB’s Triad radio program … Triad was the “sound of the Third World” as we used to call ourselves, which are people from the countries with less financial stability, etc, etc. We tried to bring music on the otherwise “Ivy League” FM airwaves from progressive jazz, funk (ie – Sly Stone, Parliament and George Clinton, Chick Corea, Billy Cobham and so on and so on) to a collage of other music forms from reggae to classical jazz, if you will. I used to always start out my Wednesday night show saying, “It’s Wednesday, and the weekend has begun!”

Nowadays, it signifies the middle of the week with two more days left to the weekend . . . Yesterday was the 47th Anniversary of Malcolm X’s assassination in New York City. It was also the birthday of a few friends including Lee Blair, a college chum living in “Jersey”, and Maisa McPhee, a friend from Canada. There are things to be remembered as well as things to be forgotten. Try not to overload your consciousness with those things better off forgotten, as long as we got our lessons from them.

In watching the news last night after a long day, thank you God, I noticed a story about Chris Brown and Rihanna doing some music together, as they have often done in the past. Many of her fans were concerned because Chris is still on probation from last year’s brutal beating, to which he pleaded guilty, of Rihanna the night before an awards ceremony. Some people “Twitted”, “It’s time to move on and let them make music together, if that is what they want!” Only the future will tell if that is plausible.

As I continue to heal from my small, yet injurious, fall over a week ago, I am applying the ointments and bandages to my physical wounds and continue to nurture and heal with the spiritual ones that came with it. I often try to remember to let things go, or, “Let Go and Let God”, while maintaining my course along this journey called life. I am grateful to all of the friends I have made along the way and fortunate enough to have learned how to better handle the enemies I’ve encountered. Peace be still ….

“It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare; it is because we do not dare that they are difficult.” – Seneca

“A man (or woman) who studieth revenge keeps his own wounds green.” – Francis Bacon

Have a great Hump Day, y’all!

In Peace and Love,

John I. Cook, Director

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