Good Day All, and a Happy Friday!  Yep, that’s what I said!  So, hit the Universe with a TGIF!  BOOM!

Yeah, I’m up early after a great day yesterday, nothing special, but no serious problems!  As far as the character who refuses to return the $500.00 security deposit I had paid him with a receipt and all, he’s still “holding” on to it …   On Monday, I visited the “OIJ” here – Organismo de Investigacion Judicial – near Puerto Viejo in Hone Creek.  When I got to speak with a representative, she first said that the “contract” was done improperly … no witnesses or notarization … not to mention the content and structure.  I kind of knew from having signed rental agreements in the States, but simply tried to have a document to protect myself.  Cut to the chase – I would need to hire a “civil attorney” for like $500.00 to represent me in “civil court” in the municipality of Limon, Costa Rica, with NO guarantee.  Of course, I let the “folks” here know via social media about the developments.  Not that I need ANYONE’S opinion regarding my measly $500.00 but there were a few “envious” nuts in “the peanut gallery” who questioned my judgment.  Most tenants whose landlords “confiscated” or kept their deposits have resigned themselves to accepting their loss.  For me, it’s the FIRST time and I am NOT getting use to it!!  I am going out verbally “swinging” and with a fury!!  I just paid $400.00 deposit for an $850.00 place, so …  That’s me!!

On the other hand, I’ve decided to “pick up my shingle” for Educational Excellence and go Stateside for my birthday, July 13th. I’m working on going to Ft. Lauderdale first (maybe my “relief” check is there!) to check my mailbox and order some of my new paperback books.  My only “offspring”, Ayanna Lynne, said that we could all meet up, grandson included, in Florida somewhere!  Either way – hotel room and/or “friends” places – I should be able to see them again!  Can you say “Happy Feelings”?!?

So, “Cooking With Life!” is out via Amazon and Kindle!  I wanted to make my “Momma” proud by completing and dedicating the book in her memory!  Besides, she was there at “The African American Research Library and Cultural Center” in Ft. Lauderdale where I did my first book signing for my first manuscript entitled, “From the Projects to Princeton”.  It is true that we ALL have a story … I just choose to “tell” mine, truth included.

Thanks for reading and keeping me in your “positive vibrations” and thoughts!


John I. Cook, Director

“Believe It … Or NOT!”

Happy Friday, Again “Mi Gente”!

So, I’m going to do my usual greeting, “TGIF!”  Do yours at your own pace … or NOT!!

First of all, I want to thank those of you who purchased a copy of “Cooking With Life!”: Cookbook III.  It is truly an honor to STILL be here to tell my story!  Thank ALL you good people!  Remember, for me, it’s not about the money only, but “the message”.

I’ve become a bit more selective in making friends nowadays ‘cause some folks … often the closest … can’t be trusted!  If you let some folks get too close, they often break out in “jealousy”, especially if they can’t compare!  Why should ANYbody be comparing stuff?!?  I try to share!! These folks are desperate for ways to get “the upper hand” because they feel so small, insignificant and powerless.  Destructive behavior usually follows!!  “Look OUT!”

Completing my manuscript and getting it into print is the MAIN reason that I stopped in “Puerto”.  I had to write a little here and a little there but got most of it done over the nearly two years that I spent at “Caribbean” Miss Ana’s house with the extra bedroom upstairs!  There is something about “space” in a “home” and the freedom to walk around in it … naked, if you want … that makes the place “home”!!  Imagine living in a tiny box of a studio with a “peeping Tom” property manager!!  Not too cozy, I felt boxed in … VIOLATED even … and definitely NO PRIVACY!  Where I am now is like the difference between night and day!!  After getting a FULL refund through Bank of America from “iUniverse” and finding out from my old school mate that I can self-publish with Amazon/Kindle nearly for free, I got to work on the manuscript in the “new” place.  After 2 weeks, I completed the tasks online to publish the e-book.  Two weeks later, I submitted a request to publish the paperback.  That’s why I need a nice place to live in and write.  “Drama FREE Zone”!

Some folks like to tell “tall tales” as my Mother used to call a “liar”!  My Dad, “Big Ike”, on the other hand, had no interest in lies or liars!!  To this day, I give ” Big Ike” credit for instilling in me the value of “truth telling”.  After all, how is a friendship, a family … even a so-called “nation state” supposed to be built on and survive on lies?!  In fact, it won’t … look at the USA today as its so-called “leaders” specialize in spinning LIES!  Don’t get me wrong now, Vladimir Putin and the Chinese government’s leader  – Xi – ONLY tell LIES!  The former president of the States was trying to take the USA  down the “rabbit hole” of lies that he likes to spin!  Now there is a Congress and a country divided on “the BIG Lie” about the election for president!  I, like my Father, don’t deal with liars as they attempt to “spin” you into “their” reality – “believe it … or NOT”!

Have a great day, a groovy Easter season and I hope youse had a peaceful Passover!  I love you guys.  Thanks for reading!


John I. Cook, Director

You Don’t Have to be Perfect to be Good!

And now that you don't have to be perfect, you can be good.”— John  Steinbeck | Jo Glo

Happy Friday, Y’all!  Dang, we got here again! So, TGIF!!

Life is quite interesting as we each try to choose our course of action when faced with a challenge.  First, I try to decide if I can live with MYSELF after taking a decisive action.  I ask myself, “Is this who I really am?”  “Am I and my ‘loved ones’ proud of my actions?”  Keep in mind, some folks don’t have “loved ones” … like I do … so they make stupid decisions and take even worse actions!  I always “say” this … “Be the BEST that you can be!”  I also strongly suggest as does EE, “Be yourself because you are YOU!”  Now I have been “blessed” to be a “role model” for so many people.  How do I know?!?  They TELL me!  I love that!!

If you recall a few messages and blog posts back, I had moved from where I was living because I refused to pay money to a “property manager” who not ONLY tries to look into my bedroom, but is also jealous of ME!  Each time I had someone visit me, this “grimy-assed” mofo would come up to the dwelling that I paid for and “pretend” he knows the person!  (Once, I was having a massage done and he wanted to WATCH!!)   He also showed his jealousy when I told him that I was getting some dental work done!  His comment was, “Oh, I was doing that, too, but I ran out of money!”  When people tell you who they are … believe them!  This “character” was telling me who he “is” … and I tried to help until I sensed some “sexual interest”.  When I asked about this “character” – Augusto Polo – one of my friends said, “Oh, he’s gay!”  I don’t mind!  But respect ME!  Yesterday, I went to talk with a “local attorney” who not only knows this “character”, but had been propositioned by the “character” to help him set up some “bs business”!  Clearly, the character is struggling with multiple issues … like most of us!!  I actually paid this “moron” the rent EARLY a few times, trying to help his stupid ass!!  Then like most parasites do, he tried to burrow into MY LIFE since he saw how “well” I took care of myself through the resources provided me by “the universe”.  He had/has no such resources, so he “helped himself” to mine!!  The character told the attorney: “I won’t return the security because he (me … John I. Cook) broke the lease.”  Imagine that!!  A sexual pervert claiming that “I” broke the lease after asking me to leave the NEXT month so he could get another month’s rent before NOT returning the “security deposit” which he clearly doesn’t have!!  What a “monster”!!

Now, I am NOT perfect and I am far from it! But, at this stage of the game, I like who I’ve become and I am NOT lowering my frequency to catch more problems than blessings! I don’t need to get involved in a “downward spiral” after the “universe” and my Creator whom I choose to call “God”, have “lifted” me so high!! I will let the forces of “good” conquer the less competent forces of “morons” and their evil!

Have a great day … and remember … “You don’t have to be perfect to be good!”


John I. Cook, Director

Miracles DO Happen!! Believe!!

Happy Friday, Y’all!

You already know my drill this time of the week … TGIF with me unless you’ve got something “bigger than life itself” to complain about!  I know you don’t, so … TGIF, then!

Needless to say, I am on another frequency this week.  Do you readers remember last month or so how disappointed I was about getting a FULL refund for the “non-services” of the previous publishing company?  Then you probably remember the challenges I had with my living situation and the “peeping Tom” character of a property manager that I had been paying while he showed the lowest class that I’ve seen in a person in a long time?!  Well, it seems that … “POOF!” … just like that, they BOTH have been resolved!!  Now, I am living near the top of “Tucan Road” in a really cozy two-bedroom “log cabin” house.  And now, the book that I came “here” to write, though I didn’t know where “here” was going to be as I traveled places seeking a peaceful abode to retire and finish my third book dedicated to my Mother – Marietta Dolores Cook, is LIVE on Kindle!  So, in case you thought “you” could hamper, deter, or stop my efforts, you’ve got another thought coming!  It’s amazing how many people DO NOT want to see “you” succeed!  Well, get in line “chumps”, there are a lot of people still wondering how “I” do it!!  It’s not me … I am “no body” … I have transcended “me” or the great “I” that many of us think we are!  “I” am a part of the “universe” better known as “we” kindred spirits!  Enlightened thinking …

Now, when have you ever heard of someone NOT liking “love” or “goodness”; or NOT like someone who advocates “love”, peace, and harmony?  Unfortunately, there are “bodies” like that!!  These people are so “unfamiliar” with true “love” (not sex!), real peace, and their own happiness that whenever they see “it”, they doubt and cringe at “it” and look for ways to mess things up!  I remember in Alcoholics Anonymous we learned to “Let go and let God” (Good Orderly Direction) when “things” seemed unbearable … out of control, even!  I go back to that “lesson” whenever my fledgling ego wants to “ease God out”!  Sounds simple, right?!  It’s then that you discover “who” you are – No Body!!  Just get “back to basics” with humanity and acknowledge that “we” are ALL more alike than we are different.  It’s just that intellectualizing “this” concept doesn’t work.  It must be viewed through spiritual lenses.  THIS is enlightened thinking when we go beyond the physical as one does in meditation!  This is the type of thinking that frightens people who need their physical props to “illustrate” who they want you to think they are!  Back in my “hippy” days, we called that “mind games”!  Some “folks” … and I use that term loosely … actually thrive on those “mind games” and become EXTREMELY susceptible to “disinformation” commonly called “lies”.  Are you one of those “creatures”?!?  Check yourself, ’cause if you come around me with “unenlightened thinking”, I will be looking for a way to help “you” … or depart from “your” negative-energized presence!!  

In closing, I would like to thank the readers who somewhat understand where I am coming from as well as the many many people (close to 500 now!) who commented on the “release” of “Cooking With Life!”.  Tomorrow, I have a video call planned with my old schoolmate, Larry T. Woody, so I can continue editing the e-book to achieve the desired results – a comfortable reading experience!


John I. Cook, Director

“Stay the Course, Young Buck!”

Yeah, yeah, yeah … TGIF again, y’all!  I am feeling exceptional so I’ve got this TGIF for us, okay! TGIF!!

“Some days I feel like a nut … some days I am a nut!”  No shame in my game ’cause I NEVER try to hurt anyone just because I can.  I just don’t! I’m not wired that way, thank God!  I enjoy more blessings that way!!  It was hard for me to understand and almost harder to accept!  Yet, I know that I am a “good” person so I am always functioning from a “high self-esteem” frequency, always looking to “be charitable” and caring!  I “trust” that relationship that I have with “the cosmos” or “the universe” or God … whatever works for you!  When I “stay the course” … even if I hit some rough “waters”, it ALWAYS works out!

A couple of examples follow, the first one “The iUniverse Scandal” where these publishing company people tried to “confiscate” $1,500.00 from me!  I was all worked up … ready to take a flight to their corporate office in the States.  Of course, it wouldn’t have worked out, so I continued to call the Bank of America “claims department” like a “girlfriend”!  That means I hit them up sometimes twice a week for three months.  They were professional and promised to stay on the “case”!  I was requesting a FULL refund while iUniverse’s accountant offered all except $400.00!!  The cancellation policy, which I was within, requires one to cancel services within 90 days for a refund minus $150.00!!  So, Bank of America sweated them out and came to the same conclusion that I did – unprofessional, dishonest, disrespectful thieves … all four of them that I had contact with!!  Thanks, “bank”!

Of course, the most recent example that I can provide of the “follow the universe/stay the course” attitude yielding good results involves my living situation!  I really wasn’t sure how to handle the former “creepy” property manager other than to call him out on his “sh@t” hard EACH and EVERY TIME … if that’s what it would take.  I knew he couldn’t handle it and was hoping to just leave since he said he wouldn’t renew my 3-month lease in April via a hand-delivered letter because “it wasn’t working out”! WTF!!  So, when I tried to address him he walked away from me, his tenant who was paying $500.00/month saying that he doesn’t have to talk to me!!  So, as he continued walking away, I asked if he was going to return my $500.00 security deposit to me.  He responded, not even looking back to address me in a most disrespectful insincere manner, “Sure!”, he said.  I was like “BITCH”!  And that was the last word I promised myself that I would say to this ungrateful phony!  There would be NO more payments to this grimy character either.  The “universe” kicked in.  I found three different places and I had several friends promise to help me move … which they did.  I selected the best and most expensive of the three!  “Stayin’ the course” worked out again.

A couple of weeks ago, I reached out to an old boarding school brother from Baltimore, Larry T. Woody, author of “In Black In White”.  Me and Woody were roommates our senior year at SPS with Robert Aurelius Hipp, another brother from “The Projects” … same apartment building as me … “They say them cats Hipp, Woody, and Cook are some bad mother … SHUT yo’ mouth!”  Me, Woody and Hipp (RIP) played varsity basketball at St. Paul’s School (NH), ran track and cross country together … ‘nough said.  So, “Woody” self-published HIS book with Amazon/Kindle (KDP) and provided me with his knowledge and encouragement!  Thanks, Man!

Now, with a “new” spot to write from, to heal from, and to just enjoy my life from, I am feeling like the “universe” had been guiding me all the time.  I just have to “stay the course”!  YOU can do it, too!


John I. Cook, Director

What’s In A Person’s Character?

Happy Friday, Y’all!

I’m flying on this week!  So, let me do it first!! TGIF!

If you “know” me, you know that I’ve met a lot of folks after having been a teacher in the public schools in White Plains, private secondary schools and universities in Cali, Colombia, South America, and much of the same in Ft. Lauderdale for 20 plus years! This week, I learned that ANOTHER one of my former students from White Plains High School passed away.  Rest in Peace, Giraud Hope …

I’ve just experienced one of those episodes in which I was “wronged” or disrespected regarding a business encounter where I lived for 5 months until Wednesday!  I had to “make a move” in order to physically move my residence.  Not only did the property manager lie to me about what was in the lease while I entertained dinner guests (and did NOT apologize once discovered), he spent the best part of my first three months trying to “hit” on me, giving me papayas that I don’t eat so much, and saying disrespectful “things” to me and peering over the low wall into my bedroom too many mornings!  While flattered, it really hampered my opportunity to learn how to “self-publish” my third book with Amazon’s Kindle e-book platform.  So, when I told him that his behavior had to stop, he got angry and started making jokes about my “then” missing tooth as well as the “work” I was doing on my cane from Spain!  It was THEN that I realized this person’s true character … and I moved unexpectedly with “a little help from my friends”!  If you could see the place that I am writing this from, you might realize how kind “the universe” has been to me in this episode along my journey!  THIS is why I came to retire outside of the States.

Along my “people-centered” journey, I have come into contact with a wide variety of humans … including some “real characters”, as we had often called those “unorthodox” people in our lives who gave us a “hand full” to deal with!!  Here in Costa Rica … Talamanca to be exact … there are a lot of “characters”, if you will, seeking something …  So, since I came to write and “relax” (heal through yoga and meditation), I have to stay clear of “the characters” who would like to treat me however THEY wish!  It often involves some “high-level energy” to steer clear of such types, but I have to do it …. or ELSE!!  So, here, again is where I try to be “the best that I can be” without getting trodden upon!  It’s a “tall order” but this is how I roll when I’m representing “the boy from The Projects” who has had substantial opportunities to be “the best that I can be”!  Those people who try to “compete” with me on one level or another usually fall short and end up being “disrespectfully jealous”!!  “Exit!  Stage left!” and I’m out of there …”

So, I can share with you that along MY journey, my character and personal development have always been a keen focus for me!  What kind of “character” do you portray along your journey?!?  Make it a good one!!


John I. Cook, Director

The Danger of “Double-Talk”

Yes, we’ve done it again, especially if you’re reading this!  Blessed!  So, TGIF!

Do “you” think the US presidential election was “stolen” by Joe Biden and “the Democrats”?  Sounds like the title of an old “spaghetti western” type production!  Someone just told me yesterday, as I welcomed him back to Costa Rica, that the “covid thing” is fake!  He said it’s all a fear tactic to control “us”.  So, I asked him why he flew from Canada to Central America?  I asked him why did he leave Canada?  His answer was, “I had to get out before they stopped the flights again.”  The last thing I said before HE walked away was, “Why are you telling ME this?  Why don’t you go talk to the families and friends of the NOW more than half-million Americans slated as to having lost their lives to “Covid”?!?” As I said, he walked away.  I mean, people can believe whatever they want (or need) to.  But don’t try to convince me that “the moon is made of swiss cheese”!!

I’m thinking out loud of the lack of humanity in the American political spectrum.  I’ve had people tell me, “It’s been like this forever Bro’!  That’s nothing new!”  Then, I replied, “So are you just going to sit back and enjoy the show?”  He replied, “Yep!”  I thought to myself, “Are people really enjoying these “shows” of ignorance, racism, greed, dishonesty, corruption, and the like!?  Or, are they just telling themselves that they “enjoy the show”?!?”  Here we have it …  Some folks are prone to be leaders while others are just “followers”.  Yet, there seem to be still others who just don’t care “what” they appear to be!!

Most of the time, I talk about myself in these pieces.  I get feedback from time to time that I may have reached a “common ground” with some of my readers!  Again, I ain’t for everybody ’cause you have to have a “thick skin”, so to speak, when you put yourself out there.  We ALL know someone who is ALWAYS right!  Now, that’s a “show” to watch.  Unfortunately, many people got stuck in “the worst show in American History” and there are others who “seem” to want a “repeat”!!!  “Oh my, how dumb-downed can you get!?”  I was watching a newscast last night when one of the reporters stated, “Don’t these people (politicians) have families?  Do they tell the same lies to them?!  But, don’t their family members ever tell them that they know that they are lying?”  What a life these “double-talk” specialists families’ must have!!  It seems that their “political” or otherwise “make-believe” goals are more important than the “truth”!  Hopefully, we can see the damage caused by “double-talk” which “sets one up” to believe blatant LIES!  “Think …  It ain’t illegal yet!” a la “Lee Blair” (Courtesy of “Funkadelic”)!

As we go forth today and the weekend, try practicing telling “the truth”.  If you have to “lie” … it’s a dangerous place to be!  “Live and let live!”


John I. Cook, Director

Be Flexible, Amicable, and Protean

Happy Friday, Y’all!

Is anyone else having a “stage” in their life right now that’s “full of surprises” if you will?!?  The “spiritualists” and astrology-oriented people have been referring to a “shift” in our “reality(-ies)” … Does anyone feel at least an occasional “tug-o-war” going on inside or spiritually?!  I do!  So, let’s do this “TGIF” right quick!  “Whoop!  There it is!”

Sometimes, no matter how nice or amicable one may try to be in relationships with other people, one runs across these “insatiably toxic” people!  I know, I know … it’s my fault sometimes because I often try to start out with a “new” person taking them as they are.  Trust me, I have often been wrong …  But I always give it my best shot first … until someone CLEARLY tries to “burn” me …  Then, I close that chapter as best I can … being flexible, amicable, and protean!!  That last one is a “doozie” and requires a lot of training and discipline.  We ALL know the “story” when one has a clear set of plans, and then “people” try to change YOUR plans for their benefit!!  Imagine that!!  Time to “spin on a dime”!

I went as far as to “accept” a “free horoscope” reading.  (It made sense but I have passed that stuff!)  One thing that has been pretty helpful for me is “knowing myself”.  You see, when that “charlatan” (for lack of a better word) with all the shenanigans, stupidity, and dishonesty approaches you or you just find yourself in their midst, you’ve got to be able to re-organize yourself and make a move!  I’m there right now!  Thank God I have the “lessons” passed on from “Big Ike” … that “walk softly but carry a big stick” lesson!  Can you see me now?!?  I’ve got my “cane from Valencia, Spain” all sanded and shined!  Yet, my real “arms” are my words, my temperament, and my ACTIONS!  With “Big Ike”, you didn’t know if you were in trouble until he came walking directly at you, leather “strap” in hand …  Discipline time!  “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you!”  Self tough love …

You all be sure to “be your best self” as often as possible.  Get to “know yourself” and how to MAKE yourself calm in stressful situations …  Not an easy task but quite a necessary one!  “Be like water, my friend …”  – Bruce Lee


John I. Cook, Director

In Search of Human Decency …

It’s Friday again!  How about a little “TGIF”, then, Baby?!?

Can I do or say that?  Nobody’s getting hurt by it, right?  In fact, some are even helped by it!!  What’s that?!  Gratitude!!  TGIF!  Stuff is going to happen … so … we may as well embrace “the good”, even if it is ONLY “the lesson” to be more careful!

Now, the insurrection at the Capitol on January 6th has so many levels of analysis, if you will.  Here’s one micro-level event that reflects the horror of the “underbelly” of the States:  An African American officer at the Capitol said, as he sobbed into his hands: “I was called the n-word like 18 times …”  Needless to say, he was just doing his job.  That is reflective of the state of depravity in interpersonal relations in American society.  Some people take ANY opportunity to hurl an insult in attempts to emotionally, psychologically, and mentally scar (not scare …) the “other” person.  It’s the same as an “elected official” who intentionally misleads a supporter whom the leader is manipulating a fear within while simultaneously knowing that the “supporter” will believe what his “leader” says … even if it’s a blatant LIE.  Is this “human decency”?!?

I recall the three months that I traveled through cities like Barcelona, Valencia … Hamburg and Prague … yes, then Amsterdam, Paris and back to Barcelona again in the summer of 2017.  Once people whom I met in a hostel or AirBnB in these cities knew that I was from the States, they ALWAYS asked: “How did you Americans elect #45 to be the president?!?  Have you Americans lost your minds?!?”  My answer was usually, “No, THEY lost their minds to a bully!”  Even right now with a clear open and shut case, bullied and frightened politicians can’t seem to find “the human decency” to represent “the people” … their constituents … rather than defend a “chronic creep”!  Damn shame!

As Billie Jean King said as she applauded her organization’s contributions:  “I feel sorry for the young people who inherited this mess …”  What about you?  Will you dare to sit down with a colleague or co-worker and discuss “the case for HUMAN DECENCY”?  Big words … especially for little minds and hearts!!  Grow up you damn adults in the political system in the States … and the rest of YOUSE!!  Don’t you feel any remorse?!?  Have you no HUMAN DECENCY!?  If they can’t … WE … the people … MUST!  There’s enough of us … methinks … to “fight the good fight”!

Be well, be aware … and BE DECENT!!


John I. Cook, Director

A Tale of Two Police Officers . . .

And you know it, we got here again!  Happy Friday, and a “TGIF” to you, too!  In case you haven’t noticed, “Your participation is requested … from the Universe!”

Throughout what I perceive to be human history, things often appear as a “duality” … one … OR … the other!  We are often asked to choose which option we prefer.  On occasion, our decisions can be helped by looking carefully at the choices.

On January 6th, 2021, a seizure of the US Capitol occurred due to insurrectionists who were motivated, stimulated, and deceived by the then-sitting president.  The symbolism that was associated with the destruction after “scrump”  held his “infamous last rally” is hard to imagine.  That’s why the Impeachment Managers want to use videos of what MANY of us didn’t even see!  And of course, that’s why the latest “money-grubbing fool” lawyer (LIAR!) who has decided to defend “the trash” says, “Oh, we’ll concede that there was rioting in the Capitol building and the “president” has condemned it!  He spoke of a peaceful protest and his words had nothing to do with what happened at the Capitol.”  Believe it or not!!

Derek Chauvin murdered an unarmed Black man … after he had damn near murdered many OTHER “victims of his hatred” including a woman on whom he used the same “knee on the neck/throat” technique.  Her mother had called the police for help with her “unarmed” daughter.  Once Chauvin arrived on “the scene”, he immediately went into action after the mother accused the daughter of trying to strangle her with the extension cord that the mother was purportedly swinging at her daughter!  The daughter said she simply grabbed the cord as her mother was striking her with it!  (Does anybody remember the “extension cord” whippings from our parents?!?)  Within seconds, Chauvin had the young woman … of color … on the ground with his knee on her neck … until she screamed “Harder!”  to annoy Chauvin not thinking he would actually do it!!!  Thankfully, she wasn’t killed as her mother looked on in horror at “the scene”.

Brian Sicknick (RIP) Washington, DC Capitol Police officer was killed in the insurrection at the Capitol building on January 6th, 2021.  There have been so many “spins” on this Big Lie Event from it being a “peaceful protest” … to it being a bloody, hurtful insurrection!  Your eyes don’t lie …  The world saw clip after clip on top of video after video of “The liar in Chief” yelling like a moron until he said it: “We’re gonna march to the Capitol, I’m going with you …” and the rest is history.  Anyone who feels sorry for a moron who incited a riot against his OWN government officials is as sick as “he” is!!

Officer Sicknick loved his job, they say.  It must be true because he fought “the good fight” but lost his life in the end …  Blessings to his family and loved ones.  I remember when my Dad – Isaac Henry Cook – worked for the “Auxiliary Police of White Plains, NY”.  He was the ONLY chocolate chip in the cookie at that time.  He was a proud Man as he had escaped the brutal racism in North/Central Florida with his young bride and arrived in Harlem, NY circa “The Harlem Renaissance”.  He had stories … Man, did he have stories.  I learned “to learn” every day and a little something from everybody!  Police work ain’t no joke!

Last we observed, there were at least two different “Americas”.  Some folks even live in two (or more!) different realities!  That’s a tough situation from which to run a democratic country with immigrants from all over the world …  Let’s be as one …


John I. Cook, Director

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