Category Archives: Friends

Purple, not flowers, name on a box

4 February 2023
Old Louisville
Louisville, Kentucky


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4 February 2024

Black History Month.
Helping Sera Chung move her mother’s paintings.
Visiting Brad, Sherry, Charley Palmer at hospital.
Rosa Parks Birthday.
Amadou Diallo Killing.
Sister Rosa – The Neville Brothers
Rosa Sat – MUSE – Cincinnati’s Women’s Choir
Rosa Parks – Outkast
I Should Be Proud – Martha Reeves & The Vandelles
Black Is – The Last Poets
Give More Power to the People – The Chi-Lites
Be Real Black for Me – Roberta Flak & Donny Hathaway
Black Maybe – Syreeta
Precious Lord – The Blind Boys of Alabama
Welcome to the Terrordome – Pharoahe Monch
Diallo – Wyclef Jean
American Skin – Bruce Springsteen
The Proud – Talib Kweli
I Know Where I’ve Been – Queen Latifah

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22 January 2023

Helping Eric and Essie move. Preaching at Dickey Memorial Presbyterian Church, So Jung Kim birthday.
Ementha-Papaguneray (Turtle Song) – Emily Wurramara
It’s My Life – Bon Jovi
Carnival of the Animals: IV. Tortioses – Isata Kanneh-Mason, Braimah Kanneh-Mason, Ayla Sahin, Timothy Ridout, Sheku Kanneh-Mason & Toby Hughes
Hasten down the Wind – Warren Zevon
Ekka’s Silver Jubilee Song – Eric Bogle
Sweet Reminder – Rebecca Riots
Koroghlu – Ashiq Hasan Trio
Rebel Rebel – David Bowie
The Power Is Out – Blackfire
Frutsi – Gabriela Triste
Maneo – The Chieftains
Walkin’ Back to Georgia – Jim Croce
The Fire Inside – Bob Seger
Po’ Boy – Bob Dylan
I’m Ready – Tracy Chapman
I Believe in You – Dolly Parton

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AdventWord 2022 – December 23 – #restore

Great conversation about how to restore people with the Rev. Dr. Don Shriver, president emeritus at Union Theological Seminary, and the Rev. Stanley Chimeysa, prison chaplain from the Church of Central Africa Presbyterian in Malawi.

They are leading thinkers and practitioners of restorative justice.

Their thinking and acting is moving toward transformative justice.

Photo: February 11, 2019; Manhattan, New York; not sure who took the photo. Obviously not me. There were several other people present.

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AdventWord 2022 – December 22 – #choose

With thanks to Doc and Robert and all the people I do not know who choose hope and life and love by helping young people think through their choices.

This poster is from the first Teen Forum. The audience has since expanded to include all young people age 13-18.

Photo: 19 October 2022; The Bronx, New York

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AdventWord 2022 – December 21 – #obedience

With thanks to my friend Jimmie Hawkins for the profound reminder that obedience to higher principles, values, and visions often requires disobedience to unjust and immoral laws, rules and regulations. Order Unbroken and Unbowed.

Photo: 25 June, 2022; Louisville, Kentucky

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AdventWord 2022 – December 20 – #hear

It took 45 years, but thanks to friends Leslie and DinaDeen, I finally saw Sweet Honey in the Rock in concert at Symphony Space in New York.

Recordings I had and had heard often – albums, cassettes, CDs, downloads – and those are great. Still nothing matches their performance especially when heard and viewed with good friends.

Photo: 16 March 2019, New York, New York, by DinaDeen

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AdventWord 2022 – December 19 – #sign

Designed, created, and posted by the daughter of a friend.

Let it be.

Photo: Summer, 2021; Germantown, Louisville, Kentucky

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AdventWord – December 18 – #purify

This has been the most difficult word for me this year. In many ways, purity is illusive, perhaps even unattainable. In other ways, the concept has been misused. Finally, I landed on an aspirational approach. Although I still remain unsure of my thinking and my thinking about the photo.

Is that water pure? One would hope.

Is it being purified? One would hope.

Can one be sure? I doubt it.

BUT – pure, clean, safe water for all is an aspiration of justice and a cause for which to work.

Photo: 25 April 2021, Waterfront Botanical Garden, Louisville, Kentucky

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AdventWord 2022 – December 17 – #majesty

Late afternoon, early evening, New York City. From Arthur Ashe Stadium.

August, 2019

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