Our credibility is a spiritual, not material, issue.
Pop music done right.
Thank goodness for the beautiful Sara Bareilles. This album embodies creative freedom.
"I Choose You" is everything to me right now, and it will certainly be on repeat during next month’s New York road trip.
I celebrated America’s 237th birthday in the best possible way: running around the backyard with my niece.
What a joyous day it was. We listened to The Commodores’ Greatest Hits record. We shot fireworks. We played basketball and ate an ice cream cake.
All things said and done, I was again reminded that I will never be as cool as she. Case-in-point: look at how fly she is in that demin Coogi outfit. I could never pull that off…
Perhaps one day? Meh. I’ll keep dreaming and stick with my goofy striped tank-tops.
Being my father’s child is greatest honor that I will ever hold.
Over the years, I have watched and studied his life closely. I see his undying work ethic and the pride he takes in his service to the community. I see the patience and serenity that he carries with him while he works in his farm. I notice the love he gives his two grandchildren and how he endeavors to support his family to the best of his ability.
I love listening to his beautiful singing voice. I love laughing at his hilarious jokes. I see how he lives his life for himself and does not worry about the opinions of others.
He’s a wonder. He grows his own food. And he can fix his own car.
I want to be like him.
Six things that I’ve learned from him along the way:
1. Love every living thing.
2. Go visit your family and friends while you can. They might not be here tomorrow. You might not, either.
3. Talk to the janitor or bus driver in the same manner that you would talk to the millionaire. They are all contributors with lives and experiences that matter. They all deserve acknowledgment.
4. Validation is a dirty drug. If you are doing things for the approval of others, allowing your social status or professional position to dictate your decisions and poison your most valuable life relationships, then you are in desperate need of a lesson in self-respect and self-love.
5. It’s better to be prepared for an opportunity and not have one, than to have an opportunity and not be prepared for it. So stay on your game like a mad man. You never know who you’ll meet or where you’ll meet them. Dress well. Wear a collar and smell nice. Don’t frown; smile with your teeth because your gap is cute, boy. Always mind your life’s volume knob. Straighten your back up. You are valuable, so carry yourself accordingly.
6. Humility is like a bright sunshine. If you lose yours, then you lose yourself. Don’t allow the world to take it away from you. Darkness can’t survive in light, unless the light goes away.
It has been an exhilarating ride since I graduated from Virginia, but no matter what job I get or how far away I go, he always reminds me that I can always come on back home. I’m grateful for that.
I’m thankful that he has always given me the space to be myself. I’m thankful that he accepts me, no matter what new adventure I embark upon. I’m thankful that he has made it safe for me to experiment with this life and make it as playful as I so desire.
And I’m thankful for his warm, compassionate embrace.
Live and keep on living.