The statement itself wasn’t necessarily a big deal, but a couple of days ago I logged out of Facebook on my laptop and shut off the app on my phone. The reason: politics in this country has become a hate fest and not only on my newsfeed, but also on the comments on the posts… Read More Check Your Hatred at the Door
Has humanity lost its collective soul? Did we ever have one to begin with? I posted the story of this little boy on Facebook last night. His name is Omran Daqneesh. He’s five years old. His home in Aleppo, Syria was bombed – presumably by the Assad regime. Seeing his reaction completely got to me. He’s… Read More Innocence betrayed and the price children pay for our failure
So I went and picked up this book. Poking Lions. Written by Keith Quincy. It ended up being a suspense thriller that challenged my own sense of empathy while partially enraging me as to how we let certain lives go the way they do. The book continuously sucks you in, with you not knowing what… Read More Book Review – Poking Lions
So today I turn 54. That can’t be. 54 has always been decades away. Now, 53 is in the rearview mirror. A day like this makes me think of my father and mother. And my own childhood. Where I’ve come from and where I’m going. While I’m no where near where I want to be… Read More 54
I didn’t start Thoughts From Vinton Ave to write about my social life. This is more of a space where I can relate personal insights. But when those two things intersect, a blog post happens. Perhaps it’s best that I point out two things about myself for people who don’t know me. One is that… Read More Digitally Deleted in DC
OK. So I saw American Sniper. Not that anyone cares, but here’s my take. Given it’s context and for what it is supposed to be, it was an excellent film. And here’s the context: it was a biopic of top notch American sniper who did his job bravely and efficiently. It shows the challenges he… Read More American Sniper. And what it was about.
Like many, I’ve gotten caught up in the killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson, MO. Regardless of whom is at fault, it’s a tragedy. One of the things that disappoints me the most is the absolute close mindedness of many who have been following it. It is insane. I challenged a bunch of people on… Read More On Ferguson and what I don’t know