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
Apparently, my homeless friend is in the process of getting a place to live. The place he found is near the college he wants to start taking classes at. The amazing thing is that it took someone (me) to simply say to him that his situation is unacceptable – for him. For six months, he… Read More My friend, homeless no more…?
In my previous post, I talked of how I know someone who is homeless. He’s a co-worker that I’m determined to help. And it got me to thinking… Each of us go through our private hells. Whether it’s large or small, a sudden crisis or a long term issue, we all have to deall with… Read More So many are hurting, so many aren’t caring…
A couple of nights ago I got in a conversation with a guy I know. He told me that he felt that he could put his trust me. We’re not really friends…co-workers for the most part. He’s 43, Vietnamese American, about 5’2″ tall. He’s an extremely hard worker, one of the hardest I’ve ever met.… Read More One person’s plight…
When I was a young lad growing up I developed a keen interest in my ethnicity. Rhode Island is one of those areas of America where people can maintain their ethnic character and culture while carry with it a sense of pride, all the while treating others of different ethnic backgrounds as family. I was… Read More Shanty Irish, Swamp Yankee, and some things are better left unsaid