The latest, long-agonized-over, Civil Conversations story is finally both online and in the current, March 18th magazine. https://www.hcn.org/issues/51.5/a-civil-conversation-northern-california-confronts-racial-discrimination-and-whats-in-a-name
Thanks much for your patience...assumingyou were patient! Somebody should have told... Read more
Civil Conversations. The video!
We finally have some publishable forward movement! Today – Tuesday – High Country News released a video that was many months in the making. The video was filmed... Read more
The movie - part 2
Hey, my apologies if you didn't get a chance to see the video. We're making some small, final changes. Should be done Wednesday or Thursday latest. We'll make... Read more
Civil Conversations - The Movie!
Well this is a pretty good way - for me anyway - to start the New Year. Mara Ferris and I (mostly Mara!) finally finished the video about Nicodemus and... Read more
It's movie time!
Hi All. Just a quick update. You remember the Kickstarter campaign that you contributed to way back 10 months ago or so? In it we made mention of producing a... Read more
The land of Dixie?!?!
Hello all. And again, it’s been a while since I updated you on my Civil Conversations activities. When I first envisioned this series I anticipated a story every 6 or... Read more
Seminal. Not Seminole, the Florida tribe that took in and inter-married runaway slaves, was later force marched to the Indian Territories, aka Oklahoma - Choctaw for ‘Red Man’, and who... Read more
No, I haven’t died. Yet.
It’s been a long time either since I published a story or wrote an update, so I would understand if you think I had died. But nope…I’m alive and well.... Read more
Fire in the west
It’s been a while for sure, but I have a decent excuse. My fire season started way earlier this year than it usually does. This is only the... Read more
If you don’t get the magazine, here's the story online.
Wow, that sure took awhile. But if you get the hardcopy magazine, the Portland story is in the issue that probably showed up in your mailbox today. I... Read more
Yikes! It’s been since March 17th since I last posted an update! As you know I traveled to Portland OR (I have to specify Oregon because we have one supporter... Read more
First Portland Draft
Well, I haven’t updated since mid-February. I think the updates were meant to be a part of the fund raising campaign. But you donated hard-earned dollars, so I... Read more
That’s all folks!
The campaign is over, but of course, the series is just beginning. But stay tuned and I’ll be in touch. And thanks so much for your support. I think we’re... Read more
A point of clarification
Today a friend of mind called and asked me if we hadn’t made it to the goal post would I have tossed in, say, three grand in order to retrieve... Read more
Wow!!! We’re there!
Wow friends! With your help, we made it! Pretty exciting for me, and hopefully for you. Geez….I thought I was going to have a danged heart attack this past month.... Read more
My long journey
I used to say that I didn’t know I was black. But I did. I must have. I remember at a very young age trying to scrub the dark whatever-it-was... Read more
A great day!
What a glorious day! Waking up to sunshine....and the thrill of seeing that we are actually going to make our goal! At this moment we are have achieved... Read more
The Beast and I
Yá’át'ééh - greeting in the Navajo dialect
Got home two nights ago. Good to be home. Here’s a photo of the beast that put up with me for two weeks.... Read more
That’s Gloria Cash. She’s the lady who spent two days driving me around the old ‘hood. The big old cottonwood was the corner of her lot. Fond memories.... Read more
A very short update, but one with great news! We’ve had an extremely generous brother/sister team step up and offer a $5,000.00 match. Five THOUSAND! If we can... Read more
It’s Saturday and my work in Portland is about over. I’ll head out tomorrow morning. I’m going to head up to the Olympic Peninsula for a couple of... Read more
The cost of lost opportunities.
So this isn’t so much an update as a random string of thoughts that are hopefully connected. This will be pretty wonky.
One of the things that is... Read more
Racial justice….and brewpubs!
So last night I went to see Walidah Imarisha’s presentation at Portland State. I gather she’s a local celebrity and very well known in the area. There were hundreds of... Read more
I’m here! I arrived Saturday night and was immediately reminded of one of the reasons that I didn’t stay living in Portland. I’m not a rain-tolerant guy! (In fact, I’m... Read more
Well, I’m headed out again. Headed to Portland OR. Portland is hailed as one of the most progressive cities in the country. But at one point in time... Read more