Monday, May 25, 2009


I watched the flag pass by one day.
It fluttered in the breeze.
A young Marine saluted it,
and then he stood at ease.
I looked at him in uniform
So young, so tall, so proud,
He'd stand out in any crowd.
I thought how many men like him
Had fallen through the years.
How many died on foreign soil?
How many mothers' tears?
How many pilots' planes shot down?
How many died at sea?
How many foxholes were soldiers' graves?
No, freedom isn't free.

I heard the sound of TAPS one night,
When everything was still
I listened to the bugler play
And felt a sudden chill.
I wondered just how many times
That TAPS had meant "Amen,"
When a flag had draped a coffin
Of a brother or a friend.
I thought of all the children,
Of the mothers and the wives,
Of fathers, sons and husbands
With interrupted lives.
I thought about a graveyard
At the bottom of the sea
Of unmarked graves in Arlington.
No, freedom isn't free.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

In The Interest of National Security

At 10 a.m. today, President Obama will deliver a major national security speech. President Obama will give a 35-minute speech, at the National Archives, that outlines his principles on national security. Specifically, President Obama will focus on enhanced interrogation techniques, closing Guantanamo Bay and how to handle the detainees.

President Obama seeks to counter the attacks from the conservatives, mainly from former Vice President Dick Cheney, about how to keep the country safe. Cheney has been a vocal critic of Obama’s policies, saying they leave the country vulnerable to terror attacks.

Immediately following President Obama’s speech, Cheney will deliver an address “Keeping America Safe: An Address by Dick Cheney” at the conservative American Enterprise Institute. Cheney will take questions in an open-press appearance.

I'll be watching both speeches.

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Wayman Tisdale

Wayman Tisdale, a former NBA player and gifted musician died Friday morning after a two-year batter with cancer. He was 44.

Tisdale learned he had cancer below his right knee after breaking his leg in a fall at his home in Los Angeles in 2007. Tisdale remained upbeat despite having his leg amputated last August.

Wayman Tisdale enjoyed success as a college and professional basketball player and a musician. He played with the Oklahoma Sooners. While at Oklahoma, Tisdale averaged 25.6 points and 10.1 rebounds during his three seasons. He still holds Oklahoma's career scoring record with 2,661 points and a career rebounding record with 1048. Last month, he was chosen for induction into the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame.

After three years at Oklahoma, Tisdale played 12 years in the NBA with the Indiana Pacers, Sacremento Kings, and the Phoenix Suns. He averaged 15.3 points and 6 rebounds for his career. He was on the U.S. team that won a gold medal in the 1984 Olympics.

Wayman was a gifted, and one of the most popular, jazz musician. My favorite Tisdale song is "Don't Take Your Love Away." I was looking forward to seeing him at the Playbaoy Jazz Festival next month. He will truly be missed.

Wayman Tisdale is survived by his wife, Regina, and four children. God bless the family.

Sunday, May 10, 2009


May the love you give be with you today and always because you
mean so much and deserve all the good things a wonderful life can hold.

Happy Mother's Day!!!

A Lady's Perspective

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Every Day is a Blessing

Life Is Fine

I went down to the river,
I set down on the bank.
I tried to think but couldn't,
So I jumped in and sank.

I came up once and hollered!
I came up twice and cried!
If that water hadn't a-been so cold
I might've sunk and died.

But it was Cold in that water! It was cold!

I took the elevator
Sixteen floors above the ground.
I thought about my baby
And thought I would jump down.

I stood there and I hollered!
I stood there and I cried!
If it hadn't a-been so high
I might've jumped and died.

But it was High up there! It was high!

So since I'm still here livin',
I guess I will live on.
I could've died for love--
But for livin' I was born

Though you may hear me holler,
And you may see me cry--
I'll be dogged, sweet baby,
If you gonna see me die.

Life is fine! Fine as wine! Life is fine!

Langston Hughes