85-year-old Memphis Sanitation Worker Can Perhaps Retire

After working 63 years for the city of Memphis, Elmore Nickleberry, 85, may finally reap the benefits of marching with Martin Luther King, Jr. in 1968. The city intends to award Mr. Nickleberry, along with 13 other survivors of the 1968 sanitation strike, a $50K tax-free grant. I’m not sure how $50,000 is supposed toContinue reading “85-year-old Memphis Sanitation Worker Can Perhaps Retire”

Models Monday: On Free Land

  This past weekend, I visited South-View Cemetery with a few friends. South-View was granted its charter on April 21, 1886 and so became the first for-profit cemetery for African Americans in the United States. Beneath the names of the six men who established this charter reads its statement of purpose: “To provide a respectableContinue reading “Models Monday: On Free Land”

Models Monday: Telling a New Story

When I was young, I heard stories about the awful perils of the dreaded inner-city from my elementary school teachers. Their stories certainly made me afraid of that place. It wasn’t until my high school teachers told those  same stories of predation, poverty, laziness, and despair of inner-city residents that I finally realized they wereContinue reading “Models Monday: Telling a New Story”

Models Monday: “This House I’m in Right Now”

After the fourth time my house was broken into, I put my house on the market. Looking at properties I could barely afford made me think about friends and family who never moved. I can think of at least three families who have had the same address and telephone number for at least my entireContinue reading “Models Monday: “This House I’m in Right Now””

Doing Something Hard Part II: Jay Z and Social Responsibility

I’m offended by that because first of all, and this is going to sound arrogant, but my presence is charity. Just who I am. Just like Obama’s is. Obama provides hope. Whether he does anything, the hope that he provides for a nation, and outside of America is enough. Just being who he is. You’reContinue reading “Doing Something Hard Part II: Jay Z and Social Responsibility”

Models Monday: VIP (The Thanksgiving Week Edition–Re-post)

I was invited to moderate a film discussion earlier this week for a film that has received rave reviews. My role was minimal. I was only required to ask two questions before turning it over to the audience. It was an interesting experience. I learned how seriously people take film actors and actresses as wellContinue reading “Models Monday: VIP (The Thanksgiving Week Edition–Re-post)”

One Approach to Paying Medical Bills (Update)

For my Models Monday post last week I wrote about the strategies I have been developing in response to what I consider the bullying practices of the business side of medicine. You might recall the resentment I described feeling when a clerk from the hospital where I was scheduled for an MRI called on FridayContinue reading “One Approach to Paying Medical Bills (Update)”

The Elegance of Cooperation

Junior distance runner Meghan Vogel won the open mile at the Ohio State championship this past weekend but was on her way to finishing last in the two mile. As she was approaching the finish line, the runner in front of her, Arden McMath, began to collapse–and then something extraordinary happens: Vogel lifts McMath andContinue reading “The Elegance of Cooperation”