Yes, Café Hope is back. It’s been a while, hasn’t it? It feels good to be back after my protracted absence. Ok, so this is what happened…. I’d been looking to move to a more energetic and vibrant city primarily to change my fortune and rub shoulders with the powers that be. So in my ultimate quest for advancement on all frontiers, I put my faith on the line, applied to several attractive job opportunities and crossed my fingers in patience (well, I had to resort to patience when anxiety failed to yield results). After what seemed like forever, I…

As 2014 comes to a close, I reflect on the many challenges and successes that came my way and I realize that the folks whom I call friends played a significant part in shaping my year. I want to say a resounding thank you to these wonderful individuals, particularly the ones in my inner caucus who lended their ears and shoulders when I needed it the most. Thank you for encouraging and supporting me when I was cloyed with self-doubt and wanted desperately to quit. When my psyche was broken and I wanted to run away from everything and succumb…

fear-of-death

  Many, many, many moons ago I spotted a black crow as I got on the ramp to merge on the freeway. This harrowing sighting was amplified because there was something sinister about this bird–the way it cast a rather despondent look my way, as though it had been wronged and was looking to avenge a grave misdeed. A black crow, as I believed then, was bad omen and the only piece of information that would dismiss the thought that something terrible was about to happen was a conclusive study that other motorists too had been subjected to the piercing…

As 2014 accelerates to a close and we prepare to herald the New Year with our many resolutions, the specter of failure and disappointment looms for many. We set out resolved and determined to accomplish many goals. I heralded the New Year with a new mantra, “Attack your day with enthusiasm.” By July, enthusiasm got bored and started attacking me instead. By October, I was hard pressed. I wouldn’t have recognized enthusiasm if it sat on my face.

Ferguson

I’m sure you’ve heard the grand jury’s decision to not indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson who killed Michael Brown, an unarmed 18yr old. Ferguson has erupted in protest and the city is pretty much in anarchy over this decision.  Needless to say, the family of Michael Brown must be feeling a vortex of emotions they couldn’t possibly describe. It’s never easy to lose a loved one. It’s also not easy for a city plagued with racial tension to face yet another bold-faced murder of an African-American youth. However, I do believe that the youth ought to take a fair…