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Trust me, you bear some responsibility

Trust me, you bear some responsibility

February 24, 2018

Insecurity is a poison that kills human relationships.  I wish that more people grasped this fact and those who struggle with it had the courage to examine the person they’ve become.  As complex emotional creatures, most of us have felt unsure of ourselves at some point just like we’re inclined to occasionally feel angry or […]

Dissent: Political punk from the Badlands

Dissent: Political punk from the Badlands

February 6, 2018

Even in the punk scene, thoughtful idealism can be really hard to come by.  The day I found Dissent’s self-titled LP (1988) at Toad Hall in Rockford, Illinois, I discovered a great record that originated in one of the most unexpected of places.  Without question, I connect with the band’s leftist political consciousness and I […]

They leave, I stay

They leave, I stay

January 21, 2018

When each semester winds down, a bittersweet thought crosses my mind: I won’t teach most of my students ever again.  Now, I periodically encounter them in the hallway or at a campus event, but our instructional time together is over.  As this realization sinks in, I wonder what impact my class had upon them.  This […]

Song lyrics: Running Short on Life

Song lyrics: Running Short on Life

January 14, 2018

Running Short on Life Long over and nearly forgotten; almost like it never even happened Only we both know that it did The past is reaching out through memories; will I become the person that I want to be? Never sure how much I fit in We’re running out of time. We’re running short on […]

Love: Elusive, but it will be found

Love: Elusive, but it will be found

December 29, 2017

My teenage years will always be an important time in my life.  There’s so much that happened during high school and community college that forged the person I am today.  Looking back, I can plot my own layered progression from adolescence into young adulthood.  One of the more important layers involves the emotional intimacy of […]

What I appreciate about Houston

What I appreciate about Houston

December 6, 2017

Four years.  That’s how long I’ve been in Houston.  I have to be honest, this place never made the list of cities that I wanted to live in when I considered leaving the Midwest.  Most of the people I meet here are from somewhere else and everyone who’s from somewhere else moved here for a […]

Liberate yourself through forgiveness

Liberate yourself through forgiveness

October 21, 2017

Last Thursday, the Center for Civic Engagement at LSC-CyFair hosted a powerful event featuring members of The Journey of Hope, a non-profit advocacy group that opposes capital punishment.  Two activists, Shujaa Graham and SueZann Bosler, shared incredibly moving stories that captivated the audience.  Mr. Graham spoke about serving time on death row before his exoneration.  […]

Courageous people…

Courageous people…

August 12, 2017

…are genuine at all times…inspire us to do more…provide truthful explanations for their actions while taking responsibility…show compassion…ask thoughtful questions even in the most difficult of moments…understand which boundaries they should maintain and which ones they should transgress…rethink their current approach…believe in a myriad of possibilities…fight like hell to uplift the human condition…demonstrate their gratitude…know […]

Goals for the upcoming school year

Goals for the upcoming school year

August 11, 2017

“We are born with a chance.  Rise above!  We’re gonna rise above!  I am gonna have my chance.  Rise above!  We’re gonna rise above!”  -Black Flag It’s hard to believe that another fall semester is just weeks away.  Can someone please tell me what happened to the spring?  The last several months have passed so […]