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America, my heart is broken. A couple of months ago, I wrote this letter about how awful it feels to be a Black guy who truly loves this country.  And you, America, have responded by making things much, much, worse. […]

Confession: I’ve spent about a week working on my follow-up article to my recent article: Dear America, from a black guy.  It’s taken longer than any other, because I keep getting upset and having to start over again.  There really […]

“Just that you do the right thing. The rest doesn’t matter. Cold or warm. Tired or well-rested. Despised or honored. Dying…or busy with other assignments. Because dying, too, is one of our assignments in life. There as well: “To do […]

On July 7, fresh of watching videos of the murders of Alton Sterling and Philando Castille, I wrote the following post on Facebook (note, if you are offended by those incidents being referred to as murder, then keep reading because […]

Here is a letter a I wrote to someone close to me, on the day of her wedding. So, I’ve been married for 13 years now, which is no small feat.  13, or even 10 years from now, your life […]

“Amateurs sit and wait for inspiration, the rest of us just get up and go to work.” -Stephen King, On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft Motivation can often seem like a mystical force that some people just seem to […]

If you look at your life, you might start to notice a pattern emerge: Certain kinds of relationships, certain kinds of job situations, certain kinds of body difficulties, and all sorts of other things.  Sometimes these patterns can work to […]

Tomas Prower is the author of La Santa Muerte: Unearthing the Magic & Mysticism of Death, a book about how to tap into the power of the Ultimate Mystery to bring peace and healing into your life. In this exclusive […]

Radhika Vekaria is one half of the singer/songwriter duo TemperHeart. Ms. Vekaria left behind a successful career in England in order to move to Los Angeles and pursue her lifelong dream of being a professional singer.  In this exclusive interview […]

Question submitted via “Okay, your post said if I am struggling with online dating to message you. Here I am struggling with online dating! My problem is that I’m not attracting people I am interested in. Maybe it’s the […]