My Grandson’s camera opened a whole new world; for me.

A Selfie for the 4-year-old

Almost every time I take my grandkids hiking with me, I take my camera. One day last week I took my grandson Lennon with me and for reasons I won’t even try to understand, I gave him one of my expensive cameras to take photos. And to my surprise, some of those pictures came out really well!

My grandson loved taking photographs and using the camera. I immediately figured out that from now on, when we go hiking, he would expect to use my camera. I ordered a kid’s camera…


Don’t hold your breath waiting for politicians to do what’s right.

Knowledge emerges only through invention and re-invention, through the restless, impatient, continuing, hopeful inquiry human beings pursue in the world, with the world, and each other.

Paulo Freire — Pedagogy of the Oppressed

I no longer have faith in the American system. It is not as if I had a lot of confidence in the first place. It’s just that I thought Martin Luther King’s words were valid, “…the arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice.” As African Americans, we have fought long and…


Data, statistics, celebrities, doctors, and common sense is not enough to convince those people who are fearful of the Covid-19 vaccinations. But I am good with it.

Denver, Colorado

I was watching Michael Che’s HBO Max comedy series, That Damn Michael Che. One of the skits that took place in a barbershop in Harlem was a discussion about the COVID-19. In the skit, various barbers and patrons talked about why they were not getting the vaccine. …


Thanks to a photo exhibition, a book, and a short lecture, I got a chance to know Billie Holiday more intimately.

Billie Holiday could have been a good friend of mine. If space and time would have somehow made our lives cross at the right time, I am convinced we would have been buddies. Even though I can’t prove we would have been great friends, I am still sure of it. Billie’s voice is unique. Her entire soul is revealed in every note. I hear the pain, sorrow, and loneliness in that voice, all of which she could not hide…


There are several paths to a cybersecurity career — here are three of them.

Three Cybersecurity Pathways for High School Students

There are multiple paths to a career in cybersecurity. If you ask ten people in the cybersecurity industry about their path, you will receive ten routes to the same place. Some would be circuitous, and some would be more direct. Some of those routes would take years to complete. For others, it would take months. The pathways to cybersecurity careers are as unique as the people that use those routes.

However, students have to learn certain fundamentals to build…


I attempted to clean out my garage, but I still could not bring myself to throw out all of my vinyl.

Sade — still in original plastic wrap

I stopped buying vinyl albums sometime in the late 1980s. The first time I ever heard a CD playing was in a Sears Department store in 1984. Honestly, I could not really tell the difference between digital and analog sound. The CD did sound great, but in those days, I was an audiophile. …


We can all use some space & time for ourselves

When the world gets a little unbearable, I take the time and go to one of the many state, regional and national parks located throughout Colorado. An hour's drive in any direction can put me in the middle of a forest or prairies, or mountains. I experience solitude in these places. Technology is silenced and replaced by natural sounds.


Radical changes need to be made, now!

Education presents a tempting unitary point of influence over a whole host of social problems, with potential downstream effects touching everything from childhood poverty to economic malaise to racial inequity, not to mention existential concerns.

-Sanjay Sarma

Inside out learning (the chess method)
When I was a young soldier stationed in a tiny post in South Korea, I found I had a lot of free time on my hands, and I was bored stiff. We had no computers or television, so I spent a lot of my time playing basketball and reading. A fellow…


Now I have to share my birthday with a national holiday — but that’s fine with me.

Some of my earliest memories of the concept of slavery were in elementary school, where it seems that I first heard that Lincoln freed the slaves. I heard it so much at an early age, if someone said, “Lincoln,” I would finish the sentence, “freed the slaves.” However, I was not the smartest kid in the room, and when I heard …” freed the slaves.” I imagined a bunch of people trapped in a giant cage, and Abraham Lincoln himself opened the door…


Chanda Prescod-Weinstein’s book is a social & political manifesto sprinkled with star particles.

We can’t get away from it. Racial strife penetrates everything from health, education, law enforcement, and politics. We are divided along deep racial lines, and no matter how you try to get away from it, it’s always there in some form.

The facts do not display the more profound, hidden problems that racism causes. Racial stress can weigh heavily on a Black person. Being Black or watching national news (or because of national news) can be exhausting. I held a belief that there was a place where…

Thomas Holt Russell

Humanist, educator, writer, photographer, and modern-day Luddite. http://thomasholtrussell.zenfolio.com/ My writing is a living organism.

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