10/2/16

Public Figures in Politics

I have often heard people say that public figures, such as performers (actors, musicians, singers) and athletes, have no place voicing their opinions about politics. I ask, why not? They are citizens of this country, just like me. They are affected by the decisions our government’s leaders make, just like me. They are mostly rational, questioning, thinking human being, like me. They have the same Constitutional rights to speak their mind as I do.
The only difference between us is they have a public persona, which I do not. That persona allows their voice to be heard by more people. It is up ordinary people to use their intelligence to decide if they agree or disagree with what the celebrity says.

BAMorris

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The New Leaders

30 Apr 2017

10/19/16

The New Leaders

A friend asked me the other day, after another news story involving Black Lives Matter activities, where were people like Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, and Louis Farrakhan. These former leaders for Black equality have visibly been absent. I didn’t have an answer, except maybe they are all older and unable to attend rallies due to poor health.

We left the question, but it stayed with me. As a child of the 60’s and 70’s, I am use to one or more of these men being front and center whenever there is an issue dealing with Civil Rights and discrimination. I puzzled that question over and over. The answer I came up with is this: Black Lives Matter is a grassroots movement lead by the youth of our country. It is their voice that fuels the marches, the protests, and the activities. It is no longer about the African American men and women of my generation. The young guns have taken over, and I am thrilled. I’ve been waiting for a ‘next generation’ to step up to the plate and make their ideas heard. At last they have a cause they can rally behind, and now it’s their turn to try and change what is wrong.

BAMorris

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10/19/16

Nothing New Under the Sun

I saw an ad the other day that made me laugh, and shake my head. It showed a well endowed woman wearing a clingy sheath dress which revealed all her curves and ripples. Then they put her in a Spanx and pointed out how the lumps and bumps of a full-figured woman were smoothed out. Then, to my surprise, they showed the model wearing two Spanx, and showed how smooth her figure was now. She had an hourglass figure with little of the bumps caused by the tiny fat deposits around bra and panty lines that come with added weight.
I laughed! In my youth double Spanx were called a girdle! And my generation thought we had gotten rid of that torturous apparel!

BAMorris

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I Love

27 Apr 2017

3/24/17

I Love

I love,
In the spring
When the fields
Start turning green
Like a carpet
Of velvety Irishness.
Wheat and
Alfalfa
That have lain
Sleeping all winter
Awaken
And reach
For the sky,
For the sun.
Reach for life.
I want to
Shed shoes
And walk barefoot
Through its
Silky soft look;
My feet sinking
Into tender blades.

BAMorris

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Over Night

27 Apr 2017

4/27/17

Over Night

Over night the woods
Have become peopled
With the green of leaves.
Where before I could
See deep within of
Trunks and branches, now,
All is a curtain
Of rich bright emerald.

BAMorris

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