First blog post

This is the post excerpt.

Parting is such sweet sorrow, but over the years I learned some things. The Empire may have fallen, but I’m still here.

For every ending, there is another opportunity for a new beginning. Napoleon Hill said it better, than anyone else I know: “Every adversity brings with it a seed of equivalent advantage”. The future is seen in the minds eye and sometimes we can’t connect the dots until we have finished the journey. Blogging on a consistent basics just opened up the memory bank of a life that was a little different.


Change is difficult, but sometime necessary. If you can’t swim, the above picture is really scary, but if you can float, you can adapt and survive.  I started blogging as something to keep my mind active because of my early retirement. It would have been nice, if I made a little money to supplement social security but staying active was my main goal. One of the core requirements was to “blog daily” to build an audience.

As a baby boomer, this blog thing was like Greek, but I have always been up to a challenge. I learned that a blog is an on-line  commentary on any particular subject; they can function as a personal diary or as an on-line advertising vehicle. What is so unique is readers can leave comments for quick response.

For me to blog on a regular basics, required me to think about something that would hold my interest, or else I would quit. I happen to like the personal development, self-help field. I’ve had a very interesting and unique personal development story and loved to read and listen to the stories of the great motivational speakers. Plus, we all could use a little help in that area.

With the Empire Network blogging platform I didn’t understand a lot, but I was retired and had time to write. I’m not a trained writer, but I have written many things over the years. I wrote a fiction novel in junior high, a very long time ago and I wrote many staff papers and a training program for civilian warehouse workers as a U.S. Army Quartermaster Officer.

I was born and raise in Detroit MI, when it was the Motor Capital of the world. In fact Detroit claim to fame is being “The Motor City” and “The Home of Motown”. I even worked on the assembly line during my last year of high school. It wasn’t easy but I had worked my first summer job and liked the idea of having earned my own money. I turned 18 and applied, but Pops told me I still had to finish high school.

I was home along when the 1967 Detroit Riots started (Pop was out of town and I was on my own).  I saw the movie recently with my sister when I returned back home from Philadelphia PA. Hard to believe it’s been 50 years since that happened. But the numbers are still amazing; 2,000 buildings were destroyed, over 7,200 people were arrested, 1,100 people were injured and 43 people were killed.


God must have directed my steps. It would have been very easy for me to go left,  instead of staying right, but because I didn’t act foolish, I didn’t become a statistic. Because I didn’t cross the police line, I was able to walk the flight line in Libya North Africa (US Air Force) and later support the front line in Germany (US Army).

Even though I lost a library of material, I saved enough to write a book. This is a different platform so I’m just getting use to it. Stay tuned there is more inside.


Ruth Bader Ginsberg Passes on to Glory

Ruth Bader Ginsberg was small in stature but she became a giant in American History. She was a warrior on many fronts. She was the first Jewish woman to serve on the United States Supreme Count. She was also a champion of women’s rights.

She co-founded the Women’s Rights Project of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) before she was considered for the highest court in the land. She argued six and won five of her augments before the high court which earned her the reputation as a skilled oral advocate.

President Bill Clinton nominated her to the Supreme Court in 1993 to fill the seat of retiring Justice Justice Bryon. During her long tenure she fought many bouts of cancer but ended up serving as one the longest Chief Justices of the Supreme Court.

When she got on the court she authored the courts option that struck down the long-standing male only admission policy to Virginia Military Institute (VMI). On the Abortion Rights case she said that the government had no business making those choices for a woman.

She became a “Pop Culture Icon” when Shana Kniznik, a Tumblr Blogger and law student teamed up with MSNBC reporter Irin Carmon to publish their book R.B.G. : The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsberg. Her and the rapper Biggie Smalls came from the Brooklyn Borough. He left his ‘messages in rap’ and she left her ‘messages is court decisions’. When Kate McKinnon of “Saturday Night Live” portrayed Ginsberg in her comedy sketches it increased her notoriety. The CNN documentary film titled “On the Basis of Sex” which was based on Ginsberg’s career struggles fighting for equal rights cemented her place in pop culture.

Ruth Bader Ginsberg’s court decisions were probably based on her unique life experience. Her older sister died when Ruth was a baby and her mother died right before Ginsberg graduated from high school. She earned her bachelors degree from Cornell University and was a married mother before starting Harvard Law School where she was one of a few in her class (there were only 9 women out of 500 men). She transferred to Columbia Law School where she was in the top of her class but couldn’t get a ‘legal position’ because she was a married, Jewish woman with a child.

Ruth persisted and was recognized for her efforts. In 2002 she was inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame. In 2009 she was named one of The 100 Most Powerful Women, in 2012 Glamour Magazine awarded her Woman of the Year. In 2015, Times Magazine she was one of the 100 Most Influential People.

In 2009 Ginsberg received a Lifetime Achievement Award from Scribes – The American Society of Legal Writers. In 2019 Ginsberg was the recipient of the one million dollar Berggruen Prize for Philosophy and Culture, an award for the thinker whose ideas have helped us find direction , wisdom and improve self-understanding.

R.I.P. – R.B.G


Chadwick Boseman left a Powerful Legacy

Chadwick Boseman left us, way to soon; he aimed for the brighter side of the moon, and became a shining star. He was diagnosed with stage III colon cancer in 2016 which progressed to stage IV before 2020. Many of the people who worked with him, didn’t even know he was sick, but he soldiered on in silence. He died at the young age of 43. He is with the ancestors now, but he will not be forgotten.

Life is strange and we don’t know how things will work out. While Boseman was attending Howard University one of his teachers who became a mentor and her friend helped him attend the British American Academy in London. That teacher was Phyicia Rashad and her friend was Denzel Washington.

He portrayed Black historical figures that made a difference in American history: Jackie Robinson (#42) became the first African American (MLB) Major League Baseball player breaking the color barrier with ‘America’s favorite past-time’. Rachel Robinson, Jackie’s widow commented that Boseman’s performance was so life-like, that she felt like she was seeing Jackie again. Variety Magazine said that Boseman had that rare ability to create a character from the outside-in and from the inside-in, and knew how to fuse them together to make them his own. He was a Warrior but he was also King; he had power and grace and a likable smile.

He portrayed James Brown, the “Godfather of Soul” who gave the world 50 years of music (R&B, soul, and funk). He portrayed the young civil rights lawyer Marshall who became the Thurgood Marshall who became the First African American Justice on the US Supreme Court.

The fact that he was battling cancer through these outstanding portrayals only adds to his legacy. He was an undercover warrior and hero in real life, but when he became T’Challa, King of Wakanda he became a International Super Hero. The Black Panther became the highest grossing films of the year.

Here are some of Chadwick Bosemans awards

2018 MTV Movie & TV Awards – Best performance in a movie & Best Hero

2018 BET Awards Best Actor – For the films ‘Marshall’ and ‘The Black Panther’.

2018 Peoples Choice Awards – Male Movie Star of the Year

2019 Screen Actors Guild Awards – Outstanding Performance by a cast in a motion picture

2019 Black Reel Awards – Outstanding Actor in a motion picture

2019 NAACP Image Award – Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture

R.I.P. Chadwick Boseman; brilliant Artist, Warrior and King. WAKANDA FOVEVER!!!


John Lewis, an “American Icon”, Passes

John Lewis was more than just a Civil Rights leader, he became an American Icon. Icons tend to leave a big impression, that stand the test of time. Forrest Gump was the fictional movie of one man’s journey through American History: John Lewis lived that history.

As the son of a Alabama sharecropper he rose through the ranks but always stayed humble but firm in his conviction of doing what he felt was the moral high ground. He met Rosa Parks  when he was 17 and he met Martin Luther King Jr. when he was 18.

As as Fisk University student earning his religion and philosophy degrees he organized sit-ins at lunch counters in Nashville TN and other public spaces. As a results he was beaten and thrown in jail many time.  John called his ‘civil  disobedience’ – “Good Trouble”.

He sat in a real ‘hot seat’, when he became one of the 13 original Freedom Riders.  As a results White Southern mobs would attack  the riders, then Southern Cops would arrest the riders for trespassing and unlawful assembly. He was earning many bumps and bruises doing “Good Trouble” for social justice.

John Lewis as the Chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Community (SNCC) was one of the Big Six leaders of the groups that organized the 1963 March on Washington. where Dr. Martin King Jr. delivered his “I have a Dream speech”. And at the age of 23, John Lewis was the last, and the youngest  speaker at that historic event.

John Lewis came to the nations attention in March 1965 during the Selma to Montgomery marches for Black voter registration in Mississippi. As the 600 marchers crossed over the Edmund Pettus Bridge to Selma Alabama they were met by Alabama State Troopers who ordered them to disperse then discharged tear gas into the crowd. As the protesters ran the Troopers beat them with night sticks. As a results John Lewis suffered a crack skull. It became known as the “Bloody Sunday”  protest. After witnessing the event US President Lyndon B. Johnson and the US Congress passed the 1965 Voting Rights Act.

He drew on his historical involvement in the Civil Rights Movement and made an annual pilgrimage to Alabama to retrace that 1965 Selma to Montgomery March. He even witnessed an event that he never thought he would never see in his lifetime. “The first African American President” Barrack Obama walking along the route with him.

John Lewis represented Georgia’s 5th Congressional District for over 30 years. He was know as a hard core liberal. The Atlanta Journal-Constitutional said that John Lewis was the only former Civic Rights leader who extended his fight for Human Rights and Racial Reconciliation into the Halls of Congress. He became know as the “Conscience of Congress”.

He even protested while in Congress. He protested after welfare reform was passed and said, “Where is the sense of decency? What does it profit a great nation to conquer the world but lose its own soul”. In 2006 and 2009 he was arrested for protesting against Genocide in Darfur   outside the Sudanese Embassy.  He protested for Immigration Reform and he protested for not allowing a vote on gun safety legislation in the aftermath of the Orlando Nightclub Shooting.

John Lewis was steadfast on matters that concerned the struggle. In 1988 the year he was sworn into Congress he introduced a bill to establish a National African American Museum in Washington. Every year for 15 years he presented the bill. The bill was finally signed by President George W. Bush in 2003 and the opening ceremony was September 25th 2016.

John Lewis left a written trail. In 1998 his autobiography was published “Walking with the Wind: A Memoir of the Movement”.  In 2002 a book was published for young people  titled “John Lewis: From Freedom Rider to Congressman”. And in 2012 “Across the Bridge” was published. It illustrated the power of nonviolent in social movements.

In 2013 John Lewis became the first Congress member to appear in his own graphic novel. It was titled “March” which was followed by “March Two” in 2015 then “March Three” in 2016. In 2018, “Run” the sequel to the March series, was published and covered life after the passage of the 1965 Civil Rights Act.

Former President Barack Obama said that Lewis had an “enormous impact in U.S. history”. His body ‘laid in State’ at the US Capitol Rotunda for two days making him the first African American lawmaker to be honored in the Rotunda. Rest in peace, ‘Humble Servant’, you did good and you country thanks you..






The evolution of an American institution

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The Healy is a personal handheld device for pain management. But  before there was a Healy  Frequency Device  there was Time Waver Machine. The Time Waver is a $25,000 to $35,000 medical machine that doctors /physical therapist used  in their practices and offices in Europe and Asia.

Marcus Schmieke a Quantum Physicist and physical therapist and  who was also a monk  built a frequency machine for his practice in Germany. Maybe he wanted to combine Quantum Physics and Depth Psychology to reach people at a deeper level.

Nuno Nina a  medical researcher and physical therapist (in Portugal) founded the Gold frequency programs where he discover that certain general frequencies (144,000) correspond to certain organs and indications in the human body. After  Marcus met Nuno he wondered if there was a way to make the Time Waver smaller to help more people and physical therapist.

Healy World C.E.O. Dirc Zahlmann is the marketing genius who is spearheading sales through the social network. They could have gone the tradition way of spending massive amounts money on advertising programs but went in a different direction. Personal testimonials are more effective than most advertising programs.

The Healy is the small portable medical device with the small quantum sensor,  and the smartphone (Android or Apple)  is the interface between the 300,000 frequencies that come from the secure medical cloud. On the other side of the cloud are over 2,500 doctors, medical scientist and physical therapist.

Homeopathic medicine is the practice of medicine that embraces a holistic natural approach of the sick. It treats the person as a whole rather than focusing on a diseased part or a labeled sickness. Acute treatment is for the illness of recent onset. The approach to prescribe medicine to gently ‘stimulate’ the body to recover.  Chronic is a long standing or recurring health condition . The goal here is help the person to return to a state of well being through homeopathic treatment. If you ease the pain the person feels better and they have a better quality of life.

You can contact me at earlhackett49@gmail.com or register online at  Partner.healyworld.net/earlehealth . Your banking info is not required at registration but call your bank before you order (shipped from Germany).  Wishing you better health.


In a time of crisis, what kind of leadership do we need?

This pandemic (COVID-19) is a disease that affects multi-populations over multi- countries and multi-continents. It’s in all fifty states and almost all over the world. It’s a silent and deadly enemy to the people and the economies.  Some have even recommend it be handled like a special military operation.  https://www.cbsnews.com/news/what-kind-of-leadership-does-our-nation-need/


Stanley McChrystal is a retired Four-Star Army General who near the end of his career led the Joint Special Operations Command which included Army Rangers, Navy SEALs and the Delta Force; that’s a highly trained fighting force of 7,500, that’s able to handle some of the most challenging situations in the world.  They understand the importance of Logistics Operations. And it’s going to take a lot of special  team work to defeat this situation.

General McChystal (the tested warrior) said that leaders have to be brutally honest with themselves about what the real situation is, and that they are trying to do. He said that they should be extraordinary candid with their followers; one it’s a sign of respect and it’s just essential for long term effectiveness.  Leaders have to stand up, even when it’s hard, morally questionable, physically dangerous and tests the mantel of the best trained organization.

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Dr. Penny Wheeler (the healing director) runs Allina Health with 11 hospitals and 90 clinics and oversees an organization of more than 29,000 employees. She said her job is to try to learn from her staff and to get barriers out of the way, for effective communication. Don’t be in denial of what the true situation is, and get the information from every vantage point from the people closest to the work. Collaborate and communicate then make your decision based on the best information.


Father Joseph McShane a (Jesuit Priest and President of Fordham University) in New York said that you have to begin with self knowledge; know what your priorities are, be wise enough to ask for advise, and be humble enough to except it. Tough situations bring new awareness: He has ‘seen‘ the University church stained window for years, but this time he “saw it” and it brought tears to him, because it depicted, St. Aloysious  Gonzaga, who died of a plague he contracted while caring for one of the victims of that plague. And even in this perilous time, there is still goodness that is showing itself in the American people and people all over the world. There are still Heroes among us.


One such hero is Navy Captain Brett Crozier, who was relieved from his command (fired) for standing up for his crew, on the Aircraft Carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt. As a former  enlisted person, a Non-Commissioned Officer (NCO) and Commissioned Officer I learned that discipline can be taught, but respect must be earned.


Small in stature but a Giant in History

Harriet Tubman (Mar. 1822 – Mar, 10, 1913) was born  into slavery in the state of Maryland. Her legacy and exploits were brought to the forefront in the movie titled “Harriet”. Wikipedia The Free Encyclopedia goes into great detail, but the movie brings a more personal approach to her extraordinary life.

Harriet Tubman

Harriet’s life and legacy was rough to say the least but she survived and lived a long life. For a woman who never learned how to read or write, she has two National Parks named after her legendary life’s journey; The Auburn National Park in NY and The Church Creek National Park in MD.   

We know the name Harriet Tubman because she did so much, but we don’t know all the details. We know she ran away from slavery and that she returned many times to rescue others. The Bucktown weight that hit her in the head could have killed her, but GOD stepped in and turned tragedy into victory. Her spiritual visions saved her and her passengers countless times. To the southern plantation owners, she was their biggest threat. As a results The Fugitive Slave Act was passed by the United States Congress to appease the Southern slave owning states.

Harriet Tubman didn’t start the Underground Railroad but she became the most famous conductor. If you didn’t see the movie ‘Harriet’ when it was in the theaters I highly recommend you get the DVD and make sure you watch the bonus material. The movie is a fictionalized version of history which means it is designed to inform and entertain.

During the Civil War she served as a cook and a nurse then a armed scout and a spy. She even led a military expedition of 150 African American soldiers from the 54th Massachusetts Infantry Regiment which liberated over 750 slaves.

Harriet the movie was produced by three women; Debra Martin Chase, Daniela Taplin Lundberg, and Kasi Lemmons the Co-writer/Director. They wanted to tell the Harriet Tubman story from a woman’s view.  Slavery is harsh and brutal but they wanted to include a sense of hopefulness in  her story. They wanted to show her as a hero with a purpose based on family. The scenes were designed to bring hope to some of the darkest days of American history.

Harriet Tubman was the small frame slave woman, who said “I’m gonna die or I’m gonna be free” before she jumped off the bridge. Reminds me of another American who made it into American history.  He said, “Give me liberty or give me death”. Patrick was his name and they both  had big dreams and became American Icons.


What are we doing for the Homeless Veterans in the Philadelphia area?

Penn State alumna, Cara Colantuono went on to start Support Homeless Veterans (SHV) — a nonprofit organization dedicated to ending homelessness among U.S. veterans in the Philadelphia region. Nation wide the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development stated there are over 37,000 veterans that are homeless in any given night.

“She believed that our veterans are the heart and soul of the nation.”  “Thanking veterans for their service isn’t enough. We can’t expect men and women who have spent years in military systems to simply adjust to civilian life — it’s really up to our communities to care for them.”

In her role at Impact Services, Cara Colantuono worked with veterans in the organization’s transitional housing program who had dual diagnoses; meaning they suffered from drug or alcohol addiction, as well as conditions such as post-traumatic stress disorder. She noticed that while temporary transitional housing programs were a great resource, they often fell short in fully supporting veterans with dual diagnoses.

“Once the veterans left transitional housing and went out on their own, they would relapse because they just weren’t ready to be alone,” she said. “Sometimes transitional housing isn’t enough for veterans with more complicated backgrounds — they need more.”

Support Homeless Veterans (SHV), was founded to provide long-term, family-oriented living for homeless veterans in the Philadelphia region. Alternative housing options for veterans in need, including  transitional programs, shelters and boarding homes don’t provide the ‘family atmosphere’ that’s really required to combat ongoing mental health and addiction issues.

Camaraderie is a major part of being in the military. People join the military because they are willing to would ‘die for their country’ but they stay because they would ‘die for one another’. The same theory applies here. The veterans in a stable home environments support one another.

Since its founding in 2011, Support Homeless Veterans (VHV)  has housed more than 100 veterans and served approximately 750 through its other programs. Currently, the nonprofit has six active homes that support 22 veterans. Initial story written by Michael McDade, February 07, 2017

The tiny houses project was started by the Veteran Community Project (VCP). Former Missouri Secretary of State and former U.S. Army Intel  Officer Jason Kander, decided he was going to do something after he personally ran into some of the road blocks of seeking help from suffering from his P.T.S.D. (post-traumatic stress disorder). He had connections and he still had problems, so a normal veterans with problems really suffers.  

Tiny houses might work in rural or suburban area, but communities must be willing to accept them. Some communities push back. In a large city like Philadelphia abandoned buildings could be converted in apartments with common areas on the lower levels. Right now, rising living cost are driving veterans into the streets.





Dr. West, Selected as one of the Best

Dr. Gladys Mae West was inducted into the United States Air Force Hall of Fame in 2018.  She was one of the ‘Hidden Figures’ that was responsible for the development of the Global Positioning System (GPS) and the space program. 


When she tells her story, she realized early on, that she didn’t want to work in the Virginia tobacco fields or the factory like the rest of the family. So when she heard that the top two high school students would receive a full-ride scholarship to college, she got busy. As a results, she graduated as the 1948 class valedictorian. She chose to major in math at Virginia State University, the first fully-supported state university of higher learning for Black students.

In 1956 she got a job with the Naval Proving Ground ( now called The Navel Surface Warfare Center). She worked for the Naval Center for 42 years and retired in 1998. Navy Captain Godfrey Weekes, Commander of the Naval Surface Center, Dahlgren Division said that she rose through the ranks but had no idea that her  would have such an impact on the world. She put her head down and continued to do the work.

She was also honored by the State of Virginia for her contribution. She was accompanied by her family. Her contributions to GPS were only uncovered when a member of West’s sorority, Alpha Kappa Alpha, read a short biography West had submitted for an alumni function.

Women are an integral part of American history, even Black women. Now because of  films like Hidden Figures their stories are being told.

The information is available because of the internet but you must ‘selectively search’ for it. Now you can hear from women who are making history.  When you learn the all of the history then you get a better appreciation.  Katherine Johnson who recently passes at 101 years said that we must search until we find what we need.


American Space Pioneer passes at 101

Katherine Johnson recently passed on to glory (Aug. 29, 1918 – Feb. 24, 2020)  but her story was told in the 2016 movie ‘Hidden Figures’.  She was the first African American mathematician whose calculations of orbital mechanics  became critical to NASA space flight success. In 1961 John Glenn, the first American to orbit the earth asked for her ‘by name’ to verify the numbers of the main frame computer.


Margot Lee Shetterly, the author of the book Hidden Figures, made an unique observation …The astronaut who became a hero, looked to this Black Woman, in the still-segregated South to make sure his mission would be a success. For every hero who get a ‘ticker-tape parade’ there are countless other support people, most never hear about.  

Katherine Johnson overcame a lot of racial and gender barriers and tells her own story to Cathy Lewis of WHRO Public Media. She started off as a member of a ‘minority female pool’ called “West Area Computers”, their job was to preform mathematical  calculations to help the engineers, which were all white males.  Katherine was so  good that they forgot to return her to the pool.  

Katherine Johnson worked for NASA’s Langley Research Center for 33 years. While everybody was concerned about the U.S. getting into space,  she was concerned about getting them back home safety. As a results she is no longer a hidden figure, she became a “Shinning  Star”.

When asked to name her greatest contribution to space exploration Katherine Johnson talked about the calculations that helped sync project Apollo’s Lunar Lander with the Moon-Orbiting Command and Service Module. At the age of 97 she was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by the Unites States President Barrack Obama.


She didn’t receive a ticker-tape parade but she had some buildings titled with her name. Jim Bridenstine, NASA’s Administrator called her an ‘American Hero’ who pioneering legacy will never be forgotten.  Hopefully little girls all over the world will learn of her fame.


Dorie Miller to receive a special Honor

When ordinary people, do extraordinary things, during difficult times, they inspire others. In the Michael Bay, Jerry Buckheimer,  block buster movie “Pearl Harbor”, Cuba Gooding Jr. portrays the Mess Steward, Dorie Miller.

Miller manned an anti-aircraft gun and returned fire to aircraft during the attack on Naval forces during the  Pearl Harbor attack.  As a result he was awarded the Navy Cross by Navy Admiral Chester W. Nimitz in 1942. 


Now (2020) the Acting Secretary of the Navy  is going to name the next aircraft carrier after him.  An air craft carrier is a symbol of American might; most are named after Presidents. History will be made, if it happens, because Dorie Miller was the grandson of slaves and the son of a share cropper. He served as a mess attendant in a segregated military and was not trained to fire weapons.


I enlisted in the US Air Force to escape the assembly line in Detroit. I missed the battles in the jungles of Vietnam.  But ended up in the sand of Libya North Africa during the time of Col. Muammar Gadhafi. This was in the late 1960’s and there was still unrest in America. The military was officially desegregated but there were some who resisted change.

I was part of a small group of enlisted personnel that went in to see the ‘Black Base Commander’, to air some grievances. He listened to us then told us what to do. As a Tuskegee Airman, he understood where we were coming from, but we still had to do our job and if we didn’t, he would put us in jail, and throw away the key.  His name was Daniel ‘Chappie’ James Jr. and he was the ‘Black Colonel’  who became the First African American Four-Star- Generals for the United States Air Force.