What’s really important?

Morgan Freeman once said money was never enough. But he speaks as one the tops in his profession. Him and George Burns even played GOD.


You can make more money, but you can’t make more time. When they close the lid on the box, will you have served your greater purpose.

Simon Sinek went out to discover his why, will you? You go to work for the money because nothing comes free. But if you hate your job and you stay for the paycheck how happy will you be. Making a lot of money can buy you a bigger house, but will it make you content at home? It can buy you a fast car, but you can’t outrun time.

There are some people who want financial wealth at all cost. Is ill gotten gains and living lavishly a way to heaven on earth and a one-way ticket to hell? Thirty pieces of silver was a fortune at the time, but Judas was his name.  He had the money, but he was so unhappy he hung himself. When we chase money at all cost, we betray ourselves by not discovering our true purpose.

Don’t be afraid to step out and follow your dreams. Be aware that when you step out to do something different, there will be some who won’t understand. Some will be family, and some will be friends. Don’t let their fear keep you from doing what’s deep within. Your destiny is in your own hands.

You may not have the money or the support but don’t let that stop you. Your past does not dictate your future. You don’t have to settle for ordinary. It takes a strong mind and a lot of grind to leave the past behind. Some won’t understand because they have never ventured out beyond making a steady buck. To them working on something beyond a job is wishful thinking or just poor luck.

We all have gifts and talents waiting for us to bring them into the world. The world is full of delayed dreams and silent screams as people get so busy trying to earn a living, they forget to design a good life. Or they look around and realize that they have run out of time.

You will grow through, what you go through.  If you can keep your focus you will be able to see what others can’t imagine. You will develop such an insight that you will be able to see the invisible, and do the impossible. You become the one-eyed man, in the land of the blind.  Every one else is trying to feel their way around but you can see. You learn to do what’s necessary and when you have done all that you can you do what’s required.


What a remarkable life.

Usually when one reaches the highest office in the land, that is the ultimate height of their success. For George H.W. Bush, I think it will be his “lifetime of public service”. At the young age of 19, he became the youngest Navy Bomber pilot in World War II and at 94 he was the longest living President in American history. Him and his wife Barbara were together for 74 years.

This photo of his service dog in front of his flag draped casket is very fitting for such a long serving public servant.


George H.W. Bush’s public service included: U.S. Congressman, United Nations Ambassador, Director of the Central Intelligence Agency, Chairman of the Republican National Committee and Envoy to China. CBS Sunday Morning did an outstanding job of covering Number 41.

When he ran for President he lost to Ronald Reagan but he serviced as his Vice President for two terms. When he got elected he said, “I want a kinder and gentler Nation.” When the Soviet Nation collapsed he didn’t spike the ball and dance on the Berlin Wall. His way of thinking, we still got to deal with a lot of Russian people.

When he lost his bid for re-election many felt that he had broke his promise. “No new taxes” was his downfall. As a by-partisan politician working across the isle raising taxes and reducing spending was a good idea for the country but spending didn’t end.

When he joined forces with the President from the other party many an eyebrow was raised but the union was for a good cause. the Points of Light Foundation raised millions of dollars for victims of national disaster and promoted volunteer service.

For those who said he was too weak and too nice to be President he proved them wrong. It takes a strong man to jump out of airplanes at 75, 80, 85, and 90 years of age. And it take a supportive woman to let him.

Real heroes don’t fuss, they fight for what’s right.  And history, remembers it all.


Gold is money

What do you do when you go to the bank and they issue your retirement funds with worthless paper?  Quantitative easing is the formal name for the introduction of new money into the money supply. But another way of ‘telling it like it is’;  really simple – printing money out of thin air, because the government owns the presses.


When President Richard Nixon took the US off the gold standard in 1971 the country went into commercial paper,(IOUs) “fiat currency”. Because when the money supply was disconnected from the gold, and it became more plentiful to those in control. For the whole story see The Creature from Jekyll Island by G. Edward Griffin – A second look at the Federal Reserve.

In the HBO Movie “To Big To Fail” the bankers got greedy and the lenders got lacks. And when it failed Wall Street was bailed out while Main Street suffered. Now that the White House wants even less regulations, the government regulators (employees not politicians) are not looking at the foxes who control the hen house.

So now the question is what are you going to do to protect your nest egg? In the last go round, many not only lost their eggs (their money, IRAs) but they lost their nest, their biggest investment, their  homes. If you could save pure gold 999.9 % 24 karat certified by the London Bullion Association,  but in small amounts would you do it?  JP Morgan is the Banker who said, “Gold is money, everything else is credit”.

Saving $300 per month starting in 1990 would be worth $72,000 in 20 years. But due to inflation your $72,000 would only be worth $56,000.  Saving $300 per month in 24 karat 999.9 % physical gold over a 20 year period would be  worth $236,000. Because it’s an appreciating asset. It’s not a gold certificate but actual gold (1 gram, 2.5 gram and 5 gram increments only). They will store it of you or you can have it shipped directly to you. Money is important but so is peace of mind.

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What side of the counter are you on?

On Small Business Saturday, what side of the counter were you on?  As we approached another holiday season were you busy hunting for the best deals on Black Friday as a consumer but having nothing to sell the next day? 

In the summer of 2018 Maggie Anderson came back to Philadelphia and gave an update of the Empowerment Tour. Maggie wrote My Black Year which gained national intention as her family attempted to support Black Owner business owners in the Chicago area.

When she did her TEDx Talk she discussed the lack of Black owned businesses. If we don’t get involved with being on the other side of the counter we miss out and so does America. You can go to any major city and find a China Town or an Italian Market but there is no Black Market Place. 

The African American consumer market has passed the trillion dollar mark. But what do we have to show for that beside all the stuff we buy. That figure is larger than the entire nation of Spain. There is a reason and a solution, if there is a collective will. Black past.org goes into more detail at https://bit.ly/2QiUlaG .

My mother migrated from the South to escape an abusive relationship. When I got older I worked on the assembly line in Detroit while still in high school, but had to find a way off the line because of the daily grind. I personally witnessed the fall of the city during the 1967 Detroit Riots. The whole city didn’t fall, but most of the damage was done in Black neighborhoods; 2,000 building were destroyed, 7,200 people were arrested, 1,100 people were injured and 43 people were killed. I go into a little more detail in my book Standing in the Shadows, Listening to the Greats!!! 

America is about economic and political power. If you have no power you have no clout. America was built around neighborhoods and the people in these neighborhoods prospered as they did business with each other.  The Atlanta Black Star goes into more detail. https://bit.ly/2ScXgPi . Martin was trying to leave a economic message before he left.

Lemar and Ronnie Tyler created a movie and provided a DVD titled Generation One The Search for Black Wealth. It takes a hard look at the numbers and gives a historical context to early wealth that was creation in the Nation. If you spend all you got what are you going to do if or when you loose your job? https://youtu.be/J8oyWbrF0MM

If you don’t leave something behind then each generation must start over. And that applies to every ethnic group. The cost of housing has gone up and the cost of higher education is like taking out a mortgage. What is really sad is when companies lay people off right before the holiday. It’s the business cycle of clearing the books before the start of the new year, but it’s personal when it happen to you or someone you know. 





Practice what you preach

The late great Wayne Dryer (May 10, 1940 – Aug. 29,2015) was a man who practiced what he preached. He quit his college job lecturing on positive thinking and motivational thinking techniques and went on the road to sell his first book Your Erroneous Zones.

He sold so many books out of the back of his station wagon and showed up to so many book stores and made so many media appearances that he made the best-selling list before book publishers even notice what was happening.

 Dyer was born in Detroit and spent much of his first ten years in an orphanage on the East side of town. His father walked out on his mom, leaving her to raise three young boys. I was also born in Detroit and spent the first nine years with my mom.

My mom was starting over after having left her first five kids with their dad in Mississippi. He was so abusive that the last time he beat her, he said next time he would kill her, so she left in the middle of the night and headed North.

Dyer built his success with lecture tours a series of audio tapes a PBS program and regularly publishing new books. He would recount anecdotes from his family life and use his own personal experiences. The fact that he was also Navy veteran just added another level of experience. https://youtu.be/4nIAwUJv2Eo

I wrote an blog about AARP coverage of those approaching the end of life and they featured comments from Bronnie Ware’s book “The top five regrets of the dying”. Nobody wished they had worked more. Almost all of them had wished they had lived the life they were destined to life. 

Dyer worked as a high school guidance counselor before he became a Professor of Counseling Psychology at St. John’s University in New York City. His focus was on positive thinking and motivational techniques.

I started blogging because I was taking early retirement. I chose personal development because it kept me straight during tough times. My mom sent me to stay with my dad while she went into the hospital. When she came out they decided to let me stay with him, so I spent the next nine years with him.

I dedicate my first book to my mom. “Standing in the Shadows, Listening to the Greats!!!” Subtitled – A blog novel of true stories of ordinary people who overcame all kinds of odds to become extraordinary, who then turned around to help others. If you don’t write your own story, nobody else will.


When Dyer talked about listening to that infinite voice I took heed. I didn’t cross the police line (The 1967 Detroit Riots) but I worked on the Chrysler assembly line, I walked the flight line in Libya, North Africa, and I supported the front lines in Germany as a two-time military veteran (US Air Force and US Army). 

That is my story and my legacy. What will be yours?


Google Doodle Honors Vets on Veterans Day

On Nov. 11, 2018 (Veterans Day) Google honored Olivia J. Hooker by featuring her story on the Google Doodle. It was their salute to all the military veterans on Veterans Day.  As an Air Force and Army veteran I listened to all the stories.


When Olivia started to tell her story, and she said that she was 103 and that she was the first African American to join the US Coast Guard in 1945. I became curious, so I went to Wikipedia, the on-line Encyclopedia to learn more.

Hooker applied to the Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service (WAVES) of the US Navy, but was rejected because of her ethnicity, so she enlisted in the US Coast Guard instead. She was one of only five African American females to first enlist in the Coast Guard Women’s Reserve (SPARS) program. She thought she would be working in the galley, scrubbing pots and pans but she performed administrative duties. She earned the rank of Petty Officer 2nd Class before the program was disbanded.

Olivia J. Hooker is also the oldest survivor of Black wall street and the Tulsa Oklahoma Riots. The Greenwood neighborhood of 10,000 residents were totally destroyed. And at that time it was one of the most prominent concentrations of African American businesses in the United States during the early 20th century.

The Tulsa Race Riot of 1921 was one of the most devastating massacres in the history of US Race relations; 10,000 African Americans were left homeless and property damage amounted to $1.5 million in real estate and $750,000 in personal property ($30 million in 2017 dollars all together). Olivia was only six when she survived the riots.

Olivia did more than survive she thrived. She went on to earn her master’s and her PhD and became an Associate Professor at Fordham University. She was also a founding member of the American Psychological Association (APS) and she served as the early Director of the Kennedy Child Study Center in New York.

In 2015, the Staten Island Coast Guard Dining Facility was named in her honor and a Coast Guard Training Facility at the Coast Guard Headquarters in Washington D.C. was also named in her honor.

President Obama in his address to the United States Coast Guard Academy, Class of 2015 said that her story captures the persistence and patriotism of people willing to do the hard thing during difficult times. The mob destroyed her father’s clothing store, they looted her house and they even burned the little cloths for her doll, but she didn’t give into bitterness. She said, ” It’s not about you or me. It’s about what we can give to this world.” I call it leaving a lasting legacy!

I was home along in my last year of high school (dad was out of town for the weekend) when the 1967 Detroit Riots broke out in which 2,000 building were destroyed, 7,200 people were arrested,1,100 people were injured and 43 people were killed. I was not shot or arrested so I was able to enlist into  the Air Force to escape the assembly line. I transitioned into the Army by way of the R.O.T.C. program. As I publish my first book we will see what kind of legacy I will leave.


Not Voting is VOTING

Not voting when you can, is the same as voting to hand over your power to someone else. Remember the old tale about the ostrich burying their head in the sand. If you put your head in the sand, guess what gets exposed?

Indifference, apathy, and ignorance are bed fellows which allow others to take advantage of our system of government. This country was built on a set of principles that have stood the test of time. Part of the problem is too many think their vote doesn’t count when it does, or the system is rigged. If it didn’t matter, why is there so much voter suppression.


The other problem is civics education has been taken out of the schools. I remember taking civics classes when I was in school, but then again, I over 60. Justice Sonia Sotomayor and fellow Justice Neil Gorsuch in their CBS Sunday Morning interview with Mo Rocca said that only 25% of American citizens can name the three branches of government. What is funny, but sad is the fact that 10% of the population think that Judge Judy is one of their colleagues.

Justice Sandra Day O’Connor developed a video program (www.icivics.org/about) to teach kids about the democratic process. She said that it’s not something that gets passed down through the gene pool, it must be taught and learned anew by each generation. There is a video game titled “Win the White House” and “Do I have a right” which covers protection under the United States Constitution.

There was a time when politicians worked across the aisle to get things done. Now it’s party politics over anything else, and as a result, nothing seems to get done. Normal people who have a job to do, and don’t do their job, are fired. Politicians go through a long legal process. Politicians are usually replaced by other politicians from the discretion of the voters during elections.

Some people are learning what is not healthy for the country. We should be constructive, not destructive. Faith, commitment and the principles of democracy are more important than a political stand.

The last political man to take a stand was Senator John McCain. He was the gladiator who defied the party and stood up against the man who wanted to be king.