I can't seem to get to my inbox, but thank you for your notes!
My one question about the piece itself, is, does the first paragraph seem to be outside the rest of the piece? I ask because it's not meant to, it's meant to read as the first paragraph *of* the piece. Someone asked me about that the other day....
Flint is a sad statement of America today, we must stop interfering in other countries - occupying them and destroying their infrastructure and REBUILD our infrastructure. Too many towns in the USA are bankrupt or on the verge of bankruptcy.
I don't know if you will recall, but I wrote on Open Salon under the name "eyespye" and was an avid follower of your blog. I stayed with Open until they literally shut it down but have been reluctant to join Our Salon because I couldn't seem to find my "groove" (if you will) here. Anyway, I went ahead and signed up if only to read/comment ... when I saw you were here ... kinda sealed the deal. :-) Hopefully the writing wall I hit a while back will fall away, and I will be able to contribute more than just a comment.
Jonathan, are you familiar with the history of the House of David? I am not that knowledgeable about it but I recall they had a semi-pro baseball team that toured playing local minor league and semi-pro teams, Negro league teams and even a couple of major league teams. Pretty interesting story.
That's nuts. When I was growing up in North East Texas I recall my Grandma referring to blacks as "Nigras." She was trying to be polite. "Coloreds," "colored folks" and "colored people" were the "polite" forms acceptable to most everyone at the time.
Hey, Jon! Yes, having a crazy new year so far...preparing for a move to San Diego in few weeks...daunting, exciting, adventurous and full of mysteries to behold! Leaving the mountains and lake serenity for the ocean surf and sand! No complaints...just want the move to be over with and done! Cheers! JC