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Rock it out with TobyMac’s new song “Feel It.” Have fun!
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in Blogging, Life, People, Writing Tags: American Society of Newspaper Editors award winner, Meyer Berger Award Winner, N. R. Kleinfield, New York Times, Polk Award winner, Pulitzer Prize Writer, Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award Winner, writing
Yesterday I was reading an article and then I idly clicked on this article and was in writer’s heaven! The writer takes the death of a lonely hoarder and writes a masterpiece of humanity and information. Bloggers, this man is an award-winning writer, and his work will take your breath away. Since its source doesn’t have the features I need, I can’t reblog it, so I will give you the beginning, then you can follow the link to the full article.
The Lonely Death of George Bell
Each year around 50,000 people die in New York, some alone and unseen. Yet death even in such forlorn form can cause a surprising amount of activity. Sometimes, along the way, a life’s secrets are revealed.
They found him in the living room, crumpled up on the mottled carpet. The police did. Sniffing a fetid odor, a neighbor had called 911. The apartment was in north-central Queens, in an unassertive building on 79th Street in Jackson Heights.
The apartment belonged to a George Bell. He lived alone. Thus the presumption was that the corpse also belonged to George Bell. It was a plausible supposition, but it remained just that, for the puffy body on the floor was decomposed and unrecognizable. Clearly the man had not died on July 12, the Saturday last year when he was discovered, nor the day before nor the day before that. He had lain there for a while, nothing to announce his departure to the world, while the hyperkinetic city around him hurried on with its business.
Neighbors had last seen him six days earlier, a Sunday. On Thursday, there was a break in his routine. The car he always kept out front and moved from one side of the street to the other to obey parking rules sat on the wrong side. A ticket was wedged beneath the wiper. The woman next door called Mr. Bell. His phone rang and rang.
Then the smell of death and the police and the sobering reason that George Bell did not move his car.
Each year around 50,000 people die in New York, and each year the mortality rate seems to graze a new low, with people living healthier and longer. A great majority of the deceased have relatives and friends who soon learn of their passing and tearfully assemble at their funeral. A reverent death notice appears. Sympathy cards accumulate. When the celebrated die or there is some heart-rending killing of the innocent, the entire city might weep.
A much tinier number die alone in unwatched struggles. No one collects their bodies. No one mourns the conclusion of a life. They are just a name added to the death tables. In the year 2014, George Bell, age 72, was among those names.
George Bell — a simple name, two syllables, the minimum. There were no obvious answers as to who he was or what shape his life had taken. What worries weighed on him. Whom he loved and who loved him.
(click link to read the whole article) The Lonely Death of George Bell
17 Oct 2015 4 Comments
Clearly, this information is directed at people like me, only I use a REAL computer, but that doesn’t change the effect.
08 Oct 2015 Leave a comment
This is for the Christians out there.
I remember enjoying television as a child. Among my favorite sitcoms were: Cosby Show, A Different World, What’s Happening Now, Good Times, Amen, 227, Family Ties, Growing Pains, Punky Brewster, Alf, Different Strokes, Family Matters, Webster, Home Improvement, Fresh Prince of Bel Air . . . and others. I also LOVED Happy Days, The Jeffersons, Brady Bunch, Leave it to Beaver, I love Lucy . . . many of the sitcoms my parents loved.
I remember every now and then sneaking to watch Lavern and Shirley when my mom wasn’t home. I know it wasn’t right. I confess, I’m not perfect and the show was funny to me! She forbade us from watching that show because my mother believed the content was too inappropriate for my young eyes and ears. Just let that sink in for a minute. Lavern and Shirley was considered inappropriate not even…
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01 Oct 2015 Leave a comment
My daughter was howling over this. Join us!
30 Sep 2015 Leave a comment
You know, if more schools had something fun and exciting in the morning, like some singing and party dancing (a la “cupid shuffle”) imagine how many kids would actually look forward to going to school and what a nice way it would be to set the tone for the day. Of course, letting a charismatic individual like Gary Logan have their way and not “institutionalize” it into some boring, structured thing is what makes it work.
29 Sep 2015 Leave a comment
I am sad to say that I initially was one who thought wind turbines were good. Wow, was THAT wrong! Clearly the Law of Unintended Consequences is at work to a massive degree, here! Having said that, although I am reluctant to make that mistake again, I would like to share an interesting alternative. HOWEVER, I would LOVE to hear other people’s ideas of ANY potential downsides to this, because it really does seem to have some promise. My only suggestion would be to emulate the shape and action of leaves…
09 Sep 2015 Leave a comment
I doubt I could say it better than she has.
The Prosperity Gospel, the Wrong Gospel
Many church leaders in the twenty-first century have aided in the oppression and bondage of the scripturally illiterate masses by promoting material worship through the “prosperity” gospel. Advances in technology, such as the advent of television and internet, make the preaching of a false gospel more devastating as it is able to quickly reach large audiences. These false prophets promise prosperity and healing, often in exchange for an offering or a fee. Prominent twenty-first century televangelist and Pastor Frederick K. Price is quoted as saying on his Ever Increasing Faith television broadcast that “The Bible says that he (Jesus) has left us an example that we should follow in his steps. That’s why I drive a Rolls Royce. I’m following Jesus’ steps.”
Likewise, televangelist and Pastor Juanita Bynum is quoted as telling a massive viewing audience on the Trinity…
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07 Sep 2015 Leave a comment
Well, these pictures of schools lunches around the world are definitely worth more than a thousand words! Just wish I could make them appear here…hmmm. Source: I can’t give you anything but lunch
02 Sep 2015 Leave a comment
In Rochester, NY there has been too much violence this year, largely by and on young black males. Of course, there are then the obligatory marches, vigils, speeches and posturing, yet the violence continues unabated. Of course. Bandaids don’t stop the source of the problem, which no one really wants to speak to/about because it is ugly and politically incorrect and requires a spine and fighting spirit. Enter Tommy Davis, a man of color with insight, wisdom, who pulls no punches as he tells it like it is without posturing or pandering! Bless him, and may more people hear what he has to say.
by Tommy Davis
Once again, and far too often, the Rochester community is displaying an expressive reaction in response to the persistent violence in our city. Young black men are settling disputes by fatally reducing their opposition. Politicians and religious representatives are blaming poverty in an effort to rationalize why violence is so common among black Americans.
As I continue to engage in research as a PhD student at Piedmont International University while employed as a full-time contract chaplain at the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office, I am beginning to uncover some interesting facts that oppose conventional wisdom.
Being poor do not make people commit crimes. Ruthless lifestyles and a lack of scholastic currency are two motivating factors in the life of the criminal because one refuses to fairly compete for economic resources. I once asked an offender why he wouldn’t offend in certain neighborhoods. He responded by saying, “Those white…
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