Anatomy of a Thug

The word “Thug”. A dog whistle of sorts. A word that has echoes of an uglier connotation. But – On the other hand. When I was growing up I found myself tarred and feathered with this label more times than I care to admit, but I took it with a grain of salt, initially. I’ll […]

My Poe Pilgrimage

I found myself burdened today. Bewildered with a heavy realization. That. To gain stature, one must eat, knowing that procuring nourishment is not an optional endeavor. There is always an open seat at the table of humility, but the shadows of haughtiness and ego are prone to obscuring our line of sight. Today was a […]

The example

The living room was silent with the exception of disparate breathing and the creaking of the floor. The three of them stood taut, at attention waiting with baited breath. This was a ritual of sorts, these boys, three brothers in formation, standing in order, from oldest to youngest as their father towered over them. The […]