Collage of fathers and children

Father’s Day 2021

Another year, another Father’s Day. This year Father’s Day is adjacent to Juneteenth Day. To acknowledge the importance of fathers and address the horrendous consequences of slavery for fathers and society, I’m combining a tribute to fathers with a shout out to several folks who work to equip men to be good father figures. Slavery hasn’t ended; it’s merely transformed into new ways of preventing people from being fully free to thrive. Juneteenth, aka June […]

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Bridges to Life

March is “Make A Difference” month at HowWiseThen. This week I focus on Bridges to Life. Bridges to Life offers a program that transforms lives inside and outside prisons. I’m hardly an expert on prison reform issues, but I’m fairly confident we focus more on punishment and revenge than rehabilitation and redemption. This does a disservice to the guilty, their victims, and society when convicted felons return to public life worse than when they began their […]

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RaiseUp Families in Houston

March is “Make A Difference” month at HowWiseThen. My guest, Angela Burgess, Executive Director at RaiseUp Families in Houston, writes about how this non-profit helps families who struggle to juggle their financial obligations. RaiseUp Families helps chronically financially challenged people find an escape route from the grinding stress of running out of money before running out of month. Thank you, Angela for taking time to tell us about RaiseUp Families. “It’s not how much you […]

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2020 Voting

 I will remember 2020 voting  for the rest of my life or until my memory slips to the point I can’t remember much of anything. The 2020 voting cycle has been the most contentious one I’ve experienced. Ironically, I do not remember when I first voted in a presidential election. The first one for which I was eligible was the 1968 election when Richard Nixon and Spiro Agnew defeated Hubert Humphrey and Edward Muskie and […]

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Behind the Scenes: Virtual Book Launch!

If a behind-the-scenes tour of pulling together a 2020 style virtual book launch does not interest you, close today’s blog and enjoy few extra minutes in your day. Our virtual Book Birth Bash Party Friday, October 16 was held in the house-turned office-studio of Bayou City Press publishing company, which is owned and operated by Julie Gianelloni Connor. Read her summary of the event here. The official publication date was October 12, 2020 – aka […]

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