Back in the Day

One evening last week, I twisted and turned as I laid in my bed. It was about 3 a.m. and as hard as I tried, I could not go back to sleep. I tried counting sheep. I considered getting a glass of milk. Finally, I went downstairs, turned on the television and started channel surfacing.

Every time I go into one of my bathrooms at home, my eyes focus on the iconic 1941 photo that hangs on the wall, “Negro Boys on Easter Morning” taken by Douglas Lee in Chicago, Illinois, as part of the United States Government’s Photo Project. Undoubtedly, this photo, featured in today’s col…

Most of us have encountered a nagging headache at one time or another. Many turn to over-the-counter (OTC) remedies such as Excedrin, Advil, Aleve, Bayer, aspirin, Ibuprofen, Motrin or Benadryl. Although I have dealt with painkillers in a past column, today my focus is strictly on headaches.

I recently received a text message from a friend and fraternity Brother, Jerome Dean that began with “GM.” After reading its contents, my eyes went back to its beginning; I assumed that the text message was intended for someone whose name the letters GM identified. So, I texted my friend for…

On Oct. 18, I attended the Homegoing Service of my brother-in-law, Willie James Ferrell. Willie was 87, had known his wife Willamae since she was 14, had a loving family and lots of friends. I expected this service to be an emotional one. However, the majority of those attending were compose…

There is something special about longtime friends. Lawrence Hudson Stallworth, Robert “Rob-Roy” Ridley, and I graduated from West Philadelphia High School in 1957 and 1956 respectively. I cannot believe that 60-plus years later, we are still friends. We are not just friends, but good friends…

Most of you reading this column undoubtedly spent time in front of a television this past week. Some of you spent more time than others. So, what did you watch? Was it a football game, your favorite talk show, your favorite soap opera, a cable news show or a re-run of your favorite series?

Thousands of young people have returned to school in the Greater Delaware Valley over the past several weeks. Across the country, the number of young people returning to school would in the millions.