Back in the Day

There are many things that I once did but no longer do. I thought about this a few weeks ago, as I reached for a paper clip to clean my ears, while sitting at my desk. I know that someone will contact me to warn me that my use of this paper clip was not safe; it was something I should not do…

On June 11, I attended the homegoing service of my friend, Salem church member and fraternity Brother, Lonnie Harris Moore Jr. During the reflections and remembrances portion of the service, his son, Lonnie Moore III spoke about the impactful role his father played in his growth and developm…

Today, we can have access to hundreds of television channels through cable providers. They cover news, sports, politics, comedy, drama, movies, game shows, soap operas, documentaries, cartoons, children’s series, serials and more. But if you were around in the mid-fifties, you recall being l…

There are some folks from the past that I hear or read about on a regular basis. In prior columns, I have mentioned several of them. June bug is one; Cornbread is another. The Jitterbug, Black Buster, Fats and Curly are others. In talking with some of my associates, another name came to mind…

You are rushed to the hospital; your condition is serious and you are admitted. Upon release, you receive discharge papers and a statement of copay for your stay. A visit to your primary physician, a specialist or to your dentist could also result in copayments. Yes, the copayment is your re…

I remember when the milk man delivered milk to homes. I also recall purchasing soda from the corner store. Most products found in kitchens today are packaged quite differently than they were during my childhood. Like the items mentioned above, nowadays eye glass lenses and picture frames, ar…

Mobile telephones have significantly changed our lives. Given their popularity, you would think that they have always been available. Not so! In fact, the mobile or cellular telephone was not an option, for many of us, when we were growing up. It was 1947, when Dr. Martin Cooper introduced t…

A friend asked me about my plans for Mother’s Day. I indicated that my wife and another couple had reservations at one of my favorite restaurants. My friend advised that due to restrictions of the pandemic and some personal family issues, their family would be spending a quiet day at home wh…

I was asked by the Tribune Magazine’s Editor if I knew about Red Rabbit, the largest Black owned K-12 Food Company which was expanding to schools in Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey. I suspect that she asked because of my past experiences as an administrator in several school districts. …

The television commercial where a little girl is sent by her parents to take food to the home of Mr. Charles is special. It is touching! As a little boy my parents would send me to the homes of neighbors to deliver meals. This was routine for Black families in the past. I do not know the mea…

Several weeks ago, a colleague told me that her eyes became fixated on something as she traveled to work and she could not wait to share it with me. So, what did she see? She saw a sign in a window that advertised the repair of shoes. Her thoughts focused on discarding worn out shoes and rep…

March 30 will be forever stamped in my memory. On this day, I received my second COVID-19 vaccine. Regrettably, it was also the day that at the age of 87, my sister Willamae Kittrels Ferrell was ushered into the arms of God peacefully and quietly, in much the same way she lived her life. My …

After reviewing my Easter columns of the past, I found nothing for 2019 or 2020. This was surprising as I always devote my column to the holiday of the particular day or week. I understand skipping an Easter column for 2020 as we were experiencing the impact of the coronavirus pandemic and m…

Some of you can recall those Saturday mornings as a child playing jacks, shooting marbles, riding scooters or go carts, playing wall ball, and yes, roller skating. Roller skating on Saturday mornings was “the thing to do” back in the day.

Most people want privacy in their homes and desire some type of window treatment to provide for it. This is particularly true during evenings and nights; no one wants to give others an opportunity to disturb their quite moments. An advertisement that I received from Blinds.com showed a varie…