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I'm Not Digging Blogger Anymore - I Could Scream!

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I have spent more than 8 hours  trying to reinvent JackieDrockwell.com.. and it's still not what I want. As a result, I'm going to migrate this thing over to another platform in the coming days. So, if you're a regular reader/follower and things are different every time you turn around, you'll know why. Blogger platform is pretty archaic, but I've been here since 2008.  I'm not a fluent html code talker, and inserting html to customize requires more time than I really want to spend on this.  I hate to leave.. it's my comfort zone. But I can't get this Blogger thing to do what I want.  PLUS... They or I have lost the entire content of another beloved blog I own(ed) awomanofherwords.com.  Which redirected from awomanofherwords.blogspot.com.  When someone moved my cheese - among the blogger / google powers that be, whilst I was a full time student and not blogging or online frequently. And in 2017, I was getting calls in the middle of class and in the mid…

When Your Brother Dies: In Memory of Anthony Haynes, Houston, Texas - 2018 Tribute

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It's 7:49A, Thursday, Jul. 22, 2010:  I'm on the southbound Red-Line to downtown, and my groovy Cantaloupe Island ring tone halts the nod-off drools of other passengers as well. Digging furiously into my bag, I can't find my phone fast enough. Who could be calling me - and for what? At this hour?  Have I missed a call from my 16 year old driving to class?  God, I hope nothing's happened involving her....

Thank goodness. It wasn't her after all.  It was my brother, TQR - as I have him in my contacts.  I hit call back, and his fragile cracking bass voice answered ... "I have some bad news."  My mind scanned for some rationale to this message... Unlike past random calls from my favorite youngest sibling, there was no humorous anecdote or Discovery Channel wisdom to deliver. This morning, he cleared his throat and said..  "Anthony died."  "Anthony who?"......  1 second... 2 seconds.. 3 seconds..  In unison: I asked, he declared... "Ha…

My Titilating Climb Up a Tree

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The fact of the matter is, my inner child is always the one running my show.  Even when I am seriously engaged in work or other serious life stuff, the activity is motivated by my inner desire to have fun.. doing whatever it is I am doing.  So.. out of my desire to produce a short video reading of a "trees" essay I wrote for an Arts course last year, and in honor of the recent launch of the website:  throughdarknesstolight.com, featuring Photographs Along the Underground Railroad, by Dallas photographer, Jeanine Micha-Bales, I decided I'd climb a tree.

I scoped locations for a couple of weeks. I thought I'd found the perfect one:  On federal government land. After giving it a little thought; I'd rather not make Fox4 News .. again.  I knew I'd end up in Tietze Park in Dallas.  They've got beautifully-weird-looking lovely old trees.


I hope you'll be inspired to .. go climb a tree! Fly a kit.. Skateboard.. Ride a bike.. Something wild, not mild.. Someth…