I'se still climbin

My space to share my thoughts, ideas & inspriations as I continue to encourage myself and others to keep climbin.


Suicide is completely avoidable. Please, don’t be afraid to reach out for help if you or someone you know is suicidal.
Talking about wanting to die or to kill oneself.
Looking for a way to kill oneself, such as searching online or buying a gun.
Talking about feeling hopeless or having no reason to live.
Talking about feeling trapped or in unbearable pain.
Talking about being a burden to others.
Increasing the use of alcohol or drugs.
Acting anxious or agitated; behaving recklessly.
Sleeping too little or too much.
Withdrawn or feeling isolated.
Showing rage or talking about seeking revenge.
Displaying extreme mood swings.
Preoccupation with death.
Suddenly happier, calmer.
Loss of interest in things one cares about.
Visiting or calling people to say goodbye.
Making arrangements; setting one’s affairs in order.
Giving things away, such as prized possessions.
US suicide hotline 1-800-784-2433

Australia suicide hotline 1-800-198-313

Ireland suicide hotline 1-800-24-7-100

Canada suicide hotline 1-800-465-4442

National suicide hotline 1-800-273-8255

Reach out to a friend, you never know how much it might matter.


In New Orleans, there are no more neighborhood schools. Instead, parents must choose — a charter school, private school, or one of six remaining traditional public schools. This fall, more than 9 in 10 New Orleans students will attend charters.

Parents apply through an open admissions lottery. They request their top choices, and then a computer makes assignments.

The district set aside one day in July for last-minute enrollment. It expected about 300 parents. More than 2,000 showed up in the next few days, and eventually almost 7,000 students would be assigned to new school seats.

The End Of Neighborhood Schools

Photo credit: Edmund D. Fountain for NPR

14 down and counting knocks on my family’s door

the work that i do has always been personal and the young peoples going home services always hit me to my core - but today I’m with my father-in-law as he buries his 18 year old step-son - who was murdered in NC last week - he leaves behind a 6 month old and a grieving family and friends in NC and ATL-

today like everyday - we will lose 14 young black me to gun violence - that means that 14 families will be grieving in the morning - more children will grow up without their father around to help raise them - many more of our youth will be left to try to figure out why they keep losing their friends to violence and question the value of their lives

this is why none of us can sit on the side-line it will take all of us using all of our skills and resources if we want to create real change for our young black young black boys and men.

thankful for the work of @bmaachievement and @citiesunited


The last of the Ramones, Tommy, died this past weekend

Music critic Milo Miles reviewed the Ramones’ last tour in 1996. He summed up how many fans felt about the band, 

"…they were perfectly dopey, delightful, and defiant to the end…None of it—-the mosh pit, the crowd, the kissers—-would’ve been the same without the Ramones.” 

Found by library intern Kimberly Springer. Original airdate 02/22/1996. Illustration courtesy of Mike Licht, Flickr.

(via npr)

#Cigars&Bourbon with my brother

#Cigars&Bourbon with my brother

ms. minnie

yesterday while helping a childcare center in the shawnee community i had the pleasure of meeting ms. minnie. ms. minnie is an 90 year old lady - mother of 9 children and countless grand-children and great-grandchildren. she was out working in her yard and needed help getting her lawnmower started - one of the young men with us volunteered to help ms. minnie out and ended up cutting her lawn for her.

as we talked - i learned that ms. minnie was born in tennessee on a farm - her and her siblings use to pick cotton on that farm 200 pounds a day - could you image doing that every day during the picking season for all your childhood - ms. minnie said it’s what helped to make her strong and independent - she called herself a country girl at heart - she showed a plot in her yard that she has dreams of planting a garden with tomatoes, collard greens and other goodies.

i will make sure i get back over to visit with ms. minnie and work with folks i know to get her veggies planted!

take time to talk to your elders - you might learn a thing or two.