If I can help somebody as I pass along, if I can cheer somebody with a word or song,
If I can show somebody he's traveling wrong, then my living will not be in vain.
"If I Can Help Somebody" was one of the old songs that I grew up listening to the elders sing in church. One of the reasons these lyrics were so beloved is that gospel ...Read more
The allegation that former Ohio State cornerback Marcus Williamson tweeted claiming that an image of Trayvon Martin was used in a 2017 team meeting during Urban Meyer's tenure as head coach has been confirmed, according to another former Buckeye player, Tyvis Powell. Williamson's tweet gained traction after Ohio State's Rose Bowl victory over ...Read more
Heading into 2022, many people are fearing -- fearing inflation and ongoing mental exhaustion, fearing severe illness due to the surging COVID-19 omicron variant, and fearing the probability of another shutdown. With the 2021 holiday season ending in a few days, I was thinking about one of the most profound quotes regarding fear from former ...Read more
Looking at the national news as we head into the Christmas holidays, you'd have to search awhile to find stories of hope. Perhaps the least dreadful headline is that the nation is running out of candy canes, which will be disappointing for peppermint lovers but by no means a disaster. On the more serious side of things, COVID-19 is dominating ...Read more
The 2021 Heisman Trophy Ceremony honored the stellar football seasons of Alabama's Bryce Young, Michigan's Aidan Hutchinson, Pittsburgh's Kenny Pickett and Ohio State's C.J. Stroud, all extraordinary and talented young men with bright futures.
Crimson Tide fans were of course ecstatic that Young won the trophy, as Bama is on the hunt for ...Read more
The latest ABC "Live in Front of a Studio Audience" special featuring episodes from '80s sitcom classics "The Facts of Life" and "Diff'rent Strokes" brought back lots of childhood memories for Generation Xers who grew up on these shows. I suppose this may be the reason why Gen X actors were chosen to portray these iconic child and teenage roles,...Read more
There is only one scene in the "King Richard" biopic where the father of Venus and Serena Williams is praying. It happens at a fast-food joint in Compton, California, where Richard (Will Smith) and his wife, Oracene Price (Aunjanue Ellis), are having an evening dinner of burgers and fries with their five daughters. "Dear heavenly Father, Jehovah...Read more
As I settle down to enjoy Thanksgiving and the upcoming Christmas season, one thing that I am truly grateful for this year is having time to rest. Of course, like most university English instructors, I am grading lots of research papers during the Thanksgiving break, but I do have enough time in between to relax a bit. And for those who know me ...Read more
As I have been following the Ahmaud Arbery trial, I came across an uplifting story by CNN's Eliott C. McLaughlin that focused on the football team of Arbery's former high school, southeast Georgia's Brunswick High. The Brunswick High Pirates ended their regular season with an undefeated record, but they took the field this year playing for ...Read more
As I sat down to read the recently released memoir "It's in the Action, Memories of a Nonviolent Warrior," which chronicles the work of Rev. C.T. Vivian in the civil rights movement, I thought about how I described him as a "living oracle of history" when I wrote a tribute on his passing last year at age 95. Fellow civil rights activist and ...Read more
The new Netflix docuseries "Colin in Black and White" provides viewers with a look into former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick's impressionable high school years in Turlock, California, during the early 2000s. Partnering with Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Ava DuVernay to produce the six-episode series, Kaepernick has once again ignited ...Read more
As I've been driving on my commute to the Ohio State Lima campus for the past three years, I have developed a new appreciation for fall as Thanksgiving approaches, something I never took the time to completely observe with all of the busyness in my Columbus schedule. My Lima commute is serene and relaxing, so I can fully enjoy the view of leaves...Read more
I have been closely following the disturbing story of the kidnapping of 17 Christian Aid missionaries in Haiti this month. Christian Aid Ministries is based in Millersburg, Ohio, and those who were kidnapped, which includes one Canadian, range in age from 18 to 48, along with five children. The Haitian gang 400 Mawozo abducted the missionaries ...Read more