Dear America,so, it's evening and it's also been a very long day...
but my mind is just racing.
Having been idling on a quote of Martin Luther King's since midmorning -- here I am -- the sun is setting and I am still sitting with my new best friend, miss preoccupation; and she won't quit, she can't stop talking. So, with the thought having no where to run, no where to hide -- it's become quite apparent there is no settling into a quiet, mellow evening for me; no wine will be poured, no remote will be drawn, until I put these thoughts well enough to bed already.
And to think, it all began when little old gthing here, got a little lucky, and was able to catch a few minutes of the Mike Slater Show on KFMB/760am San Diego. Mike -- who never seems to let me down -- was just doing what he does best... making common sense entertaining, thought provoking, genuine, honest, and timely.
But, like I said, it's been a long day and I'm tired; and all I really remember on the remarks was a stunning stat, and something about St. Louis, and that it came out of a brilliant mind (and one of my favorite people in the whole, wide, wonderful, world) -- Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Making a long story short -- it was Mike number one who unwittingly led me to find Mike number two (gotta love Google search, no? match dot com to the nth degree; infinity times infinity; and, lo and behold, making the two put together make magic!
Since my last post was super long -- my aim, before we call it a day, is to keep this one pretty simple.
So without further delay -- you must read Another Gun Blog, by Mike W. -- here. He's a fellow BlogSpot-er; he seems cool; and aw hell, what have you got to lose, right?
Mike, number one, and Mike, number two shared the same quote of Martin's:
Do you know that Negroes are 10 percent of the population of St. Louis and are responsible for 58% of its crimes? We've got to face that. And we've got to do something about our moral standards.....We know that there are many things wrong in the white world, but there are many things wrong in the black world, too. We can't keep on blaming the white man. There are things we must do for ourselves."
It gets better.
Mike, number two, also steers us to an article online from the Wall Street Journal, written by Jason Riley: Race, Politics and the Zimmerman Trial; consider it to be, like, oh, how do you say, a must read, numero dos. And lucky for you, it's also really good.
so that's it, really.
if you read these two things -- Mike and Mike and Martin and me ...oh and Jason...(even though that "J" magnificently messes with my alliteration magic; I hate that...) will ask nothing more from you until tomorrow...maybe; gee willickers, who am I? What am I saying? I can't speak for anyone else but me.
For all I know, the good Dr. King could be calling on you right now, pursuing you into the wee hours and making you toss and turn -- wondering :
wondering about all the things we must do for ourselves;
wondering about all the things that nudge us, concern us -- all the things we question well into the midnight hour;
wondering about all the things our own moral standards teach us;
wondering about all the things that keep us awake at night -- day dreaming -- dreaming of all the things that could BE in the real world, in the world right here, right now.
It's really about the only thing we can do, must do -- for ourselves and for all mankind.
Thank you, gentlemen, for keeping this girl company this evening, and helping her along the way.
Only a slight purr remains,
it's a marvelous night for a moondance,
me thinks I can close my eyes now and go to sleep.
sweet dreams to all and to all a good night.
Make it a good day............g