THE KILLING OF KENNETH CHAMBERLAIN (A Work in Progress ‘Cause it Ain’t Over Till It’s Over)
The killing of Kenneth Chamberlain, Sr. took place just 9 miles from where I grew up. I didn’t have to leave Westchester County to know homeland terrorism or to hear the cries for justice.
LINES IN THE SAND
Sara was a structural integrationist, a Rolfer, and I was her client. Then I became her friend. When Sara was diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), everything changed. Her world became smaller, her body became weaker, and she became a fierce public advocate for death with dignity.
GOING IN DEEP
Wali Ali has been a professional guitarist since he was 19 years old and for all the years that I’ve lived with him. With few exceptions, I have heard Wali practice and play his guitar for hours every day of each of those years. In 2019, Wali became too ill to play his guitar, and for the first time in both of our lives, his guitar was not the first thing he touched in the morning or the object of his attention throughout the day. He had to gradually regain his health in order to hold a guitar in his arms, practice, and subsequently perform again.