Strivings

reflections on race, religion, history & social change

August 26, 2020

Since the onset of the global health crisis, like so many people in the United States and in other countries, new and challenging circumstances at work and at home have required me to change my priorities, at least temporarily. Among other things, this has meant that I...

September 24, 2018

1) Because I actually liked the porn she gave me as a reward.

2) Because something can feel physically good and emotionally bad at the same time.

3) Because those boys were bigger and stronger than me.

4) Because they were all my friends, and their parents were my parents...

September 19, 2018

Although I've been watching and listening and learning intently, I haven't said much publicly about the #metoo movement--in part because as a white man with a Ph.D. I'm trying not to inadvertently de-center the voices of those most concerned, who are routinely doubted/...

April 27, 2018

Freedom of movement on one’s own two feet is a fundamental human right.

It was so basic to English common law that the Founders didn’t even bother to mention it in the Bill of Rights. (Oh, that and the pesky part about 20% of the non-Indian population being enslaved at...

June 27, 2017

I'm impressed. Justin Baldoni, known for his role in the TV show Jane the Virgin, has made a point for using his public platform in socially conscious ways. But you don't often see young male actors talking openly about their body image problems. One could argue that t...

August 4, 2016

This morning, Francis Marion University hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new Luther F. Carter Center for Health Sciences in downtown Florence, and I'm glad I was there. The crowd was a virtual cross-section of the Florence community and the atmosphere was warm....

June 15, 2016

Here's a great little documentary (less than 9 min.) about the Be a Man Club in Banja Luka, Bosnia and Herzegovina. It profiles 16-year-old Dragan Kisin, who went from a troubled youth to a mentor for others through the influence of the Be a Man Club, a project of CARE...

February 5, 2016

Recently at the breakfast table I found my boys, ages 4 and 2, and their mama singing "The Lion Sleeps Tonight." They know the English-language version most widely popularized by the Tokens during the folk revival of the 1960s (and brought to a new generation through t...

December 4, 2015

"People think it's about...a lot of competition.... I've found that the way it really works is by creating a spot where everybody can come and help facilitate each other's growth."

Facebook is an amazing, sometimes vexing, often mysterious place. Today, because I'm frie...

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