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LEARNING TO HATE By G. Anthony Williams In “The Artificial Nigger,” from the collection of short stories entitled A Good Man is Hard to Find (1955), American author Flannery O’Connor tells the story of a racist southern grandfather who takes his naïve grandson on a day trip to Atlanta to teach him a lesson about…

TO CREATE MEANS TO BRING INTO BEING SOMETHING THAT HAS NEVER EXISTED BEFORE What do I want to create for my life? How long has it been since you thought about what the world you want to be living in should look like, instead of what it does look like? Whether you have a clear…

Prescient, ingenious, and wonderfully realized, these uproarious, two-one plays were first performed in 1971 and are radical, 1960’s-style political satires that skewer race relations. To celebrate its 50th anniversary, The Negro Ensemble Company, Inc. is producing a season of revivals of works from their distinguished past that were notable in their original productions. G. Anthony Williams…

I’m always ready to learn, although I do not always like being taught.- Winston Churchill We are used to learning the hard way. Many of us think we’re different and can learn things our own way. But then we get in too much trouble or pain. We make mistakes because we are human, we are imperfect,…

Life is like a game-both a deadly serious one and one that demands laughter and the ability to play. Either way, life demands attention. There is much of life that is truly exciting – are we watching for it? Right here in our lives today, there will be the hero and the goat, there will…

Reality is not a problem, trying to escape reality is a problem. Life is so full of twists and turns, it’s seems to be easier to follow along than to try to straighten them out. Sometimes we’re so scared, all we can think to do is hang on, but, sometimes to save our own lives…

WHAT ARE THE SIGNS THAT SOMEONE IS OUR FRIEND? We will know it, because the relationship will “feel right,” says newly published research. Closing our mind and our heart can cause us to lose a lot more than a chance to meet a new friend, we can miss opportunities and ideas that could change our lives. A closed…

Freedom means choice—our choice of what we do with our bodies, our money, our lives. If we decline to choose, the choice will be made for us. If we don’t use or claim our freedom, we are giving it away. No matter what we choose we are responsible for that choice. FREEDOM OF SPIRIT Freedom…

There are really only two ways to approach life-as a victim or as a gallant fighter-and you must decide if you want to fight or surrender, deal your own cards or or play with a stacked deck. And if you don’t decide which way to play with life, it always plays with you.–Merle Shain. NO…