Sunday, May 19, 2019


John Cullum and Em talk about how they think differently, when they're making decisions.

Em loves the way John's mind works in a straight line, John loves the speedy way Em gathers information. Each thinks the other is smarter.

Tuesday, May 14, 2019


Get to know Lizzo.
She's thirty-one years old, five-foot-ten. While performing songs she's written about love--rapping, belting operatic high notes, shimmying with her more than ample thighs on display--she expresses inner thoughts, like--"Don’t say it, ’cause I know I’m cute. It's been a journey, but I do love my fat."

Her music, straight-up hip-hop to guitar, is soul to funk-pop. It's joyous empowering feminism, large, boisterous and unapologetic, in a style that fits plus-size Lizzo, who declares, “My space is for all the big black girls in the future who just want to be seen.”

The fact is, Lizzo isn’t the only artist spreading a message of self-worth, body positivity, and unabashed female sexuality. Rappers such as Missy Elliott and Lauryn Hill blazed a trail and their successors include Nicki Minaj and Cardi B, women whose messages flow from the cultural movements surrounding feminism, identity and visibility.

Growing up in Houston, she played a classical flute. In college, she played in the marching band and did some rapping; dropping out and living in a car after her father died, ended up in Minneapolis, doing five shows a week with an Indie group, released two records, and worked with Prince at his famous Paisley Park home.

Now, her first major-label recording is out--"Cuz  I Love You" with Lizzo playing her flute onstage, switching from rapping to singing.

This video has had 22 million Spotify downloads.

It’s only recently, thanks to the music streaming boom and social media, that women in the world of hip-hop have been able to make their mark, like Cardi B, with her big hit, “Bodak Yellow” that has become a blue print for more artists to follow. But Lizzo says realistically, "Even if there’s a shift, we’re not at the mountaintop.”

With her good face and good voice easily transcending her repetitious lyrics and amateurish dancing in raunchy outfits, her passion to be herself and not try to adhere to the typical standards of feminine beauty, is wonderfully important.

Yes, as Lizzo does more albums and gets more famous, I think she will be a name, a big star, on the mountain top of her field.

Thursday, May 9, 2019


Meet Peter Tabichi, a Kenyan educator, winner of the 2019 Global Teacher prize, as the "World's Best Teacher. It's an annual competition sponsored by a British global charity focused on improving education for underprivileged  children .

Peter, age 37, a Franciscan brother, is donating some of prize money to his school, Keriko Secondary School in Pwani Village, Nakuru. The rest of the money will help feed the poor. He's already been giving away 80 percent of his salary to students who can't afford uniforms or books.

The school's crowded, doesn't have a library, lacks resources, but that hasn't stopped Tabichi from providing his students with high level education--several have gone on to compete in international science competitions. The Global Teacher Prize Judges said, "Because of his hard work, Peter Tabichi has dramatically beaten out more than 10,000 nominees from 179 countries."

The day he received the award, Peter Tabichi told BBC News, "It's morning in Africa. The skies are clear. The day is young and there is a blank page waiting to be written. This is Africa's time."

You will see in this video the energy, passion--the determination in this man--to produce scientists, engineers, entrepreneurs, males and females, whose names will be one day famous in every corner of the world.

Sunday, May 5, 2019


Here's John and Emily in back in 2011, that tells how we're reacting to the campaign season of now.

Feeling as if we still hadn't recovered from the last election, we're fretting about polls, predictions, headlines, and names--all those Republicans selling themselves, planning to run.