Writing in Plain English…

Learning how to write in plain English has been one of the most useful concepts I have learned. Effective written communication is a business litmus test. If done well, it can help the business professional build their personal brand. Plain English is defined in Wikipedia as being… A style of communication that uses easy to … Continue reading Writing in Plain English…

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A Boss, a Mentor, and the Young Man/chapter 17

Chapter 17 “Push push push,” I said. “Baby I can’t take the pain,” Jules said. “Push push push, you almost there baby just keep pushing and breathing…” _____ It was a hot summer night when Jules woke me up from my sleep with a phone call to Auntie’s house. I had seen her earlier that … Continue reading A Boss, a Mentor, and the Young Man/chapter 17

A Boss, a Mentor, and the Young Man/chapter 16

Chapter 16 Reading and reading is all I do. I’m reading about how to be a father. I’m reading about how to be a man. Life is funny, it can be straight, then upside down, then right side up. Auntie sat me down and we talked about my pains, my loss, my regrets, my angst, … Continue reading A Boss, a Mentor, and the Young Man/chapter 16

A Boss, a Mentor, and the Young Man/chapter 15

Chapter 15 Jules tells her Grandmother Rose… “Grandmomma Rose, where you at grandmomma?” Jules asked. “Gal, what the hell you screaming for, what’s wrong girl?” Grandmomma Rose asked. “Momma…I missed my period, and I went and got checked out…and I’m pregnant,” Jules said. “What the hell wrong wit you gal, I told you to keep … Continue reading A Boss, a Mentor, and the Young Man/chapter 15

A Boss, a Mentor, and the Young Man/chapter 14

Chapter 14 ____ I flipped through my notebook and read some spoken word that I hadn’t finished. It made me think… Hate cries, but I see every truth preached in the language of north, south, east, and west Hate dies   Ebonic raps for these bois that don't brush or comb their naps. Now I … Continue reading A Boss, a Mentor, and the Young Man/chapter 14

A Boss, a Mentor, and the Young Man/chapter 13

Chapter 13 ________ Today is January 1, 1999. I made a resolution last night to be the man that I’ve only dreamed to be. I brought JuJu to Atlanta to celebrate our new beginning. She graduates in the spring from nursing school, and with so much that’s happened this past year, I figured it was … Continue reading A Boss, a Mentor, and the Young Man/chapter 13

A Boss, a Mentor, and the Young Man/chapter 12

The Young Man attends Church...  Chapter 12 It was a Sunday in December, and the air was crispy cold. I wear a beard most days in the winter, but on this Sunday I shaved. As Auntie would say on Sundays, “today is the day of the Lord.” Out of respect for her, I wanted to … Continue reading A Boss, a Mentor, and the Young Man/chapter 12

How to approach meeting someone for the first time…

So…what do you do for a living? We all have our canned answers to describe ourselves to the strangers that ask us this question. So…I suppose for a moment, pause and reflect upon the answers you have given throughout the years. Think of those times you were hesitant to state your job title; and also … Continue reading How to approach meeting someone for the first time…

A Boss, A Mentor, and the Young Man/chapter 11

Chapter 11 Carlos loves… She kissed me softly. I grabbed her thigh and brought her closer to my body. We laid on the couch and we spoke sweet nothings to each other. I would whisper in her ear, and we giggled and smiled like teenagers that had found love for the first time. Her grandmother … Continue reading A Boss, A Mentor, and the Young Man/chapter 11