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Memories There is a very small mark on the outside of my nose, noticed as a slight discoloration. On a scheduled weekend visit with ANT many years ago I reminded The TramueL Formerly Known As that I had never had chicken pox and argued against being around him as he was in full effect. She quickly pointed out the above mentioned mark as evidence of having had chicken pox as a child. I corrected her and explained that the mark was the result of riding down a very steep hill on the side of my face.


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He Wrote, She Wrote ... Positivity

"All of us have dirt under our fingernails from time to time. The dirt, along with your great acts, is what makes you a beautiful human being. There’s not one person on this earth who’s all positive." Common - One Day It'll All make Sense


He Wrote, She Wrote ... Truth(s)

"Who knows the truth of the story? My truth is this: I inherited love and trouble, joy and fear. I experienced all of these things before I could even put them into words." Common,

One Day It'll All Make Sense

He Wrote, She Wrote ... The Human Brain

"For me there are few things more beautiful in the universe than the human brain. Unlike any other organ in the body, our brain is the essence of what makes us human, our memories, our thoughts, our personalities - one hundred billion nerve cells, working in absolute harmony to allow us to see, to smell, to move, to understand, and to create." Keith Black, MD

Brain Surgeon

He Wrote She Wrote ... Shame

"It seems to me that nothing is more painful than a sense of shame that overwhelms you and afflicts the soul. This pain may not even be your fault, but it can still be very acute. It hurts more when you know that there is no natural process, as in the body, whereby the pain will go away. You have to relieve it with your own strength of will, your own discipline, and determination. I had been hurt many times in fights, but nothing equaled the pain I felt at not being able to read. The pain from fighting went away in time. The shame I felt would not go away." Huey P. Newton - Revolutionary Suicide

He Wrote, She Wrote ... Revolutionary Suicide

Revolutionary suicide does not mean that I and my comrades have a death wish; it means just the opposite. We have such a strong desire to live with hope and human dignity that existence without them is impossible. When reactionary forces crush us, we must move against these forces, even at the risk of death. We will have to be driven out with a stick. ~ Huey P.Newton

He Wrote, She Wrote ... Go the F*ck to Sleep

"The eagles who soar through the sky are at rest And the creatures who crawl, run, and creep.

I know you're not thirsty. That's bullshit. Stop lying.

Lie the fuck down, my darling, and sleep."

by Adam Mansbach


He Wrote, She Wrote... Pleasure

"... pleasure is deep. What matters most is not the world as it appears to our senses. Rather, the enjoyment we get from something derives from what we think that thing is." ~ Paul Bloom, How Pleasure Works: The New Science of Why We Like What We Like

He Wrote, She Wrote ... Brainwashed

"No matter how much she understood why her man couldn't protect her, the unnatural code of survival seeded subliminal contempt: You didn't protect me. You can't protect me. I have to protect myself!" by Tom Burrell

I Blame "The Fall"

Men are often afraid to admit that it's much more than sex keeping us in a relationship there is a deeper hunger, for which sex is merely a symptom. There is a hunger for joy, a hunger for unconditional affirmation, a hunger, in the end for love.

~ Dyson

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He Said, She Said ...

"One of the reasons inequality gets so deep in this country is that everyone wants to be rich. That’s the American ideal. Poor people don’t like talking about poverty because even though they might live in the projects surrounded by other poor people and have, like, ten dollars in the bank, they don’t like to think of themselves as poor. It’s embarrassing." ~Jay-Z, Decoded {Where I'm From}

He Said, She Said

" Even though I have a feeling that sooner or later it's all going to crash, I still accept Richard's [Pryor] friendship. He is irresistible."

~Paul Money, Black is the New White

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He Said, She Said ...

"So now it's time to move. From who you were, who they said you were, even who you thought you were, to the man or woman with a new plan, a divine plan." ~Kirk Franklin, The Blueprint