Be a Listener

By Troy Headrick I am an educator, a manager, and a writer, which means I use my brain and voice a lot.  In my profession and in the virtual world, a space more and more of us increasingly reside in, a great emphasis is placed on having a message and speaking it via websites or... Continue Reading →

A Sudden Glory

By Jack Canfora Apologies for my absence. The good news is my online theater company, New Normal Rep, starts streaming today and runs through April 4th (www.newnormalrep.org) The first play is mine! Help me fill the gaping hole in my psyche that only the approval of strangers can fill! Forgive the plug, but that's also... Continue Reading →

How To Make Love To Hate

“We must meet the forces of hate with the power of love.”- Martin Luther King, Jr. I’ve been thinking about hate recently. Not only because we’ve see so much of it this past year, but because I’ve felt some as well. Truthfully it got to a point preceding the US election where it broke me... Continue Reading →

Getting the Heart and Mind Right

By Troy Headrick Hi, everyone.  I’ve been away for a couple of weeks.  I’ve certainly missed being here, but I needed time off to decompress and recharge. Speaking of decompressing and recharging, I wonder if people, living during earlier periods of history, felt as hurried and harried as those of us living in this twenty-first... Continue Reading →

Control the Chaos

Hello everyone, My life is hectic right now, so I am not able to write consistently. But I miss you all! I hope everyone is doing good! The hectic nature of my life recently made me think of something that some of tend to do, me included. We want to control things and when we... Continue Reading →

OH SNAP!

By Billy Osogo "Educate, Empathize and Empower all!" That was the comment by my friend SnapDragon X on my previous piece. A brilliant choice of words, if I do so say myself! As I mentioned heretofore, the subject of racism is one that we must continue to have genuine conversations on.  Educating yourself, allows you... Continue Reading →

SnapDragon Speaks: On All I Need.

Tired Beauty, 2021. St. Andrews State Park, Florida. Original Photo by SnapDragon X. All rights reserved, yo. Greetings, Dear Reader! The SnapDragon Family is currently on the road, seeing some sights during this all-too-depressing season of lockdown during winter in Pennsylvania. (starts shivering, and hides head beneath a blanket) We’re cozied up in our Berkshire... Continue Reading →

A Special Message for Today

By Troy Headrick The idea for this blog came to me at 4 a.m. on Valentine’s Day.  This proves that the mind can frolic while the body rests. Back when I was working at Bilkent University in Ankara, Turkey, I was given an interesting assignment.  I was asked to team teach a philosophy course and... Continue Reading →

ON BIG NOSES

IMAGE: OXYGEN.IE (*Sniff*Sniff*) Do you smell that? Imagine living in a world where the size of your nose determined the quality of your life. A large nose would guarantee you access to good schools, quality healthcare, higher wages and everything in between. Conversely having a small nose would automatically disenfranchise you from everything that people... Continue Reading →

We are Awesome!

Hi everyone, Let’s talk about what we like about ourselves today. What side of our personality do we like best? What can we do well? We tend to see the negative aspects of us. We focus on what we cannot do, should not do, will not do etc. These have their places too. True, we... Continue Reading →

It’s Good News Saturday

By Troy Headrick I’d like to share some good news with you.  I was just awarded a “Master” certificate in Life Coaching.  I can’t tell you how much this pleases me.  There’s more than meets the eye to my certification story, though.  I’ve long been intrigued with coaching.  In fact, though I’ve only recently been... Continue Reading →

Table(t) Manners

Growing up my dad always made a point about having good table manners. He made sure we never chewed food with our mouths open. That we always sat up straight. That we we set the table properly and cleared away and washed the dishes afterwards.  One of the rules was if you didn’t cook, you... Continue Reading →

BRICK WALLS

Death is a subject we seldom discuss yet we know it is inevitable. A few years ago I attended a requiem mass for a relative at the Holy Family Basilica in Nairobi. It was a teary and somber service. A sniff would start in one corner, a pain-laden sigh in another and soon, the entire building... Continue Reading →

Illusion

By Troy Headrick I want to start with a confession.  Lately, I’ve been suffering from a touch of writer’s block.  So, much to my delight, while I was just sitting in front of my laptop, the following blog began to take shape in my mind.  I’m in my bedroom, “at work.”  It’s Monday, 1:03 p.m.,... Continue Reading →

SnapDragon Speaks: On Thought-Jelly.

Still Here, 2019. Paris. Original Photo by SnapDragon X. All rights reserved, yo. Hi. SnapDragon here. It's been awhile. And who knows why, really. I mean, I do have a toddler. I tend to the house and home. I technically work full-time, although it's more like a part-time, online gig at the moment. (No complaints.... Continue Reading →

A Frustration We All Know

By Troy Headrick This past Christmas, I received an Amazon gift card.  I used it to buy three books, including Anthony Bourdain’s The Tasty Bits. I’ll never forget the morning I learned that Anthony Bourdain—famed chef, travel writer, television personality, recovered junkie, and hipster guru—had committed suicide.  I was sitting on my butt, watching TV,... Continue Reading →

TWO FOR THE ROAD

IMAGE: PINCLIPART. COM Paulo Coelho in his best-selling book, The Alchemist, writes of children; “A child can teach an adult three things: to be happy for no reason, to always be busy with something, and to know how to demand with all his might that which he desires.” COVID-19 hit Nairobi sometime in March. That's... Continue Reading →

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