Monday, August 10, 2020

Birmingham, AL: The 1000 Names of Birmingham


Birmingham view from Vulcan Park on Red Mountain, Birmingham, Alabama. August 2020.


The 1000 names of Birmingham:



I gleaned many of the nicknames above from the book, Carry Me Home: Birmingham, Alabama, the Climactic Battle of the Civil Rights Revolution, by Diane McWhorter.




Sunday, August 2, 2020

Flashback to 2018: Ferguson, Missouri: "Michael Brown Died Today."

This 2018 post holds true for me today, too.



Friday, August 10, 2018

Ferguson: "Michael Brown Died Today."


Michael Brown
Michael Brown, Ferguson, Missouri. Photo: Found at St. Louis Post Dispatch, attributed to a friend of Michael Brown's.


A few days before August 9, 2018, I created a reminder on my calendar for that date, which synced to my cell phone.

The reminder said: "Michael Brown died today."

On August 9, each time I accessed my phone, there it was:

Michael Brown died today.
Michael Brown died today.
Michael Brown died today.
Michael Brown died today.
Michael Brown died today.
Michael Brown died today.
Michael Brown died today.
Michael Brown died today.
Michael Brown died today.


When I think of Michael Brown, I think of:

.... an image burned into my brain, put there by a racist, hate-mongering individual in South Louisiana who is a minor celebrity. On his social media page, which he proudly affiliates with his employer, was a disgusting image of a "memorial" to Michael Brown, comprised of human excrement.

... the draconian military response to Ferguson protests by then-Governor Jay Nixon.

... people who are dear to me, who must always be ready for that surprise slap in the face, at any given moment, in any given place, by any unexpected person, that reminds them they can't move through their days with the same thoughtless presumption of emotional and physical safety as others can.


Saturday, August 1, 2020

Word of the Year 2020: Build 8: Money


ATM in Yerevan, Armenia. March 2012.




On Build thus far

Word of the Year 2020: Build 1: After the Floods
Word of the Year 2020: Build 2: Fronterista
Word of the Year 2020: Build 3: "House"
Word of the Year 2020: Build 4: Chosens
Word of the Year 2020: Build 5: It Takes a Village
Word of the Year 2020: Build 6: Elevation
Word of the Year 2020: Build 7: Trail Building




Last month, I said ....

If I visualize a long trail such as the Appalachian Trail, there are sections, each with different geographic and climate features. I can divvy up my through hike into sections, too:
  1. Money
  2. Health
  3. Relationships
  4. Service and activism
  5. Creative life
  6. Rootless goals I want to achieve

This month is about money. 

About money in the context of this year's word: Build. About money for the future.

Why?

My mission: Live independently for as long as possible while maintaining a pleasing quality of life. 

I have a three-stage strategic plan:
  • Until age 70
  • Age 70-80
  • Age 80 - demise

I've drafted this post several times, only to scratch out the draft, start over, scratch it out, start over.

Got too involved in sharing details that, at the end of the day, are relevant only to me.

Really, all that matters are:

First: Have a plan. 
  1. Have a plan to bring in money.
  2. Have a plan to save money.
  3. Have a plan for how to spend money.
  4. Have a plan to deal with plan disruptions, as much as one can. 
  5. If you've got consumer debt: have a radical plan to pay it down as fast as possible, without incurring new consumer debt.

In fact, have three plans:
  • Short-term (now)
  • Mid-term (five-to-ten years from now)
  • Long-term (10 years and longer from now)


Second: Execute the plan.

And be ready to re-route the plan if the severity of an inevitable disruption requires it.


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