I’m closing in on my fourth or fifth replay of The Wire and while that may seem a bit excessive, the writers and actors’ ability to convey humanity in complex character development has always been a selling point. In one of the most memorable exchanges on the show, Avon Barksdale looks Stringer Bell directly in his gelatinous marbles and says,

I look at you these days, String, you know what I see? I see a man without a country.

After watching the scene for the first time, it felt more like an ether-level jab but upon further review, it’s more…


I remember it vividly. There was a night I had to disconnect from all the conversation centered around George Floyd. Sadly, it wasn’t a new thing — I (a certain amount of we) were unfortunately used to it. I could deal with that, this line penned from the late Nipsey Hussle describes it perfectly:

“It’s a lot and you that young and witness life and death, you shellshocked but aint no tears involved, accept it all that’s how the world revolves.”

I’ve always kept going. Problems — we fix those and keep going. Pats on the back — we get…


Over the years I’ve noticed an emphasis on certain buzzwords that are used by the masses as if they’re being spoon-fed to us. We get these second-hand being in Indiana, but the saturation begins quickly. It’s the over-usage that has a way of ruining and changing the original intent. For instance, if I hear ‘vibe’ used to describe something that is not in fact a vibe again — I’m going to lose it. Characterizing that light fixture in your crib as an emotional state is never going to work for me.

As we’re entering a much-needed space of greater inclusion…


10am in Riverside

I took the time to actually look back through the journal over the past year. writing consistently was a huge step, but reading it back painted a solid picture of the past year. There were some obvious things, which I tried to describe in not so obvious ways, this general idea of “Getting it right” that remained a constant throughout the year and a few lines that were memorable (not because of the line, but the events surrounding them).

The history books have an interesting task ahead of them describing Covid-19 but living through it and recalling…


I can recall bits and pieces of my childhood, but I can vividly remember reciting “Aint Nuthin’ but a G thang” at six years old word-for-word. It sticks out because I made the assumed fatal mistake of saying the lyrics out loud. My mother overheard me recite one of the lines, and as soon as I said it, she looked at me with a mix of

-Curiosity

-“Boy if you don’t…”

-general confusion.

The song is filled with spirited language, and somehow, someway my six-year-old self heard the song enough to memorize the lyrics with no clear understanding of what…


Thoughts from 2020/Gems for 2021

Meant to post this earlier, but a coup attempt threw me off. This photo makes total sense, not only as it relates to hosting webinars, but consistently tip-toeing the line between different worlds. At a high level a number of themes and idea stuck out (outside of Covid and Social Justice), specifically: interpersonal interactions, identity and self-reflection. I value relationships much more than my own ego, but I also can hear crickets behind a waterfall. There’s nothing wrong with appeasing and coddling naysayers, but there’s also nothing wrong with me (us); it’s draining and not…


In my old age, routines have become important. Over the past five years, one of those routines was our activations for Hashtag Lunchbag. Once a month (more often than not) we’d get together with a group of friends/colleagues to pack up meals for those in need. The idea isn’t new or revolutionary, but the community of people we created would beg to differ. Loren bought in early on, as he always has — providing the necessary critique, but a properly-timed “shut up” when I would thank him for his help. Over the years more than 1000 people have worked on…


I’ve registered voters, talked friends through the process and even researched judges to make provide information to others. Around this time each cycle I see an uptick in notifications related to “how to do this” or “how to do that,” its humbling, but not the goal. I remember being on the outside of this process looking in, so I don’t take the lessons, nuances and relationships I’ve gained over the years for granted. Being involved makes these last few weeks intense, whether staffer or volunteer there’s always skin in the game. Much like every election before, this is the most…


If you would’ve told me packed parking lots, basement parties scored by scratch CD’s, and the Crunk era would play a role in my development, I wouldn’t have believed you. I don’t relish in the past, but as of late I’m reminded of not only the lessons learned during that unique time but most importantly the people. Call it naïve, but I grew up around solid, 10-toes-down, just hit the easy button kind of people. I can point to specific instances of accomplishment on one hand, with what were once insurmountable challenges on the other. I can remember celebrating wins…


Over the last week, I have forced myself to think outside the box. The thoughts that have pacified and created an irrational acceptance of less than ideal situations, just do not work anymore. I try to “live” far outside of the status quo, but I have realized through this, through the past few months, that figuratively speaking — I’m “very much caged.” …

Greg Stowers

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