Category Archives: Commentary

Nature’s Intrinsic Laws

In neither plant nor animal life is nature an option but rather an intrinsic law. Flower and vegetable gardens and all forms of plant life are glorified in their respective beauty and diversity, as every species of animal life is likewise admired in its respective category of excellence. Mankind alone, supposedly the most intelligent of all created beings, uses that intellect to divide himself racially, socially, economically, politically and into a multitude of age, gender, religious and/or any other fragmentation which may be, and subsequently are easily pit against one another. The theory is as old as time itself, “divide and conquer.” How else can a chosen few continue to control the masses as history so clearly records? Continue reading Nature’s Intrinsic Laws

Focusing Upstream – II

As of May 19, 2020, in the 40 states that report such information, African Americans were dying from COVID-19 at 2.4 times the rate of whites. This disparity is alarming and surprising to some Americans—as it should be. However, it is consistent with other matters of disease and death among African Americans.

African Americans have higher death rates than whites for 12 of the 15 leading causes of death in the United States, and in some instances, the racial disparity is almost as high as that of COVID-19. Blacks die from diabetes at 2.1 times that of whites. The rate of infant mortality has been steadily decreasing over the years; however, the gap is larger now than it was in 1960. The Black rate is currently 2.3 times the white rate. Continue reading Focusing Upstream – II

Disabilities Pandemic

My father, Herbert Henry Griffith, grew up in rural Missouri and attended children’s Sunday school at the little white clapboard church just down the dirt road from the family farmhouse. He grew up to work in veterinary medicine. After a successful career, my father experienced severe mental illness combined with other physical illnesses that disabled him, leaving him homeless. In 2007, my father died in a care facility for poor people with disabilities. We were told by the staff that our father was a popular resident because of his knack for storytelling, and earned the nickname Santa because of the close resemblance. Continue reading Disabilities Pandemic

Seaworthy Ships . . .

Rather than continuously dwelling upon life’s negative aspects, as we are constantly encouraged to do through the media and otherwise, let’s focus instead upon some of life’s more positive and “seaworthy ships.”

Of all the words in the English language, the word “ship” must surely be among the most adaptable and frequently used–with related and unrelated meanings. Continue reading Seaworthy Ships . . .

Focusing Upstream

African Americans die from COVID-19 at more than two and one-half times the rate of whites. We must bring more attention and effort towards reducing the number of deaths from COVID-19 in general and the significant disparity among African Americans in particular.

Our heroes in the medical community are telling us what to do. First, they say we should wear masks and practice social distancing when among others. They also suggest we should have more testing and more contact tracing. Continue reading Focusing Upstream