Charles E. Richardson

Charles E. Richardson

Fantasy versus reality a key symptom of the village’s sickness

Over the past few weeks I’ve written about a sick village. There has been little, if any, push back on the theory that our collective village is a deathly ill. None of us can sit back and blindly think it’s not our village. When parishioners can’t enjoy Sunday church service without worrying about who’s walking in the door of the sanctuary, that’s just more evidence. And it’s piling up in every corner of our village. Doesn’t matter where you live — rural, urban — or where you are — out-on-the town or sitting in church. Why worry about terrorists? It’s more likely to be your red, white and blue American-born neighbor who takes you out.

Charles E. Richardson

What ‘couldn’t’ and ‘wouldn’t’ learned from my mom

Sometimes I think back to my childhood and shake my head in embarrassment. I had no idea what pressures my mother was under to keep a roof over my head and food in my belly. She was always working, no sitting around waiting on a check for her. She came from good, hard working, Arkansas stock, and I wonder why she didn’t knock me into next week more often.

Charles E. Richardson

There is something broken in the ‘village’

We all know the African proverb, “It takes a village to raise a child.” We’ve heard it a thousand times. We revel in our childhood memories of our neighbors’ ability — and the responsibility they felt — to help raise the children surrounding them. We couldn’t get away with anything. Their watchful eyes were there even when our parents’ weren’t, ready to report any transgression, and if necessary, whip us into compliance. They were the village — and the village had certain norms — and we were expected to adhere to them.

Charles E. Richardson

Searching for that ‘rarefied air of excellence’

I always enjoy watching the induction ceremony for the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Each class has special qualities, but all the players are recognized as the cream of the crop of professional football. The ceremony in Canton, Ohio, lets them to tell their stories and thank those who helped them get to the very pinnacle of their sport.

Charles E. Richardson

A Bay Area commute with thousands of our newest friends

Actually, I’m not in “The City” as locals call it, I’m on the East Bay side of the Bay Bridge with — no exaggeration — thousands and thousands of my newest best friends. It’s 6:30 a.m. on a Thursday morning, and we’re all waiting to pay our six bucks to cross the span that will lead us into what looks more like Dorothy’s Emerald City from “The Wizard of Oz” than any other city I’ve seen.

Charles E. Richardson

‘California Dreamin’, not

I had forgotten how stark the terrain in California had become since the drought compared to Georgia. While we have come out of our years’ long drought, the Golden State is still technically in drought condition that started in 2014. It hard to think about a drought here because where we are staying is almost surrounded by water. “Water, water everywhere and not a drop to drink.” I had to explain to my grandson Paul, who is traveling with us, that salt water is not tasty.

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