Open Thread & Comment Policy

This isn’t necessarily a comment policy, but it should provide a little more insight on what I allow in my comment section. When I comment on other blogs, it will always be with my WordPress signature / avatar. I don’t comment as ‘anonymous’ because I have nothing to hide when stating my opinion. At the same time, I prefer commenters that have a REAL blog – by ‘real’ I mean that it is a page that gets updated on a regular basis, not one that was created as a sock-puppet by a person who resides in a self-created echo chamber! I’ve gone to some blogs and seen comments that are supposedly from another blogger, which have gotten a random compliment from the blog author. For instance, the dialogue goes something like this: “Hey, great blog! I agree with your post; you’re so well-informed! I’m SO glad I found your page and will bookmark it and share it with everyone I know!” The author comments with: “Hey, I like your blog too – great posts and articles!” I get curious and click on the link of the commenter’s name, especially if it’s another WordPress site or a Blogger page, and see…a page created two years ago, with no posts except for the unedited ‘Welcome’ page and no traffic except the initial “this is a comment – you can edit these at any time” starter. It’s disingenuous and a bit creepy, IMHO!

Digressing…if you comment here, please know that I moderate all comments – consequently, there will be a short delay between the time you comment and the time it gets published, if I allow it through. Since I have international viewing, please allow for any time differences as well!

I have a spam filter enabled, so if your comment goes to spam it might not get viewed or published. I do check the folder since some things get marked as spam which aren’t, and some spam (called ‘ham’) manages to make it to the comments that need to be moderated – so don’t fret if a comment isn’t immediately approved. It might be sitting in the ‘spam’ folder for no good reason!

As far as trolls go, I’ve already said my piece about them in my ‘About’ page – you can read that if you need a reminder. Also, if your avatar doesn’t match your usual postings, that post will most likely be flagged as spam. I personally don’t think that it’s right for trolls to hijack someone else’s blog or avatar and use it for deceitful purposes: so, if you can’t post as yourself, don’t bother with my little space, here!

“Video Killed the Radio Star:” I will allow some video links, but only in moderation. I will, most likely, post links to songs that I like which I have found on YouTube. Some links will get updated often, but I can’t keep up with all of the ‘terminated’ accounts that have hosted certain songs. If anyone happens to notice that a link to an awesome song has vanished, feel free to let me know and I’ll do my best to locate it again. Who knows? Maybe I’ll start making my own little song videos, once I get my YouTube account up and running!     😎

If you are a regular commenter, that doesn’t mean that every single comment you write will get published. For instance, if you make a comment that has nothing to do with the blog-post in question, I’ll assume that you didn’t read it and didn’t have anything to say about it. Some people like trolls and their antics; me, not so much – if you make an asinine comment it’s essentially a waste of my time and blog-space. If you have so much time on your hands that you spend endless hours commenting on blogs, then more power to you! If you get offended by something I post, then too bad, so sad…I don’t claim to be uber-P.C., so if you’re expecting it and don’t find it, feel free to move on without a word! I do the same – it’s easy to just leave or ‘unfollow’ if your poor widdle fee-fees have been injured by absolutely nothing. I use the ‘Golden Rule’ below, so I suggest that you do the same when you enter!

I like reciprocation: If you’ve been kind enough to ‘reblog’ or ‘pingback’ one of my postings, then I’m more than happy to visit your blog and do the same with topics I like. Of course, the usual caveat applies: Me liking a post doesn’t mean that I agree with every single thing you write, nor do I expect you to like or agree with everything I write. I can agree to disagree with others and still be cordial with them.

*** UPDATE: 8 November 2017 ***

If you have something to sell, then keep it on your sales site which is masquerading as a blog.

I know what I want to buy and where to purchase it.


If I visit your blog and you don’t respond to my comments, or refuse to allow my comments through, then that’s your right – and I have the right to do the same. Free will, and all that…

Finally, you can see that this is essentially my ‘open thread.’ If you have any off-topic comments to make, they can go here – but my loose commenting ‘policy’ still stands! No trolls, no spam, and only a moderate amount of insanity and inanity will prevail. That’s basically it…so, see you around the interwebs of cyberspace!

51 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. sepultura13
    Jul 23, 2013 @ 09:50:11

    I’ll get the ball rolling, here:

    1. Yay, the royal baby was born! How fitting that the new prince is a Leo, no?

    2. Detroit declared bankruptcy – um, when you hire a bankruptcy attorney to solve a problem, it seems that they would suggest what they know…

    3. Murderer George Zimmerman supposedly saved a family in a car. You can bet that the people weren’t Black! I think the whole story is made-up, personally…it seems just a little bit too coincidental.

    What do you think about these developments? Let’s discuss them.


  2. sepultura13
    Aug 01, 2013 @ 12:30:44

    Here are things I’d REALLY love to know, but will get no answers to!

    1. If you hate what the POTUS is doing, why don’t you run for political office yourself? I mean, it seems that you could do the job yourself, seeing that it’s so easy…right? Throw your hat in the ring already – you obviously have all of the answers!

    2. Why does a sell-out like Nick Cannon fly under the radar with his support of an inbred, white-trash, psycho-bitch, attention whore who is on a 5150 hold? Is it because he’s married to a slut like Mariah Carey, who (for some strange reason) gets BET awards left and right? Go figure…

    3. Plenty of people vote with their dollars on a daily basis, but certain, select members of the blogosphere get undue credit for suggesting something that many of us already do. Why is this?


  3. sepultura13
    Sep 06, 2013 @ 12:09:01

    I was perusing the web-o-sphere and came across this story about a girl who was picked upon at school because she has dreadlocks:

    The huge WTF moment; the most shameful thing in this story, is that this was a BLACK ‘charter school’ that engaged in this discriminatory action! When did Black people start thinking that having ‘natural’ hair was a ‘fad’ or ‘passing thing?’ I’d always thought that it was sporting a weave or extensions that was ‘faddy!’ Sheesh…

    What do you think of this?


  4. mary burrell
    Sep 14, 2013 @ 15:39:38

    Lots of people have been reaching out to young Tiana , letting her know she is beautiful just like she is. That it’s the school that’s messed up.


  5. sepultura13
    Oct 14, 2013 @ 11:39:12

    My thoughts are with the family of Avonte Oquendo, who is a 14-year-old boy in New York City. He has been missing since Friday, 4 October, and is classified as a ‘mute autistic.’ The school he attended has a lot of explaining to do!


  6. leannenz
    Nov 07, 2015 @ 18:39:43

    Congratulations on reaching 100 followers.! I couldn’t get the comment box to open up on that post. Very happy to have found your blog in the Dream Big Dream Often Meet and Greet post. Am enjoying checking out your varied posts on a lazy Sunday morning here in Japan!


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  8. bouchraabd
    Jan 04, 2016 @ 06:29:51

    Hello there ! Happy New Year from Paris France, thanks for reading my poems. A bientôt 🙂


    • sepultura13
      Feb 29, 2016 @ 14:17:05

      by the way would you agree to gather into a blog I mean i would like to create in international blog with poetry

      I’m not much of a poet, but it sounds like fun…I need to stretch my creative wings in different ways!


  9. bouchraabd
    Feb 29, 2016 @ 14:31:04

    well you are already a poet, your universe is interesting in many levels, well i guess it’s too fast to start now but let’s think about it 🙂


  10. Brian Lageose
    Mar 04, 2016 @ 22:50:46

    The director hollers “Action!”. And then I, in the guise of a Brad Pitt/Ryan Reynolds supermodel approaches your altar and says “These words are true and fine. I am your disciple forever, for the honesty and forthrightness which you dispense upon the world in this amazing thread.” The the director belches “Cut and print!”, after which we all head to a tapas restaurant and celebrate life. End scene.


  11. bouchraabd
    May 05, 2016 @ 12:45:24

    Hello again


  12. bouchraabd
    May 05, 2016 @ 13:30:56

    “i need a man’s advice about something which is happening to me”

    Then you need to ask a man, sweetheart.


    • sepultura13
      May 12, 2016 @ 17:29:45

      Aw, what’s wrong? Did your Prozac run out, or are you in need of your monthly hormone shots? Either way, you seem to have mistaken my blog for an advice column! I can’t say that I’m surprised: you display a huge lack of grammatical skills, and you’re unable to understand clear, concise information when it is presented. How pitiful.

      I hope that your employers at the Centre Pompidou keep a close eye on you…you’re clearly unhinged, hopelessly ignorant, and quite inappropriate with your superiors. Whatever your issues are, they are no longer welcome here. I hope that you get the help you need – best of luck!


  13. jacquelineobyikocha
    Oct 05, 2016 @ 01:04:17

    I find your post hilarious though it’s true. I can’t stand those spam nonsense and have learnt to smell them from gazillion miles away.


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  15. sepultura13
    Jan 24, 2017 @ 13:59:13

    Here is the full, unedited back-and-forth of my blogger-to-blogger ‘interview,’ as the original has been removed from the interviewer’s site. Names have been edited to reflect the respective sites.

    [1/6/2017 10:40:58 PM] The Well-Red Mage: Hey so we should definitely get this tardy interview on a roll! First question is as always how long have you been a gamer?

    [1/7/2017 7:54:21 AM] Sepultura13: Ah – so you do live in the U.K.! That’s why my friends request didn’t go through, LOL! At any rate, I have been a gamer since I was eight, as I consider playing D & D being a gamer. As far as video games go, I started out in the arcades at six. My family didn’t live in a proper house until I was 10, so we didn’t have a gaming system or home computer until I was 12. That’s when REAL gaming began!

    [1/7/2017 8:59:33 AM] The Well-Red Mage: (Haha, actually I’ve been to the UK but I currently live in the US. I just keep weird hours!) Ah you just touched my lil soul with the mention of arcades. Do you remember the names of any particular arcades you frequented? How about some favorite arcade games?

    [1/7/2017 9:38:14 AM] Sepultura13: Tempest, Phoenix, Joust, Gauntlet, and Total Carnage – just to name a few, LOL

    [1/7/2017 9:41:53 AM] Sepultura13: the arcades had old-school games like Pac-Man, Donkey Kong, Pole Position…and pinball machines!

    [1/7/2017 9:42:23 AM] Sepultura13: so I played those as well…kicked ass at air-hockey!

    [1/7/2017 10:01:00 AM] Sepultura13: speaking of gaming, I’m doing boring bank sorting and item research atm

    [1/7/2017 10:01:16 AM] Sepultura13: ssoooooo much fun

    [1/7/2017 11:53:31 PM] The Well-Red Mage: Ugh, is anything in real life even fun? Ha! So what was your first home gaming system then?

    [1/8/2017 8:35:45 AM] Sepultura13: The first one that I owned, personally, was the original NES. I can’t count the used, second-hand Atari system that I barely got to use before I left home, or the computer that my dad and brothers hogged! 😀

    [1/8/2017 9:35:39 AM] The Well-Red Mage: You definitely got the better end of the deal with the NES over the Atari. So what were some of your favorite games for the NES? Any hidden, obscure gems or did you stick with the famous classics?

    [1/8/2017 9:39:58 AM] Sepultura13: I enjoyed the classics, and had some obscure gems – Super Mario Bros. and Duck Hunt, obviously – I also played SMB II and III. The original Final Fantasy on NES is the only FF game I played, now that I think about it. My favourite game was the Ultima series, and NES did well with Ultima IV and V. Then there were other titles such as Mega Man, Metroid, and even Monopoly.

    [1/8/2017 10:28:29 AM] Sepultura13: LOL – I must have been incorrect in thinking that doing this interview wouldn’t take very long. I thought that it would be done in an hour or less via IM…then again, I don’t have young kids tugging on my clothes every five minutes or so!

    [1/8/2017 3:58:54 PM] The Well-Red Mage: Haha! My apologies. 2017 is shaping up to be a very distracting year for blogging for me. I’m determined to get this interview completed, though!

    [1/8/2017 4:00:16 PM] The Well-Red Mage: I’ve not played the Ultima series but I’m surprised to learn, given its popularity, that you’ve only been able to play the original Final Fantasy. Have you purposefully avoided them or just never had a good opportunity to play them? Along those lines, what are some other gaming systems you’ve latched onto since the NES?

    [1/8/2017 4:14:21 PM] Sepultura13: Well, I don’t understand why FF is so popular. It limits your character builds in many ways, and I like a game that offers variety – that’s what the Ultima series did at the outset, and why I like The Elder Scrolls multi-verse as well.

    [1/8/2017 4:15:11 PM] Sepultura13: As far as other gaming systems, I’ve played both PS, PS2, and Xbox – preferred the PS and PS2 over Xbox for the games offered, as well as the price.

    [1/8/2017 4:15:51 PM] Sepultura13: I enjoy PC games over console games overall, which is why I haven’t played many console offerings.

    [1/8/2017 4:18:37 PM] The Well-Red Mage: I think the FF series has evolved into one that’s more story oriented than character buildey, although there are some spin offs now and then with a bit more focus on that, as per its characteristic “jobs” system. But I you make me want to try out the Ultima series. Any particular reason why you enjoy PC over console gaming?

    [1/8/2017 5:46:32 PM] Sepultura13: Well, we can agree to disagree on game genres, LOL! What I look for in a game seems to be completely different from what you look for, just like with TV shows, movies, etc. As far as preference of PC over consoles, it has to do with the variety of games, as well as what PC games offer over console games. I don’t like being limited in what genre I play, nor do I like paying more for a game than it’s worth! Console games always seem over-priced in comparison to PC games, to me.

    [1/8/2017 5:47:25 PM] Sepultura13: The number of PC titles I’ve played is far greater than the console titles, by a long shot!

    [1/8/2017 5:47:34 PM] Sepultura13: (devil)

    [1/8/2017 6:08:26 PM] The Well-Red Mage: Ugh… gaming prices. Don’t even get me started. Let’s talk about your writing. As I understand it, you participated in NaNoWriMo?

    [1/8/2017 6:33:03 PM] Sepultura13: I did – it was the first time I did the NaNoWriMo challenge, after blogging off and on for about 10 years. I thought it would be a good way to get information about self-publishing, since the traditional route hasn’t worked for me so far.

    [1/8/2017 7:02:40 PM] The Well-Red Mage: What did you discover about self-publishing and the traditional route? Any hints for your potentially fellow authors out there?

    [1/8/2017 7:12:23 PM] Sepultura13: LOL – I’ve discovered that both areas are difficult to break into for some; easy for others! I have no hints, as I’ve been unsuccessful – so, someone else should be asked that question.

    [1/8/2017 7:12:40 PM] Sepultura13: I thought you were going to ask about gaming and anime, not writing! (cool)

    [1/8/2017 7:13:52 PM] The Well-Red Mage: Oh no no no no, this is a cross-examination on multiple subjects. As long as you’re comfortable in talking about your writing?

    [1/8/2017 9:17:24 PM] Sepultura13: I’m pretty comfortable talking about anything and everything – so, fire away!

    [1/8/2017 10:54:31 PM] The Well-Red Mage: Awesome! As I suspected… so please tell us about the project you worked on for your first NaNoWriMo! Did you succeed? Did you fail? What kind of novel was it! Juicy details!

    [1/9/2017 8:49:40 AM] Sepultura13: It was a fan fiction short story, that I am editing at leisure, and posting excerpts of it on my blog from time to time. Yes, I succeeded at the NaNoWriMo challenge, in that I typed a little over 50k words during the month of November.

    [1/9/2017 7:06:43 PM] The Well-Red Mage: (If I could get a link to some of those blog entries, that’d be great)

    [1/9/2017 7:06:48 PM] The Well-Red Mage: That’s something to be proud of

    [1/9/2017 7:06:49 PM] The Well-Red Mage: , cert

    [1/9/2017 7:07:19 PM] The Well-Red Mage: certainly. What turned you to writing/blogging as an interest in the first place? Why blog at all?

    [1/9/2017 8:39:10 PM] Sepultura13: I thought that you’d seen the excerpts when I posted them – my mistake! I’ll send a link when I’m able to.

    As far as writing/ blogging goes, I got into it at an early age with no real inspiration or direction from family. Why blog? Simple: I do it for the same reason anybody has a hobby – I enjoy it.

    [1/9/2017 10:06:40 PM] The Well-Red Mage: And what would you say makes your particular blog special out there amidst the sea? What is your specialty?

    [1/10/2017 6:09:16 AM] Sepultura13: I entertain whilst informing, and focus on subjects that are underrepresented.

    [1/10/2017 6:10:04 PM] The Well-Red Mage: What are some of these underrepresented subjects? I noticed a multitude of different things on your blog.

    [1/11/2017 5:47:42 PM] Sepultura13: You answered your own question, as the myriad topics that I talk about or highlight are largely underrepresented. Reading them in depth might enlighten you about them.

    [1/11/2017 5:54:22 PM] The Well-Red Mage: K. Back to gaming then. Since we’ve played what seems like a variety of different games between us, what are some of your all-time favorites?

    [1/12/2017 12:01:09 PM] Sepultura13: That covers a wide area! Glad that you asked. Along with the Ultima and Elder Scrolls multiverses, I’ll list my top five from each genre:

    NES – Final Fantasy, Super Mario 2, Legend of Zelda, Mega Man, and Ultima IV.

    Arcade: Gauntlet, Total Carnage, Phoenix, Tempest, and Joust.

    PC: Command & Conquer, Total Annihilation, Age of Wonders (series), Starcraft (series), and the whole Diablo series.

    MMOs: Ultima Online and The Elder Scrolls Online. I’ve blogged about those series often, both on WordPress and the other blogs I used to post on.

    [1/12/2017 6:18:16 PM] The Well-Red Mage: Lots of great titles! With the NES, have you picked up the Classic Edition or are you not interested?

    [1/13/2017 7:58:30 AM] Sepultura13: I still have my original NES, and it still works great! I also have a “streamlined” version that was released sometime in the late 90s, if the original ever dies on me – so, I don’t think that I’ll be investing in the Classic Edition. Is that the one you had a review about on your blog?

    [1/13/2017 8:52:21 AM] The Well-Red Mage: Yeah our resident Rage Mage did a jocular post on the teeny tiny Classic Edition. I’ve still got my NES too but the pins are wearing down. But on the other hand, it’s been impossible to find the Classic Edition anywhere. Even after Christmas. Did you catch the official presentation on the Switch last night? What are your opinions on Nintendo’s next console?

    [1/13/2017 8:52:41 AM] The Well-Red Mage: Given that you’re drawn more toward PC and such.

    [1/14/2017 8:21:57 AM] Sepultura13: I did not catch the official presentation, since I haven’t heard of the Switch. So, I have no opinion on the next console for the reason you stated: I prefer gaming on a PC.

    [1/14/2017 8:25:13 AM] The Well-Red Mage: What have you learned through the experience of blogging that you can share with us, in closing?

    [1/14/2017 9:27:12 AM] Sepultura13: That different things work for different people, and that advice or assistance is given selectively and sparingly. Blogging is much different from talking with people in the real world, when it comes to sharing information and experiences.

    [1/14/2017 12:10:55 PM] The Well-Red Mage: We are only quite little fellows in a wide world after all. Thanks for your participation! Dada da da daaa da that’s it.

    [1/14/2017 12:59:30 PM] Sepultura13: Awesome – thank you for the opportunity. Very interesting interview experience! Most enlightening.


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  17. leggypeggy
    Mar 20, 2017 @ 15:07:50

    Re our conversation in another thread. The racism I sense when I am in the US is not something directed towards me. It is the treatment I see shown to others. It might be something as everyday as how the person in front of or behind me (who might be Black American or Hispanic or wearing a hijab) in the queue is treated by the cashier or salesperson. Sometimes the differences are shocking. and that leads into the Iraqi woman I mentioned. She said people in Australia had been kind to her. I took that to mean that she didn’t fell harassed for wearing the hijab. But a conversation doesn’t go for long in a queue at the farmers’ market. I suggested some shops she might find helpful for ingredients and she knew of them. Kicking myself now that I didn’t offer more assistance.


    • sepultura13
      Mar 24, 2017 @ 14:02:40

      Sensing racism that isn’t directed at you is deep, isn’t it? Imagine how the person feels who has to deal with it directly…not just “sense” it…


      • leggypeggy
        Mar 24, 2017 @ 21:31:21

        I can only sort of imagine. Behaviours might improve if people really could imagine. I’ve travelled extensively throughout Black Africa and even when I was one of only a small group of whites, I’ve always been treated with respect and kindness. It’s simply the way things should be.

      • sepultura13
        Mar 26, 2017 @ 15:28:34

        “…even when I was one of only a small group of whites, I’ve always been treated with respect and kindness. It’s simply the way things should be.”


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  19. sepultura13
    Apr 04, 2017 @ 12:45:20

    I decided to post the link to the letter that Dr. King’s widow, Coretta Scott King, wrote about Jefferson Beauregard Sessions. Some things bear shedding light on, with all that’s going on in the country, and around the world.


  20. sepultura13
    Apr 10, 2017 @ 14:58:29


  21. Paul
    Apr 26, 2017 @ 08:28:35

    When I saw the pictures of the bear and her cub, I was captivated. As with all of the other nature pictures you have shared, these were well-done and professional, reflecting the life and manners of animals in the wild. My comment regarding hunting/hunters and guns was inappropriate.

    You wrote: “Why it evoked a negative response in you, eliciting a completely unrelated comment about hunting / hunters and guns, didn’t make any sense to me.”

    The remark was borne out of indirect frustration. If I may use an example: Imagine a room with a dozen or so persons of various races, cultures, and beliefs. The people are sharing food, laughing, talking and enjoying each other’s company. Suddenly one of the persons says aloud, “I hate war. I hate killing.” Obviously everyone would be shocked. Why did he say that? What prompted that remark?

    The charm and true goodness of the moment intensified a desire, a longing for the human interaction and understanding to never end. The person caught up in that positive emotion. voiced a frustration of the known reality. But the remark was unnecessary and inappropriate. The person should have kept his mouth shut. He should have gone into another room, and/or found another venue to communicate that frustration.

    My comment was linked to the picture in that I want all bears, all animals to live out their natural lives in their own natural habitat–such as we see in the pictures. In my vision of the “ideal” world there will be no hunters, hunting and killing bears or any other animal. Hence, the out-of-place remark.

    If you’re wondering why I’m going to such length, it’s because you’ve been a blogging friend for several years now. You were one of the first persons I chose to follow…if not the first. Your blogs are wonderful, informative, sensitive to the times, and one that reflects upon the positive aspects of African Americans.

    Again, Sepultura, I apologize for the blogging faux pas.



    • sepultura13
      Apr 26, 2017 @ 13:13:20

      No harm done with the faux pas, and I mean that – we’re human and make mistakes!

      “The remark was borne out of indirect frustration. If I may use an example: Imagine a room with a dozen or so persons of various races, cultures, and beliefs. The people are sharing food, laughing, talking and enjoying each other’s company. Suddenly one of the persons says aloud, “I hate war. I hate killing.” Obviously everyone would be shocked. Why did he say that? What prompted that remark?

      The charm and true goodness of the moment intensified a desire, a longing for the human interaction and understanding to never end. The person caught up in that positive emotion. voiced a frustration of the known reality. But the remark was unnecessary and inappropriate. The person should have kept his mouth shut. He should have gone into another room, and/or found another venue to communicate that frustration.”

      I still don’t understand, though. If the gathering you use as an example consisted of a group of different people having an active discussion about wars and unnecessary killings, and how to end them, then the comment would be perfectly justifiable. The example you give merely illustrates a person who has war, death, and killing on their mind in a setting that is far removed from it. They air their thoughts with a statement which is incongruous to the setting, which naturally discomfits people.

      “My comment was linked to the picture in that I want all bears, all animals to live out their natural lives in their own natural habitat–such as we see in the pictures.”

      Understandable. However, I could relate more to your comment if I had reblogged a post about “trophy hunters” and posted pictures of people posing with dead animals. It would make far more sense, then.

      As far as your deep feelings about hunters / hunting and guns, that is another topic entirely and would be an endless, futile argument. I am against the hunting that assholes like Turd Nugent, Uday and Qusay McDrumpf, and their inbred ilk glorify because that isn’t hunting: it’s mindless, senseless, wasteful slaughter. That being said, I grew up in Alaska and subsistence hunting was solely about survival and only used as a last resort. I own guns for my own reasons, and I am not a member of the NRA or any so-called “hunting” club. I have far more respect for guns than the average American – and, far more respect for life in general than most people on this planet. You can take that to the bank.

      I thank you for your candor, and I appreciate you still being a follower after all of these years! I enjoy your blog as well; it just takes me some time to answer the thought-provoking questions that you post about authors and the ways we approach our creations. No harm done – we all commit faux pas from time to time, and I know that I’m guilty of same, and I would hope that others would take time to talk things out with me the way I’m doing with you. Communication is the only way we can understand each other and where we’re coming from, ya know?


      • Paul
        Apr 28, 2017 @ 15:34:36

        Sorry to be a bit late with my reply. Please allow me one more attempt. My narrative lacks important detail for the message I wished to communicate. The various people are talking , laughing and having a great time, but their talk isn’t about “wars and unnecessary killing.” I’m sorry for a poorly written narrative that led you astray. The people are talking and laughing about positive topic, e.g. their families, their children, good things that are happening in their communities. The point is they are all sharing their experiences regarding the many positive aspects of their lives. So, when one of them, without warning, speaks out I hate war. I hate killing.. Everyone is shocked because that is not what they were talking about. The person has seemingly spoken out of context, but essentially the person spoke so–not wisely–to say, “I wish life could be like this always.” I hope that clarifies.

        And how right you are: Communication is the best road to understanding. Again, thank you so much for your thought provoking response.

      • sepultura13
        Apr 29, 2017 @ 10:18:31

        “The point is they are all sharing their experiences regarding the many positive aspects of their lives. So, when one of them, without warning, speaks out I hate war. I hate killing.. Everyone is shocked because that is not what they were talking about. The person has seemingly spoken out of context, but essentially the person spoke so–not wisely–to say, “I wish life could be like this always.” I hope that clarifies.”

        I appreciate your attempt at clarifying your narrative. I stand by my response. If a person has something to say, i.e. “I wish life could be like this always,” then why not say it? It’s far more direct and makes more contextual sense than saying “I hate war; I hate killing.” As I stated, that comment would make sense if it were stated in an anti-war discussion. It makes no sense to spout it off at a gathering like a wedding reception, baby shower, children’s birthday party, etc. There are appropriate times and places to discuss certain things. Agreed?

      • Paul
        Apr 29, 2017 @ 12:35:57


      • sepultura13
        Apr 30, 2017 @ 07:20:43


    • sepultura13
      Apr 26, 2017 @ 22:55:12

      “Your blogs are wonderful, informative, sensitive to the times, and one that reflects upon the positive aspects of African Americans.”

      I only have one blog, but I have racked up many posts on it to date! I’m glad that you enjoy reading it. It’s a shame that you don’t like my writing excerpts and other fiction, but everyone has their own tastes – those who like the YA genre aren’t known for liking fantasy or swords & sorcery, apparently.

      In closing, I feel that reflecting and putting the spotlight on the positive aspects of people such as myself is necessary in a country which wants to do nothing but stereotype, pigeonhole, and negatively label us. I’m sure that you would want to combat unfair, limiting, and negative stereotypes of people like your wife or yourself if you saw or heard it being done, wouldn’t you?


      • Paul
        Apr 29, 2017 @ 04:45:59

        Of course, and every syllable you utter and/or write that reflects positively on African Americans is a moment well spent.

        I was born and raised in Tennessee, worked thirty seven years in Mississippi, and now here I am retired in North Alabama. My years teaching at Alcorn State, provided me an environment where I had to confront my own racism. Because Alcorn is literally in the woods, I lived on campus for years. The first year was the most difficult for me; after that I grew to love the place and still do. What Alcorn did for me in those first years, when I taught as an Instructor of English, was to force me to confront my own racist attitudes–not hardcore–but there. It is my opinion that any white person born and raised in the South is tainted to some degree with racism. How could I have escaped it? I was born into it. It “appeared” natural. My world was a white world. When I finished my master’s I tried to get jobs using a Memphis-based placement office. I got one offer from Lane College, an HBCU in Jackson, Tennessee. My friends told me not to apply that it was a black school, and they don’t treat whites very well. I threw the notice in the trash. After being turned down by fifteen or twenty white universities, I received an offer from Alcorn. Back then, 1972, it was Alcorn A&M. I didn’t tell my friends. I got the job and left Tennessee. At Alcorn I was one of few white faculty. I refused to live on campus because I was literally afraid to be around that many black people. Never in my life had I seen so many black people in one place. By the end of the year, I had moved on to campus. It took a year for me to realize the blatant lies my white culture had fed me. Black people are lazy. They always laugh. They smell, they all look alike. They, they, they. Oh, and “they” steal things. (I lived on campus for years and never locked my door. Nothing was ever stolen.)

        I started reading black literature. In undergraduate and graduate school not one Black novelist or poet was required reading. Now I was reading Ellison, Wright, Gaines, McCay, Gayle Jones, Toni Morrison, Baraka, Alice Walker. I was introduced to a whole world of literature that I didn’t even know existed. Racism places blinders on you. The blinders were removed.

        Both Amiri Baraka and Stokely Carmichael came to our campus in the seventies. They scared the hell out of me, but I sat there and listened. My life changed forever. When I returned home for visits, I saw my family with “opened eyes.” I still loved them, they were family after all, but I recognized the mindset. I realized I was looking at a mirror of what I had been, but had chosen no longer to be. Racism is, to me, a disease that infects one and never leaves. I think it is something that one has to recognize within oneself and then deal with it accordingly.

        I try to get back to Alcorn at least once a year. I still have some great friends there.
        Didn’t mean to go on and on, but I admire you and your efforts to move the message of black lives in a positive and meaningful manner.

        Thank you again for this conversation.

      • sepultura13
        Apr 29, 2017 @ 10:31:36

        I appreciate you re-telling your personal tale; this makes the second time you have related it to me. I think that this part is the most important and bears repeating:

        “It is my opinion that any white person born and raised in the South is tainted to some degree with racism.”

        Very true. Here’s a question for you: have you ever made that statement to white southerners or white Americans from any part of the USA?
        If so, did you get any response, positive or negative?
        If not, do you feel that most white people are so blind to their own internalized racism that they’re incapable of that level of self-examination and reflection?

        I’d go as far as saying that a majority of white people, no matter where they exist in the world, are tainted with racism to certain degrees – some more than others. Russia, Canada, Australia, South America, South Africa, and the majority of Europe are the worst offenders when it comes to this, from what I see.

      • Paul
        Apr 29, 2017 @ 12:35:17

        I have related that notion to other white folks. The most recent being my neighbor down the street here in Alabama. He’s from Wisconsin and served on a submarine during the Cold War. He and I get together on occasion and have a beer and talk. He’s a republican. I’m a democrat. At least he didn’t vote for Trump. Well, he said he didn’t.
        One evening a few months ago, I gave him my idea of racism and white folks. His reaction was close to what I get from other white folks. “I’m not. I’m not racist.” He went on about how he was born in Wisconsin and didn’t even see a black person until he was nineteen. As if that made a difference. There’s nothing I can say that will change his mind about himself.
        I’ve come to understand–that’s the nature of racism. Other persons I’ve said this too from a white lady in Vicksburg who said, literally, the same thing my friend down the street said. “I’m not racist.” to another acquaintance of mine in Mississippi who stared at me and finally said, “that is some fucked-up thinking.” We didn’t get much further than that.

        What most white folks don’t see, and I didn’t either for many many years, is the white-privilege bubble in which we walk and breath and is, as we know, racially exclusive. No one follows me around in Saks when I shop there, but they sure as hell followed my friend around and she had a lot more money than I did, but she was black. Why do I see it now? Because fate, karma, whatever sent me to work with African Americans and live as their neighbor for nearly forty years. Communication and closeness are the only way to defeat racist attitudes and not too many white folks will choose that pathway. I consider myself fortunate in spite of myself. I didn’t go to Alcorn because I wanted to be cured of my inborn racist notions. I went because it was a job. As it turned out…it was so much more. It made me human.

        And I agree with you, racism isn’t contained within our borders. It is the world over and it’s simple and yet can become insanely complicated. For instance my brother, a staunch Republican, intensifies his racism in direct relation to class–the lower the class, the worse the racism and of course he’s given tons of support from the media, e.g. Fox News. A black woman once told me, back in the 80s that HUD put low-income black homes in up-scale white neighborhoods, such as my brother’s Richardson, Texas, in order to all they really did was inflame white notions of racial superiority. Indeed, when a housing project went up in that decade close to my brother’s nice brick home, he immediately complained of black men drinking beer on the street corner. And instantly the “they” showed up in his talk along with some unsavory terms.

        White America came to this country racist as hell, using religion as an excuse for genocide and slavery. Whether we admit it or not, it’s a fact.
        I remember reading Thomas Mann and being amazed that Northern Europeans looked down and despise their “darker” cousins the Southern Europeans. Or the Bible. I’ve given up on Christianity as a personal belief system. For me it’s a myth borne out of ancient Jewish tribes that is astounding and great story-telling that ranks with Homer. And that’s it. But with the first words in that ancient text you have the separation of what? Dark and Light. And which one is good? Yep you got it.

        How will it all resolve itself? Will it ever? I know that the South isn’t as overtly racist as it was in the fifties, but it still there and needs only a whisper to bring it out to its intensest level. I told my black students, “if you think white folks would balk at throwing you into a gas chamber, then you need to wake up.” I still believe that given the right circumstances, and that has nearly just occurred, it would happen in an instant.

        White people are “tainted with racism,” that’s absolutely true. Their white privileged life style and supportive media and religious, political, educational institutions all work toward maintaining that status.

      • sepultura13
        Apr 30, 2017 @ 07:16:14

        “I know that the South isn’t as overtly racist as it was in the fifties, but it still there and needs only a whisper to bring it out to its intensest level.”

        The south might not be as overtly racist as in days gone by, but it is certainly there and just barely simmering under the surface, as evidenced by the monuments to racism and the CSA funded by the DAR and other “white heritage”-related groups. Mississippi and Alabama just recently celebrated some confederate “holiday” on Wednesday or Thursday of last week.

        The election of Baby-hands McDrumpf shows, quite glaringly, the racism festering in all corners of the USA, in general – and in the south in particular, from my perspective.

      • Paul
        Apr 30, 2017 @ 10:38:01

        I absolutely agree.

      • sepultura13
        May 01, 2017 @ 19:33:30


        So, do you ever plan on commenting positively about posts that have to do with other things? Like, you know, WRITING, which is something else that I’m passionate about? Or do you not consider me a ‘real’ writer simply because I’m not published as of yet?

        My blog covers a wide variety of topics!

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