Stop Telling People to Be Happy

It is irresponsible to preach happiness and self-worth without noting the work that goes into it. Telling someone to “be happy” is like giving them a blank map; it’s useless and gives them garbage to dispose. (You may as well say “Be mad!” and expect them to give a comical frown.) Quoting Ghandi with “Be the change that you want to see in the world” and offering prayer hands is not deep, nor is it helpful, when the recipient is hurting and needs more. … Read More Stop Telling People to Be Happy

Guest Column: I Didn’t Respect Blacks Until I Got My Own Black

I had been enjoying seeing the movie about me, “Green Book” and all the attention I’ve been getting for my time driving around a Black (Editor’s Note: musician Don Shirley). But I’m facing some “backlash” on the internet — whatever that means — because the story seemed racist. What’s racist about a white guy driving… Read More Guest Column: I Didn’t Respect Blacks Until I Got My Own Black