A birthday toast to Dr. King

Here’s my toast to Dr. King – recorded very spontaneously about 30 minutes ago.

Note: I say on the video that I did a “pretty good job” of raising my black son. As good as you can claim to have done, when I chose for many years of his childhood to live 300 miles away from him to pursue my career.

He, on the other hand, has done an awesome job of growing up. He knows who he is as a person, is an amazing husband and father – and just an overall great guy.

This first link is to the Sarah Bareilles song I mention in the video. This song, “Brave”, has been my anthem for the summer of racial reckoning and for speaking truth to power:


And here is my toast to Dr. King on his birthday:


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These days all of my identities are converging: whether I am offering a blessing in the grocery store checkout line, offering a prayer in a poem or experiencing the kinship with all life while walking my or a client's dog - it's all the same. It's all Life.

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