Monday, December 17, 2007

Getting Started

Welcome to my new blog. I hope that you'll make it a regular stopover during your travels.

First, I must give thanks to Dr. Lester Spence whom I met a year ago when my brother gave a lecture at Johns Hopkins University. Les introduced me to the blogosphere. I'm very indebted to the formidable Craig Nulan. Since the first time that I sent Craig a tentative email, he has responded with overwhelming kindness and treated me like a respected peer rather than an apprentice. My indebtedness extends to E.C. Hopkins, a beautiful mind who writes with a rare combination of lyricism and authority. Every construct must have a floor and for that my model is Michael David Cobb Bowen. He never backs down from a fight and has tremendous courage and certitude to match his ambition. Desmond Burton aka AfroNerd and Denmark Vesey are two cats who have taught me not to be afraid of controversy. There are many unnamed others that have inspired and challenged me with their comments at various blogs and for this I'm grateful to them.

My intent is to make this space a gymnasium for ideas. I'm certain that egos and feelings will be bruised. That's all in the game. Malice, however, will not be tolerated. I'm new to blog ethics but I'll use the Supreme Court standard for pornography - I know it when I see it. That said, I wish you and your families and loved ones Happy Holidays.

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