stop. now, start.

Sometimes, before you can START something, you have to STOP something else first, that might otherwise hinder you. This is the season where many people use the newness of the year to make promises, resolutions, commitments and good habits.

one little Christmas tree

When I was a little boy around this time of year, the Christmas tree would ignite my little imagination with hope and anticipation of what Christmas morning might bring. The air was filled with smells of my mom’s cooking and the sounds of Motown Christmas songs. One song, in particular, was my favorite. I begged my mom to play it over and over again. It was “One Little Christmas Tree” by Stevie Wonder. I felt akin to that little tree – tiny and small.

be inspired.

44 is too young to die but God had other plans for Dwight Errington Myers, better known to us as Heavy D. He died on Tuesday in his Beverly Hills home, according to media reports, though it’s not clear what the cause of death was.

Heavy D is best known for hip hops hits such as “Mr. Big Stuff,” “The Overweight Lover’s in the House,” “Somebody for Me” and “We Got Our Own Thang” and more popularly, the theme song for popular TV show “In Living Color.”

What is most interesting to me is that within 24 hours of Heavy D’s untimely death, he tweeted,


Among the many roles that I fill, the one I’m most proud of is being a dad. Dads don’t get the respect that they deserve in our society. The media depicts them as absent, bumbling idiots, clueless, soulless or absent. Yeah, I said absent twice.

So, when I see a dad present in a movie or a commercial where he’s basking in a positive light, I take notice. I go so far as to cheer it and celebrate it.