Rev. Dr. G.G.
Rev. Dr. G.G.


I reckon about now a lot of people could use one today. Or, a lot of them.

It’s Inauguration Day in The United States. It’s pretty fair to say that the entire world is nervous. No worries. I’m not going to go all political on you now. Storyteller is supposed to be a refuge from all of that. I don’t speak liberal. And, I don’t speak conservative. I am on the side of mankind. Justice. Fairness. Caring.

I know what I know. I do what I do.

But, I wouldn’t presume to take over an airliner and fly it because I didn’t like how the flight crew treated me. Because. Because. Because. I don’t know how to fly a jet passenger plane.

Okay. That’s a metaphor.

But, we in The United States are about to be lead by a group of people who have no idea how to lead a country. And, by a man who thinks that he can tweet policy. A man who has no intellectual curiosity. A man who attacks anybody who even remotely crosses him in word or deed. The list goes on forever. Just like the road.


Like the rest of the world, I’m nervous. I have no idea what’s coming. All the tweeting, posting and instagramming in the world isn’t going to help. For the rest of the day, I’m going dark. If you decide to make a comment or two, I’ll come back to you on Saturday. However, you know what I think. The work is the prayer. There is a jazz funeral for justice, a women’s parade and a children’s parade occurring during the day starting at about 10:30 am. By the time you read this, I’ll be there.

Making pictures. Doing the work. Making the prayer.

These pictures. Welp, they came from the Undefeated Divas second line. I know these people. They are my pals on the scene. For the technically minded, F 5.6 and be there. Somewhere. Anywhere.


  1. Sorry for the the typo, I meant to say or not for regarding our new Pres. Living in Western Washington State, we tend to be liberal but in my yearly travels to the East side of our beautiful state the feeling is opposite.They believe our new President will save America.
    I hope our fears are wrong and theirs prove to be more than hopeful.


  2. One of the things that put some starch back in my spine yesterday (because, believe me, I spent a lot of time slumped over my desk in tears) was Dumpstaphunk & Trombone Shorty’s new single, “Justice.” Given that one of the first things DJT said he plans to do away with was the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities (ref. your comment about him lacking intellectual curiosity …), knowing that artists are fighting back already matters. I’m 53 years old, and I worry about the future of our country now in a way I never did before.

    Thank you for speaking out. Because you’re right; the pilots we have now don’t have the slightest idea how to operate the aircraft.


    1. We are a bunch of tough people down here. Our march got stormed on. Out came the umbrellas and everybody kept going. I’m a little older than. I’ve been through this before in a place worse than you could know. I reckon I have one more fight in me… BTW, Troy and I are pals on the scene. 🙂 Oh, and you’re welcome. I never intended Storyteller to turn political. But, perhaps this is more than political now.

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  3. Great street portraits Ray! I can see and feel the relationship you have with these fine folks. I am very nervous as well about, but believe the good in people will ultimately prevail. I just hope and pray we don’t all have to endure the consequences of perpetual thoughtlessness in the interim.


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