The Power of Respect is Free

The Neighborhood

photo of James Eldridge Cassidy
in his grocery story Hope Arkansas

new music from The Neighborhood’s 2015 Song of the Year Recipient
J.P. Kallio with All Said and done

I’m not concerned with your liking or disliking me…
All I ask is that you respect me as a human being.
– Jackie Robinson

In every culture there is a line of respect, that dare not be crossed. In most cases, it is not written, rarely stated, simply taken for granted that regardless of our differences there is still respect of man. A reverence of one another, as an extension of oneself. Not on a spiritual level, or false idol worship, but a level of respectability, that we are all in this world together.Rather we are rich or poor, black or white, christian or muslim that indeed, we are our brothers keeper.

As human beings, we are full of uncontrolled emotions. We…

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A Holistic Journey

It was a summer sun and autumn wind. He felt both uncomfortable and snug in the sweater as the heat bore through and the air blew in tidal breaths about him. He couldn’t help look up as he made his way down the gully using his spade like a walking stick. The sky, a wash of azure, held out a gorgeous cleanness – a tableau vivant of redemption after the fierce rain. Reminding himself to breathe with the wind softening above, he followed the redolent trail of conifer to a line of trees tall against the strike of sun. Right there, by the rock. That’s where he’d dig. The clods eventually gave way because they had to. All those years: longing and defeat marked a hundred thousand steps that made a life and he hadn’t lived. The dirt crumbled under the work of sure hands. When he made his way…

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