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Sunday, December 31, 2017

Dear Hannah: changED (Volume 1) (The Album / Mixtape)


 
Dear Hannah,

Tradition begins and ends with change.

Everything must change - and STAY changED.

I hope the songs below help to show the path.


Love,


Daddy


Derrick Brown & Knowledgebase Present ...
"changED (Volume 1)"

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Number
Title (Click Link For Lyrics)
Notes
Video
1.       
Creating change requires a "real-time" battle plan that can GRASPP, evaluate, and adjust in the middle of a fight.
2.       
You can make a whole new song - that speaks to our present-day plight - out of song & movie titles from albums & CDs that you have "sitting in the crates".
3.       
"Spare me all these details, man ... just tell me what I need to know (about life)."
4.       
Sometimes the cause masks the agenda.

Sometimes the cause masks our issues.
5.       
We have to keep the 7 “mind molding” institutions (religion, medicine, government, arts & entertainment, media, education, and the family) honest, accountable, and true to the game by following the rules of self-control ...
6.       
Power is the ability to work efficiently - that is, via wise and skillful use of resources, interests, communication, and expertise.
7.       
Segments of our society are marginalized because of their knowledge.

They see and say an uncomfortable truth about how we sometimes get in our own way.
8.       
"Culture" and "tradition" are often misnomers for "this is how we do it, and it ain't changing."

Everything must change, though - and STAY changed.
9.       
Equality depends on opportunity AND circumstances.

Work to create both for people ...
10.    
The times, they are a changin' - but the challenges are still the same ...


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Monday, November 13, 2017

Dear Hannah: LEarning (Reconciliation (Not Done Yet))



 
Dear Hannah,

The road to reconciliation starts with ...

realization (of both the might and the plight),
respect (both spiritual essence and natural function),
reassurance (of commitment to the corrective plan and path - don't ask for trust ... EARN IT),
and REAL relationship (dealing with each other as EQUALS).

We've got a long way to go ...

... because we keep trying to start at the finish line ...

... and often label voices of reason as voices of treason ...

... but 'tis the season ...

... to answer folly ...

... defeat conceit ...

... then rinse and repeat.

We are not done yet.


Love,



Daddy


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"LEarning (Reconciliation (Not Done Yet))"
By Derrick Brown
9-21-2017

The road to reconciliation

starts with

realization (of both the might and the plight),
respect (both spiritual essence and natural function),
reassurance (of commitment to the corrective plan and path - don't ask for trust ... EARN IT),
and REAL relationship (dealing with each other as EQUALS).

We've got a long way to go

because we keep trying to

start at the finish line

and often label

voices of reason

as voices of treason

but 'tis the season

to answer folly

defeat conceit

... then rinse and repeat.

we are not done yet.

 realization (of both might and plight)

reconciliated
is more than race-related
gifts must be located
voices elevated

okey-doke's
dated
and
correlated

with

doctrine
stated
policy
slated

created
and
debated

deals
consummated
laws that
dictated

advantages
prorated
equality
abated

apology
misstated
"we sorry
that you waited ...
... the check
- it was post-dated."

please don't
get fixated
these issues
are conflated

the breach
is still vacated
our reach has
been negated

okey-doke
updated
blame shift
rotated

no thrones
abdicated
matter-fact
they gated!

reality's
narrated
by thoughts
navigated

wisdom
allocated
to see what's
calculated

though it's
complicated
mostly
fabricated

keep 'em
educated
make 'em
liberated

yo - we are not done yet.

respect (both spiritual essence and natural function)

am i your equal?
do you respect me?

am i your sequel?
do you subject me?

the answers
you see

resolve a
mystery

based on
a history

of how
you treated me

see I'm not -
fooled easily

eyes wide shut
to the nth degree

don't walk on bended knee
remember wounded knee

let's say
my mind is free

then let me
sip my tea

now on equality
let's chop the cherry tree

if there will ever be
a "we" - that's you and me

then either build a bridge
or else fill in the sea

embrace the potpourri
of my humanity

my functionality
and personality

my character
spirituality

the spice of life
variety

respect my name
'cause I'm somebody

my man - we are not done yet.

(of commitment to the corrective plan and path - don't ask for trust ... EARN IT)

my m.o.
is trust

but
verify

help my unbelief
see if you qualify

give peace a chance
share a piece of pie

ideas aplenty
ready to apply

call out misdeeds
don't try to justify

pray-SAY-PLAY
that's how we rectify

plant a seed
then let it multiply

take a closer look
yep - magnify

own up to sleights
ratify

speak truth to power
testify

clean up this mess
don't oversimplify

no scapegoat
fall guy

no secret agent man
i spy

don't ride the black horse
bad guy

don't ride the white horse
good guy

make a conscious effort
try try

we are not done yet.

REAL relationship (dealing with each other as EQUALS)

relationships
begin with "hey"

then take their course
la vie c'est

balance is zero
you ain't gotta pay

credit is zero
don't ask for no delay

spit out them bones
let's deal with the fillet

world is watching
what we gon display?

let's get together
build a pathway

shift some paradigms
start anew today

commit some generations
it's overdue, you say?

let my daughter's daughter
write a true essay

'bout how her granddaddy
put the ball in play

and how her mama
added an array

of color and beauty
and a nice bouquet

'cause the world loved her
gave her some cachet

granddaddy left a trail
personal dossier

also left a knot
gave her some cache

and we are not done yet.

We dream of a world where all men are equals ...

... not one where some men are sequels

... all women are subjects

... and people of color are quietly marginalized

by the winks and nods of a colluding, crafty majority,

the benevolent, subtle patronage of the church ...

and the unconscionable emulation of oppression

by the oppressed

against the more oppressed.

... all are ready to defend and deflect any

blame for racism, bias and privilege.

... all are ready to eat, sing and pray

with their prey.

There is a more excellent way.

I hope I am on the path to finding it.

Y'all pray for me.

Selah.



About Derrick Brown (Principal Consultant)
 

I am Keisha's husband, and Hannah's father.

My *other* passion is empowering people via methods that balance skill & will, analysis & synthesis, ideas & execution, and activity & achievement.

I am the product of my mentoring relationships, peacemaking (and peacekeeping), and problem-solving ability.

I am a publisher, filmmaker, executive coach & registered mediator with engineering degrees from Clemson and Georgia Tech.

My education began when I finished school.

After school, I enrolled in a lifelong curriculum that includes the following classes ...

  • ministry (serving people)
  • entrepreneurship (developing solutions that serve people)
  • stewardship (taking care of relationships, possessions, talents, body, mind, and time)
  • literacy (reading & writing skills)
  • numeracy (math skills)
  • language (communication skills)
  • self-expression (sharing "who you are")
  • self-identity (knowing "who you are")
  • analysis & synthesis (solving problems & sharing solutions)

KnowledgeBase is a ministry that has evolved from wisdom earned through lessons learned.

I want to share this wisdom to build teams of "triple threat" fellows - mentors, mediators, and problem solvers.

We will collaborate in simple, powerful ways that allow us to help people.

I now know that power is work done efficiently (with wise and skillful use of resources, interests, communication, and expertise).

Copyright © 2017 Derrick  Brown. All Rights Reserved.


Monday, November 6, 2017

Dear Hannah: LEarning (People (Acceptance))



 
Dear Hannah,

I'm a people watcher - a careful observer of human behavior.

Watching people has taught me that when I look at them ...

... sometimes I am looking through a window.

... other times I am looking in a mirror.

When I stare through a window in the afternoon, I see outside.

Staring through a window at night shows me "me".

The mirror always shows me "me" ... but also shows me what is behind me ... and what is to come.

Man, I hope all that makes sense.

But let me spell it out.

What you see is always a personal lesson for you ... if you see it that way.

That is a blessing.

Don't take the easy road of judgement and opinion.

Take the less-travelled road ... be advised and forewarned - especially when you watch someone else struggle or fall.

That might have been you - but for the power of healing and redemption.

That could still be you - but for God's amazing wisdom, grace and mercy.

Selah.


Love,


Daddy


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"LEarning (People (Acceptance))"
By Derrick Brown
8-27-2017

People make the world go 'round.

People will also work your nerves.

Understanding personality, character, and temperament can help us to accept ourselves and others.

In some small way, this might put us on a path of getting along with each other a little better.

partner in crime
ally

hard-headed
defy

by the book
comply

evil villain
bad guy

enthusiastic
banzai

l'il shawty
bonsai

pipsqueak
small fry

happy go lucky
blue sky

a little boring
bone dry

captain america
good guy

smart bottom
wise guy

gullible
fall guy

space cowboy
sci-fi

perspective
bird's eye

ceo
neck tie

professor
bowtie

george clooney
black tie

Messy Marvin
pig sty

patient
drip-dry

protester
outcry

soldier
war cry

violent
drive-by

paralyzed
standby

loyal
stand by

fight to the finish
Popeye

popular
Shanghai

gatekeeper
deny

annoying
shoo fly

bloodsucker
horsefly

all-american
apple pie

faithful
semper fi

time for change
modify

metamorphosis
butterfly

scary
petrify

gonna let you know
notify

high society
dignify

mean mugging
evil eye

hypercritical
crucify

take a close look
magnify

excuses
alibi

big mouth
amplify

speak life
edify

spectator
passerby

solid as a rock
fortify

enlightening
firefly

double-minded
gemini

double-checker
verify

dot the i's, cross the t's
specify

speed slicer
samurai

take away the keys
dui

secret agent man
fbi

chatterbox
fyi

don't need no help
diy

investigator
csi

hurting
mri

intuitive
heart don't lie

bargain hunter
free wi-fi

big spender
buy buy buy

wanna get away
bye bye bye

bad, bad man
fe-fo-fi

fruitful
multiply

optimistic
can't we try?

believer
i can fly

regretful
well run dry

laid back
just get by

kinda silly
high school high

nimble
spry spry spry

thrill seeker
high high high

jet setter
fly fly fly

can't tell the truth
lie lie lie

hard worker
try try try

concerned
my my my

distrustful
shy shy shy

melancholy
sigh sigh sigh

sentimental
cry cry cry

scary mary
terrify

nosy rosy
spy spy spy

meddlesome
pry pry pry

mathematician
pi pi pi

sweet tooth
pie pie pie

controlling
don't ask why

in the moment
why ask why

inquisitive
why why why

I'm a people watcher - a careful observer of human behavior.

Watching people has taught me that when I look at them ...

... sometimes I am looking through a window.

... other times I am looking in a mirror.

When I stare through a window in the afternoon, I see outside.

Staring through a window at night shows me "me".

The mirror always shows me "me" ... but also shows me what is behind me ... and what is to come.

Man, I hope all that makes sense.

But let me spell it out.

What you see is always a personal lesson for you ... if you see it that way.

That is a blessing.

Don't take the easy road of judgement and opinion.

Take the less-travelled road ... be advised and forewarned - especially when you watch someone else struggle or fall.

That might have been you - but for the power of healing and redemption.

That could still be you - but for God's amazing wisdom, grace and mercy.

Selah.


About Derrick Brown (Principal Consultant)
 

I am Keisha's husband, and Hannah's father.

My *other* passion is empowering people via methods that balance skill & will, analysis & synthesis, ideas & execution, and activity & achievement.

I am the product of my mentoring relationships, peacemaking (and peacekeeping), and problem-solving ability.

I am a publisher, filmmaker, executive coach & registered mediator with engineering degrees from Clemson and Georgia Tech.

My education began when I finished school.

After school, I enrolled in a lifelong curriculum that includes the following classes ...

  • ministry (serving people)
  • entrepreneurship (developing solutions that serve people)
  • stewardship (taking care of relationships, possessions, talents, body, mind, and time)
  • literacy (reading & writing skills)
  • numeracy (math skills)
  • language (communication skills)
  • self-expression (sharing "who you are")
  • self-identity (knowing "who you are")
  • analysis & synthesis (solving problems & sharing solutions)

KnowledgeBase is a ministry that has evolved from wisdom earned through lessons learned.

I want to share this wisdom to build teams of "triple threat" fellows - mentors, mediators, and problem solvers.

We will collaborate in simple, powerful ways that allow us to help people.

I now know that power is work done efficiently (with wise and skillful use of resources, interests, communication, and expertise).

Copyright © 2017 Derrick  Brown. All Rights Reserved.


Copyright © 2017 Derrick Brown and KnowledgeBase, Inc. All Rights Reserved.