The End of Gabriel’s Tale

Read the beginning of Gabriel’s tale. Gabriel, the Civil Rights Lawyer’s Tale III. The Appeal “At Ed Johnson’s father’s behest,Two black lawyers took his requestParden knew they would be threatenedHis prosperous practice destroyed.But Parden was a Christian man,He prayed to his God for wisdom.Pardon agreed to bear the cross,It did not matter what the cost. […]

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II: Gabriel, The Civil Rights Lawyer’s Tale

by Mark Kodama Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, For theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Matthew Chapter 5:10 The time is always right to do what is right. Martin Luther King, Jr. Kingdom of Heaven I. The Arrest It was Nineteen Hundred ought Six. Old Chattanooga seemed transfixed, By a sudden […]

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Gabriel, The Civil Rights Lawyer’s Tale

by Mark Kodama Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly. Martin Luther King, Jr. Letter from the Birmingham Jail The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists […]

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Las Vegas Tales VIV

Bill DeSelms II The Newspaper Reporter Prologue: The Business by Mark Kodama My first job was the police beat. That’s where you either sink or swim. I remember I once covered A search and rescue launched for a missing woman and child. A few days later they found their bodies. I was so angry Those […]

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Las Vegas Tales VIII

Bill DeSelms I The Newspaper Reporter Prologue: The Business by Mark Kodama   What is government itself but the greatest of all reflections on human nature? If men were angels, no government would be necessary. If angels were to govern men, neither external nor internal controls on government would be necessary. James Madison Two movie […]

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Las Vegas Tales VII

The Poetry Contest by Mark Kodama  The travelers gathered at the Greyhound bus station in Los Angeles, California. An art movie house, once part of the old MGM Studios across the street, featured The Leopard and Sea Wolf.  A large granite stone statue of Julius Caesar cast its giant shadow over a small greenish copper […]

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Las Vegas Tales V

Bryan: the Insurance Agent’s Tale The Happiest Man: I by Mark Kodama Once upon a time, In ancient Lydia, there ruled King Croesus, A man famed for his riches and power. Now, Croesus lived in his palace in Sardis, Renown for its crenulated  towers. And its shaded verdant mountain bowers. Lydian gold known throughout antiquity […]

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