Hello. Come on in. The daddy writes about current events, literature, music and, once in a while, drops something on you from back in the day to make you pause and ponder, stop and stare, and begin to wonder. Who knows? You may start to pace the floor, shake your head from side to side, then fall down on bended knees in a praying position and cry, "Lawd, have mercy! What is this world coming to?" Check yourself! But this blog is NOT about the daddy. It's about you: your boos, your fam, your hood, your country...our hopes and dreams of a better tomorrow. So let's make a pact: the daddy will put it on the track if you'll chase it down and hit him back. Together, we can definitely take it to another level. Shall we?"

Friday, September 10, 2010

A New Day

To Mac's cherished readers and fellow bloggers:

While living life to it's fullest, Mac always had an optimistic view for tomorrow. "Tomorrow is a new day" he said so often. Since his passing, we've come to the blog from time to time to re-read a post or two and share a bit more about Mac. You kindred bloggers and fans have provided wonderful encouragement and support to continue his blog. Individually and here on the blog, you've often expressed your wishes to read more of Mac's works.

You've also loved how Mac wove those nuggets of truth in his sidebar: "Change to Believe in"..."Good Lookin' Out"..."Speaking Truth to Power"...and "A Change is Gonna Come" These little gems underscore his overarching theme of truth and justice as reflected in his body of work both as a blogger/author and community activist. Here's a song that sums up his mission and legacy for me -- and one of his favorites: Solomon Burke's "None of us are free".

And now here's the good news ~

Mac's family has enthusiastically decided to carry his legacy forward with this blog. Together they will continue daddyBstrong's themes which were "not about the Daddy" but rather "About you: your boos, your fam, your hood, your country...your hopes and dreams of a better tomorrow." And of course they'll add their own unique voices -- building on Mac's legacy and doing him proud. I know you'll be back to welcome them to the blogosphere and spread the good word.

In the meantime, I'll say goodbye and express my deep gratitude and affection for all of you who have held Mac's Minneapolis family in your hearts and offered your love, prayers and support as this gentle and brilliant man passed on to his eternal reward. Here's my favorite poem from Mac. It captures how very ALIVE this dear man was to his bones and soul cells -don't you agree?

We do sing with you, Mac. Forever in our hearts.

Sing with me

I am one with the earth,
wind and sky.

I'm a towering, thunderous waterfall.

I roar when hurling through mist

and diving down to complete myself below,

smiling while flowing

in and out of liquid semi-circles

naturally. Free.

Sing with me.


Vigilante said...

You've been a good care-giver and a good caretaker, MP. You have served Mac well, and his friends faithfully.


Corey said...

Bravo, MP! Such wonderful news! Mac's legacy of love and light will forever be with us!

IntheLight said...

MP thanks for your loving contributions to Mac's blog.
We look forward to meeting his family

Anonymous said...

congratulations- hope to hear about some great music too

Charles said...

Thanks for the update. It would be great to read more of Mac's writings. Thoroughly enjoyed the 60's book and bought one as a gift

Nun in the Hood said...

Dear MP,
You have captured the essence of Mac Walton whom I inow and loved for 16 years.
I hope this piece remains a permanent part of this blog...Maybe a 'sidebar' of HIM!
Thanks for all you have done through these, Mac's final months/years to help him leave this wonderful legacy....I'm sure he's smiling in that 'Better Place' Beyond!
PEACE! Nun in the Hood

Anonymous said...

Welcome to the Daddy's family. It will be wonderful to have the opportunity to read more of his poetry.

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Anonymous said...

Really miss the Daddy's comments on a special day like today. He had so much empathy for the needs of veterans and wrote several memorable posts demonstrating his respect and pride in our troops.

Jazz said...

Mac's legacy will indeed always be remembered. You have done an excellent job with this blog.

Vigilante said...

Happy MLK-Day (belatedly), everyone! Too bad this GR8 site cannot be revived! Nevertheless, let it not be forgotten!