Friday, March 20, 2020

Hang in there - We'll get through this

In light of what's going on these days with Covid-19 / Coronavirus I've decided to do my small part to help civilization remain civilized. This too shall pass. Being stuck at home doesn't need to mean that you stay stuck in a rut or a funk. If you'd like some help keeping your little ones occupied while you do your best to get work done from home, head to the bottom of this post. And then keep stopping by Roy's Book Reviews as I continue to add children's book readings to my booktube channel until we ride this thing out. I may even continue after that. Stay safe!

- Roy

And since physical movement is just as important as nourishing their minds and imaginations, I also recommend this dance video series

You might want to check out some of these videos from performances at The Kennedy Center

Monday, February 17, 2020


Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Farewell 2019 - S'up 2020

Love affair with Putin on one hand while saying offensive things (like "I like heroes who don't get caught") about US veterans who served this country with distinction and without regard for bone spurs. Hiding his taxes rather than being on up & up with Americans.

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And now for a quick review of 2019 happenings that I commented about on Twitter and/or wrote about here at A Line A Day. Imagine that you're hearing a drum roll before proceeding to peruse my Top Ten List.

1) We left Neverland and fought intensely over the personal legacy of Michael Jackson. His musical legacy remains the indisputable gold standard. 

2) I became a BOOKTUBER

3) We lost a literary legend. R.I.P. Toni Morrison

4) Jay-Z and the NFL joined forces

5) There was a killing and resulting trial with racial overtones. There was a verdict. It was followed by a hug. There were strong reactions to THE HUG.

6) Matters of Convenience received a review from a booktuber. That was cool!


8) Colin Kaepernick is STILL not playing NFL football but that did not prevent him from being a featured attraction of BREAKING SPORTS NEWS

9) Wattpad is still alive kicking so I did this...

10) Since it's not only the end of a year but the end of a decade, various "best of the decade" lists are being compiled. Among them, AP named the top male and top female athlete of the decade with honors bestowed upon LeBron James and Serena Williams. I have no argument with either selection, nor am I surprised that both athletes are African American. Earlier this year I reprinted an article originally written several years back - THE BLACK ATHLETE. 2020 is a Summer Olympics year so expect plenty more domination by athletes of color. This will not make up for the fact that presidential candidates of color have been dropping like flies. But I'm okay with pretty much anyone left in the Democratic field (okay, maybe not Tulsi) replacing Trump in the White House.

Sunday, November 17, 2019


There were a couple interesting events in the world of sports this week, NFL football to be specific, that caught my attention and led to extensive Twitter commentary by myself and others. The first was a brawl that took place towards the end of an otherwise boring game between the Cleveland Browns and Pittsburgh Steelers. Due in large part to the out of control behavior of one participant in particular, it may go down as the most memorable sports brawl since the legendary Malice in the Palace. I don't know if an equally catchy nickname has been decided on for this latest athletic brouhaha.

The second occurrence was a surprising and oddly rushed decision by the NFL to give Colin Kaepernick a tryout before all 32 NFL teams, after having snubbed him for the better part of the past three years, to possibly make a return to the league. I'm sure you know all about how and why he ended up out of the league to begin with.

Below you'll find a recap of both sporty happenings and various contrary reactions from those in my Twitter feed.

I'm curious to see where this Kaepernick situation goes. After today are his odds of being signed by a #NFL team higher, lower or unchanged. Will teams retain their opinion that his potential to cause them headaches is greater than his potential to be a franchise QB?

Oh, there was one other bit of sports news this week.

Also...OUCH and good night.

That's all I got for you sports fans. As for the avid book readers among you, here's one of my videos at Roy's Book Reviews.