Starting Your Dreams Later In Life and Embracing the Detour

Jenee Darden speaking at Creative Mornings I know it's been a while since I've posted anything but that's because of my job. I'm working as a reporter covering Oakland and I host an arts segment on the radio where I get to interview amazing artists from around the Bay Area. Plus I'm publicizing my book  and building my speaking career!  You know what's funny? I thought this would all happen by the time I was 27-30.  Nope. That wasn't God's plan for me. I'm finally beginning to do the things I've wanted to do and I'm almost 40 years old. Some people reading this who are 40 will say 40 is still young. But some younger people reading may think 40 is nearly ancient. But I'm writing this post for those who like me, thought their career and personal dreams would come true much early in life. I'm here to tell you not to give up.  You know, death inspires life. A number of my relatives and friends have passed away, ranging in

A Deadly Price for Being a Gentleman

Michael Bailey, 26 from Louisiana was visiting family in San Francisco. Like many young folks do on vacation, he hit up the club. After the club closed, Bailey and his friends headed to their car. A woman said she needed a ride home to Hunter's Point. The gave her a ride and she directed them to the projects. When they arrived police say a man was there with a gun. I won't tell how this story ends because you probably already know. Bailey was an engineer major at Baton Rouge's Southern University, married father of two and employee of Delta Airlines. The woman who allegedly lured Bailey and his friends was released because police say there's not enough evidence to charge her. They're still looking for the gunman and his accomplices. You can watch the story here. Somebody left two kids fatherless and for what? A few bucks, a rental car, a cellphone maybe? And some believed things would change because Pres. Obama could be a role model to thugs. Ha.


  1. i wrote about a similar incident previously. I was asked for a ride by a young man who could or could not have been a student. I was inclined to help him, but my instincts told me not to do so. I felt very guilty for having to say no, but I had to make the choice that I thought was best for me.

    It is a shame that we cannot extend a hand to help another human being anymore. But people out there are doing everything under the son.

  2. Thanks for sharing Max. Definitely be careful because I heard this is a common set up. A woman I know told me someone she thought was a friend called her in the middle of the night for a ride but her gut instincts told her not to go. In this economy people will, as you said, do everything under the sun for some change.


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