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“A Question of Merit”
Gregory V. Boulware

Has someone sent you a free Ebook or PDF containing valid and thorough research and content? Did you read it and submit a comment, editorial, or review? No? Have you considered the time and work the author has sacrificed? What about you? Have you been dissed when someone promised to read your material, post a review and/or comment? How did you feel when the promisor welched and pretended not to know you?

Many authors offer free copies of their books and written material only to have the work kicked to the wayside. They offer discounts with hopes of receiving positive and constructive feedback in order to provide a venue or model for improvement. every author is not a writer for profit! think about it… Wouldn’t it be a good thing if authors simply wished people would just read their work in hope of offering you, the reader, some additional fodder towards the improvement to your life journey? How many books have you read in your lifetime? Did you make it through school without the help and guidance of a book?

Would it be discourteous to think that people who receive gifts should acknowledge the fact? Would it be politically wrong to believe that when folks accept written material they should say whether it is a good read or a bad one? Would it be wrong for someone to not say anything to the giver of goods? What would your parents say to you if they knew that you had been rude…or have displayed rude behavior by lying to a person who has been told “I’ll read it later” or “I have to obtain another copy…I’ll buy one later,” after displaying an interest while receiving the work? Is this how you would raise your children? Would you have them live their lives practicing falsehood? What about complacency…would it be polite to expect something for nothing? Would it matter to you that the giver has gone through great expense, time, effort, personal sacrifice in producing said material? Where you really raised to practice such chicanery? How would you feel if promises were brought to bear with the trust and belief in the ones who say they are your family, friends, or colleagues? Don’t you think that expected action undelivered would cause a delay in posterity to the interpolate contribution?

Bona fide authors give a great deal of their time (sometimes it takes years, a lifetime) and effort in order to create. If it were not for writers, what would we know about anything? This action tacitly creates a portentous display of petulance on the part of the receiver who would, in many circumstances, participate in the endeavor to discuss a particular piece of work or author in a position that would describe the writer posthumously.

I wouldn’t like to see this happen to you or any other contributor… Neither would my parents.

(This article was posted to ‘Twitter’ in anticipation of reader accessibility on the social site of ‘Black In America.’ The Club membership will not allow public access, so it’s posted on this great forum, ‘WordPress’ for the world to see…).

There’s nothing like the feel of intelligent, funny, beauty, wonder, and all of the superlative gifts that reading brings through the touch of fingers commandeering a book! The text betwixt the binder and the leafing control of the mind and skin combine the soul and spirit encompassed by the journey of thought.

Should you ever receive a free book from someone, stop, take a minute, say thank you…and do comment to the positive or contrary.

The most accessible enlightenment is a book…read one today and every day after that!

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Still Water Lakes_1995


Gregory V. Boulware, Esq.


The medicine men and priests among the Indians were usually merely those men who thought more deeply and strenuously than the average men in the tribe. These thinkers tended to live among the more successful tribes. To think, one needed at least some time free from the chore of procuring food.
Native American tribes did not call their medicine people “shamans.” This is a New Age term often misapplied to Native American Spiritual Leaders by people of European descent, self-professed “medicine” people and their followers.

Native Americans, New Agers, and charlatans alike have radically augmented and revised the tenets of traditional Native American religions. “Crystal skull caretakers” sit beside Native American medicine men and medicine women, shamans and priests, and “Star Beings,” rather than buffalo, are pondered. Outraged Native Americans have entered this fray, castigating those they see exploiting traditional Native American spirituality.

These medicine men or spiritual leaders were in a different class than the other men of their tribe. This special status was not dependent on their hunting and fishing. Contact with other tribes enabled thinkers to build and expand their belief frameworks, so medicine men or spiritual leaders were more prevalent in tribes that were accessible to outsiders.

As contemporary Native American religious flowerings are best understood by first examining the origins of Native American Spirituality, all of the contemporary sects are best comprehended in light of the traditional religions. As these differ from their New Age and Christian versions, each group is also unique compared to other traditional sects. These traditional sects are best understood as a conglomerate by investigating a few individual traditional Native American religions.
Indian medicine men, spiritual leaders, priests and shamans

Chief Gerald Glenn, the Medicine Man, was second only to the chief in importance and standing within his tribal group. His duties involved both religious interpretations and pharmacology. A good medicine man became adept at both and as a result, he was often thought of as one who possessed magical powers. Before William Penn’s holy experiment, human impact in the Pocono Mountains by Native Americans and European settlers was minimal.

The Pennsylvania Mountains was one of the last colonies to be settled in the northern region of the state. The region remained wilderness until pressure from European settlers caused and influx of Native Americans from Maryland and the Carolinas’. Glenn, a direct descendent of the Lenape Chieftain of the Penn and Lenape Peace Treaty, 1682, Chief Tammany who died in 1718, was his great-great-grandfather. His wife, a Huron Princess, reared sons who took over as Chief of Nations along the Delaware Water Gap. They lived in peace with the residents of Stroudsburg, founded by Jacob Stroud in 1799.

The villages of the mountains raised buckwheat and rye, a big crop with potatoes, maze, oats, cattle, sheep, and hogs. Chief of his village as well as Chief of the Northeastern regional Forestry and Parks Services, Ranger Captain Glenn; like his, people are also members of the Northwestern Indian Confederacy in the Mountains of Pennsylvania, New York, and Canada. The tribal members are The Cree, The Creek, The Ottawa, The Seminole, The Huron, The Cherokee, The Algonquian, The Ojibwa, The Shawnee, and The Lenape Nations. Glenn continues his leadership in the protection of his people, their land, their tribal beliefs, and their heritage. Glenn’s mother was of Creek/Seminole descent while his father was the Tribal Chief of The Shawnee-Lenape (Munsee-Minisink) of Ontario Canada and the Poconos.

Willice Samuel’s family arrived up North from Georgia by way of Winnsboro, South Carolina. The family settled in Coatesville Pennsylvania, in or about April 1911. Willice’s Great-Great Grandfather talked about a lynching and burned at the stake murder of a Black Man by a mob of white men who wore masks. He said the Black Man; named Zachariah Walker was accused of shooting to death a white cop; named Edgar Rice. He was supposed to have been a special police officer in Coatesville. He went on to say, “The Colored Man was chased and treed in the woods in or near the Robert Faddis Woods near Youngsburg.

The Black Man tried to shoot himself in the head, but failed. They took the Black Man to the hospital were his injuries were treated. A gang of white men broke the window in the main hallway, corralled the police officer guarding him and dragged the Black Man from his sick bed to the Sarah Jane Newland Farm just to the right of the road and almost directly opposite the farmhouse. In a grass field about fifty feet from the road, they gathered dried Chestnut Rails and old fencing to build a fire. It took all of three minutes to get the fire up to a height of ten feet or more. They asked him if he had any last words…he didn’t. He was then thrown into the fire. The flames burned his clothes and seared his flesh – he managed to leap from the fire-pile and jump over a fence. They caught him and tied a rope around his neck and dragged him back onto the burning fire. Walker tried two more times to get out of the bonfire. He tried to get out of the seething furnace of hell. But he was beaten and pulled him back on the burning pile with each try.”

Great-Great-Grandpa continued on with the graphic details. “The sickening smell of burning flesh permeated the air. Folks came from all around to see and take pictures of the burning Black Man. They laughed and drank liquor. Their children had fun too. This all happened on or around Saturday April 12, 1911…we packed and moved to Philadelphia.” The Willice’s are descendants of America’s lucrative Industry of Black Slavery.

“The understanding of the racial question does not ultimately involve understanding by either Black or Indians. It involves the white man himself. He must re-examine his past. He must face the problems he has created within himself and within others. The white man must no longer project his fears and insecurities onto other groups, race, and countries. Before the white man can relate to others he must forego the pleasure of defining them.”

~Vine Deloria Jr. – Samuel L. Katz, Black Indians, a Hidden Heritage~

For the people of the ‘Americas’ the arrival of Columbus was hardly a blessing. On his first day, October 12, 1492, the explorer wrote in his diary – “I took some of the natives by force.” He later found the original inhabitants to be tractable, peaceable, and concluded ‘there is not in the world a better nation.” His response as a European was to say that Indians must be made to work and adopt our ways.

The Columbus whose unique seamanship opened the Americas to European penetration also began the transatlantic slave trade. He started by shipping ten chained ‘Arawak’ men and women to Seville, Spain. In 1498, he wrote enthusiastically to King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella about the business possibilities. “From here, in the name of the blessed Trinity, we can send all the slaves that can be sold.”

When he loaded 1100 ‘Taino’ men and women aboard the four Spanish ships, the crowding and the stormy Atlantic crossing took a fearful toll. Only three hundred survived. But Columbus and Spain had decided to continue the profitable slave trade from the Americas. Seville became the slave capital of Spain.

Spanish Priests were the first to denounce the horrors of bondage. In 1511 Dominican Friar Montesino called slavery a mortal sin and said cruelty and tyranny over Indians could not be justified by Christians. A few years later Bishop Las Casas, who witnessed countless Indian massacres by his fellow Spaniards, blamed greed for the horrors.

“They kill them because they want to be rich and have much gold, which is their sole aim.” Las Casas concluded that in the New World Spaniards had become devils and Indians were the only true Christians.

Las Casas led a determined effort to halt Indian bondage. He pointed out that Indians died off by the thousands from slavery and European diseases. Forced labor in Spanish mines in the Americas was so harsh that the average worker died before he was twenty-six.

To meet their need for more laborers, Europeans looked next to Africa. The strongest sons and daughters of Africa were seized in their homes and fields or purchased from local traders. They were packed into cargo ships and shipped across the Atlantic.

“Children are torn from their distracted parents; parents from their screaming children; wives from their frantic husbands; husbands from their violated wives; brothers from their loving sisters; sisters from their affectionate brothers. See them collected in flocks, and like a herd of swine, they resist; but all in vain. No eye pities, no hand helps.”

~Thomas Branagan~

The first Africans brought to the New World by European slavers probably arrived in April 1502 aboard the ship that brought the new governor of Hispaniola, Nicholas de Ovando. Soon after they landed, some Africans escaped to the woods and found a new home among the Native Americans. Later that year Governor Ovando sent a request to King Ferdinand that no more Africans be sent to the Americas. His reason was simple – “They fled amongst the Indians and taught them bad customs, and never could be captured.

Why did he feel they could never be retaken? Had the two peoples united as a military force at this early date? Were Native Americans prepared to drive off European slave-hunters? Was an alliance taking shape in the woods between two peoples who opposed the Spanish conquerors?

Governor Ovando described more than a problem of bad, untrustworthy servants. His words are more than a complaint about the difficulties of recapturing fugitives in a tropical rainforest. His words are the first hint of a growing problem for the European masters of the New World, the first notice of a new relationship budding beyond their control.

Africans arrived on these shores with valuable assets for both Europeans and Native Americans. They were used for agriculture labor and working in field gangs, something unfamiliar to most Indians. As experts in tropical agriculture, they had a lot to teach both white and Red people. Africans had a virtual immunity to European diseases such as smallpox, which wiped out Native Americans.

For Europeans seeking a source of labor that could not escape, Africans were ideal because they were three thousand miles from home. They could not flee to loved ones, as Indian slave could. African men and women who fled could always be identified by skin color, and Black became the badge of bondage.

Native Americans soon discovered that Africans had some gifts that made them uniquely valuable. Through their slave experience they qualified as experts on whites – their diplomacy, armaments, motives, strengths, and weaknesses. Escaped slaves came bearing knowledge of their master’s languages, defenses, and plans. Sometimes Africans were able to carry off muskets, machetes, or valuable gunpowder. For these reasons their role could be crucial to Native Americans, their place secure in village life. A common foe, not any special affinity of skin color, became the first link of friendship, the earliest motivation for alliance.

Next the two peoples began to discover they shared some vital views of life. Family was of basic importance to both, with children and the elderly treasured. Religion was a daily part of cultural life, not merely practiced on Sundays. Both Africans and Native Americans found they shared a belief in economic cooperation rather than competition and rivalry. Each people was proud, but neither was weighed down by prejudice. Skill,    friendship, and trust, not skin color of race were important. Since Indians willingly adopted people into their villages, Africans found they were welcome.

In the century following Columbus’s landing, millions of Native Americans died from a combination of European diseases, harsh treatment, and murder. Africans took their places in the mines and fields of the New World. The estimated 80 million Native Americans alive in 1492 became only 10 million left alive a century later. But the 10,000 Africans working in the Americas in 1527 had by the end of the century become 90,000 people.

These figures are even more striking within local areas. In 1519 when the Spaniards arrived, Mexico had a population of 25 million Indians. By the end of the century only a million were still alive. The invader calculated that more profit would be made if laborers were worked to death and replaced. In their plans pain and suffering did not count, and no cruelty was considered excessive.

Out of the shifting labor forces a new population emerged of mixed Africans and Native Americans. By 1650 Mexico alone had and African-Indian population of one hundred thousand. Anew race was being born.

In 1510 King Ferdinand, visions of gold dancing before his eyes, lifted all restrictions on sending Africans to the Americas. He promised to send all that were needed and include “a trustworthy person” to be in charge of each group – an overseer. In this way, slave and masters would “share in the gold they may collect” and slaves would receive “ease if they work well.” This was an idle dream.

The slave population expanded, but was never rewarded with ease for its great toil. European masters continued to drive those in chains as hard as they could. Ease only came when people escaped to the forests and swamps. Increasingly Africans and the remaining enslaved Indians fled their masters and created their own secret colonies beyond European eyes. In time these would pose the most disruptive challenge the European colonial system faced in the Americas.

In the age of Columbus and Las Casas this threat was not clear. Europeans counted their profits and kept importing African as slaves. “One Black can do the work of four Indians.” Here, he believed, was a danger worth the price. His fellow Europeans heartily agreed with him. From then on slavery would expand, brutality would keep it in place, and whites would reap enormous profits.

The city is gearing up for a major visit from the ‘Vatican’ in the fall. The massive fallout of visitors and followers threaten complete and utter gridlock throughout the town. This major event was thought to be trumped by the ‘DNC’ convention that is sure to shut-down the city and create traffic fallout of nightmarish proportions. The catastrophe at the Philadelphia Zoo was no shot in the arm for peaceful and trouble-free contentions. ‘Rocky’ made his mark at the very same spot the ‘Pope’ is making his ascension to the podium for the mass commemoration throughout the commodious accommodations for the passage of blessings; touching all the people. Two investigators are assigned to cure this killing cancerous attacker from spreading its evil intent, in this virtual garden and smorgasbord of fresh fleshy meat to eat! Witness the terrifying events as they unfold…Glenn and Samuel along with Philadelphia’s citizenry, its counsel leaders, and mayor on one of the most thrillingly dangerous and deadly missions to serve and protect. Gerald Glenn and Willis Samuel are faced with one hell of a dilemma when a juggernaut on a rampage erupts in blood; ‘Fairmount Park’ and “The City of Brotherly Love and Sisterly Affection!”









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“Service With A Smile”
A Grandmother's Dream_5.29.04
Gregory V. Boulware

Attention: “United States Postal Service and the Post Master General”
Re: Clerk # 5, Bill # 1000101477130, Olney, 4165410145 – 009, 1.800.275.8777
08.30.13, 10:58:16 AM – Postal Experience – https://postalexperience.com – contact Maritz Research helpdesk at postalexperience@maritz.com or call 1-888-878-7402, from 8:00 a.m. to 8 …

You may contact the postmaster general through email at pmgceo@usps.gov or by calling the number 1-800-275-8777. This is the Washington DC headquarters.

A patron, Mr. Boulware, walked into the postal station to return an item to sender. He was the sole patron beside the one leaving after being served. The only available clerk summoned said patron to the service counter. Mr. Boulware approached the clerk and cordially greeted the clerk. There was no returned courtesy.

Mr. Boulware explained the need to return a package. He was served with no issue other than, “Would you like a receipt?” To which he replied, “Yes, thank you.” The first impression given by the clerk indicated that she did not wish to provide service to this customer. The sneering gestures and sour body language suggested an added credence to this belief. This encounter is not the first. I have witnessed this clerk’s rudeness to other patrons of this office, in the past, as well. She was rude and standoffish at this particular encounter too.

The second request by this customer was to retrieve a package that was un-delivered via the route carrier. The carrier is the regular service provider for the area residents. He almost regularly does not deliver packages to our Hillside Gardens Apartment, even when we are at home. The Clerk, identified as clerk #5, examined the orange colored package delivery notice and stated that my wife had signed the document in the wrong space. The space that was signed is provided for the receiving package retriever. Mr. Boulware asked the clerk what he was supposed to do now that the document was signed in the incorrect space. He indicated that he was in possession of valid identification for himself as well as his physically challenged spouse. Mr. Boulware is also a physically challenged Retired Senior Citizen – Social Security Disability recipient. The clerk, in a condescending tone, overruled his question by continuing to explain the incorrect signing of the document. “Listen Miss, I’m not your child and I am not hard of hearing, there is no need to speak to me in such a fashion!” said, Mr. Boulware.

The clerk responded with, “Well since you have an attitude problem, I’m not going to give you the package!”

“Look Ma’am, never mind the attitude just give me the package, that’s been here for more than three days, and I’ll go. I have all of the necessary ID’s! This woman is my wife; we reside at the same location, and have been married for nearly forty-years! I’m going to file a complaint report!”

The rude and discourteous clerk replied, “Go ahead, what makes you think that I care?” She turned her back and walked away. Then she returned and summoned the next customer, while I stood there waiting.

This type of so-called professional behavior is unconscionable, let alone rude behavior from a clerk of the United States Postal Service! Is this how they, the postal workers are supposed to treat its seniors and/or the general public? Are we as citizens supposed to support and accept this type of treatment from a mail service? I don’t think So…

The second clerk, a tall attractive woman, who wore glasses, appeared from a rear stock room. She patiently listened to what I had to say and took very good care of me. I left the store with the package.

She was and is a blessing!

Thank you for your attention to this matter.

Best regards,

Mr. Gregory V. Boulware
http://www.PostalExperience.com/Pos | USPS Customer Experience Survey
January 27, 2012 2:46 am Filed Under: Uncategorized Leave a Comment

I can’t say I’m surprised that the USPS Customer Experience Survey does not provide a customer with a reward for taking the survey but I’m very disappointed. PostalExperience.com/Pos is powered by Maritz Research and is available in English and Spanish. If you recently visited your local post office recently please have the ZIP and the 4 digit code number printed at the top of the receipt ready to start the survey. The survey should only take around 5 minutes to complete and your answer will be kept confidential. If you don’t like the service at your local USPS tell them! Don’t be surprised if you mail starts to go missing however lol. The code number is located above the date and phone number on the receipt. I took the survey just for fun and it took me about 5 minutes. I will never take this survey again due to the lack of incentive.

The United States Postal Service is run by the United States Government and is in deep financial trouble. They have been laying off thousands of employees recently and they have even talked about stopping service on Saturdays. The Government regulates prices and how many days a week it must make deliveries and that is the problem. The Government should not be involved in Business. USPS troubles really started with the Al Gore. Al Gore invented this thing called the Internet that has made life very hard for the US Post Office. UPS and FedEx didn’t do the Post Office any favors either. It should be noted that every time I have shipped a package it is ALWAYS cheaper to send it through USPS. A 15 pound package cost me $91 through USPS, $135 through FedEx, and $139 through UPS. But the agency is still billions of dollars in debt and may be forced to shut down.

At any rate if you’re interested in taking the survey and helping out the postal service please visit http://www.PostalExperience.com/Pos
“Have They Made Us A Target For Vengeance?”


Speaking as an old ‘Union-Man’ from way back, who certainly believes in Union Now and Forever. I certainly can and do empathize with the postal workers position of battle and rebellion against the postal service. But does their plight warrant the mistreatment of postal customers?

I’ve received an alarming message today. The contents of the email gave me cause to wonder if my posting of the experience with a particular employee of the service, brought about a type of retaliation. A particular mail carrier was outlined in this report as well. Could it be possible for the two to become cohorts or in cahoots with a revenge plot of sorts? Maybe it’s the fantasy writer within me that constantly slaps me with a new story of suspense.

I would advise against such behavior if it be such. An ending is final if not ubiquitous. On occasion, one can wreak havoc on his or her world with one or two simple mistakes or a misunderstanding.

I think you’ll get a better understanding of what’s happened with this email example:

From: gvb1210me@yahoo.com
Subject: Non-Received Registration Renewal
Message: 9.19.13 – PENNDOT email message:

After purchasing my renewed PA registration for my mini-van on 8.25.13, I waited patiently for its arrival. It never came. This is the second time in four years that this has happened. The first time it never arrived, I assumed it had been stolen via the postal service. I had to go to a tag service center to have it replaced!

I now, once again, find myself in the same dilemma.

I did not receive my new registration. I have the receipt of our transaction pasted to the rear of my vehicle in order to get to my doctor visits. When will I receive my registration documents?

Thank you kindly for the receipt of this message.


Mr. Gregory V. Boulware
To: “‘gvb1210me@yahoo.com'”
Sent: Friday, September 20, 2013 5:26 PM
Subject: RE: Non-Received Registration Renewal

Thank you for contacting Driver and Vehicle Services.

Our records indicate that your registration renewal was processed 08/25/2013, as you indicated. We attempted to mail your registration materials; however, this mailing was returned to us as undeliverable by the post office. To ensure the renewal card and sticker are sent to the proper address, please respond with your complete mailing address (including street address and PO Box/Apt#, if applicable) and the make/year of the vehicle.

Upon receiving your response, I will update your address, if needed, and resend the registration card and sticker.

When responding, please include all previous e-mail.
Please do not send attachments, as these cannot be opened or processed at this location.

Thank you for your inquiry,

Brandon Miller

PA Department of Transportation
Personal information has been removed from this e-mail for your protection.
Mr. Miller:

Thank you Brandon for your attention and prompt response. The postal service in this area leaves much to be desired as the service is unacceptable. We have had problems with the postal service ever since we have moved to this location. We have resided here for nearly one year. Several other respondents have cited the same conclusions as to our whereabouts. We have complained to no avail.

The proper and precise address is:

Gregory V. Boulware
Personal information has been removed from this e-mail for your protection.

Looking forward to the delivery of my vehicle documents…

Again, I thank you for your attention as well as your prompt and courteous response.

Best regards,

The enclosed text should clarify the suspicions involving undelivered mail and/or the possibility of retaliatory intent due to a customer complaint. Maybe I’m being a little bit cynical. I’d like to think that it’s just a fluke. But just in case it’s not…

“Pride is good as opposed to ‘Over-Pride’ is not, it equals Arrogance.
Over-Pride is non-productive. It lends credence to foolishness…
Over-Pride is seductive to anger; the wrong type of anger!
Revenge can be momentarily sweet while leaning on the tree to the pathway of doom.”

“The most difficult thing – but an essential one is to love life, to love life even while one suffers, because life is all. Life is God and to love life means to love God.”
Tolstoy, War and Peace
There is absolutely no place in the service industry for rude and discourteous behavior. It would behoove the service provider as well as the service industry worker to improve on this notion of “I’m having a bad day, so I’ll take it out on whomever crosses my path!” They, (we), must remain courteous to all no matter what the circumstances. Would you want your elderly Parents or Grandparents to become subject to a rude and discourteous person? I think not… I would certainly be on the front line to defend the honor and rights of my Elders…they do not deserve ill-mannered treatment by anyone! Have they not paid enough in this life? After all it takes quite a bit of courage to become a senior in this life. Would you not agree?

Til next time…

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