Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Plans for the new year

Now that I have recovered from the 2008 election and have re-settled into married life again, I look at 2009 as the beginning of a new chapter in my life. I will always keep my eye out for political opportunities, but as for now, it is time for me to do some things I have set out to do for some time.

First, I am going to re-learn Spanish. My work at the Mississippi Immigrants Rights Alliance proved to me that it is essential to improve on my Spanish-speaking skills. If I can master Spanish before the end of the year I may try my hand learning another language, either Arabic, Hebrew or Chinese.

Second, I am going to finish my book. It started out as just written versions of my speeches but I think I want to delve into that a little more and let people know a little more about me. Not a total autobiography but a review about a significant part of my adult life. It won't be a long tome but I hope it will be a good short read that will offer some inspiration.

Third, as I seek out permanent employment in this recession, I will be on the speaking circuit throughout the year. If you would like to book me as a speaker, you can call 601-783-0173 to make the arrangements. I will also do more blog and column writing (look in the Jackson Advocate and the Jackson Free Press). If everything goes right, I also plan to put together a radio talk show before the end of the year. My web site,, will still be up but look for changes as we move from politician mode to concerned citizen of the world.

I hope everyone has a joyous holiday season and I wish that your 2009 will be as rewarding and productive as I intend mine to be.