About the Host
Husband / Father / Son / Brother
I’m a 37 year old graduate of Towson University. I live with my beautiful wife, two daughters and dog in a two-car garage home in the suburbs. If you ask my mom, I’m living the American Dream. I didn’t come from much, I grew up relatively poor with my mom and older brother in Germantown, MD. At times my life was chaotic but I never quit and to be honest I could probably just chill and enjoy my days. Yet during my morning commute through West Baltimore I see little black boys and girls in blighted neighborhoods on their way to school. I immediately get a sickening pain in my stomach, though my life was never like theirs I understand their reality. I ask myself, “am I doing enough for them?” As I arrive at my downtown office and navigate a corporate culture so different from my experiences, my insecurities consume my mind and I’m not sure if I’m experiencing racism or just being too sensitive. I wonder, “do they care to understand how I really feel?” I’ve come to understand that the more I share with others the more I realize I’m not alone. Presumably, there are others like me who also feel uncomfortable, who doubt their contributions and who may benefit from my sharing. In this podcast I share my journey to becoming normal.