January 23 , 2021 /

SCHOOLS, KIDS, AND THE FUTURE

With all the hoopla following Amanda Gorman’s recitation of her poem at the recent Inauguration, I thought of two other young women, Malala Youfsazi and Greta Thunberg.  What I wondered about them came up in three questions.  One, what fired their passions for doing what they do?  Second, was there some particular influence, besides overcoming

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January 17 , 2021 /

MLK AND ME

In the early 1960’s I studied civil disobedience as illustrated by Martin Luther, a German pastor, and Mahatma Ghandi.  Luther’s 95 theses were written in 1517 and Ghandi led the protest against the national salt tax in 1930.. Being born in 1937, I was a young child during WWII, from 1941-1945. I learned more about

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January 11 , 2021 /

SADNESS MIXED WITH HOPE

 I left last week in a strange place.  By Sunday I was feeling sad that so many people seem unable or unwilling find a way to change their minds and look within themselves for a way to compassion, respect and outright love for their neighbors regardless of politics, race, religion or other differences. I believe

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December 16 , 2020 /

CONSIDER

For the past 4 years we in the U.S. have dealt with a lot of egotistical, maniacal, narcissistic, grandiosity and  apathetic, ignorant, recalcitrant personalities. I am not talking about one or two people although they could be easily identified .  The concomitant behaviors are destructive and many people, far more than I would have believed,

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November 13 , 2020 /

PEST

POST ELECTION STRESS TEST:   Yes, that’s right.  The election this past November 3, ten days ago, illustrated full on what we already knew, that this country is polarized, divided and fractured. And it’s still not officially over.  The political divisions are significant because they are along race, class and ethnic lines;  influenced by socio-economic conditions,

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October 18 , 2020 /

THE GREAT AMERICAN EXPERIMENT ON TRIAL

We just watched the film, “The Trial of the Chicago 7” and I highly recommend you have a look if you haven’t seen it.  While there is some debate about the merit of the film, what came through for me is what James Berardinelli said in his review: “In his screenplay, Sorkin does a masterful

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