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On the 17th Anniversary of 9/11, A Plea for Peace

On the 17th Anniversary of 9/11, A Plea for Peace
It was a day just like today. I will never forget where I was; sitting in a dentist’s chair, unaware that Americans were dying in New York City. When I emerged from that appointment, the world had changed. It is still painful to rewatch the archived footage. Recall the horror. Remember what happened on that bright,... Read more »

Peace for the World and the Orphan Of San Bernadino

Peace for the World and the Orphan Of San Bernadino
“We used to wonder where war lived, what it was that made it so vile. And now we realize that we know where it lives. . .inside ourselves.”  — Albert Camus.  In California, a six-month-old baby girl cries for her parents. Waits, for a mother and father who will never come. She is a victim... Read more »

9/11 - Redefining Its Tragedy with Tolerance

9/11 - Redefining Its Tragedy with Tolerance
Fourteen years ago today, I sat in a dentist’s chair. An hour later, I walked out into a crisp, cloudless September morning and a world I did not recognize. Today, I still feel a disconnect concerning 9/11. On one hand, I long to observe it in a meaningful way. On the other hand, I am... Read more »
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Israel: Peace Under an Olive Tree

Israel: Peace Under an Olive Tree
The state of Israel is a sacred place for followers of the Jewish, Muslim, Christian, and Baha’i faiths. It is also a troubled place, frequently engaged in war with its Palestinian neighbors. But there is more to Israel than its complicated history and ancient religions. A staunch supporter of human rights, Israel is considered the gay... Read more »

Uganda: The Pearl of Africa

Uganda: The Pearl of Africa
My limited knowledge of Uganda conjures up nightmarish news coverage of Idi Amin and the atrocities of his violent reign during the 1970s. Decades later, when I saw the film, The Last King of Scotland,” I was reminded of Amin’s cruelties and how horrific the world seemed when I was a teenager. Yet after Amin... Read more »

Wales: Near Chepstow Castle on the Wye River

Wales: Near Chepstow Castle on the Wye River
In 2008, I attended a conference in Iceland titled The Arctic Convoys: A Lifeline Across the Atlantic. I came because my father was a Navy photomate in Iceland during WWII and a number of his photos were on display. At the time, I was finishing up a novel inspired by my father’s experiences in Iceland... Read more »
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