Tag: President Obama

Ahmed Mohamed and 7 paths to inspiration

Ahmed Mohamed and 7 paths to inspiration
In the span of one day, 14-year-old Ahmed Mohamed went from being a high school kid to being a terrorist to being a national symbol of bigotry to being the kid President Obama tweeted Cool Clock, Ahmed and invited to the White House. That is pretty remarkable. Ahmed Mohamed’s story is also about his strength, grace, humility,... Read more »

Talking to President Obama (Sort of)

Talking to President Obama (Sort of)
A couple of weeks ago, the editor of this blog community suggested we all raise the bar and try to land the interview of our dreams. Immediately, I knew who I wanted to contact: President Obama. How great, I thought, to interview him as the voice of America for Talking to the World. To ask... Read more »

Dear World: Charleston is Not Who We Are

Dear World: Charleston is Not Who We Are
“Racism, we are not cured of it. And it’s not just a matter of it not being polite to say nigger in public. That’s not the measure of whether racism still exists or not. It’s not just a matter of overt discrimination. Societies don’t, overnight, completely erase everything that happened 200 to 300 years prior.”... Read more »
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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 »