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December 2016

Traveling to a New America – People Along the Way, Santa Rosa, Ca.

Tweet Santa Rosa, California Jennifer.  In junior college, majoring in global studies. _____________________ Jennifer, what’s your take on America right now? “My boyfriend’s mom’s friend is from Britain, and he’s been in the States for about 20 years, give or take, and I asked him recently, what is it about America that other countries find [...]

Traveling to a New America – People Along the Way – Sacramento, Ca.

Tweet Sacramento.  Capitol of the State of California. In 2002, a survey done for Time magazine named Sacramento “America’s Most Diverse City”.  Here you find an extraordinary mix of whites, African Americans, Chinese, Hmong, Filipino, Indian, Vietnamese, Laotian, Japanese, Pakistani, Korean, Thai, Cambodian, Fijian, Tongan, Samoan, Native American, Hispanic and Latino, and a few others. [...]

America’s Dream & The Lotus Sutra

Tweet In the January, 1844, issue of the Dial magazine, the publication of the New England Transcendentalist Club, there appeared a translation of the “Parable of the Medicinal Herbs” chapter of the Lotus Sutra, the core and heart of all the Buddhist teachings.  The parable stressed the Buddha’s infinite compassion towards all living beings. The [...]

Trump, Putin, Christianity & Tolstoy

Tweet Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin have come together in mutual admiration for one another. Both have their own treacherous, hidden agendas; but their modus operandi are similar – an amalgamation of personal power through rallying the populace to a vision of past glories. In Donald Trump’s case, it is a call to “make America [...]

Voices From Out Of America – Elizabeth Cady Stanton

Tweet Elizabeth Cady Stanton, born in New York in 1815, was an abolitionist and a leading figure in the early women’s rights movement.  Along with her lifelong friend, Susan B. Anthony, she helped initiate the first organized women’s rights and women’s suffrage movements in the United States. In 1870, both she and Anthony were criticized [...]

Traveling to a New America – Education, Brexit, & People Along the Way –

Tweet I was in downtown Point Richmond today, a neighborhood in the larger Richmond, California surrounding area. I met Pat on the sidewalk and we talked for probably twenty minutes.  Pat is an elderly woman, with a daughter who is a teacher in Pleasant Hill, California.  We got to talking about education. Both she and [...]

Traveling to a New America – Fremont, Ca. – People Along the Way

Tweet Fremont, California.  This is not the old white America of trim lawns and white-washed picket fences.  White America numbers only about a third of the population here.  Half of the population of this city of around 230,000, just north of San Jose, is Asian by roots – Chinese, Indian, Filipino, Vietnamese, Korean, Pakistani, Japanese, [...]

Traveling to a New America – The Arts & A Truly Great America

Tweet Traveling to a New America – People Along the Way Ruth.  Artist.  Berkeley, California. _________________ Ruth, what’s your take on America at this time? “I think there are really a large number of people who are trying to do good.  I live in a bubble.  I live in Berkeley, so I know a lot [...]

Traveling to a New America – People Along the Way – Hanford, California

Tweet Traveling to a New America – People Along the Way Jennifer.  Hanford, California, a town of about 55,000, 35 miles south of Fresno. ___________________ Jennifer, what’s your take on America at this time? “I just think that society seems to be going in the wrong direction.  I think a lot of it has to [...]

Traveling to a New America – Healthcare, Scandinavia vs. U.S. Corporate Greed

Tweet Traveling to a New America Berkeley, Ca. Lila.  A therapist, working with adolescents in drug treatment. She would like to see economic and social policies like those in Scandinavian countries put in place in the United States. ___________________________________ “I think it is one of the only solutions that really will be effective in terms [...]