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ICAN, Nuclear Weapons, & A Christian Nation

Tweet ICAN – the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons – was recently awarded the 2017 Nobel Prize for Peace. ICAN is a broad, inclusive campaign, focused on mobilizing civil society around the world to support the specific objective of negotiating a global nuclear weapon ban treaty. On July 7th, 2017, many of the world’s [...]

Traveling to a New America – Reno, Nevada

Tweet Elizabeth and I were in Reno, Nevada, this past weekend, promoting my books and talking to people about their feelings about America. It was hot, but beautiful along the Truckee River which flows through the middle of town. “What’s your take on America at this time?” is the question we ask over and over [...]

The Withdrawal of Hope.

Tweet North Korea will soon be poised to send atomic bombs to the mainland United States. Our Congress is mulling, over and over, a Republican healthcare bill that would strip healthcare of tens of millions of our own citizens – all without the slightest regard for their welfare, and replace it with nothing, just bare [...]

Traveling to a New America – People Along the Way – Soheila, Originally from Iran

Tweet Traveling to a New America – People Along the Way Soheila.  Came to this country originally from Iran with her family when she was sixteen. ____________________________________ Soheila, what’s your take on America at this time? “I think we are going through really hard times right now.  But at the same time, I think this [...]

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

Tweet Traveling to New America.  People Along the Way.  Napa, California. Linda, and her husband David, who has been a grape grower and winemaker for 37 years. _______________________ Linda, what’s your take on America at this time? “I feel it’s a hopeful thing now that so many more people recognize the need to take back [...]

Ah, fear is gripping our world.

Tweet Ah, fear is gripping our world. Identities retreating into old molds.  Everyone wanting to be themselves, pure, unsullied, safe. Brexit, immigration, walls, cold wars. We do not want the other.  We want to be ourselves. We thought we were headed towards a one-world world.  But now our globe is fracturing into smaller pieces.  Fissures [...]

Our Christian Nation & The Bomb

Tweet Last week, the United States, with United Nations Ambassador Nikki R. Haley leading the way, boycotted talks at the global organization for a treaty that would ban nuclear weapons. Once again, we have aligned ourselves with the Bomb. Near the beginning of the American Civil War, Harriet Beecher Stowe wrote her famous book, “Uncle [...]

Traveling to a New America – People Along the Way – Modesto, Ca. #2

Tweet Traveling to a New America – People on the Way Auja (wife) & Kimani (husband).  Modesto, Ca. __________________________________ Auja & Kimani, what’s your take on America right now? Kimani:  “A lot of chaos.  I feel like it’s a lot of just scattered ideas. I feel like what they’re trying to do now is basically [...]

Last Gasp of a Dying White/Christian Order

Tweet So Donald Trump comes out today vowing to unleash the shackles of  political participation on behalf of religious (aka Christian, most notably Evangelical) groups. It is just the latest (and will certainly not be the last) attempt to resurrect the buried hopes and dreams of a dying, gasping segment of America that has been [...]

Traveling to a New America – People Along the Way – Vallejo, CA.

Tweet Traveling to a New America – People Along the Way Keisha.  Vallejo, California. __________________________ Keisha, are you from this area originally? “I grew up in East Oakland, one of the roughest neighborhoods.  I moved my children here 16 years ago.  I raised all five of my children here.  My son just passed away from [...]