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October 2016

Traveling to a New America – Eugene, Oregon

Eugene, Oregon.  Eugene calls itself “A great city for the Arts & Outdoors”. Indeed, there are great rivers, the Willamette & the McKenzie, and the city of Bend and the mountains to the east.  Eugene is a city of alternative ideas also and a leftover flavor still from the hippie generation.  One of the most […]

What Is Life & Death?

I’m reading a book on physics today – the most advanced theories of the origin of the universe, or time before the big bang, and arguments for the existence or non-existence of God, and how the universe we know will disappear in a trillion years, no one to see it, no one to know it […]

Togetherness Is What We Want

“What should young people do with their lives today?  Many things, obviously.  But the most daring thing is to create stable communities in which the terrible disease of loneliness can be cured.” – Kurt Vonnegut, author of Slaughterhouse-Five, Cat’s Cradle, and other popular books. _________________ In traveling to different towns and cities and talking to […]

Traveling to a New America – People Along the Way – A Need for Togetherness

People along the way of “Traveling to a New America”. Berkeley.  Ryan, a young architect. __________________ Ryan, what’s your take on America right now? I think people are very divisive right now, in the United States, especially with the election coming up, to see what direction the country is going to go, and I think […]

Traveling to a New America – People Along the Way, Looking for Answers

People along the way of  “Traveling to a New America”. Jimmy – Berkeley, California __________________ Jimmy, what do you think is going on in America at this time? Probably the most frustrating thing is the more you read about it, and the more things you find out that bother you, your first instinct is to […]

Traveling to a New America – People Along the Way – Berkeley

People I am meeting along the way to a New America. Annemarie, age 19, Berkeley, California. _________________ Annemarie, what do you think about what’s going on in America? I think, for the youth of America, there’s definitely a need for awareness. I’m 19 years old, and, myself, I’ve just become so much more aware just […]

Traveling to a New America – Anger at the Root – Live or Die

One thing you see and hear in America these days is anger. Anger that people are not being heard or recognized or appreciated. This election between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, with its unprecedented nastiness, is bringing many things to the surface that have been seething in our national psyche for decades. It is a […]

Traveling to a New America – People Along the Way – San Francisco

People I am meeting along the way to a New America. Thomas, age 33.  San Francisco. _______________ Thomas, what are your dreams? I’m working on becoming a cinematographer.  I want to be a filmmaker and make my own films.  I want to create my own thing, what I feel is important, say what I personally […]

Hiroshima & Our Religions

Harriet Beecher Stowe, author of “Uncle Tom’s Cabin”, was living on the campus of Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine, when she took up her pen and began writing the book that was instrumental in galvanizing public opinion on the slavery issue just prior to the Civil War. She wrote: “Up to this year, I have […]

Traveling to a New America – Davis, California

Davis, California.  Home of the University of California at Davis. Students from many different ethnic backgrounds, and from around the world. Talking to students on the street, these were some of comments I heard. A young man, a graduate student, originally from Brazil. “I feel that what is happening in my own country is symptomatic […]