Summary

Building Bridges: Can We Love & Relate in a Polarized World? This is my story. It is about the vast riches I have gained falling in love with everyone I meet. I didn’t intentionally orchestrate much of this life. I just simply walked through the doors opened in front of me, or stumbled through more than a few of them. Whether

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Black Friday

A draft excerpt from Black Friday, a chapter in ‘Building Bridges: Can We Love & Relate in a Polarized World?’ Back in 2007, I attended a Thanksgiving party with a family from my church. Afterwards I was invited to my first sit in for Black Friday outside Circuit City that night. I had never encountered this phenomenon before. At about

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Around the World in 80 Days

It’s a book. It’s a movie. It is the story of my suitcase. That’s right. I left the Philippines on August 1st with an ominous remark from the lady behind the counter at Cebu’s Mactan International Airport. She said that I would have to pick up my bag at Haneda Airport before my transit on an ANA codeshare flight with United

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Our Missing Hearts

Many of us were to attend the TESOL Türkiye conference in Bartın, but sudden protests throughout the country made things very uncertain for us and our safety. We all were strongly cautioned and stayed home. It was disappointing. Not only were we going to meet our new boss face-to-face, but be reunited with colleagues that have become dear friends. Also

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Biden’s Wall

This article was conceived before all hell broke loose around Gaza, the Palestinian enclave to the south of Israel a few days ago. The night before I sat down here to start the draft, I read 700 Israeli’s had been killed and 2000 wounded, with about 300 or so Palestinian civilians also killed in collateral attacks in the Gaza strip

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Lia Thomas

I have access to Apple News + and when I scroll to the left I can bring up the latest articles that Apple deems worthy for me to look at. I laugh at some of them. Many of them are bound to suck me into some political worm hole to get excited about or be a complete waste of my

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Deeply Wounded

Let me make myself clear. Anytime I open my mouth about China, its coming from a perspective of love and affection for the Chinese people and the desire to see China grow into a formidable nation of prosperity and peace. A nation, whose people can enjoy the autonomy and accountability that people in the West have enjoyed for centuries. These

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Lost in the Desert

I’m writing as a voting citizen, as a Navy vet, and have a passion to see the world become more vibrant and peaceful and avoid the pitfalls of the past. Politically, America is looking moribund and unimaginative and hardly the leader they have been in the last few centuries of its existence. I want to succinctly address some current issues.

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Culture Gap

That’s what I call my new dilemma, challenge, obstacle, whatever you want to refer it to.  It has tiers too! The first tier is the language barrier.  This splits into two more separate issues. The first is my inability to speak or understand Visaya and Tagalog.  The second issue is that no one expects me to learn it in a

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