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The Sorrow of War: A Novel of North Vietnam by Bảo Ninh

The Sorrow of War: A Novel of North Vietnam by Bảo Ninh

Justice may have won, but cruelty, death, and inhuman violence have also won. ~Bảo Ninh, The Sorrow of War: A Novel of North Vietnam I picked up the book, The Sorrow of War: A Novel of North Vietnam, in my ongoing quest to read around the world, to read books not originally published in English, to […]

The Sacred in a Subway

The Sacred in a Subway

Nya b’a’n tu’n tcub’ neje, ex tu’n tcyija cyi’jxjal, aj toc ten b’etil ku’n b’e’x chi xjetw’elix timi× a mo tjosa. It is not good to go forward and back while walking because this will cause abnormalities in your breasts or testicles. ~Mayan Proverb It took me 39 steps to reach the top of a […]

Is Hate Increasing?

Is Hate Increasing?

Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that. ~Martin Luther King Jr. Hate seems to be on the rise in our world. It seems to be growing exponentially, spewing out of human vessels in a heap of vomit onto fellow vessels. It’s a stench […]

Working Class Hero?

Working Class Hero?

There’s room at the top they’re telling you still But first you must learn how to smile as you kill If you want to be like the folks on the hill A working class hero is something to be A working class hero is something to be If you want to be a hero well […]

I Weep For My Nation

I Weep For My Nation

The horizon leans forward, Offering you space to place new steps of change. Here, on the pulse of this fine day You may have the courage To look up and out upon me, the Rock, the River, the Tree, your country. ~Maya Angelou Yesterday, for the first time, I heard the poem, On The Pulse […]

Mother of Exiles

Mother of Exiles

“Give my your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, the wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!” ~Statue of Liberty, 28 Oct 1886 In elementary school, I was taught Lady Liberty stood on our shore welcoming immigrants […]

Are You Perpetuating Ignorance?

Are You Perpetuating Ignorance?

“Those who ignore history tend to become its victims.” ~Carlos Romulo I was educated in the USA, in quality, private schools. Still, the history in our books was sanitized, devoid of almost any hint of wrongdoing perpetrated by my country against other countries, against its own citizens. It was whitewashed giving the impression that all […]

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