America: What the F#$%?

 A sunbeam woke me this peaceful Sunday morning; my 6-year-old daughter had let us sleep later t ...more

What a Wonderful World, Despite Everything

I've been traveling Europe, on a one year quest to shed my former state of misery (in my past profession that was spent dealing with miserable toxic people every day and working 70-80 hours a week with no end in sight...)and reclaim the joy that I once possessed, for almost a year now.Traveling long term, opens up the world in a million unexpected ways. ...more

waking up to a new day

Terrorists use violence in an attempt to achieve political goals. Their intent is to bring about political change by creating a climate of fear within the society they oppose. The targeting of innocent victims and symbolic locations for a high-profile attack has long been the preferred method of terrorist organizations. As defined by Kids Encyclopedia – Kids Britannica...more

Je suis Paris

No words today.Photo from the Huffington Post.prayers and healing thoughts,shawna...more

“Hatred breeds hatred”: Charlie Hebdo, marginalisation and terrorism

Many remember the place of their upbringing with fondness and nostalgia. This may be particularly so for those who through life’s circumstances, have had to leave their childhood home behind. As a Parisian born and cité bred immigrant to the UK, for me the banlieue of Paris evokes memories of multicultural community and a sense of togetherness I have never experienced anywhere else. It makes me think of adolescent rebellion and the hiphop anthems which were the soundtrack to our youth....more

When the silent speak - Je suis Charlie Chaplin

There is not much more that I can say directly to the horrifying January 7th incident at the Paris office of the Charlie Hebdo publication that took 12 lives that likely hasn’t already been said or written elsewh...more
Good point ...satire has been a medium of political / religion has been the mirror's reflection ...more

The Economic Terrorist

Most actions in modern times can be categorized as some type of terrorism, creating a form of overkill for the word. One of the most disgusting and inflammatory acts of terrorism I have been indirectly exposed to was economic terrorism. ...more

Boston Strong: Taking the Terror Out of Terrorism

 Would you watch the finish of the Boston Marathon in 2014?  Think about it.  It will be the one-year anniversary of the Boston Marathon explosions, and it will be Patriot's Day, an all-American day of pride that anti-American terrorists would love to destroy again.  It would be scary, but I think most Americans, including myself, would be there to show terrorists that we're not afraid, and we're not going to change our lifestyle because of them....more

Parenting on Either Side of Tragedy

On the morning of September 11, 2001, I was three months out of college, single, and getting used to 'the real world'. And by 'real world', I mean single, with a shiny new Hyundai Elantra, and living back home with my parents....more

What I Wish Terrorists Understood

{By "terrorist" I mean, "a person who terrorizes or frightens others".  It can be anyone intending to dominate, coerce or overcome using fear.} Yesterday I drove from Portland to Salt Lake City.  It's a 13 hour drive.  Being alone on the road for that long makes my mind wander and yesterday I could not stop thinking about what happened in Boston....more