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  • Blog
    Thu, 10 Nov 2016
    ArticleAnything for a Pair of Shoes

    At a recent writing conference in Manhattan, I lunched with a group of other attendees.  They were mostly newly retired women; savvy, professionally accomplished New Yorkers now looking to focus on the book they’d always dreamed of writing. We started talking about our work, and I told the women that my writing centers on the... more...

  • Blog
    Mon, 7 Nov 2016
    ArticleIt’s Important That You Vote—Period

    Generally speaking, cities like Chicago, L.A. and New York swing their state in a particular political direction with little to no recourse. The election tomorrow should be no different. What should be different is your level of commitment. You should vote not only tomorrow but in every single election legally available to you. Party... more...

  • Blog
    Mon, 7 Nov 2016
    ArticleA Refugee with a Dream for his People

    On a serene night, my family embarked on a long and treacherous journey over the Himalayas. With bruises, frostbite, and hunger, they managed to survive the journey. After weeks of walks along the snowcapped mountains, they were finally able to flee the genocide in Tibet. I was born without knowing exactly where I belonged, why I was in... more...

  • Blog
    Wed, 26 Oct 2016
    Article#VeteransforKaepernick

    I’m not sure if public schools still do this but I remember standing, hand over heart, reciting the pledge of allegiance before the start of class each day. During this period in my life, even in the midst of a crack epidemic that gripped my neighborhood in its jaws like a vise, I loved my country. The pledge of allegiance and the... more...

  • Blog
    Tue, 25 Oct 2016
    ArticleHow I See It...

    During our first Danita Branam Dialogue, we explored the concept of identity, race and privilege. For many, it was an eye-opening experience. Once I got past the idea that this evening had my name attached to it and that it was an annual event, I settled into the moment and found myself wondering about the varied life-experiences in the... more...

  • Blog
    Mon, 24 Oct 2016
    ArticleBeing Trans In An Age Of Violence

    I grew up in Northern Mexico, the Republic of Texas, and learned to think thru my body and not only depend on rational thinking per se. As an always gender non-conforming person who later found a home in naming themself a non-binary Transgender person, I have always lived with a particular set of vulnerabilities. Read more. more...

  • Blog
    Thu, 20 Oct 2016
    ArticleTransitioned

    It is well documented, and currently widely accepted, that the Vietnam Veteran generation was reviled and abandoned while serving on the battlefield and upon returning home. We were abandoned both individually and institutionally. We were unwelcome in the workplace and on the college campus. We were stigmatized in the media. We were,... more...

  • Blog
    Thu, 20 Oct 2016
    ArticleVoting: A Petition To Save

    Dismantling the “white imagination” of what it means to be an American citizen, Claudia Rankine bridges visual aesthetic and contextual prose to expose areas of trauma. Rankine underlines the individualism assumed when internalizing societal commentary: “Slipping down burying the you buried within. You are everywhere... more...

  • Blog
    Wed, 19 Oct 2016
    ArticleFuture Energy Is As Much About Human Energy and...

    As I landed in Astana in the snowy early morning hours, I thought about how far I was from home in New York and wondered what I was doing here. I have been to Kazakhstan several times, have experienced the hospitality of the Kazakh people and developed significant relationships with many government and community leaders, but with all the... more...

  • Blog
    Tue, 11 Oct 2016
    ArticleSeeking My Reflection

    I grew up in the UK during the era of Margaret Thatcher, Britain’s first female prime minister. Thatcher’s ideal England was as traditional as the Adventist churches I attended every Saturday, and their shared social philosophy was our water and air. One of Thatcher’s legacies was a local government rule called... more...

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