Category Archives: History

Cosmopolitan

When I see the word “cosmopolitan”, thoughts of modernity, cutting edge thinking, broad-minded compassion, and global inclusivity flood my mind. The look and sound of the word somehow seems contemporary and very smart. Of course cosmopolitan is a quite ancient … Continue reading

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I Wonder About Hostility

It’s the elephant in the room that is on our minds and not well-hidden these days–hostility. Of course, people have been hostile as long as there have been people. It ebbs and flows throughout civilizations. It causes wars, genocide, and … Continue reading

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Dear Diary

Every single night, sick or healthy, I write something in my diary. It doesn’t matter what is written. Many of the entries state the weather conditions. I like this simple data because they set the tone for a day. By … Continue reading

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Hoarded Snapshots

My friend Jorge and I had been discussing natural disasters that have affected large numbers of people in the past. He brought up the Great San Francisco Earthquake of 1906. Then I remembered the three antique stereoscope photographs stored away … Continue reading

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Now Was The Future

Who wasn’t optimistic about the distant future when we were young? I was a flower child of the 1960s and early 1970s. It was the dawning of the Age of Aquarius. Flower children envisioned a future that was based exclusively … Continue reading

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Focus On Human Rights

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights is 69 years old as of this month. It seems like it’s time to resurrect the spirit and driving energy of that ground-breaking document. In the summer of 1946 the UN’s new commission laid … Continue reading

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Knaves

It’s a shame to limit our vocabulary as much as we have in contemporary society. In doing so, we have discarded the rich variety of words that enhance our messages to each other. Our statements lose their impact when we … Continue reading

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