Monthly Archives: January 2015

SOTU

I had every intention of watching the President’s Address, but the flesh is weak and I fell asleep. (I am in Italy, so it began at 3am) However, the entire speech is available if you want to watch it, and … Continue reading

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H.R. 7

It has been very interesting, illuminating even, to talk to young Americans here in Siena.  A conversation today highlighted the fact that an American child born into poverty is very likely to remain there. The poor kid doesn’t have a … Continue reading

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American Pride

Yesterday in class at the Dante Alighieri School in Siena, there was a class discussion between 7 young Americans, a delightful girl from Argentina, and me – plus Andrea, the teacher. The topic was “What percentage of Italians are proud … Continue reading

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So many topics, so little time

I have had a Facebook morning, made new friends, and discovered organizations that I was previously unaware of, all doing their darndest to make the world a better place. Everything is so complicated and disjointed. If only there was one … Continue reading

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Extremism by any other name……

It must be hard being a Muslim in France today (Jan 18, 2015), the day after “Allah is great” chanting gunmen killed 12 journalists and wounded another 11 in Paris. It must be hard being a Muslim in Nigeria where … Continue reading

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