Christina Randall – YouTube Person Worth Listening To

I discovered this young woman who talks about life in prison. She was sentenced to three years after being forgiven by judges for years for many minor offenses. One video explained her first three years. She was savagely abused. In one video, she described her first three years as a child, where her biological parents seriously abused her. She then went into the foster system….. Her story made me experience so much grief. And to look at major inappropriate teenage behavior. She made me wonder what horrors those kids may have also experienced too. She tells stories about other people’s … Continue reading Christina Randall – YouTube Person Worth Listening To

HOW TO FIX AMERICAN SOCIETY

ABOLISH 99% OF ALL INSURANCE COMPANIES because most of them are like religions – false promises of the future without delivering legal benefits. I was a temporary worker in an insurance company. Papers were to be filed in absurd categories and covered the floor in an office. It was nearly impossible to track the progression of a claim. There might be some remote insurance that is real, honest and helpful, but I don’t know it. Do you? BRING BACK REGULATIONS – to banks, hedge funds, energy companies, environmentally-involved companies, etc. CONGRESSIONAL PEOPLE’S INCOME OVER ONE MILLION – will no longer … Continue reading HOW TO FIX AMERICAN SOCIETY

White Privilege – I have about 20% of it and belong to a family of cops

PS – I was wrong. The difference between being born with black or white skin does shape one’s freedoms. A good education is the key for all people of all colors, especially those born poor. A good education improves life. I was wrong. To wake each day, housed in black skin, immediately makes a person a target. For thousands of daily arrows to kill one’s body and soul. I used to wonder who so many Black families lacked a father. As even The Rock said, all men feel the need to protect and feed their families But when a man, … Continue reading White Privilege – I have about 20% of it and belong to a family of cops

Exotic Food from around the World

When introducing food vocabulary, I asked students what their favorite food was. When they asked me, my response was: “Free food. Or food someone else cooked.” But even a non-foodie learns to appreciate food when living abroad. Here’s some wonderful food that can sometimes only be experienced on foreign soil. My first exotic food was experienced in Canada. PINEAPPLE & HAM PIZZA, SALMON, FRIED PASTA – CANADABack in 1974, pineapple & ham pizza was a rarity, introduced to me by fellow writing  students in Vancouver, Canada.  Another classmate, a gourmet cook, introduced me to salmon. It felt like I had … Continue reading Exotic Food from around the World

Reading List to Self-Educate

Reading List for Freshman Year Person NationalityDate of Death Specialties Aeschylus   Greek, 456 BC Playwright, wrote 60 plays, but only 7 still exist. Archimedes Greek, 212 BC Scientist, mathematician.  Proved a body in a fluid becomes lighter by the amount the fluid replaces, and yelled “Eureka!” Famous expression for – I found it. He did this to see if a gold crown was really made from gold or a cheaper metal for a king. (I think). Aristophanes Greek, 388 BC Playwright, wrote 54 plays, only 11 extant. Wrote satire. Aristotle Greek,  322 BC Philosopher, scientist, physician, tutor to Alexander … Continue reading Reading List to Self-Educate

“If I Knew Then What I Know Now….” for First-Generation College Students: A short guide on how to make your own destiny

I was the first in my immediate family to earn a Bachelors then the only to earn a Masters. My mother often said the above. Undergraduate school was a lesson in understanding social class realities and how to maneuver within a bureaucracy. Graduate school included a program of manipulating and being manipulated. I envisioned a doctorate as more intense, dangerous, as well as humiliating. I skipped it. But the Masters opened doors I naively thought the Bachelors would have but didn’t. In brief, lower/working class people need to learn to be overly polite and plan activities in advance. Remember, wealthier … Continue reading “If I Knew Then What I Know Now….” for First-Generation College Students: A short guide on how to make your own destiny

American Romance with Europe

A Jewish friend walks towards the Jewish District in Seville, Spain The romance Americans have with Europe is astounding.  Europe – the home of mass slaughter, entangling countries with two world wars – romantic? Recent wars have created populations with PTSD in Bosnia and Herzegovina.  Concentration camps are now tourist traps in Poland and Czech. Germany opens its arms for Muslim migrants – Jewish cousins – to propagate its factories. Even the American Sixties romance of the Volkswagen bus was not obliterated with VW’s wartime history, and with its recent auto emissions scandal. Reality merely dents VW’s reigns in German … Continue reading American Romance with Europe

THE GUITAR PLAYER & THE LADY KILLER: Review from a high school boyfriend, 50 years ago

I spent the last two days reading The Guitar Player and the Lady Killer: 1. You have unbelievable writing skills.  Your ability to come up with such a captivating story shows you have the tools and mindset to write a best seller. 2. The poetry of words that you used to describe Quebec when Peter the musician takes the mandolin girl Sheonaid to see where he grew up was such great imagery I thought I could actually see the beauty of the city without being there. 3. The way you weaved the story kept the reader wondering what would happen next, I … Continue reading THE GUITAR PLAYER & THE LADY KILLER: Review from a high school boyfriend, 50 years ago