Columbus is NOT my Hero

Monday, October 9, 2017 is Columbus Day, celebrated every year on the 2nd Monday in October.  While 46 states still honor and commemorate the “great explorer” on this day, others are in resistance (Alaska, Hawai’i, Oregon, and South Dakota appropriately choose this day to honor indigenous peoples).  One must stop to consider why we are celebrating the initiation of an era of immeasurable suffering and death… … More Columbus is NOT my Hero

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White America, look at Charlottesville. It’s time to wake up. 

Fellow white people, Graphic pictures of bodies flying over a car give our thumbs pause as we scroll through today’s news feed.  The headline draws us in, “Car Hits Crowd After White Nationalist Rally in Charlottesville Ends in Violence”  (The New York Times). We click and peruse the article.  It’s ugly.  A neo-Nazi organization gathered … More White America, look at Charlottesville. It’s time to wake up. 

Raising the Flag

We stood in a circle, possibly the biggest I’ve ever seen, some under shade of the trees, and others perspiring in the hot sun.  My left hand linked me to my Hawaiian kahu (pastor) of our indigenous-style church and my right grasped the hand of a gentleman I had never met.  How many had gathered … More Raising the Flag

Learning about freedom

A trip to the new African American Museum in Washington D.C. gave me a new appreciation for freedom. Though our nation was birthed in racial injustice while we proclaimed human freedom, those who were once hard pressed have pushed the burden of injustice off of their backs, raising themselves and the rest of us to a true human freedom and equality. … More Learning about freedom

Part 2 – My Top 10 Travel Blunders & How I fixed them

If you enjoyed part 1, you’ll definitely eat up part 2.  #6-9 all happened in the same week.  Though this one week in my travels had the most blunders and thus was the most expensive, it was also the most exciting.  It was spontaneous, risky, and amazing.  I would totally do it again, but making … More Part 2 – My Top 10 Travel Blunders & How I fixed them

Part 1 – My Top 10 Travel Blunders & How I Fixed Them

My parents raised me in a foreign country with the mantra, “Sometimes we pay for our lessons.”  Linguistic and cultural barriers are just part of the landscape of international travel or living and as the visitor, it’s pretty likely we’ll goof up here or there. This perspective has helped me have grace on myself on … More Part 1 – My Top 10 Travel Blunders & How I Fixed Them