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"Once in a while you will stumble upon the truth but most of us manage to pick ourselves up and hurry along as if nothing had happened." — Sir Winston Churchill

100,000 HAITIANS COMING TO AMERICA

When Senator Edward Kennedy’s immigration bill passed into law almost fifty years ago, he assured Americans that they would not notice any changes in the social fabric of America. At … Continue reading

October 22, 2014 · Leave a comment

NINE DAYS IN THE DELLS

We’re back. It’s good to be home. We left home on Wednesday 8th October, driving to Lake Michigan and then catching the ferry across to Wisconsin, then driving another two … Continue reading

October 20, 2014 · 2 Comments

This letter to a newspaper makes everything clear!

October 6, 2014 · Leave a comment

EAST MEETS WEST IN HONG KONG

It’s not surprising that thousands of people are demonstrating in Hong Kong. The real wonder is that they took so long. After 150 years of British rule, the colony reverted … Continue reading

October 3, 2014 · Leave a comment

A TALE OF TWO COUNTRIES

My mother died fifteen years ago today.   That year, October 2nd was the Last Great Day, the biblical eighth day of the Feast. The significance was not lost on me. … Continue reading

October 2, 2014 · 1 Comment

THE TRUTH IS OUT

My laptop gave up the ghost on Sunday.   The result has been mixed emotions – I have to admit to being somewhat lost without it but my life is less … Continue reading

September 30, 2014 · 1 Comment

HOMELESSNESS & THE DECLINING ECONOMY

We live on the west side of Lansing, which is a part of Eaton County.  Two other counties serve Lansing – Ingham and Clinton counties. Within the tri-county area there … Continue reading

September 26, 2014 · 3 Comments

WHY ARE WE IN THE MIDDLE EAST?

“America is losing its hegemony in the Middle East.” So wrote The Economist in its September 13th issue, page 55. This raises a question.   Why does America need to be … Continue reading

September 24, 2014 · 4 Comments

ONE SMALL STEP

I took our eldest grandson out this morning – the first time since going into the hospital six months ago. As he’s only 2 and a half, he had forgotten … Continue reading

September 23, 2014 · 1 Comment

TRUTH ABOUT EBOLA

Dr. Joia Mukharjee says racism is to blame for the slow response to the Ebola epidemic in Liberia and other African countries. Mukharjee is a professor at Harvard Medical School … Continue reading

September 22, 2014 · 3 Comments

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