Category Archives: War*Peace*Gratitude

Ai Weiwei

On August 12, 2017, David and I visited the “Ai Weiwei at Meijer Gardens: Natural State” exhibition with our daughter-in-law Kathy’s parents, Sandie and Paul Nelson.  As always, getting together with them was a fantastic break from our busy life. … Continue reading

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“Is America today marching to the same drum beat as Nazi Germany?” by Ms. Kitty Werthmann

In many of my prior posts, I have been expressing my deepest concerns about how things have been changing for the worse in the U.S.A., the country of my childhood dreams. Today, I’d like to share with you what I consider one … Continue reading

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Looking ahead to America’s 250th birthday

As of this writing, Fourth of July is almost upon us.  To think that in nine years, the United States of America will be celebrating her 250th birthday! In 1976, just four years after I arrived in the U.S.A., my … Continue reading

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“Silence” – Swamp-analogy questions are finally put to rest

  In March 2017, I wrote a review of the movie, “Silence.”  Those who know me well know that I stop at nothing when a question needs to be answered, especially when I feel the need to prove a point.  … Continue reading

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The Second Amendment – Why my view has changed 180 degrees

In January of this year, I wrote about my concerns regarding what was happening to the First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States of America; most notably, erosion of freedom of speech and the level of intolerance among … Continue reading

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“Silence” – Putting “Japan’s swamp” into perspective

Amid all the buzz since December 2016, David and I were finally able to make the time to watch the movie, “Silence,” directed by Martin Scorsese.   The original book was published in 1966. The Author Shūsaku Endō is one of … Continue reading

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Happy 45th, my love!

Almost a month ago, on January 20, 2017, the 45th President of the United States of America, Donald J. Trump, was sworn into the Office. Today, February 17, 2017, is our 45th wedding anniversary.  For some reason, the two sets … Continue reading

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Is our First Amendment on the endangered-species list?

During the last few decades, something very uncomfortable has been starting to take root in this country.  The change has been so gradual and insidious, however, that few of us paid close attention – until certain evidence began to emerge … Continue reading

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“They Say We Are Infidels” by Mindy Belz

“They Say We Are Infidels” was published earlier this year.  This means some of the events in the Middle East, chronicled by the author, took place as recently as 2015.  The narrative starts out with an incident in 2006, eight … Continue reading

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The 2016 election – My thoughts

The 2016 election in the U.S.A. was contentious, controversial, and downright ugly, to say the least.  My choice had already been made by the time the Presidential candidates were narrowed down to the two finalists: Hillary Clinton (a career politician) … Continue reading

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