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the return to Africa

 Five years ago my entire perspective on life was turned on its head.  It was in the lowliest place on earth that I discovered the truest of riches and the one real hope for humanity.  I always tell people that Africa both saved and ruined my life and that I couldn’t have been more thankful for it.  Since my first day in the slums of Nairobi, Kenya I became caught between these two worlds.  On one side was my normal American life, but in the back of my mind every day since, the kids and the people I had the privilege of meeting were there to haunt, challenge and inspire me.  At first, there was a sense of grave responsibility to get their story out because of what I had seen and experienced.  But the same demons that stalk the atrocities in Africa are the same of those in America; they just take on a different form – isolation, self absorption and materialism.  Which is the greater of the two evils, it’s really hard to say.  Continue reading “the return to Africa” »

America’s oppressive education system

I have never had any school pride.  No matter where I went, the school colors, mascot or functions never appealed to me.  Certain teachers and friends made all the difference, helping to change and shape my life, the institution however, has done little to actually benefit me.  It is because school presented more red tape, road blocks, bureaucracy and stipulations than enriching learning and pointing me in the direction of my strengths.  I would go as far as to say school oppressed my gifts, talents, creativity and interests more than it helped them.  There were unforgettable teachers that went out of their way to teach and share their lives, those I am grateful for and will never forget, but the institution as a whole existed to make me jump through hoops, waste my time, and leave me drowning in debt.  It’s really no wonder I have always seen it as The Enemy. Continue reading “America’s oppressive education system” »

our new reality

Frustrated by a feeling of powerlessness over taxation policies, economic inequality and a shattered confidence in what was once the great idea of America, it is no wonder that ‘We the People’ my generation in particular, is angry.  And rightfully so..  There is something terribly wrong with corporate greed, the money that controls Washington, the paying and buying of Politicians.  Surely there are those more responsible for this crisis than others, and they should be held accountable..

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