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This blog is devoted to comments relating somehow to cultural and international border crossing.  Issues, predictions, case studies, critiques, personal thoughts, discussions, quotes, reviews, stories, and insights regarding the joys and frustrations of border crossing are all welcome here.

“Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored.” (Aldous Huxley Complete Essays, vol. 2, 1926-29)

Posted by on 2:15 pm in Current Events | 0 comments

Of all the characteristics of our time, one is most troubling: the triumph of ideology over scientific facts. It works like this. When confronted by facts that run contrary to what one believes (politically, religiously, socially, and so forth), rather than rethinking personal positions, more and more of us simply ignore the facts — remaining within the safety of our preconceptions. It may be easier that way, but ultimately we (and society) will pay a price. “Facts” will, in the end, triumph over ideology – but how long might that take...

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Naoto Matsumura: the world’s most radioactive man

Posted by on 5:34 pm in Activist, Asia, Border Crossers, Current Events, Japan | 0 comments

  Perhaps you have heard of Mr. Naoto Matsumura who resides near the Fukushima nuclear power plant. He has sacrificed his life by returning to his hometown of Tomioka, which lies within the radioactive danger zone, in order to take of the animals that were left behind when the town’s residents evacuated. He is truly a remarkable human being who has crossed a border few would dare to cross. Here is his story as published  in the UK Mail.   World’s most radioactive man: Japanese farmer who refused to leave crippled Fukushima...

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Not All Borders are Created Equal

Posted by on 4:53 pm in Current Events, Philosophy | 1 comment

John Brockman is editor and publisher of the EDGE.ORG — an imaginative website that has as its mission:  “To arrive at the edge of the world’s knowledge, seek out the most complex and sophisticated minds, put them in a room together, and have them ask each other the questions they are asking themselves.”  This is a website worth checking out for the intellectually curious. Brockman has recently edited a volume titled What Should We Be Worried About? (Harper Perennial, 2014) in which he posed that question to 150...

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Border Crossing in Nicaragua

Posted by on 3:24 pm in Activist, Border Crossers, Current Events | 0 comments

Trudy Runyon of Sebring, Ohio, has recently returned from a volunteer work trip to Nicaragua sponsored by the HERO organization (Humanitarian Efforts Reaching Out). During her trip, Trudy crossed several borders including geographical, intercultural, and economic borders.   HERO was founded by Dr. Julia Williams MD, an Emergency Department Physician working at the Flagstaff Medical Center in Arizona. As written on the organization’s website, “Our mission is to provide medical care, dental care, nutritional support, vision testing and eye...

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Celebrating Diversity in New Zealand Education

Posted by on 6:15 pm in Current Events | 1 comment

A small country in the south-western Pacific Ocean is fast growing into a multi-cultural nation. According to an article in the New Zealand Herald, the 2013 census revealed that the country has more ethnicities than there are countries in the world. Auckland in particular, is now classified as “super diverse”, said Massey University humanities and social sciences research director Professor Paul Spoonley. The refugee policy contributes to that, but the main factor is that New Zealand accepts skilled people from all over the world....

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U.S. – China Border Crossing

Posted by on 3:56 pm in Border Crossers, China, Current Events, Education | 1 comment

{Editor’s note: the story that follows was written by a “border crosser” who traversed international and cultural borders and found herself in a new world – one which altered her perspective on life significantly. As a result of this experience, her life has been shaped in ways she could not have anticipated before her crossing.}   Hello, My name is Rachel Bateman and I am a junior at the University of Mount Union in Alliance, Ohio, USA.  I’m going to be telling you about my trip to a wonderful orphanage in Luxi County, in  Jiangxi...

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Pete Seeger: building a ladder to the stars

Posted by on 2:23 pm in Current Events | 3 comments

Artists have the potential to help us cross borders – – to portray things in a different way – to take us to new territories.  Pete Seeger was such an artist.  Much of his 94 years was spent singing for peace and justice – urging us to build a better world.  His death this week may have silenced his voice, but not his message.  That lives on through the music he left us. Jim Capaldi on his website: http://peteseeger.net/wp/ writes: “In addition to being America’s best-loved folksinger and an untiring environmentalist, Pete Seeger...

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“Come to the Edge”

Posted by on 5:55 pm in Border Crossers, Current Events, poetry | 1 comment

              COME TO THE EDGE  “Come to the edge.” “We can’t. We’re afraid.” “Come to the edge.” “We can’t. We will fall!” “Come to the edge.” And they came. And he pushed them. And they flew. ~ attributed to the French poet Guillaume Apollinaire        

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Nelson Mandela, Part II

Posted by on 8:07 pm in Current Events | 0 comments

Reflecting on what makes an inspiration leader such as a Nelson Mandela, Lance Secretan helps us pull together a few thoughts previously expressed on this blog by Martin Luther King, Martin Luther, and Rebecca Solnit. In an article published in Ode Magazine, he wrote:             All great leaders and teachers have known three things: Why they are here on this planet-their Destiny; What they stand for-their Cause; and, What they will do, how they will serve others with their gifts and talent- their Calling. I call this  understanding the...

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Nelson Mandela: Border Crosser

Posted by on 3:24 pm in Activist, Africa, Border Crossers, Current Events | 3 comments

Nelson Mandela: 1918-2013 Mr. Mandela, known as prisoner 466/64 for almost three decades, did not simply cross borders; he erased them. A man of courage and grace, Nelson Mandela was “called” by history. He had no choice, but to engage in the struggle for human dignity. “I had no epiphany, no singular revelation, no moment of truth, but a steady accumulation of a thousand slights, a thousand indignities and a thousand unremembered moments produced in me an anger, a rebelliousness, a desire to fight the system that imprisoned my people. There...

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