Activist


I have received a communication from a former outstanding student, Damon, who epitomizes a border crosser. Upon graduation from college, he attended law school and had a very successful career employed by a law firm in Washington, DC. While living in DC, he was involved in several community organization activities. After a few years, he took a several month “sabbatical” traveling throughout Central and South America to “survey the...

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The Border to Greatness


Posted on Oct 14, 2016

It’s official, the political debate of 2016 is over — if ever there was one. Yesterday (October 13th) at Southern New Hampshire University, First Lady Michele Obama put an end to it. In twenty-six and a half minutes, she proved once and for all that America indeed IS a great country – not a nation that needs to be made great again. A measure of American greatness is revealed in our openness to change, a willingness to...

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Rod Serling, the highly acclaimed film writer and television producer/director, is known for his groundbreaking science fiction series “The Twilight Zone.” Airing on the American television network CBS from 1959-1964, his thought-provoking narratives are “strangely” relevant for our times. Serling concludes each episode with a philosophical reflection. Most still “speak” to us. This is especially true of his closing remarks from “The...

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Gloria E. Anzaldúa


Posted on May 17, 2016

Two quotes from the poet, author, and Chicano activist Gloria E. Anzaldúa: “Borders are set up to define the places that are safe and unsafe, to distinguish us from them. A border is a dividing line, a narrow strip along a steep edge. A borderland is a vague and undetermined place created by the emotional residue of an unnatural boundary. It is in a constant state of transition. The prohibited and forbidden are its inhabitants.”...

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By Lygdenova Victoria Institute of Philosophy and Law (Russian Academy of Science), Novosibirsk, Russia On February 2005, I participated in the unique seminar that was organized in Norwegian town Roros as a part of the International Students’ Festival in Trondheim (ISFIT). Dialogue Groups consisted of participants from six conflict regions – U.S.A. and Iran, Ethiopia and Eritrea, Russia and Chechnya. Ten students of Psychological...

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In-between


Posted on Dec 28, 2014

There are places in the world that are neither here, nor there, neither up nor down, neither real nor imaginary.  These are the in-between places, difficult to find and even more challenging to sustain.  Yet they are the most fruitful places of all.  For in these liminal narrows, a kind of life takes place that is out of the ordinary, creative, and once in a while, genuinely magical.  We tend to divide life between mind and matter and...

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