June 12, 2015
How to be inspired by history, Part I

Last April, I posted a blog that discussed why I love history. (It was called “What Inspires Me” if you want to read it again.) Unequivocally, I answered that history inspires me. I love the stories, the people, the intrigue, struggles and the triumph. They all inspire me. History shows me that nothing happens in […]

April 15, 2015
How the new “James Bond” will challenge us

I love James Bond! I always have and probably always will. I was enamored with the sexy and debonair bond since Sean Connery up to (and definitely) including Daniel Craig. (Yes, I did lose a bit of interest during the short-lived Timothy Dalton-as-Bond years but everyone has a fault.) I recently heard that another and […]

February 13, 2015
Hatred, Dehumanisation or a Parking Space?

Portrait of the “new” hate crime: Three young adults in Chapel Hill. Deah Shaddy Barakat was a 23-year old dental student. His 21-year old wife, Yusor Mohammed, was also training to be a dentist. Her sister, Razan Mohammed Abu-Salha, was a 19-year student at North Carolina State. They all were shot in the head in […]

January 19, 2015
“Wow!” Moments from Dr. King (Yes, there were many!)

He was definitely one of the most quotable people on the planet. Dr. Martin Luther King was a great leader and a great speaker. But he was more than that; he was a deeply spiritual and insightful man. Along my “Road to King” journey, I have been reading many of his speeches, letters and interviews. […]

January 18, 2015
Signs we are entering a new age…and the challenges ahead!

The Civil Rights Movement was definitely a new age. People were changing. Thoughts were changing. New ideas were emerging and the country was experiencing distressing events and turmoil. Still, it might not have been obvious that a new age was emerging. People knew that things were happening but they might not have realized that things […]

January 16, 2015
The third step on the Road with King: Does integration really exist in America?

Continuing down the road taken by Dr. Martin Luther King, I am driven by the need to delve into the ethical foundations of my beliefs. I have been reading more of King’s speeches (no pun intended) and I have discovered that he broke down the issues and presented them to the protesters. Back then, the […]

January 15, 2015
The Road to King: The Second Step

As Martin Luther King’s birthday and the U.S. holiday are approaching, I am re-opening my investigations and my mind to discover the real King. What I’m learning is that he kept learning and growing during his (nearly) two decades leading the modern Civil Rights Movement. And, as his thoughts and theories evolved and his resolved […]

January 14, 2015
The Road to King: The First Step

When I was in high school (yes, a long time ago!), my brother who was in college told me about his term paper in history class about the evolution of Martin Luther King’s ideology. I was confused and bewildered.  Years later, I started reading more about Martin Luther King. What did I discover? Like all […]

January 9, 2015
Why everyone should be Charlie

Sitting here in my living room in Brussels, I am watching the news updates about the attack and killings at Charlie Hebdo magazine in Paris. The suspected gunmen remain at large, right now in a supermarket (possibly with hostages). The town is surrounded by police. Their capture is inevitable. Yet the important part of the story […]

December 9, 2014
How to get your breath back–and make a difference!

It takes MY breath away!  That sentence usually refers to something or someone that has affected you so deeply that you simply cannot speak. It can be something great, exciting, or even romantic. In this case, it is tragic. My breath has been taken away by the continuing violence by the police against African Americans…and […]