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  • (Day 848) Are We All Becoming Terrorists?

    Yet another tragic story. You can feel the sense of sadness and deep betrayal flowing from a daughters broken heart in the video above.  Based on the facts presented, it is hard to imagine what kind of a person could murder and leave a note saying, “Terrorist, go back to Iraq.”

    Unfortunately, as this story has traveled around the world it combines with other current events, Afghan murders,  burning of the Koran and Muslim ejected from airline. I can’t help but wonder how big the storm of mutual fear is going to get?

    This reminds me of the McCarthy Era when the whole country became paranoid of “The Reds.” At the peak of the panic we turned on each other. This of course was the real disaster.

    After  9-11 we no longer feel safe and are once again propelled down the path of fear. There is a risk this fear will become a cancer in the body of our country.  We have to be careful in the process of securing ourselves we don’t end up creating the most powerful terrorists of all… us.

    The McCarthy Era ended when it became apparent there was nothing to fear but ourselves. What will it take this time for us to trust again???

  • (Day 842) Building Trust With Body Language

    I came across this video explaining how body language plays a role in how people perceive (trust) us. What messages are you sending out?

  • (Day 835) Trust In An Airplane

    I happened to come across these two videos within minutes of each other. One shows a flight attendant creating a fun relaxed environment for his passengers, the other shows a female flight attendant losing it onboard a flight. When you are put in a tube and sent up in the sky traveling 500 miles an hour with hundreds of other people, trust is a BIG deal. I don’t know why one was happy and the other full of fear,  I just know I would rather be in the cabin with the first guy.

  • (Day 833) Traveling To SXSW

    This is my second visit to SXSW.  For 10 days each March, Austin Texas is the creative center of the universe . I started attending after deciding to make a documentary. It is a gold mine of people and resources. Above I share my expectations as I transition Dulles International airport on my way to Austin.

  • (Day 824) Do You have a Light?

    This is a story about a “coincidences.”  Do you believe they are random, or are they messages that need your attention? Here is a surprising story I recently experienced. What do you think?

  • (Day 808) Dying To Learn

    According to CBS News Malaysia’s government deported newspaper columnist Hamza Kashgari, 23 on the request of Saudi Arabia who may charge him with blasphemy for allegedly insulting the Prophet Muhammad.  International rights groups reacted negatively to the deportation. According to news reports, Kashgari fled his country after learning his tweets had inflamed many Islamist. On Sunday he was stopped at the Malaysian airport (while in transit to New Zealand) and deported back to Saudi Arabia. This has raised fears Kashgari will be tortured and killed for his comment.

    It causes me great sadness and frustration to see again and again the pain we inflict on each other. This story has played out over and over in human history. It continues in various forms throughout the world. We need to open our minds and hearts to find our own truth and allow others the freedom to find theirs. I believe Kashgari was trying to do just that. Unfortunately  he may have to die so we can learn something.

  • (Day 736) Another Journey

    The video above is a story of four boys caught in war torn Southern Sudan. It is a sad story with a hopeful message. It helped to remind me this kind of insanity is happening in modern times. Right now somewhere in the world this is STILL happening. It makes me want to work even harder to make a difference.  I do not want to close my eyes to what we are doing to each other. On the other hand, I know the only thing I can do is to change myself, my own everyday thoughts and actions and expect this will be enough. Most days I wake up and see the mountain of work to be done and wonder…

    It was directed and produced by Robin Heydenberk. I met this amazing and energetic women several years ago at Lehigh University. As you can probably tell, I found her work to be moving- check it out.

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