Politics

16 Feb Dear GOP, NRA, and gun owners of America

Since the beginning of this 2018, we have had a mass shooting every or every other day in this country (and some days, we've had more than one). Last year, we had more mass shootings than we had days of the year. Regardless of your position, I think we can all safely say, "Enough is ENOUGH! And although I realize that you have the right to own (and in some cases carry) a gun, I think it is time to talk about some other rights too. Let's start with our children. Children have the right to a safe and secure education. Children and teachers alike should NEVER be worried about going to school. Children have the right to not have to walk through metal detector or be hypervigilant in monitoring the behavior of their class members. They have enough on their plates worrying about testing scores, acne, how to navigate relationships, and just learn to be good citizens. Most importantly, CHILDREN have the RIGHT to LIVE!
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01 Jul Dear Melania Trump

Dear Melania Trump, Please take a moment to read this letter as I think it might resonate with what is within your heart as a woman, advocate, and mother. We don’t know each other, and we will probably never meet. But that isn’t because we run in different circles or because your husband is the President. It is simply because I believe we are defined by the company we keep. It is within this one seed of truth why our worlds may remain separate. That said, I think I can safely say that you have sent the world some very mixed messages over the past 6 months. So, as one strong woman and child advocate to another, in the pursuit of understanding and in an effort to gain some clarity, I would like to ask you some questions about some of your recent choices.
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23 Jan Love is the Only Bridge for Division

  While here in Paris, I have met the most interesting international travelers (mostly due to the charm of my 7 pound Maltese, Lia).  The other day was no exception. I met a wonderful woman from New Jersey.  As we got to talking, I found out that she had voted for Trump.  Now I did not vote for Trump.  But my reasons were less about politics and much more about psychology and emotional stability.  That said, I was curious to know her thoughts and the rationale behind her choice.  Now the details of the conversation are not important.  What is important is that the more we talked and listened to each other, the more we found common ground.  This isn’t to say that I agreed with all her points, nor her mine.  But it is to say that we found a space in between our differences that we infused with understanding and LOVE.
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25 Oct Make America Great Again

As we are rounding toward the final weeks before the US election, I believe it is a time to press pause and review the last year and a half of this campaign. I think we can all agree that this campaign has been quite a bumpy road full of twists, turns, and unexpected outcomes. There have been a lot of noteworthy moments along the way, but for me, the slogan “Make America Great Again,” has been the most troubling. I have traveled the world, lived in many countries, and had lots of international experiences. What I have come to find is that the things that Americans hold near and dear to their hearts are available in a lot countries around the world. They are not just exclusive to the USA. But to make the United States “great again,” we must start by looking at some systemic issues that are causing our demise.
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