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Joan Brunwasser is a co-founder of Citizens for Election Reform (CER) which since 2005 existed for the sole purpose of raising the public awareness of the critical need for election reform. Our goal: to restore fair, accurate, transparent, secure elections where votes are cast in private and counted in public. Because the problems with electronic (computerized) voting systems include a lack of transparency and the ability to accurately check and authenticate the vote cast, these systems can alter election results and therefore are simply antithetical to democratic principles and functioning.
Since the pivotal 2004 Presidential election, Joan has come to see the connection between a broken election system, a dysfunctional, corporate media and a total lack of campaign finance reform. This has led her to enlarge the parameters of her writing to include interviews with whistle-blowers and articulate others who give a view quite different from that presented by the mainstream media. She also turns the spotlight on activists and ordinary folks who are striving to make a difference, to clean up and improve their corner of the world. By focusing on these intrepid individuals, she gives hope and inspiration to those who might otherwise be turned off and alienated. She also interviews people in the arts in all their variations - authors, journalists, filmmakers, actors, playwrights, and artists. Why? The bottom line: without art and inspiration, we lose one of the best parts of ourselves. And we're all in this together. If Joan can keep even one of her fellow citizens going another day, she considers her job well done.
Joan has been Election Integrity Editor for OpEdNews since December, 2005. Her articles also appear at Huffington Post, RepublicMedia.TV and Scoop.co.nz.
Thursday, December 19, 2013 Why We Care About Poop: 2.6 BILLION People Lack Access to a Toilet (3 comments)
I always believe you start small. Jewish tradition teaches, if you save one life, you have saved the world. And so I have built Youthaiti by starting in one small village in rural Haiti, and now we are reaching over 20 villages. We teach one person to use a bucket composting toilet, and soon the whole family is using it. We provide a composting toilet for one village, and the next one is ready to use it too.
Tuesday, December 17, 2013 Inmates Train Service Dogs with Assist from Civilians on Weekends
Most of the dogs in the program live with prison inmates for about a year, starting from the age of about three months. The inmates train the puppies to be service dogs but what they can't do for them is give them real-world experiences, like riding in a car or going to a movie. We take the puppies out Friday-Sunday evenings and gradually expose them to all of the experiences they'll encounter as working service dogs.
Saturday, December 14, 2013 Forrest City FCI: Where Visitors, Civil Rights and Human Dignity Are Unwelcome (6 comments)
It was after 1:30 when we were taken to the visiting room to wait for Gary,who was, again, never paged. In fact, when he finally came in almost 20 minutes later, the BOPer at the desk almost sent him back, telling Gary he had not paged him!I mean, WHY NOT? We had been there since 10:30 - visitation ends at 3:00! Gary told the BOPer the unit BOPer had called and verified he had visitors and had sent him to the visiting room.
Wednesday, December 11, 2013 The Worst Trade Deal Ever, And What You Can Do To Stop It (10 comments)
It's the most outrageous attempted corporate power grab yet.Suppose some foreign transnational corporation wanted to come into your country and start fracking or they wanted to unilaterally rewrite your labor laws, you would be forced to submit to that.This sounds like the kind of hysterical hyperbole that right wingers are so fond of trafficking in.This is what is actually being pushed in secret. It's like NAFTA on steroids.
Tuesday, December 10, 2013 Rock and Wrap It Up's Creative Approach to Hunger
We now have 73 sport franchises and colleges practicing the Sports Wrap! program.Food from their arenas and stadiums now goes to the local indigent in their catchment areas.The entire NHL works with us in North America. This year, the NFL is working with us to recover all of the food generated surrounding and leading up to Super Bowl XXXXVIII, in both NJ and NY, and will be recovered through Rock and Wrap it Up!
Sunday, December 8, 2013 A Free Speech David Takes On Goliath About "The Last War Crime" Movie (6 comments)
Our goal for the The Last War Crime film project was to tell the true story of how we were misled into an attack and invasion of Iraq, which now even the neocons have been forced to admit has been a strategic catastrophe.They have also tried to revise history as if they could not have known that the intelligence was bad, when in fact they knew (or should have known) all along that the intelligence was garbage (a polite word).
Tuesday, December 3, 2013 A Thanksgiving Message from OEN's Joan B (6 comments)
OEN's Joan Brunwasser, Election Integrity Editor and author of over 600 articles, shares her annual newsletter of appreciation and thanks, and an invitation to participate in supporting more coverage of her articles on compelling topics.
Sunday, December 1, 2013 Katy Read on The Regrets of a Stay at Home Mom (7 comments)
When my sons were six months and two years old, I left my full-time job as a newspaper reporter. I became a freelance writer/stay-at-home mother, with my sons in daycare three afternoons a week.It seemed like a great arrangement for everyone in the family. Then in 2008, my husband and I split up and I moved back to Minneapolis.That's when the recession hit. The newspaper industry had already been imploding and shedding jobs.
Tuesday, November 26, 2013 "Women Unchained": A Filmmaker's Campaign to Promote Justice in Jewish Divorce (3 comments)
A friend of mine has a daughter whose marriage couldn't get a "get' from her husband.Nothing worked. In the end, Ariel's "get' cost my friend close to a half-million dollars in assorted pay-offs to her son-in-law.Following this ordeal, my friend and her husband were adamant to expose this not-uncommon abuse of the power imbalance in Jewish law.They asked me to take on the topic in a documentary.And so the fundraising began
Monday, November 18, 2013 A Class Act: Chicago Actor Coaches Kids, Saves Vintage Theatre (2 comments)
The lovely Grande Dame at 100 was not meant for this much use, that's for sure. There are the things that aren't very sexy, like updated plumbing, electrical, fixing the facade. We are also on the cusp of a Kickstarter campaign so we can convert to digital.So many towns have lost their independent theatres to huge mall multiplex mega theaters. That is like losing the town's soul. What a loss that can never be recovered.
Monday, November 11, 2013 Inmates Stick Their Necks Out to Cast Light on Recent Prison Death
A prisoner who was very distressed about the events was threatened that he would be sent to solitary confinement for telling his own wife. I have shared with you the written statements of two prisoners who shared crucial moments of the day Mr. Hallford died. They understand the risk is to all prisoners when there is no accountability and and prison employees are allowed to kill prisoners without consequences.
Thursday, November 7, 2013 "Citizen Koch" Fights to Tell Its Story (3 comments)
Because of David Koch's donations and his position on the board of one powerful PBS affiliate, he film was censored.The public agency that funds independent documentaries withdrew its financial support and its broadcast partnership for our film to avoid offending WNET's benefactor David Koch.Not only did the film lose $150,000 in funding, but millions of viewers lost their chance to see "Citizen Koch" on public television.
Tuesday, November 5, 2013 Comedian Mark Schiff's Done it All: Seinfeld, Carson, Letterman and Leno - Now What? (4 comments)
I've been doing private events and touring with Jerry Seinfeld. I was at Caesar's Palace with him a few times in the last couple of years. It's a great gig. Private jets and five-star hotels. One of the things I'm most proud of is that I work clean. There is no cursing in my act. I can't tell you how many people appreciate that. The play is also a rare bird these days. There is, I think, one curse word in 90 pages.
Sunday, November 3, 2013 The Making of "Crime After Crime" with Producer/Director Yoav Potash
What hooked me on making Crime After Crime was really Deborah Peagler herself, the protagonist of the film. I'm very proud that one of the ways the film has been used is as a centerpiece to events that raise funds to support domestic violence shelters. And thanks to the nature of the people in the film and the love that they demonstrate through their actions, this is actually a film full of hope and humanity.
Friday, November 1, 2013 Producer/Director Jake Kornbluth Shares the Backstory of "Inequality for All", Part Two
I was searching for a wealthy individual who was both a passionate capitalist and a passionate advocate that widening income inequality was bad for us all.Warren Buffet has been quite outspoken on the topic. I had seen a TED Talk that Nick had given, and read an article in GQ. To have a wealthy guy speak so honestly about his own finances and then be articulate enough to put this in a larger context was pretty special.
Tuesday, October 29, 2013 Novelist Corban Addison Tackles Human Trafficking in "A Walk Across the Sun"
After months of reading and interviews, I traveled to India and Europe. I went to court with lawyers, visited safe houses and met girls rescued from the sex trade; I interviewed field agents about their work investigating pimps and brothel owners; and I went undercover into the brothels of Mumbai to meet trafficking victims firsthand. Without this, I could never have written an authentic story.
Saturday, October 26, 2013 Andrew Kreig: Alabama Journalist Roger Shuler Beaten and Arrested! (18 comments)
Roger's arrest stems from his reporting and commentary about political, government, legal, sexual, and financial intrigues normally kept out of the media that the public sees. He has made the courageous and public-spirited decision that the public deserves to know in keeping with our constitutional and other mantras about the right of free expression, and the need for it in a democracy.
Thursday, October 24, 2013 Producer/Director Jake Kornbluth Shares the Backstory of "Inequality for All" (4 comments)
I'm 40 years old, and it hit me -this is both the story of our times, and the story of my life.I felt like I had to make this film,and dropped everything to start working on it right then.This was an incredibly difficult intellectual and storytelling problem.One of the things I'm proudest about is that the film feels coherent despite these challenges. And audiences have told me that it hits them in both the head and the head.
Wednesday, October 16, 2013 Joshua Safran: Male Face of The Anti-Domestic Violence Movement? (2 comments)
What had been my most reluctant secret was now my defining characteristic. In LA, a community activist told me I had become the male face of the domestic violence movement.In Chicago,the wife of a rabbi said I was the Jewish voice for domestic violence awareness. I have convinced myself that what I told Deborah is true: If you are brave enough to tell your story, people will get inspired and help stop the cycle of violence.
Thursday, October 10, 2013 B Lab: Helping Companies Not Only Be the Best in the World, But the Best FOR the World (7 comments)
Traditional businesses are constrained by the need to put profits rather than the health of society first.B Corps are free to pursue a broader set of objectives-they have the legal protection to create value for society,not just for shareholders,while meeting higher standards of accountability and transparency. We help redefine success in business so all companies can not only be the best in the world but best for the world.
Wednesday, October 2, 2013 Robert Reich and his new film, "Inequality for All" - An In-Depth Interview (7 comments)
We did it well in the first three decades after World War II. America's economy doubled, as did the incomes of just about everyone. In fact, those in the bottom fifth rose faster than those in the top fifth. We achieved an extraordinary degree of equality -- and we also were serious about achieving equality of opportunity, through major educational investments (beginning with the GI Bill), through the Civil Rights Act and
Saturday, September 21, 2013 Brad Friedman Shines Spotlight on CA Bill to End Federal Testing of E-Voting Systems (2 comments)
It is for a good reason that state law,until SB 360, made it impossible for a single person to approve electronic voting systems for use in actual elections without independent testing by a federal body.There was a well-considered reason that CA had some of the most stringent rules requiring systems to be federally certified before they could even be considered for use in a state election.SB 360 will become state law on 1.1.14
Sunday, September 15, 2013 Anti-Crimson Tide Discrimination?
I went online and reread the visiting rules on the prison's website,intending to cite the precise language of what is prohibited,as someone had said they believed it to be "sports" and someone else saying the BOPers had said "athletic" attire. But guess what?There is no prohibition against wearing either athletic or sports attire.Another instance of just making up rules as they go along, with no accountability or oversight.
Tuesday, September 3, 2013 From Teacher to Handyman: Forging A New Career Path (5 comments)
As a homeowner of 20+ years and former auto mechanic as well as a tool freak/gearhead, I knew I was capable of fixing and building lots of things. I had done a bit of remodeling and am comfortable with electrical and plumbing. I have an excellent rating on Angie's List and that's been a huge boost. I am enjoying the work and feel really good about this career. I sometimes say "I now have the best boss ever!"
Thursday, August 29, 2013 Amanda Bennett and "The Cost of Hope: The Story of a Marriage, a Family, and the Quest for Life"
Writing is what writers do when something happens to them.I felt like I was doing something useful.I totally felt that he was supporting the project -he was so into learning everything he could about everything that I felt him cheering me on.And also, just selfishly,he was a piece of work. So doing the book gave me an excuse to spend an extra year with him -going through photos, his projects and piles of things. It was fun!
Thursday, August 22, 2013 YES! Magazine's Solutions-Oriented Journalism Wins Top Media Award (5 comments)
The editor-in-chief of Utne Reader said " YES! Magazine's message of hope and optimism is both inspiring and essential in these uncertain times." I think he summed it up well. Helping people to see how we can make our way through these turbulent times to something better is an urgent task. Sometimes at YES! we say that "no" is a losing strategy. You can't resist the old; you must build the new. That's what we spotlight.
Saturday, August 10, 2013 The PEN: Save the Bees Before We All Starve (2 comments)
When bees suddenly starting dying in such alarming numbers at first it was a mystery.But as this has been studied, a strong correlation has been demonstrated with the use of a new generation of pesticides called neonicotinoids, which started in 2003.Recognizing this,the EU put in place a two year moratorium on the use of these new poisons because of this growing evidence. What makes these new chemical poisons so insidious is
Saturday, August 3, 2013 Resource Revival Makes Discarded Bike Parts Come Alive (3 comments)
I'm passionate about bicycles and recycling. In 1991, I was bike commuting to a recycling job in Portland when I got a flat tire. I decided to look into what bike shops do with all their waste and learned that most bike shops just throw it all in the dumpster. I estimated then that Americans threw away about 40,000,000 bicycle inner tubes every year. No one was doing anything with them and I saw an opportunity.
Tuesday, July 30, 2013 Ties that Bind - How the BOP Undermines Families, Part Two (1 comments)
Following the worst, most abusive and demeaning visiting experience of all time, you won't be surprised that at exactly 8:00 Monday morning, I was on the telephone. Throughout the day, I had a number of conversations with BOP higher-ups, all of whom verified and confirmed violations by prison employees. One, in particular, assured me he would be looking into my complaints and speaking with the prison employees.
Saturday, July 27, 2013 Ties that Bind - How the BOP Undermines Families
For over six months, Gary and I had not been allowed to see or speak with each other; Gary had been allowed no contact with human beings at all, other than some of his fellow prisoners. Despite his serious medical conditions and in violation of federal law, Gary has not been seen by a doctor, dentist, or psychologist, nor has he been provided with basic human necessities, including a haircut, for over six months.
Wednesday, July 17, 2013 "Raising Cubby: A Father and Son's Adventures with Asperger's, Trains, Tractors, and High Explosives"
Pyrotechnics and explosives run in the family for us.As do tractors and trains.When I was a teen, my special interest was music and electronics, but that led to work with KISS and some pretty impressive explosives effects.My son took an interest in explosives as a teen,and he began creating and inventing explosive compounds.That led to a visit from the ATF and a most unpleasant experience with a vicious local prosecutor.
Tuesday, July 16, 2013 Is Thomas Perez Fit to Be Your Labor Secretary? This Whistleblower Thinks Not! (3 comments)
Both Senate Democratic and Republican staff acknowledged to me in our meetings that never, in the history of the Senate, had they ever allowed a confirmation vote on a nominee with pending complaints or investigations.Even one. Mr. Perez, depending on how you count, has anywhere from six to ten current complaints. In addition, I have plainly announced an intent to file a class action suit against him and the DOJ.
Sunday, July 14, 2013 "Saddle Up Your Own White Horse: 5 Principles Every Woman Needs To Know" Part Two
We believe that every woman, no matters who she is or where she lives should be able to choose when, if and how often she has children. These women are often invisible, treated as second class citizens and beaten if they use a contraceptive method even though they can't feed the children they already have. Women WILL make the right choice if given an option. We see women who will walk two days pregnant, carrying chidlren to
Wednesday, July 10, 2013 "Saddle Up Your Own White Horse: 5 Principles Every Woman Needs To Know" (7 comments)
If more mothers focused on building strength in their daughters vs. femininity, this world would be a better place. Strength trumps softness, always. I also believe if more mothers raised their daughters to know they could always come home, no matter what, women would take more risk and be more courageous.Charm fades, if women build a foundation of strength within themselves, they can always rebuild their life if they need to.
Sunday, June 30, 2013 Meet Jon Reiner, The Man Who Couldn't Eat
I have become the anti-food food writer. It's a specialized niche; I am the only member. Yes, it has all been extraordinarily unorthodox, but that's of a piece with the arc of my writing career. If you enjoy irony,this one has been the laugh that keeps on going.Recently, I was invited to be a keynote speaker at a food symposium called MAD 2013, the others are all celebrated chefs and industry professionals. It's astonishing.
Sunday, June 23, 2013 Apartheid at NYU? Prof. Michael Rectenwald Is Afraid So - Part 2 (9 comments)
I am not complaining as a disgruntled employee. I am complaining as if a bystander watching in amazement as all of this goes down. I see a lot of colleagues struggling daily to make ends meet. I even know of a colleague who had to live in his office because he couldn't find an affordable apartment. And then these reports come out about lavish lifestyles and vacation homes and everything starts to click.
Thursday, June 20, 2013 Apartheid at NYU? Prof. Michael Rectenwald Is Afraid So (1 comments)
70% of the faculty is contract faculty that teaches the lion's share of the classes.In the case of full-time contract faculty,it also designs and implements curricula and takes part in committee work yet has absolutely no representation on the Faculty Senate the governing arm of the university. This is significant, much like the kind of voting situation that pertained in Great Britain before the voting reform laws were passed
Tuesday, June 18, 2013 Battling Injustice: the BOP and Corrupt Judges (6 comments)
Judges don't want to know what happens after they slam the gavel and prison doors.They don't want any scrutiny of what they do and they don't want to scrutinize the actions of their fellow judges.In fact, even when federal judges are caught and prosecuted for their corruption,they have no worries, knowing they will face a fellow judge for sentencing, one who will,at best,administer a slap on the wrist, nothing comparable to
Saturday, June 1, 2013 Award-winning Children's Author Blue Balliett Tackles Homelessness in "Hold Fast" (5 comments)
"Hold Fast" represents a number of firsts in my life. I think it's safe to say that it's my most realistic, most tragic and yet also most deeply joyful book. It's a story of extremes, of dreams, of seems... and of nots and knots! It reminds me all the time of how many people across the U. S. are indeed holding fast to dreams, and of the power of a story to take on a life of its own in the world.
Wednesday, May 29, 2013 Help Giraffe Heroes' Ann Medlock Celebrate Her Birthday with Great Project
I'm told that it's a bit odd. Sort of goes with starting the Project at 50--the first fundraiser for Giraffe was, "Don't send presents--help me start this nonprofit." So now, 30 years later, I still don't need presents but I want everyone to help the nonprofit create the world's most amazing popup storybook--about how the giraffe got its long neck, by being brave and caring, of course.
Sunday, May 26, 2013 Investigative Journalist Katherine Eban Exposes Massive Fraud at Generic Lipitor Manufacturer (19 comments)
The extent of the fraud astonished me. The company manipulated, and outright invented, testing data to win approval from regulators throughout the world. It ended up selling largely untested and unstable drugs in more than 40 countries. This was not simply cutting corners or engaging in lax manufacturing practices. It was outright fraud. The company knowingly sold substandard drugs while working to deceive regulators.
Tuesday, May 21, 2013 UncommonGoods - Funky Online Marketplace Does Good While Doing Well
We're independently owned and operated, which means we can run the business for the long term and make decisions that are consistent with our values. Half of what we sell is handmade, half is made here in the US and about one-third is made from recycled materials. And we don't sell any products that contain leather or involve killing animals.
Saturday, May 18, 2013 Obama A Big Hypocrite? Ask Legal Schnauzer, Roger Shuler (2 comments)
Obama's "look forward" statement made no sense and it makes even less sense now, coming after he expressed outrage the other day over disclosures about the IRS targeting conservative groups for political reasons.In a news conference,he said he would not "tolerate" such actions."But his inaction toward the DOJ shows that he WILL tolerate targeting of political opponents, and that he will not take steps to fix the problem.
Monday, May 13, 2013 Getting to Know Best-Selling Author Jacquelyn Mitchard, Part 2 (2 comments)
Being a reporter, I learned that you can ask anyone about anything and, generally, that person is going to tell you even more than you want to know and certainly more than you would ever write down. Being a reporter also taught me to never waste a word, to write lean. Most importantly, it taught me to get it right. People can say about my stories, oh that was so clunky and stupid. But they can't say it's wrong.
Friday, May 10, 2013 Getting to Know Best-Selling Author Jacquelyn Mitchard
I grew up with the story of Our Lady of Angels fire all around me. It was more than an event, it was a sunset on the bright stable way people saw their world. That fire blew that neighborhood up. There was no one who didn't know someone who'd died in OLA. I was struck by how surviving an event could be just as paralyzing as dying in that event -- that the survivors were changed forever.
Thursday, May 2, 2013 Behind the Scenes of "This I Believe" with Dan Gediman, part 2 (4 comments)
The way I visualize it is that there's this huge room, and there are millions of people all sitting in a circle, and one person after another gets up and reads their essay, and everybody listens respectfully. We are trying to bring a certain degree of civility into public discourse about beliefs, which, in many cases, so polarize people that they can't even listen to each other, even when they have much in common.
Tuesday, April 30, 2013 This College Student Attacks Student Debt - with Humor (16 comments)
So far, I'm about $30,000 in debt. I estimate that, by the time I graduate, there will be another $20,000. This is after the maximum financial aid I am receiving from grants and scholarships. I become instantly stressed when I think about how much debt I am in and how much more I will be in but the chances of getting a job are extremely slim without a college degree.
Sunday, April 28, 2013 Behind the Scenes of "This I Believe" with Dan Gediman (4 comments)
"'This I Believe' is an international organization engaging people in writing essays describing the core values that guide their daily lives. Over 100,000 of these essays, written by people from all walks of life, are archived on our website, heard on public radio, chronicled through our books, and featured in weekly podcasts. The project is based on the popular 1950s radio series of the same name hosted by Edward R. Murrow."
Thursday, April 25, 2013 Beyond Hoops: Phoenix Suns Co-Owner Richard Jaffe is High on Poetry (2 comments)
I grew up playing basketball, I have been interested in business since I was 13 years old, but poetry came to me a little later in life. One of my favorite quotes says: "No one cares how much you know until they know how much you care." I go through life caring and sharing with people and then write about how it makes me feel and the lessons I learn about happiness and inner peace.
Monday, April 22, 2013 Grassroots Efforts in MD Pay Off in Comprehensive New Gun Laws. Could This Work for Congress? (5 comments)
This success has a thousand parents. While MD-AGV was focused on banning military assault weapons and high-capacity magazines,others were concerned about addressing handgun violence that daily plagues our cities, and about the public health aspects of gun violence. When we are clear about our message,knowledgeable about the legislative process, our elected officials know it. They must also know that we will vote this issue.
Sunday, April 21, 2013 Making the World a Better Place Through Inspirational Films (1 comments)
There was a fire in the forest and all the animals were running around going nuts.Then, a hummingbird went to the river and got a few drops of water in its beak and put it on the fire.Then, it got a few more drops of water.The lion saw the hummingbird and said, "Are you crazy, hummingbird? Why don't you get out of here and protect yourself, like the rest of us?" And the hummingbird replied "I'm doing my part. What about you?"
Tuesday, April 16, 2013 "The Vision of Muhammad Yunus" by Filmmaker Holly Mosher, part 2 (4 comments)
Welcome back for the second part of my interview with Holly Mosher, who made the film, "Bonsai People: The Vision of Muhammed Yunus". He is the founder of Grameen Bank and microcredit, which engages in very small loans to the poorest segment of society on a massive scale. He will receive the US Congressional Medal of Honor on April 17th. Yunus and Grameen Bank were jointly awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2006.
Saturday, April 13, 2013 "The Vision of Muhammad Yunus" by filmmaker Holly Mosher (4 comments)
On April 17, Muhammad Yunus will be honored by Congress, becoming one of only seven people to ever achieve the trifecta: the Nobel Prize, the Presidential Medal of Honor and the Congressional Gold Medal. My guest today is Holly Mosher, award-winning filmmaker, director and producer of Bonsai People: The Vision of Muhammad Yunus.
Wednesday, April 3, 2013 Investigative Journalist Tom Nugent Spotlights Medical Whistleblower Jim Murtagh (4 comments)
The Wall St Journal suggest[ed] that Georgia judges have "gone wild" in recent years, with conflict of interest having become the order of the day. One of the lower-court judges who often ruled against Dr. Murtagh in a lawsuit involving Emory U. finally recused herself -- but only after it was eventually reported that she has married to a high-ranking Emory official. That's the kind of judicial abuse Dr. Murtagh has faced
Sunday, March 17, 2013 Novelist Karen McQuestion's "A Scattered Life" (2 comments)
I didn't set out to break the publishing rule that says authors need to brand themselves for marketing purposes. I just like to read and write all different kinds of stories. And since I was having some difficulties getting published at the time, there was no one to tell me what to write.So I just followed my ideas wherever they led me.
I have nine books published--two for kids, four for teenagers, and three for adults.
Tuesday, March 5, 2013 Nick Trout Turns to Fiction with "The Patron Saint of Lost Dogs" (2 comments)
Writing is a perfect distraction from what I do in my regular work. It forces me to channel my experiences into words, and it helps me better communicate with pet owners faced with difficult emotional decisions. Writing and publishing is so different for someone trained in the sciences. I get to use a dormant part of my brain. I do plan to write more slowly.My wife is getting fed up of me taking my laptop to the beach!
Sunday, March 3, 2013 Angels Among Us and Dancing Cows in Uganda (4 comments)
The students have been so beaten up by life by the time they are 15 years old, they really have lost all hope. Can you imagine what it is like to then learn they have this new opportunity to be reborn with real skills, and real self-sufficiency? Those who make it to graduation day know they have REALLY accomplished something. And so do family and friends, who get gussied up and walk for miles to celebrate graduation.
Thursday, February 28, 2013 The ABCs of Sequester with William Rivers Pitt (7 comments)
We need massive national road and bridge infrastructure repair, the development of alternative energy infrastructure in the manner that Germany has pursued with solar, transnational high speed rail, and so much else...so what we need is a reorganization of our national priorities that allows us to take all that "defense" money and all those "defense" jobs and put them to work making the country we know we can be.
Tuesday, February 26, 2013 "Turn Right at the Dancing Cow: A Miracle in Uganda" with John Shimer (4 comments)
She was 49 years old when I met her. She was poor, had no wealthy friends, had never lived in Africa, had never run a school, let alone found one and create it from scratch. She knew nothing about fundraising, or non-profit organization and management. But she had the faith of a grain of mustard seed. Over the next four years, she raised money, went back to Africa, cleared jungle, built buildings and she pulled off a miracle.
Saturday, February 23, 2013 Warning: Incarceration in US Prison May Prove Hazardous to Your Health (16 comments)
They suspect Gary has cancer.This entry was made in Gary's prison medical records in August.But he has never been told anything about this "suspicion," and they have done absolutely no observation.When I saw the information in December, I told Gary about it and urged him to ask the BOPers about it.He went to medical and they refused to respond, telling him, "This is not a walk-in clinic and you don't have an appointment."