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KEVIN STODA-has been blessed to have either traveled in or worked in nearly 100 countries on five continents over the past two and a half decades.--He sees himself as a peace educator and have been-- a promoter of good economic and social development--making-him an enemy of my homelands humongous DEFENSE SPENDING and its focus on using weapons to try and solve global issues.
"I am from Kansas so I also use the pseudonym 'Kansas' and 'alone' when I write and publish.- I-keep two blogs--one with BLOGGER and one with WORDPRESS.- My writings range from reviews to editorials or to travel observations.- I also make recommendations related to policy--having both a-strong background in teaching foreign languages and degrees in teaching in history and the social sciences.--As a Midwesterner, I also write on religion and living out ones faith whether it be as a Christian, Muslim or Buddhist perspective."
(3 comments) Saturday, May 18, 2019 Gregoria felt that "Administrative Leave" was like being a Cockroach or Prisoner
When Gregoria Samson revisits the tales of Kafka, she cannot help feeling a part of these stories. On the one hand, she feels off-balance, like Kafka's friend who is in some sort of exile in Russian. On the other hand, Greogroia especially feels part of the life of Gregor in The Metamorphosis
(3 comments) Wednesday, May 15, 2019 "Our Slave Heritage and Family Hero"--Recollections of Oman and slave heritage by a young Omani
Americans talk about slavery and our generations who have lived in the wake of slavery. In Oman, a country that only abolished slavery in 1970, people are even more intimate with slavery and how it had affected development of modern families. This is a short essay by one Omani student reflecting on her grandfather and ancestors who were slaves in the family. It then ends in an appeal to Omanis to seize the day & hard work.
(2 comments) Thursday, March 21, 2019 Review- Gina Apostol's INSURRECTO, a tale of American and Filipino Memories that most of us need to be aware of
Pulitzer-Prize winning author, Viet Thanh Nguyen, has surmised, Apostol's book of memes and memories, "INSURRECTO', plunges us into the vortex of memory, history, and war." INSURRECTO takes American readers to the land of the Philippines as defined by cinema, yellow journalism, popular sports figures (like Mohammed Ali) and Youtube videos. It takes present day Overseas Working Filipinos on a tour of what it is like to live in
Sunday, December 2, 2018 The Southernization of America
Even in the 1960s, as small kid, I knew that there was something wrong with my father's supporting the Southern Hero George Wallace for President. We lived in Illinois Dekalb county, which appears to have had several sundown towns in the decades of his childhood. (Several Northern counties in Illinois voted heavily in Wallace's favor.). Similarly, I knew that something was very wrong in America when the Nazis in Skokie
(4 comments) Saturday, October 6, 2018 Most people on this planet do not perceive Maps nor Directions in the same way Americans do?
The important thing to comprehend is that people have maps in their heads for the places they live, so many seldom use a road name (or refer to a two-dimensional map) to comprehend where the borders or grids in their heads are at work. Meanwhile, American tourists traveling through these countries are looking in vain for street names on maps they have come across.
(6 comments) Saturday, August 11, 2018 What was the main thing that USA failed to learn after WWII and is costing us so dearly to this very day?
In their work, Junke and Hunter have explained that Kennan had very often shared that almost unequivocally, "Americans who expected the full fruits of total victory [in the late 1940s]" had failed to understand the war. It was one case of a wider phenomenon, the 'failure to appreciate the limitations of war in general--any war--as a vehicle for the achievement of the objectives of the democratic state.'"
(10 comments) Sunday, June 17, 2018 How I spent this Father's Day Weekend as Pilgrim at MSD High in Parkland, FL
This father took time to go on Father's Day morning to visit Parkland High School, where students have been leading a national movement to end needless mass-shootings in America. As both a teacher and a father, the author sees this as a pilgrimage to end the horrible status quo of the past 2 decades.
(7 comments) Monday, March 19, 2018 Is there a strong correlation between growing up/living in a Sundown Town and Voting for Trump?
Did you grow up in a Sundown? Did your Trump Voting Cousins? Do you know what a sundown town is?
The author asks you to ponder the links and to do something to transform America's self-image through education and commitment to reform everywhere this 2018. Researchers are particularly encouraged to share with educators (like the author) their knowledge & undertake statistical analysis to boot.
(1 comments) Tuesday, January 2, 2018 On Continued Awareness of Religious Persecution Abroad--as well as in the USA
Progressives should be careful and be fair in our narrations of religious persecution. The USA and other countries are persecuting Muslims. Other countries, like Eritrea, persecute both Muslims and Christians. In September I heard more news of Hindus with political clout persecuting Christians outside of India. USA sends law enforcement officials to force European countries to enforce anti-Muslim legislation..and in Burma..
(14 comments) Tuesday, January 2, 2018 How Much Should a Family Do? How much Should Health Care and Government Cover?
We will all chip in what we can financially, but what should one expect from our culture? our society? our country? our healthcare system?
What are you expecting your government to do better in this 2018? The average family is spending about 27,000 dollars a year on health care. It should not be allowed to get any worse.
Change and support from society and government is needed and requested now.
Monday, January 1, 2018 Aging Prisoner in 3-Strike-&-You're-Out State(s): America 2018
Mary Price has noted that this 60-year-old prisoner's problem is not rare in America of our century. She wrote, "One of the saddest byproducts of our nation's addiction to incarceration is the graying of our federal prison population, a development comprehensively documented in a scathing Justice Department report that shows caring for aging prisoners is fast becoming a fiscal nightmare."
Wednesday, May 17, 2017 OMAN; Where Motivation is not Enough for L2 Acquisition
Many teachers point out that motivation is a key to learning. However, research into English as a Second or third language education indicates that motivation (in and of itself) is far from enough for us to witness academic success in English for non-native speakers.
The findings Marwan Al-Yafi's study on motivation of students in local colleges and universities demonstrates this.