Category Archives: diversity

Soaring into aviation history aboard the Southern Cross


Those of us who grow up in the United States tend to get taught a largely American-centric view of world history. Not to say that is bad or that the same thing doesn’t happen elsewhere, but given our diverse, melting … Continue reading

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Magnificent Baha’i Faith continental Houses of Worship


SOUTH AMERICAN CONTINENT Just seven of these magnificent structures currently exist around the globe to serve the seven plus million members of the Baha’i Faith. An eighth for South America is under development near Santiago, Chile (see image above). Their … Continue reading

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“Inside Out” – Pixar’s best film yet


Pixar is so very good at making excellent animated movies on a wide range of topics, that it is hard to compare them equally. Wall-E and The Incredibles have long been my personal favorites. Still, Inside Out rises head and shoulders … Continue reading

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Nurturing world peace one pagoda at a time


Until recently, I was unaware of the Peace Pagoda (or Shanti Stupa) program initially begun by the late Nichidatsu Fujii and is continued today by the Nipponzan Myohoji Buddhists. This awe-inspiring effort to promote peace throughout the world began in 1947 as … Continue reading

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A national cemetery to honor Peace Corps volunteers


  On this Flag Day 2015, I think the time is long past overdue for our nation to honor those who have stood strong for the cause of peace through volunteering with the Peace Corps and other similar organizations. Their minimum … Continue reading

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Opting-out of mass transit = modern redlining


Currently, more than 50 communities in Southeast Michigan opt-out of participating in SMART (the regional transit system). Just yesterday, in a narrow 3-2 vote, Bloomfield Hills voted to continue opting out. Most often, the rationale for not participating is due … Continue reading

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The rise of the inland national capital


Below is my list of those 12 nations that have moved their capital to an inland location since 1900. The most common reason identified for these moves taking place was to: Centrally locate the government geographically (Brazil, Myanmar, Nigeria, Pakistan, … Continue reading

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