White Helmets

An average young man from an average Syrian town, White Helmets co-founder Mahmoud Al-Hattar never expected his path to lead to the stage of the 2018 Academy Awards. But that’s exactly where he was headed when the film, “Last Men in Aleppo”, about a group of volunteers who rescue civilians from the rubble of bombing targets, was nominated for Best Documentary.  Unfortunately, the Syrian government (no fan of the White Helmets), stood in the...


HEBRON: Hell on Earth for Palestinians

We saw the colorful painted words on the wall (with white doves above them) in front of a school in Hebron: “FREE PALESTINE.” On closer examination, we noticed that someone had tried to whitewash those words with paint, but the message still is visible. This was our welcome to the largest Palestinian city in the Occupied Palestinian Territories.


Huts for Vets

In the hope of resurrecting vets from post-traumatic stress disorder, Huts For Vets is exactly what the name embodies, taking vets into the wilderness.


Helping veterans become effective entrepreneurs

Thomas Kuljam is director of an innovative program specifically designed to serve veterans as they transition from the military to a campus environment and ultimately the civilian world.


The War Between the Rich and the Poor

Plato, in his great book about social justice the Republic, in 321 B.C., warned us that “Any State, however small, is in fact divided into two -- one the State of the poor, the other that of the rich – and these are [forever] at war with one another.”  


Boys and Oil

The leadership might bicker and fume at North Korea’s dictator Kim Jong-un, but it’s a smokescreen. By warring with North Korea, there is no takeaway as grand a prize as winning a mother lode of black gold—Oil. The real prize is Iran. The oil surplus in the Middle East remains the highest in regional crude oil, and that increased further in 2016. And it might be noteworthy that the world oil demand grew by 1.7%, which was less than 2015 when oil prices fell dramatically and the increased demand was only 2.2%. The United States, though, continues to be the world’s largest consumer of oil. And this is no small fact.  Based on current data, there is an indication that China is on the ascent in oil consumption, but for the time being, this nation is years away from achieving the U.S consumption rate.


Beyond the Frame: Revisiting the Photographs of Edward S. Curtis

More than 100 years after they were taken, the photographs that Edward S. Curtis made of Native Americans across North America remain the iconic images of the race. Wearing trappings of skins and feathers, shells and beads, the subjects of the photographs look directly through Curtis’s lens and into the 21st century viewer’s soul, conveying a moment captured for all time.


Great Teacher: Mr. Larson

I grew up in a very small town -- population 1100 – and benefitted in every way from the experience.  I learned to read when I was four years old, thanks to a friend who was older and liked to “play school” at least once a day.  My first job was working in the small public library, re-shelving books once a week as the librarian’s helper once I started primary school.  I enjoyed school through those years, but it was in high school that I studied with the most influential teacher I ever had, Mr. Larson.