choose kindness

“When in doubt, choose kindness.” Part 1

“When in doubt, choose kindness.” Part 1 That’s the third Golden Rule, first uttered by someone important maybe, but I can’t find its origin or its author. It sounds simple and straightforward enough. Applying it to everyday life can be a challenge though. When my dad first drove us to Bakersfield nearly 14 years ago,…

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The Best Fiction Books


“When I discover who I am, I’ll be free.” The greatest tragedy of colonialism is arguably not its death toll, but the cultural disintegration of its survivors. After centuries of persecution and systemic murder, what’s left of the Native population are pockets of communities struggling to reconcile history with their surroundings, struggling to retain identities…

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good New Fiction Books to Read

In Defense of Someone Different: Spotlighting the mistreatment of “others.”

As a descendant of an Armenian genocide survivor, I’ve been initiated in the ritualized pride that sweeps over all ethnic groups when they look in a mirror – if they were to look in one collectively, with a stomped and tattered flag serving as a background. The rhetoric that makes them link arm-in-arm while championing…

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