It Takes a Village

It takes a village. While working remotely helping my 70-year old father set up his home in western Greece, I found myself surrounded by nothing but wilderness, mountains, and extended family.  After living in a village, in a country with starkly different values than in the US, there is no denying how deeply divided we are over … Continue reading It Takes a Village

Pursuit of same-sex marriage promises to be a bumpy one

Americans love our democracy; we want to spread it across the world. We believe in the will of the people. We love our three branches of government, and we are practically giddy electing our peers to represent our districts and our states. And every four years we nearly salivate over the prospect of putting our … Continue reading Pursuit of same-sex marriage promises to be a bumpy one

‘NOH8’ an effective affront to recent wave of hatred

When people see what Adam Bouska captures through the lens of his camera, it’s difficult to deny he has a vision: A world where every face has the chance to express NOH8. NOH8 (phonetically — “no hate”) is a “photographic silent protest created by celebrity photographer Bouska and partner Jeff Parshley.” The campaign aims to … Continue reading ‘NOH8’ an effective affront to recent wave of hatred

The World Cup is the New Melting Pot

The World Cup is everywhere this year, like no year before. The World Cup has surpassed any chatter about the 2014 Sochi Olympics (even with all the angst between President Obama and Vladimir Putin), the 2014 Super Bowl and this year’s March Madness on social media. In Spain or Brazil this wouldn’t be a surprise … Continue reading The World Cup is the New Melting Pot

Benham Brothers Believe Bullies got to HGTV

Home and Garden Television made a decision to cancel David and Jason Benham’s Flip it Forward after controversial comments about “homosexuality,” made last year by David Benham, resurfaced. The network hasn’t given a specific reason for abandoning the show, but enough hoopla surrounding Benham’s comments leaves little doubt that his dogmatic views were a factor … Continue reading Benham Brothers Believe Bullies got to HGTV

Equal airtime no salve for challenges to religious beliefs

It is possible to reconcile science and faith and respect people who don’t hold the same views we do?!? It isn’t necessary to shut others down, force them to adopt our own beliefs, or make them understand the beliefs we hold dear. Faith can be challenged by what some call facts, and it’s possible for … Continue reading Equal airtime no salve for challenges to religious beliefs

Majority of Americans still don’t use basic right

It shouldn’t be so hard to “get out the vote” in the U.S., but it is. Blame it on ignorance, laziness, inconvenience or indecisiveness — but getting some people to vote is as hard as getting them to voluntarily pull their own teeth. When you look around the world, and see what is at stake … Continue reading Majority of Americans still don’t use basic right

Oscar win strikes a chord in the fight against HIV-AIDS

Dallas Buyers Club won big because it told an important story. It might not have been as accurate as some would have liked, but it fit the bill. The friends I have lost would have been moved by the story. The US wasn’t moving as fast as necessary to address an epidemic that would reach … Continue reading Oscar win strikes a chord in the fight against HIV-AIDS

New era dawns where human rights set the Olympic stage

The decision to take an anti-gay campaign abroad – specifically to Russia and the Sochi Olympics – sounded pretty good last year when news broke that Russia’s Vladimir Putin signed bills banning any advocacy for LGBT equality in Russia. The idea became even more tantalizing when Putin signed bills banning the adoption of Russian children … Continue reading New era dawns where human rights set the Olympic stage