The Declaration of Independence

The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America, When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and …

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Pull Down The Curtain. Again.

More than thirty years back the Soviet Union dissolved…or so we thought. Fifteen republics broke up into separate countries. But much of the underlying control structures and mentality and motos operendai remained. We see it functioning just under the surface even today. For there to be true progress now, the underlying framework and attitudes must …

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Awash

I can’t really explain it very well. I feel like there’s a LOT going on… That in some (many?) cases I have to let things fall away… And sometimes in quite messy form, unfortunately, And yet I think I’m keeping the main priorities squared away, plates in the air, And then I wake up, mind …

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Respect and Gratitude

In the midst of the violence and horror at the core of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, I have to step back to express gratitude and a ton of respect. For Volodymyr Zelenskyy ? Without question. His whole leadership team, the Ukrainian military, the Ukrainian PEOPLE? For sure. For the European countries that have rallied …

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Russia Invades Ukraine, Day 6

I’m still dumb-founded. I can’t believe it’s happening. I can’t believe a former lieutenant colonel in the KGB become president, decided it seemed like a good idea to invade Russia’s plus 1,000 year neighbor / partner in Slavic history. I thought more of the KGB to this point, thought differently about Putin. But then, Putin’s …

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Hearts Torn, But Somehow Hopeful

As war now rages in Ukraine on the fourth day since Russia invaded its neighbor to the south, there is a pit in my stomach that won’t go away. My relationship with Russia and Ukraine goes back decades, before the collapse of the Soviet Union. My particular connection to Ukraine is founded in Donetsk. I …

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A Land War in Europe: Russia Invades Ukraine

It's been nearly 77 years since the end of the Second World War (WWII). Let this date be marked in history, 24 February 2022, as the day that peace was broken. Russian troops began an invasion of Ukraine, another sovereign country, on this date. And so I feel compelled to suspend the usual themes of …

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