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Violence is a Problem of Enlightenment

By |Empowerment and Triumph, Family, History, Leadership, Making an Impact in the Community, Reflections, Shared Stories, Tragedy and Loss

Violence without intelligence, is survival. With intelligence, we are able to delineate what violence is needed, productive violence from senseless, unproductive, unethical violence. The dividing line for violence is debated, but evolving. The more emotionally and logically intelligent we become, the less we value violence as an effective tool. This [...]

Sanjay Dalmia: Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter.

By |History, Shared Stories

Ace businessman Sanjay Dalmia perfectly justifies the above statement. Born into one of the most influential business families of India, the septuagenarian industrialist has an insatiable urge to work harder and achieve more. He is more aggressive than ever in his zest to emerge as a major global player. Mr [...]

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Musical Traveler

By |History, Memoir, Reflections, Shared Stories

I’ve found some of the most fascinating music in the back rooms of pubs, on street corners and in people’s homes. Here are some of the places that I’ve had the best music experiences in.   Bangkok, Thailand I took a boat trip down the Chao Phraya River in Bangkok, [...]

I More Than Survived, I Thrived! How an After-School Program Helped Change the Trajectory of My Life

By |All In, Empowerment and Triumph, Faith, Family, History, Making an Impact in the Community, Memoir, Reflections, Richmond, Shared Stories, Tragedy and Loss

… I was 14 years old.  It had been 10 long years of abuse from my untreated mentally ill mother and 6 long years of sexual abuse from my mother’s third husband. One morning as my mother physically and mentally abused me, a week after returning from the abortion clinic [...]

My Muddled Heritage

By |Family, History, Memoir, Shared Stories

I’m like that drab sort-a gray that occurs when two colors mix. I’m neither black nor white. I’m like this great flavor that’s been watered down with another ingredient so you’re not really sure exactly what the taste profile is.  For years, I’ve struggled to understand my identity.   My father [...]

Fourteen years ago today

By |History, New York, Shared Stories

Fourteen years ago today, I was awoken by a phone call from a high school friend. The ever-effervescent Brendan wanted to know if I was coming in to school, possibly because we had a class together, and he didn’t want to have withstand on his own the snarky remarks usually [...]