Category Archives: human rights

Liu Xiaobo has Died

photo of Liu Xiaobo and Doll (European Press Photo Agency) Reflection by Mary E. Latela, 7/15/2017 He is pictured with a doll designed and crafted by his beloved wife, Liu Xia. Liu was a scholar, a writer, whose inspiration forced … Continue reading

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Liu Xiaobo has Died

Liu Xiaobo has Died Reflection by Mary E. Latela, 7/15/2017 Liu was a scholar, a writer, whose inspiration forced him to call out human right decimation in China. Nick Kristof of the New York Times notes: “The Mandela of our … Continue reading

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Bright Red, Snowy White, and Sky Blue

Reflection by  Mary E. Latela, Independence Day, 2017 I was ready to enter a cave for the weekend, feeling rather down about how the current D.C. situation is trying to erode what makes America great. People hold meetings; the Secy. … Continue reading

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Has Anything Changed Since 1989?

  Has Anything Changed Since 1989? Reflection by Mary E Latela, June 4, 2017   Thank you to @NickKristof of the NY Times who reminded us that this weekend marks the anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre. Mr. Kristof wrote: … Continue reading

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Lies, Bad Language, Body-Slamming

Reflection by Mary E. Latela The “innocent by-standers” who would not speak, went along with the notion that after all the votes were counted, life would be better. They forgot or erased what they had seen and heard prior to … Continue reading

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The Harmful Effects of Disrespect

Reflection by Mary E. Latela, February 4, 2017 Based on statement from @jhalifax: (Roshi Joan Halifax) “I am concerned about what disrespect is doing to the fabric of our society; incivility is normalized & is eroding moral sensibilities.” I decided to … Continue reading

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From the Left

FIRST THOUGHTS Wednesday January 11, 2017 by Mary E. Latela I recall that Julia Cameron suggested a morning exercise of about 10 minutes of free writing. As I woke up, so many thoughts blossomed. I am captivated by the story … Continue reading

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Democracy, Starting with the Truth

Reflection by Mary E. Latela, November 18, 2016   We are a people of stories. We learn about our families, our nation, about the world, from the stories transmitted to us. This has been a stressful time, this election season, … Continue reading

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On Fire for Freedom

On Fire for Freedom by Mary E. Latela, November 3, 2014 We decided to join a political party when a young man came along, who seemed afire with enthusiasm for a better way, for a truly united nation, where people were not … Continue reading

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36 Hours

36 Hours by Mary E. Latela, July 9, 2016 When my roommates heard I’d signed up to spend 36 hours in a fall-out shelter –they did not believe me. Part of the reason I took the plunge was to quash … Continue reading

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