One Year Later: 19 Americans React To The Election Of Donald Trump *New Video*

One year ago, America elected a man many believed had no chance (nor place) in politics. Today, we look back at that night that changed America through the eyes of some Mennonites, a college student, a Millennial husband & wife, two Native Americans, a Hmong flower salesgirl, and a handful of others. These 19 Americans share…
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Stay Free Of Today’s Political Drama; Build Your Own Sand Castle

As was the case during the US presidential election, and again during the inauguration, unrest dots the American landscape today. Those agitated are protesting. Those angry at the protesters are scoffing. In all, there are large amounts of activity and time spent attacking one another. It’s so easy to get caught up in the back…
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Ways Tanzanians Are Different Than Americans

A commentary I wrote last week about a controversy at a St. Paul university made it into Wednesday’s Minneapolis Star Tribune. Then it was used as a talking point on Dan Barreiro’s popular radio talk show (about 20 minutes in). You might assume this the lead-up to a blog post that’s pretty un-African, but actually, me…
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Eight Great Maps Explaining Our World

More than geography, these maps offer a picto-statistical image of poignant facts about humanity. I ran into them on the website TwistedSifter.com under the title:  40 Maps That Will Help You Make Sense of the World. Here are my eight favorite: You know that stuff we hear about American exceptionalism? Well, we certainly are an…
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Steubenville: Another Window Into The Soul Of American Justice

Each high-profile court case in America provides a stage for the media and public to act out their stance on justice. This time, the noteworthy performances were the cheers on Twitter and the angry reaction from many toward CNN’s own reaction to the verdict. Knowing the outline of the case, there seemed little doubt that…
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Women In Underwear: American Style

Images are constantly used to make a statement. Sometimes, however, there’s more than one statement being made–and that’s the case below. And instead of offering just one take, let’s encompass the multiple ways this picture can be seen.     What’s your initial reaction? Mine was that the image is both a slight against rail-thin…
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Book Alert! (and New, Old Article)

Some of you have been awesome and followed me around China for as long as I’ve been blogging here on Area Voices. Others of you are also awesome and enjoying some of my older pieces in black and white in the Sunday editions of The Pioneer. I’m excited to say that I’m taking all 70…
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Feminine Power

Greetings Readers, An article of mine about China was featured on the website: The Good Men Project. I want to share it with you. 🙂 I will say, though, that it’s a bit different than the travelogueing you are used to. In the spirit of “reaching new plateaus”, I sometimes delve into deeper themes of…
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