Portrait of Santa from 1881.

The Myriad Challenges of the Season.

Holidays are a time that should bring joy but often bring feelings of isolation and sadness. It should be a time when we count our blessings, but holidays often are a time when we count and remember the losses in our lives. This can be especially true for those who are living in a new country. These may be holidays they have never celebrated or understand. This is a time when the majority needs to understand the challenges that a minority of its citizens may be facing. Continue reading “Holidays”

Let’s Play BounceBack: 12/14/17 – Being Different in North America

A crowd stands with fists raised skyward.


Unlike, dissimilar, incompatible, unfamiliar and conflicting are all synonyms for different. But so are original, distinct, individual and independent. It’s all a matter of perspective. We vary from the basics of color, shape, and size to the more complicated like religious belief, sexual preference, and physical/cognitive development. Many diverse people came to North America bringing their determination and skills to build the cities and communities that we now occupy. Our differences can challenge those of us who are different and those trying to understand and accept differences in others. Our response to differences will decide if North America is to be a melting pot or a mosaic? Continue reading “Let’s Play BounceBack: 12/14/17 – Being Different in North America”