For over 50 years, I have been contemplating the social impact of indiscriminate drug use by people who are desperate to feel good about being alive in a relatively crappy existence, but are basically incapable of self-discipline. Their internal moral compass is absent, and their mantra goes something like this: If it feels good, do it, and if it really feels good, do it a lot.
I have to admit that exploring alternate states of consciousness by highly educated individuals has led to advances in medicine, clinical psychology, and the arts. There is a rich and extensive history of beneficial... Read More
If you live in the United States and have access to a news source, then you have most likely heard of Karen Klein. In case you have just emerged from a hole in the ground, awakened from a medically induced coma, or returned from a fabulous vacation in North Korea, I'll bring you up to speed. Karen Klein is a 68 year-old bus monitor in New York state who was bullied by a group of middle school boys on the bus while performing her monitoring duties. To be clear, the treatment she was given could be characterized as verbally abusive; it was savage. The boys' intent was to cause her emotional... Read More
2012 Juneteenth Celebration in Leimert Park
Los Angeles-The Black Arts Los Angeles recently held its 3rd Annual Juneteenth Heritage Festival in Leimert Park,June 16-17,2012.The celebration took place in Leimert Park and the Vision Theatre Backlot,in Leimert Park Village.
This all day cultural extravaganza featured an array of local entertainment,health and informational booths,face paintings,rock climbing,horse riding,line and square dancing and various merchandise booths.This years theme "Faith,Family and the Future," which spotlights African-American diverse cultures in Los... Read More
Learning to speak Arabic can be a nice way for bridging different cultures, and establishing new friendships. Here are some simple, easy-to-follow suggestions for learning Arabic the right way. Learn A Few Basics At Home, Before You Enroll In A CourseBefore you decide to enroll in a formal Arabic language course, it would be best if you first learn the basics of the Arabic language at home by reading Arabic books, magazines and textbooks. In addition, also decide whether you wish to learn standard or classical Arabic, or if you want to learn about a specific dialect. A safe suggestion would... Read More
She was only eleven years old when she was confronted with her future destiny. It wasn’t something she wanted or welcomed, a little girl interested in the things that little girls are interested in. For many nights thereafter, as she told her grandmother, her mother’s mother, she prayed for a little brother, someone to come and relieve her of the burden. Her prayers, thankfully, were not answered. She was Lilibet; she became Elizabeth; she is our Queen.
England is having a party. This week we celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, sixty years on the throne, only the second time... Read More
June 1st is National Donut Day and if you're on the West Coast of the U.S.A. you still have time to get your FREE donut at one of the big chains. Krispy Kreme and Dunkin' Donuts are both giving them away to celebrate this important day for Donuts. Dunkin' requires that you also buy a drink. Why celebrate? You're thinking it's a marketing ploy. In fact National Donut Day is far more a clever ploy to get you to eat sweet carbs. The National Donut Day website says, this holiday was baked up back in 1938 by the Salvation Army to honor the women who cooked donuts and served them to soldiers... Read More
The Japanese language is spoken by over 130 million people in Japan and in other Japanese enclaves around the world. The language has a quite small sound inventory, and a unique pitch-accent system. The language is often distinguished by having a complicated system of speech parts, which show respect, and are often used in a wide array of social situations. The Japanese language has four writing systems, Katakana, Hiragana, Romaji and Kanji. Romaji literally stands for roman letters, which look the same as the English alphabet. The Katakana is used for borrowed foreign words like Makudonarudo,... Read More
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