‘Stuff’ for Your Thoughts

A dear friend of mine is studying to be a teacher in the Commonwealth of Virginia and is currently taking a class on the globalized citizen.  The professor for this course used a video called “The Story of Stuff” by Annie Leonard as an example of what is being used in the classroom to teach children about being a global citizen.…

Snowed in? No Worries…Mull on this…

Did you watch the Super Bowl?  Did you see the ‘controversial’ Coca Cola Ad?  If not or if you need a reminder, check it out: YouTube – Official Coca Cola Super Bowl 2014 Ad I honestly didn’t give the ad much thought.  We live in a globalized world.  This ad was as much about the…

My Letter from the President

As you may recall I wrote a letter to the President regarding the government shutdown last October.  I received a response on 28 January 2014, the eve of the State of the Union. This was his response: Thank you for writing.  I know many Americans got hit hard by the Government shutdown, and their frustration…

Bottom Up Approach

Sadly I think education looks something like this: Changing it won’t be easy. It isn’t easy to change yourself, it is even harder to change behavior in other people, and it is especially hard to change the way a society works but change has to happen or you end up with stagnation. I am not…

Letting Those Creative Juices Flow?

It is amazing what you can learn from people from other places, cultures, and times. I had the most interesting discussion with a recent immigrant to the United States about world events. His perspectives on several topics were quite refreshing and enlightening but what impacted me the most was his comments about literature and cinema.…

2013 in the Rearview Mirror

The end of the year is upon us and I find myself wondering how the time flies by so quickly! Now is as good a time as any to look back over 2013. To do that I engaged the help of the internet. What I found was very disappointing.  I found videos of the top…

The Occupy Movement in Retrospect

While rereading some of my older postings, I  came across this one.  In many ways, Wake Up Republic and the Occupy Movement have/had a lot in common.  I think the post sums up what I am trying to get at with this blog.  I hope it resonates with you because in the end, it will…