Monthly Archives: February 2018

School shooting tragedy by the numbers

Every time I have written about gun violence and mass shootings, one reader or another (you know who you are) will charge me with being a bleeding heart liberal.  So, let’s take the emotion out of the equation.  After all, … Continue reading

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Vietnam through New Eyes, part 5: The faces of today

The images will last forever, I am certain. The bustling narrow streets of the Old Quarter area of Hanoi,  the water puppet show dating back to the 10th century,  the 11th century Temple of Literature honoring scholars and men of … Continue reading

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Vietnam through New Eyes, part 4. My Lai and the trail of tears

So many places drew us away from the breathtaking landscape, the mouth-watering cuisine, and inviting art galleries and toward the American experience in Vietnam. Toward places familiar from books and contemporaneous television news: Red Beach #2 in Danang, where the … Continue reading

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Vietnam through New Eyes, part 3. The war goes on

Today half the 94 million Vietnamese are under 29 years old. They were not alive during what they call the American War. For the younger generation, that’s ancient history. They are focused on the future. But, for a significant number … Continue reading

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Vietnam through New Eyes, part 2. A kaleidoscope of images

Coming from Boston, you’d think we’d be used to crazy traffic and pedestrian behavior.  Boston is an Eden compared to Vietnamese cities, where the intensity of the traffic takes your breath away. Most people ride motor bikes (due to the … Continue reading

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Vietnam through New Eyes, pt. 1: why we went

Thirty years ago, I stood with my husband on the banks of the Mekong River in Thailand, where that country comes together with Burma to the west and Laos to the east, and knew that we had to return someday, … Continue reading

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