2012

It’s The Culture Of War, Stupid!

December 23, 2012
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Yes, how many deaths will it take till he knows That too many people have died? The answer my friend is blowin’ in the wind The answer is blowin’ in the wind. -Bob Dylan, “Blowin’ In The Wind” In the wake of the slaughter of 20 children and 6 staff at Sandy Hook Elementary School […]

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Thoughts On Sandy Hook

December 16, 2012
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The events in Newtown, CT are so sickening and difficult to comprehend. I’ve been trying to make sense of it all by reading quotes from fallen leaders and studying random facts from various sources. What I haven’t been able to do is understand the full impact of what’s happened and where we need to go. […]

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Oh, The Places You’ll Go!: My Bucket List

November 13, 2012
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When I was in my teens I had plenty of goals, but I didn’t spend much time thinking about how I would actually achieve those goals. Life was long. And though things weren’t perfect, they would eventually get better. Or so I thought. And then I learned some very painful lessons. I was twenty-one years […]

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Be the Change: Ten Simple Ways to Change the World

July 17, 2012
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“You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty.” “The difference between what we do and what we are capable of doing would suffice to solve most of the world’s problems.” “As human beings, our greatness lies not […]

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Exploring Colombia: Carnaval de Barranquilla

May 12, 2012
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With only three days left in Colombia, I was ready to soak in the sights and sounds of Carnaval. My sister and I hopped on a bus and made the roughly three hour drive from Cartagena to Barranquilla. Fortunately, my sunburned skin was healing quickly, thanks to a disciplined regimen of applying soothing skin creams […]

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Pride and Prejudice

April 29, 2012
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An original poem by Nora Garriga. It would be her first visit to that city, She had never been, Maybe for fear of whispers she had heard But she was not one for blind impressions. For her family, a Harvard graduation was a big deal. They enjoyed breaking through barriers, Ignoring common weapons, Satisfying the urge […]

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In Search of a Charismatic Leader

April 8, 2012
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A The Daily Garriga classic! When I first realized that Diane Ravitch would be a guest interviewee on The Daily Show, I got really excited. If you don’t already know who Diane Ravitch is, you should. You see, there is a major political push happening right now to break up teachers unions. As with any political […]

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Exploring Colombia: Sunburned in Cartagena

April 7, 2012
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After a great first week exploring Bogota and Cali, my Colombia trip hit a low point when I arrived in Cartagena. Not that Cartagena is a terrible place to visit. It just isn’t somewhere I care to ever see again. We arrived on a Friday at 10:00am. I was looking forward to hitting the beach as Cartagena is well known […]

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Why I Love Baseball: My Quest for 30 Stadiums in 5 Years

March 31, 2012
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Some people will never understand why I love baseball so much. They say it’s a slow sport, a boring sport. They say baseball is for old people, while young, hip people follow cool sports like basketball and football. I think they’re wrong. As much as I love basketball and football, I think baseball is the […]

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Exploring Colombia: Sweet Cholados in Cali

March 17, 2012
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I was a little disoriented by the hustle and bustle in El Dorado International Airport. As I rushed to depart Bogota, my Spanish language skills seemed to be fading just as I needed them most. Slow down!, I wanted to shout at the woman behind the counter. Why did every airport employee seem to want […]

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