Rio da Dúvida – The River of Doubt

“The mightiest river in the world is the Amazon.  It runs from west to east, from the sunset to the sunrise, from the Andes to the Atlantic. The main stream flows almost along the equator, while the basin which contains the affluents extends many degrees north and south of the equator.” Theodore Roosevelt, Through theContinue reading “Rio da Dúvida – The River of Doubt”

On the Banks of the River Mbashe

  No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.”   Nelson Mandela, Long Walk toContinue reading “On the Banks of the River Mbashe”

The Best of Friends

“But a Constitution of Government once changed from Freedom, can never be restored. Liberty, once lost, is lost forever.”   John Adams, 2nd President of the United States “I would rather be exposed to the inconveniences attending too much liberty than to those attending too small a degree of it.”  Thomas Jefferson, 3rd President of the UnitedContinue reading “The Best of Friends”

Letters of Marque

“The sun shines on me just the same as on the other; and I should like to see the clause in Adam’s will that cuts me out of my share in the New World!” Francis I of France, 1494   Christopher Columbus may have been the discoverer of the New World in 1492, yet hisContinue reading “Letters of Marque”

The Outcome is Action

“The educated differ from the uneducated as much as the living differ from the dead.” Aristotle The other day I visited Simon Fraser University, advantageously situated to overlook the mountains that stand guard over the Lower Mainland of British Columbia.  I felt the energy of learning the minute I stepped through the doors and saw students withContinue reading “The Outcome is Action”

Dreams are a reality …

“Great acts are made up of small deeds.” Lao Tzu We were all born for greatness, even though only a few individuals will be recognized by name in history. That does not lessen our contribution, nor does it signify that our participation did not change the course of world events.  Our dreams are ever renewedContinue reading “Dreams are a reality …”