Category Archives: Texas

Living With Immigration

It seems to me…. “Ours is an open and accepting society and has historically provided an avenue for lawful immigration to all those willing to accept the responsibilities of citizenship.” ~ Spencer Bachus[1]. The entire world is in an age … Continue reading

Posted in Afghanistan, Bernie Sanders, Britain, California, California, Central America, Christian, Clinton, DACA, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, Diversity, Employment, Employment, Employment, Ethiopia, Europe, Europe, Globalization, Greece, Greece, Illegal, Immigrant, Immigration, Iran, Iran, Iraq, Iraq, Jobs, Jobs, Jordan, Lebanon, Mexico, Mexico, Mexico, Middle East, Middle-East, Migration, Morocco, Muslim, Muslim, New York, Pakistan, Populism, Refugee, Somalia, Syria, Temporary Protected Status, Texas, Texas, Trump, Turkey, Turkey, World War II | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

2016 – The Year That Was

It seems to me…. “For 18 years I have resisted talking about current events. I am not going to start now.” ~ George H. W. Bush[1]. 2016 was comprised of many little things: while some events over the past year … Continue reading

Posted in Albert Einstein, Aleppo, Assad, Athletes, Atlantic City, Australia, Berlin, Brazil, Canada, Caribbean, Change, China, Climate, Climate Change Conference, CO2, COP21, Disaster, Economy, Einstein, Elections, Environment, Europe, European Union, Evacuation, Falcon 9, Fire, Florida, France, Germany, Global Warming, Global Warming, Greenhouse, Gun, Homicides, Hurricane, Immigrant, Immigration, Income, India, Indonesia, Inequality, Inequality, International Space Station, ISS, Istanbul, Italy, Ivory Coast, Japan, Lahore, Louisiana, Mathew, Middle Class, Moon, Moon Express, Murder, NASA, New Jersey, New Orleans, New Zealand, Nice, North Korea, Obama, Olympics, Orlando, Pakistan, Paris, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Police, Populist, President Bashar, Presidential, Private-Sector, Public-Sector, Records, Red Cross, Refugee, Rio de Janeiro, Russia, San Antonio, Science, Scott Kelly, Shelter, shootings, Space, Space Lab, SpaceX, Sports, Syria, Texas, Tiangong-2, TPP, Trans-Pacific Partnership, Trump, U.K., United Kingdom, War, Washington, Weather, Weather, World War II | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Road Trip 2016

It seems to me…. “All journeys have secret destinations of which the traveler is unaware.” ~ Martin Buber[1]. While travel might be “broadening”, whatever that means, it certainly is NOT inexpensive. My wife, Barb, & I recently returned home following … Continue reading

Posted in Absecon, Addiction, Airline, Alabama, Alamo, Appalachian Trail, Army Corps of Engineers, Ashburn, Atlantic City, Australia, Automobiles, Aviation Trust Fund, Bakersfield, Barbara Kleier, Barbara Pensock, Boardwalk, Bornmann, Bourbon Street, C&O Canal, Café du Monde, Cajun, California, Christopher Bornmann, DC, DC-3, Detroit, Disaster Services Technology, E-ZPass, Ed Finley, Eileen (Mathis) Guenther, Emergency Response Vehicle, Emily Flint, Fairfax, Fastrak, Flint, Food, Franklin Institute, Friends, Gumbo, Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund, Hertz, Highway Trust Fund, Highways, Historical Society of Pennsylvania, Independence Hall, Inland Waterways Trust Fund, Interstate Highways, Isaac, Jambalaya, Jean Lafitte National Historical Park, Jimmy Berish, Kleier, Lackland AFB, Liberty Bell, Library of Congress, Lodging, Maya Isaac, Median Strips, Michigan, Mississippi, Nancy Isaac, National Archives, National Mall, New Jersey, New York, New York, New York, Oregon, Paddlewheeler, Pennsylvania, Pensock, Pet Free, Philadelphia, Potomac River, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Recreation, Red Cross, Redding, Rental Car, Rest Stops, Revolutionary War, River Walk, Roads, San Antonio, San Antonio, San Francisco, San Francisco, Seaports, Shenandoah National Park, Shenandoah Valley, Smoke Free, Smoking, Steel Pier, Supreme Court, Tennessee, Texas, toll collection, Toll Roads, Traffic, Transportation, Travel, Udvar-Hasey Space Museum, United Airlines, Vehicle, Vehicle, Virginia, Washington, Washington, Washington Dulles International Airport, Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

A Helping Hand

It seems to me…. “Be of service. Whether you make yourself available to a friend or co-worker, or you make time every month to do volunteer work, there is nothing that harvests more of a feeling of empowerment than being … Continue reading

Posted in Activism, Altruism, Assistance, Compassion, Consideration, Disaster, Disaster, Evacuation, Involvement, Motivations, Opportunities, Orphanage, Peace Corps, Religion, Respect, Response, Rio Grande, Selflessness, Shelter, Support, Texas, Volunteer, Volunteer | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The 4th Industrial Revolution

It seems to me…. “You can see the computer age everywhere but in productivity statistics.” ~ Robert Solow[1]. Technology is rapidly changing every aspect of both work and personal life but seems to have not significantly improved economic growth. There … Continue reading

Posted in ACA, Affordable Care Act, California, Clinton, Disparity, Dodd-Frank, Economy, Employment, Employment, George W. Bush, Income, Inequality, Inequality, Jerry Brown, Kansas, Louisiana, Obama, Obama, Rand Paul, Reagan, Recovery, Stimulus, Taxes, Taxes, Technology, Texas | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Un-American Refugee Policy

It seems to me…. “We live in the age of the refugee, the age of the exile.” ~ Ariel Dorfman[1]. The U.S. House of Representatives recently passed a bill, with backing from both political parties, mandating increased security screenings for … Continue reading

Posted in Affordable Care Act, Andrea Merkel, Assad, Central African Republic, children, Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act of 2007, Department of Veterans Affairs, Displaced Persons Act, Egypt, Europe, FBI, FBI, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Germany, Healthcare, Homeland Security, Immigrant, Immigration, Immigration and Nationality Act of 1952, Iran, Iraq, Japanese-Americans, Jordan, Lebanon, Medicaid, Montana, Muslim, National Intelligence Agency, NIA, President Bashar, Refugee, Security, South Sudan, Soviet Union, Statue of Liberty, Syria, Terrorism, Texas, United Nations, Veterans, World War II | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

DR462-12: A Volunteer’s Perspective

Several people have asked what it is like being deployed by the Red Cross to assist in a disaster area.  Everyone’s experience on a DR (Disaster Response) will be different – some people might be assigned to shelter management, others … Continue reading

Posted in Austin, Carlson Wagonlite, Disaster, DSHR, DST, ECRV, ERV, Florida, Gainesville, Lake City, Pelican, Red Cross, Response, Support, Tampa, Technology, VSAT, WAP | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 8 Comments