America’s Greatest Enemy and Tragedy

  Growing up in Southern California, I didn’t see any Civil War statues or Confederate flags. I didn’t understand why there were still contentious debates about flags and statues. Sure, I learned about the Civil War and slavery in High School, but the arguments presented by the “lost cause” crowd muddied the truth. It was […]

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Perspectives in Courage: The Strength & Love of Flory & Felix. The Holocaust & Resistance

For a few years in Middle School and High School, I worked a part-time job for a Synagogue, Temple Isaiah in Newport Beach, California, which held its services at a Christian church that let them store their supplies and use the church for its services on Friday evenings and on special occasions. My immediate impression […]

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Costs of Higher Education & Student Loans

Student loan forgiveness and the cost of higher education has been a hot political topic for the past several decades. It has become more contentious over the years as graduates have been burdened with a significantly higher debt burden to income – assuming one secures a job after graduation – especially following the great recession, […]

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Floating With No Direction

I had no direction until a few years ago. In fact, I still feel that way sometimes. When I left the military, I was eager to start a new chapter in life. I didn’t need direction- all that mattered was that I was out and moving forward. I wasn’t sure what that would be, but […]

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Comic Books and the Value of Storytelling

Growing up as an only child with separated parents, I had to find ways to occupy my time and entertain myself when I wasn’t out with other kids or a parent. I enjoyed legos, drawing, watching baseball and collecting cards, and playing video games, but my favorite was reading comic books. It was the one […]

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Lance’s History

Growing Up Lance was born in Glendora, California, in Los Angeles County, where he spent his first seven years. After his parents split at age 7, he took to the road with his mother who moved and spent the rest of his childhood living in Orange County. However, his mother’s poor financial situation meant that […]

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