October 2009

October 29th, 2009
Written by Mary Castillo in Common Ties That Bind with 0 Comments
Even though he’s the boss, Jose Aponte, 57, is very clear about one thing when it comes to his staff. “Power is like manure; the more you spread it around, the more successful you’ll be,” he says. As director of the San Diego County Library System, Aponte oversees a new literacy program, 33 libraries and two mobile libraries within a widely diverse region. Within the three years he has been at...
October 28th, 2009
Written by Karen Jones in Common Ties That Bind with 0 Comments
Assistance dog Kola, is always on hand to help owner and best friend, Jackie. Dogs are color blind. They don’t see race. They don't care what ethnicity your background contains. They don’t care about color. All they are concerned with is serving the one who cares for them. If anyone knows the true meaning of “man’s best friend,” it is Juan Villarreal (age 53, Mexican-American). Nearly blind since...
October 28th, 2009
Written by Kelly Colbert in All About Family with 0 Comments
“Namaste Pitta!” I would yell in my little girl voice. “Hello, Kelly!” my dad would yell back. It was one of my favorite exchanges; me speaking “Hindi” and feeling very sophisticated thinking that I was bi-lingual. Okay, so I only knew about three words of Hindi, but for a 4-year-old, that was enough for me to consider myself worldly.While I am not the product of a bi-cultural marriage, I am the...
October 22nd, 2009
Written by Janice S. Ellis... in Cause and Civility with 0 Comments
street sign for Wall St.
The President and Congress demanding no bonus payments, pay cuts, and claw backs of some of the executives of companies who received big government bailouts – and continue to benefit at the egregious exploitation of consumers, taxpayers, investors, and employees, alike – is just not enough. Horatio Alger, most assuredly, is turning over in his grave with the “rags-to-riches” rise of the...
October 21st, 2009
Written by Rita Florez in Setting It Straight with 0 Comments
a room in the Jane Addams Hull House Museum
Thirteen museums across the country have joined forces to start a nation-wide conversation about immigration, past and present, in a national program called "Face to Face: Immigration Then and Now."The program kicked off at the end of September in Chicago at the Jane Addams Hull House Museum, said Bix Gabriel, director of communications for the International Coalition of Sites of Conscience.Each...