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American Dreamers

The Oath of Allegiance that must be taken by all people from foreign countries in order to become United States citizens goes like this:

“I hereby declare, on oath, that I absolutely and entirely renounce and abjure all allegiance and fidelity to any foreign prince, potentate, state, or sovereignty, of whom or which I have heretofore been a subject or citizen; that I will support and defend the Constitution and laws of the United States of America against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I will bear arms on behalf of the United States when required by the law; that I will perform noncombatant service in the Armed Forces of the United States when required by the law; that I will perform work of national importance under civilian direction when required by the law; and that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; so help me God.” 605 more words


Re-assessing my views

When I started out on this journey, I was deeply skeptical. Open minded, but skeptical nonetheless.

Having spent a few months looking into aerial phenomena I find my skepticism has morphed into critical analysis. 287 more words


You Don't Have to Like Somebody to Learn from Them

“You have to be willing sometimes to listen to some remarkable bad opinions to continue to learn something valuable from them.”

I wish somebody had explained this lesson to me when I was young because you learn more about yourself from people you’re not fond of than you learn from the people you like. 21 more words

Life Lessons

To respond you need to be aware

I find it fascinating that people assume that questions will be interpreted by a variety of people the same way. Having just done two different character strengths surveys, I can assure you that people do not all have the same understandings of simple questions requiring Likert scale responses; such as “I see beauty in every day things that others do not” – very like me, like me, neutral, unlike me, very unlike me. 353 more words


Overpaid, Oversexed, and Over Here: A Historical Artifact

“It is always impolite to criticize your hosts; it is militarily stupid to criticize your allies.”

This aphorism is merely one of many revealing nuggets in a reprint I ran across of a U.S. 718 more words

Reviews And Columns

Trapped In The Mind Prison

I stared at the blank screen of my computer tonight for about 30 minutes, the blinking cursor acting as some sort of hypnotic device sending me into a mindless stupor. 726 more words


Changing Attitudes Towards Depression

In late 2004, a survey was conducted by Mental Health Connection and the University of North Texas to determine the public attitude towards mental illness. The results were pretty shocking! 338 more words