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[24 Feb 2010 | No Comment | ]
Flashes of Light

Alice Black
Northern Ireland
“People told me that I was making a difference, & I felt that I was. Then things took a slide.”
I am a trans-woman aged late 30s. I believe in angels. I like writing articles about my experiences to bring awareness and to bring peace.
Being trans-gendered I was always swimming against the tide. Society in the town was against me & life wasn’t easy, but I kept going forward, trying to promote diversity. People told me that I was making a difference not just for me but for other …

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[19 Feb 2010 | No Comment | ]
Communication 2.0: From Mistakes to Mastery through Empowered Curiosity

Commentary by Alicia Simoni
Community Manager and Staff Writer
I’m convinced that my receiving the French Award in middle school was either a mistake on my teacher’s part or a fleeting moment of genius on mine. The reality is that I’m not very good at new languages. After several additional years of French class, I can still only exchange simple pleasantries or politely ask if you would like to sleep with me (“voulez-vous coucher avec moi?). I promise, it is not for lack of trying. …

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[30 Jan 2010 | No Comment | ]
BECAUSE JOHN DOE IS NOT A HAITIAN NAME

Lenelle Moise
Haiti/USA
a rotting smell
where the school once stood
a hungry shrill
where the guava tree grew
last night before the earth
ate port-au-prince
a bleeding orphan was
somebody’s baby
& that somebody
was pretty or plain
& that somebody
was saucy or shrinking
& that somebody
made love, made mistakes
& that somebody
ate mosquitoes, chewed cane
& léogâne
served the lwa, praised the lord
& jacmel
danced well, clapped instead
& carrefour
had a temper, had a gift
& that somebody atop
a mass grave
knew marie, dieudonne, tantee
knew yves-pierre, jean-jean, timarc
who will christen
those who named us
with intention?
a poet also
died
in the earthquake.
© 2010 by Lenelle Moïse
Reproduced with permission
http://www.lenellemoise.com

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[8 Jan 2010 | No Comment | ]
Dear Pres. Hu Jintao; Dear Pres. Obama

Yi Wang
China
I am a Chinese citizen who loves my country. I have faith in the government, the public, and the new generation to create a better China for the world. I would like to say this to my President:
Address seriously the problem of corruption in the government. We need officials to work with ethics and to make the needs of the people their priority. I want a presidential plan and a new training process for officials.
The government is controlled by an old generation. When the new generation comes in, train …