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Stop Blaming the Victims

The First Step in Helping Victims of Natural Disasters and in particular Puerto Rico is to STOP BLAMING THE VICTIMS, Reflections, Mary E. Latela, September 30, 2017 An early tweet today from Pres. – plainly claims that PR citizens are not trying … Continue reading

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Ann Wertz Garvin’s The Dog Year

by Mary E. Latela August 30, 2017. Great writing is not always in busy, emotional scenes, but in the parts left out. Ann Garvin does this with perfection. Dr. Lucy Peterman has lost her husband and long yearned for baby-to-be … Continue reading

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Mom, Don’t Say Anything

Reflection by Mary E. Latela, 7/24/2017 Ann Garvin put out some prompts this morning and they opened the floodgates of memories of my daughter starting college 15 years ago. At the parents’ gathering, we were welcomed by the college administrators. … Continue reading

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Amnesty International Leaders Held in Turkey

Amnesty International Leaders Detained without Cause Reaction by Mary E. Latela, 7/17/2017 “Through our detailed research and determined campaigning, we help fight abuses of human rights worldwide. We bring torturers to justice. Change oppressive laws. And free people jailed just … Continue reading

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Liu Xiaobo has Died

photo of Liu Xiaobo and Doll (European Press Photo Agency) Reflection by Mary E. Latela, 7/15/2017 He is pictured with a doll designed and crafted by his beloved wife, Liu Xia. Liu was a scholar, a writer, whose inspiration forced … Continue reading

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Liu Xiaobo has Died

Liu Xiaobo has Died Reflection by Mary E. Latela, 7/15/2017 Liu was a scholar, a writer, whose inspiration forced him to call out human right decimation in China. Nick Kristof of the New York Times notes: “The Mandela of our … Continue reading

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A Writer? Who, Me?

7 Steps I Took Through the Mine Fields Above my Heart Chakrah Before I Decided   to call Myself an Author! Mary Ellen Latela Reprinted 7/9/2017 Seven Steps on the Writing Ladder Having the Tools Mom was very busy with … Continue reading

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The Handmaid’s Tale

Reflection on Margaret Atwood’s remarks in MSmagazine, summer 2017 Mary E. Latela, June 16, 2017 I recall feeling very shocked, yet alert, on first reading “The Handmaid’s Tale” some twenty years ago, in a lively book group led by a prof … Continue reading

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Review of The Great Spring

Natalie Goldberg weaves a mosaic of zen and writing, stories, and vivid side trips in a Must-Read Book. Review by Mary E. Latela, June 11, 2017 Natalie Goldberg exists between two rocky places – writing and zen, and she manages to … Continue reading

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Has Anything Changed Since 1989?

  Has Anything Changed Since 1989? Reflection by Mary E Latela, June 4, 2017   Thank you to @NickKristof of the NY Times who reminded us that this weekend marks the anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre. Mr. Kristof wrote: … Continue reading

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