WWII: Poland 1939

When did World War II begin? Most people say September 1, 1939 with the Nazi invasion of Poland. Others say it was two days later when Britain and France declared war on Nazi Germany. There are even more possibilities to consider if you think about Pearl Harbor, Czechia, Austria, Albania, Ethiopia, and China. I spoke… Continue reading WWII: Poland 1939

Organizing Communities with Faith

Three years ago I talked to my dad’s uncle, Fr. John Baumann, about community organizing and his role in founding PICO (now Faith in Action International). It was a great chance to get to know my family better and hear about some of his amazing experiences building an organization to help people. From the original… Continue reading Organizing Communities with Faith

Franco after the War

We are looking at the Spanish Civil War in my 20th Century History Class and it still seems remarkable to me that Franco remained in power and pivoted to an internationally respected (or at least tolerated) status. Here is a conversation I had with an expert on Spain on the Hour of History Podcast:

Little Changes make a Big Difference

December was always the month that traffic would go down at the Hour of History Podcast. People are much busier and the days seem shorter, so they consumer less entertainment. It reminds me of conversations I have had about the New Year being the worst time to make life changes. The days are short and… Continue reading Little Changes make a Big Difference

Mandala Art

Playing the violin, I learned that almost all of the scales you practice and tunes you learn are never performed for others. I still practice scales and plan to keep learning tunes.

Walk for Peace

Today, I joined a monthly peace walk in the Poplar neighborhood of Philadelphia. We started the walk at Chenrezig Tibetan Buddhist Center and walked from Marshall to Girard and 7th to Poplar and back. The folks at the TBC walk for peace the second Saturday of each month, led by the Dharma in Action Committee.… Continue reading Walk for Peace

Credencial del Peregrino

This was the credencial I carried with me when I walked the English Route of the Camino de Santiago. At every cafe, albuergue, restaurant and church I stopped at along the way was another stamp that marked my journey. Not only did it feel like an achievement at the time, but it is also one… Continue reading Credencial del Peregrino