America’s Hidden Heroin Addiction and Who’s Taking Action

Instances of heroin use are skyrocketing in America, and has become an epidemic among many teens and young adults. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, more than 8,000 lives have been taken by Heroin in just the last year. That number is expected to triple as use of the illicit drug continues to spread.… [Read more]

How Rates of Drug Use in American Teens Have Changed

Drug abuse rates have always been a concern for Americans. More specifically, they have been concerned with teen drug use rates. Our culture and social norms have changed from generation to generation and what causes these changes is still mostly up for debate. Since 2008, drug use in teens has gone up and down. But in general, teens have been using less hard drugs, even though marijuana use has gone up.… [Read more]

Testing Overload: What’s Happening to America’s Public Schools?

You remember the stress all too well.  You can almost recreate the sense of dread you felt as you studied well into the night, and still feel the jitters of sitting in that hard wooden desk waiting for your teacher to hand you several sheets of paper filled with question after question. And now your child has to suffer through the same experience.… [Read more]

“Eat Mor Chikin” – Nah, I’m good.

My Beef with Chick-fil-A

Today is my early day.  Ideally, I’d go home to drop off my things, and head to the Chick-fil-A on Exit 13 – it’s my favorite location. The nuggets there are always fresh, waffle fries are always crisp, and when I order a ‘half and half, more tea than lemonade,’ they make it perfectly every time.  … [Read more]

James’ America

It’s the morning after the 4th of July, and I’m surveying the wreckage. My back yard is spilling over with the aftermath of an all-day party featuring 20 bands, a root beer keg, plenty of “real” beer too, a kiddie pool located dangerously close to a power line that got knocked down by that vicious storm the other day, and a whole lotta people actin’ ignorant (we tried to get a Chuck E.… [Read more]

Latin America and Its Classist Struggle

Latin America is a huge region spanning much of the Americas.  Its topography, geography and peoples are among the most diverse in the world. Its people, though, by far are its greatest asset with their wonderful music, literature and arts, their lavish hospitality and their incredibly rich languages.

Latin America, however, has its ‘dark side’.  With bloody civil wars, rampant crime and, perhaps worst of all, its ever-pervasive classism.… [Read more]

America…What’s to Like?

I left Germany earlier and I’m now in France.  Being away from home reminds me of a recent online conversation I had with a friend who is relocating; she’s leaving the United States for the next few years.  Her impending departure got us talking; I’m relaying here what I said to her about what it feels like to leave this country and what there is to like enough to want to return.… [Read more]