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Prejudice – Standing up to it – I read where a white woman encountered a group of Aboriginal Australian men on a train. The Aboriginal people are a definite minority in Australia, much as Native Americans are in the USA. Other similarities are assigned reservations, land-rights issues, and high unemployment. I summarize below using her own words what happened to the woman on the train (you can read the full story by clicking on the link):

• At the train station I managed to squeeze into the last carriage. All the seats were taken, except one. Three Aboriginal men were sitting in a four-berth seat so I asked if the fourth seat was being used.… More

Character – Do you have it? I asked Alan this question as we sat in lounge-chairs outside Starbucks on a beautiful mid-morning. He wrinkled his forehead. “Where did that come from?” “Well I googled on the word ‘Character’, and it came back with ‘The combination of qualities or features that makes a person distinctive’”, I replied. He laughed. “So it boils down to what makes me distinctive”. Still smiling, he said “This Java Chip frappuccino is distinctive, it’s outstanding and I am savoring every sip”.… More

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