With so much negativity in the world in 2015, it’s easy to feel frustrated, afraid and even intimidated when listening to a constant barrage of bad news. Even our political process has served to exclude and alienate those who make our country great.
Clearly, many Amercians are in a mood to build walls, not tear them down. But, once in awhile, I am reminded in a small way of the importance of not judging a person by first impressions.
It is Christmas in 1906, and most people are enjoying dinner at home with family and friends. However, you have recently arrived to Claremont, and are facing a new year filled with immense promise in this little town that is just one year away from incorporation as a city.
Perhaps you are a Pomona College student away from home for the holidays or a professor who has just joined the faculty.
On the island of Samos, Greece, I lived in a small hovel of a house built into the old Orthodox Church and entered from a very thin alleyway. I walked along this cobblestone passage to throw my garbage into the sea, the only way to dispose of refuse at the time.