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Broken chain (Photo credit: Amundn)

(Photo credit: Amundn)

Lá rụng về cội
(The falling leaves return to their roots)

-Vietnamese proverb

My name is Jeff Nguyen.  I was born in Vietnam and came to the United States when I was two years old.  I was adopted by an American family and I have lived in Pennsylvania, Colorado and Florida.  I have been blessed with health, family and education.  I have taken each one of these things for granted at times in my life.  I have come to realize that these things are more important than silver and gold.  All people deserve these things but as long as the many continue to sacrifice for the few these resources become scarcer. I hope you can find something in this blog that makes you think about things in a new way.

Is this not the fast that I have chosen:
To loose the chains of injustice,
To undo the heavy burdens,
To let the oppressed go free,
And that you break every yoke?”

-The Book of Isaiah

The purpose of this blog is not to divide but to shed light on some of the important issues of our time. Collectively, solutions can be found for the problems that exist but it will take courage and shared wisdom.  Another intent of these writings are to deconstruct the myths many of us have been raised on through the powerful influence of the media and teachings of the dominant culture. This blog is for the dreamers and the critical thinkers. Peace and solidarity to every reader.

229 Responses to Author

  1. aliewsMuses says:

    Thank you Jeff for visiting my blog and liking my post. I agree with you. We have to start being grateful for our blessings to reach out to others. I’m following and look forward to reading your posts.

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  2. petrel41 says:

    Congratulations, Jeff!

    I have nominated your blog for the Peace and Justice Award.

    More about this nomination is at

    http://dearkitty1.wordpress.com/2013/12/16/peace-and-justice-award-thank-you-horty/

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  3. Hi Jeff – Thanks for dropping by and checking out my poem! I began reading the new post by Carol, and want to finish it – quite thoughtful and profound.

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  4. Hi Jeff. Thanks for checking out my blog. Somehow we need to get the word out yet there are so blind as those who will not see. To challenge the belief systems of others is often to invite animosity, ridicule and even violence. I wonder today if there is still time ….

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  5. Thanks as always Jeff for visiting and liking my post! I really appreciate the support :)

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  6. petrel41 says:

    Congratulations, Jeff!

    I have nominated your blog for the Working to Change the World Award.

    More on this nomination is at

    http://dearkitty1.wordpress.com/2014/01/29/working-to-change-the-world-award-thanks-moorbey-tazein-and-barbara/

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  7. seaangel4444 says:

    Hi Jeff, I am so glad I found your wonderful blog. I am really looking forward to reading a lot more! Thank you! Cher xo

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  8. Hi Jeff!
    I love your blog and your generosity of shared ideas. As student of Mythology and depth psychology, I might take issue with your modern definition of myth- often defined as “un truth.” I hold more to the Joseph Campbell style definition, of that which makes us transparent to the transcendent. I believe that it is the creation of a new unifying mythology of planetary humanity – that will help us see, know, and act as one for the betterment of all.
    Great change takes time, counted in the millions of individual actions, thoughts and deeds that make up the evolution of consciousness.
    I look forward to reading much more from you and your featured writers.
    Andrea S.

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  9. Hi Jeff,

    I’m glad our paths crossed on Robert’s blog. Nice to meet you. I look forward to reading your blog as time permits. Thank you for the follow(s).

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    • Jeff Nguyen says:

      Thank you for the awareness you bring at your outstanding blog, Victoria.

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      • Jeff, my apologies for taking so long to get back over here and respond. I have been a bit scatter-brained lately, lol. But thank you so much for your support and kind words about my blog. I’m just getting cranked up. ;)

        I also need to catch up on your blog. One day I will knock it out in one sitting. Might take me hours, but that’s the way I roll, sometimes. Kinda like reading a great book; you don’t want to put it down.

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  10. anewwe says:

    Thanks for stopping by my blog. I was most immediately drawn to your domain name. Nice work. Can’t wait to start exploring what you’ve been writing.
    cheers! ~

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  11. Joan Treppa says:

    Hello Jeffrey, Thanks for visiting my blog and for your generous comment. I’m awed at your contributions to truth and justice and I will be checking back. Hope we stay connected! Joan

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  12. Just saying hello and thanking you for liking my poem. You’re probably one of the few not watching the Winter Olympics! :)

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  13. Joan Treppa says:

    Hello Shery, You are so welcome my friend. Most deserved praise indeed. As I struggle to type out a legible story, I hope to inspire just as you have done…

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  14. James says:

    Hi Jeff. Glad you found my Playing Asian blog. You actually stumbled upon my redesign, which isn’t “live” yet. I’m hoping to go over a few more edits because relaunching it with the new comics. But since you found it, I’d love any feedback/suggestions you have on the redesign. I’m always excited to connect with other folks with an interest in this topic. Glad to know I have at least one reader out there :)

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  15. Thank you for visiting my blog today. I’m glad you enjoyed the post and hope you will come again some time. Blessings, Natalie :)

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  16. krazeekaren says:

    Jeff, I first want to say I appreciate that liked one of my posts over a wk or so ago. As you can see I am very new at this & I am still learning as I go. The simplest thgs like trying to send u a mess a wk ago, I somehow make impossible for myself.
    Anyways, I wanted you to know I have read a few of your posts as well as your bio. You have a true gift in the way you are able to capture a readers attn. I love your passion on the topics you write about and how you have a way of getting others interested too.
    I look forward to reading, and learning more. If it would be okay, I may look to you for your help in the future. Thank u for sharing! Karen ;)

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  17. moorbey says:

    I have nominated ur blog 4 tha Liebster Blog Award congratulationz and keep bringin tha knowledge and truth that must be told. Panther Love

    http://moorbey.wordpress.com/2014/04/06/liebster-blog-award/

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  18. moorbey says:

    Congratz I have nominated ur wonderful and informative blog to receive tha Community of Bloggerz Award. http://moorbey.wordpress.com/wp-admin/post.php?post=18309&action=edit&message=6&postpost=v2

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  19. Hi Jeff – Thank you very much for my first blogging award in my four months of blogging! :) Sorry I wasn’t able to respond earlier – I was incommunicado, taking a break from technology in the sun! For some reason, I haven’t been able to leave a comment on the Jeffster Award page, so here I am. Thanks again for your continued support. Much appreciated!

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  20. Thanks for stopping by and following Storyteller. — Ray

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  21. Thank you for visiting my blog today. I’m glad you liked my post and hope you will come again sometime. Blessings, Natalie :)

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  22. thank you so much for stopping by my blog and liking a post! I am grateful to have found you–your blog is wonderful. I applaud your courage in your firm beliefs. I look forward to reading more!

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  23. WeaverGrace says:

    I nominated you for a Dragon’s Loyalty Award to recognize your faithfulness to my blog. Please visit my latest post to learn more about this award, and to leave a comment describing how you choose blogs to follow, and why you “Like” and leave comments on blogs.

    Thank you for sharing your thoughts and support.

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  24. Jeff, I can believe my negligence. No, actually I can. I have read this before, sometime back when I first discovered your blog but I neglected to click Like. Sorry.

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  25. Thank-you for liking my post Jeff.

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  26. Mike Booth says:

    Please run for president. We’ll all vote for you.

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  27. Hi Jeff – Well, I’m back to this page since for some reason I was not able to comment on the Jeffster Award #31. Anyway, thanks for bring to light some interesting writers . I hope to be able to visit all of the blogs and gain some new insights and make some new connections.

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  28. Hi Jeff, You seem to have a wise and caring perspective. Thanks for your thoughtful reminders to look at our large social problems and see if we can collectively create something better. Thanks for visiting my blog. Brad

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  29. Hi Jeff – Thanks for visiting my blog and for liking my post on Yoruba myths. Your bio is inspiring.

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  30. charlypriest says:

    Hi there Jeff, glad you stopped by my little crazy blog. I´ve been browsing through some of your posts, and to tell you the truth most of the time politically I will probably won´t agree with you,(I said probably) but hey, that´s the beauty of democracy. I love to be open to new ideas and hear new ways of thinking. I´m always the learner. And you seem like a person with a lot to say about society or American society. Which is one I live in for the first part of my life. And one that I love by the way. Looking forward to having more time and reading with more detail some of your post. Have a great Sunday!

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  31. mytiturk says:

    Apologies. Was in Ann Arbor, MI visiting daughter and 10 month new granddaughter. When I saw your post on the life changes I did not want to send anything hasty so I waited till we had accomplished the truck-infested 4.5 hour drive back to the GTA. Bloggers know little of each other’s personal lives. Reading the comments on your site made me learn more about you and wiser about education in the US.

    My daughter’s life in the US has made me more vitally aware of at least one issue in American education: that the flight to private schools has ruined the public system in many areas. For those with the means to do it, private schools are increasingly a moral (realistic) choice. Public schools are better here in Canada, but there pressures that will probably affect that. A good administrator is one who shields his/her teachers from the bullshit. This is still possible here. I deliberately taught in a working class area where I was free to be myself and tweak the rules to – in turn – shield those under my intellectual and ethical care. It is the societal equivalent of criminal negligence that someone with your awareness and caring can feel so powerless to be properly present to your students.

    Wishing you a steady renewal and much success against the grinding entropy of The System.

    And… Welcome Back!

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    • Jeff Nguyen says:

      Congrats on the new granddaughter! The corporate driven education “reform” efforts amount to educational malpractice. Tying students educational futures and teachers’ evaluations to standardized tests is misguided at best but we know by now this is by design. You’re absolutely correct that good admins shield their teachers from the b.s. and good teachers do so for their students.

      Sadly, that is not the direction many schools are taking when their funding is held hostage by their willingness to concede to the demands of the federal legislation known as No Child Left Behind/Race to the Top. It is the most economically and socially disadvantaged schools that are under the most pressure to “perform” and raise the almighty test scores.

      Thank you for your always thoughtful responses. Best to you and your family.

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  32. Anonymous says:

    Thought you might leave education after you mentioned that you were being assigned to “special ed.” Students with special needs require instructors with specific training and your background was apparently general education. Not sure why your administrators made that decision. Regardless, making a transition in this economy was gutsy. Glad you found new employment; it sounds as if it’s what you enjoy doing. Having said that, I think your real calling has yet to be realized and I expect big things from you going forward.

    I’ve given up on political blogging. In fact, I now think it’s too late for this nation. The elites trample on our Bill of Rights with impunity and quasi-military police literally trample on anyone expressing peaceful dissent supposedly protected under our Constitution. IMHO, we are at least ten years into a police state with an unsuspecting populace still mostly “pursuing happiness.” OWS type civil disobedience in the future will be treated as treasonous behavior while the real criminals on Wall Street and elsewhere including government continue to rob, cheat, and sell off America to the highest bidder with little or no retribution for their crimes.

    Pessimism? I think not! It’s a growing reality most Americans still blinded by patriotism fail to see. (Count the number of cameras in your neighborhood.) Unfortunately, by the time it truly sinks in, Big Brother (corporate media) will be “realigning” your thoughts to coincide with those of the state and you will once again be “happy” and go shopping.

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    • Jeff Nguyen says:

      You’re showing up as anonymous so I’m not sure who I’m responding to. I do have background in special education which is why I was offered the position. It was more the lack of administrative support and understanding of the specialized needs of the students (and teacher) that was frustrating. I do enjoy where I’ve landed and appreciate your supportive words.

      I admit that I am curious who left this comment so I know who’s blog I will soon be missing out on.

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  33. Noha Abdelrassoul says:

    Thanks a lot Jeff for checking out my post and I’m happy you like it. I find your blog very interesting.

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  34. Soul Bitch says:

    YAY you are here! I try to find other bloggers on here that are interested in the same things as I, but I, for some reason, have WordPress-Search-Deficiency.

    Thank you for checking out my blog. My thoughts are all scattered across many blogs, and I’m trying to condense my ideas into one place. That will come this year as I write my Senior Thesis on these subjects. Have you checked out Nonviolent Communication? I think it is a huge key on getting activists and concerned citizens to work together for social change.

    I live in Colorado too! We have a few things in common. So glad to “meet” you! Hope you are well.

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  35. sonmicloud says:

    You’ve written some powerful stuff here Jeff, and hopefully will write much more. I’m glad you visited myself and the Cloud and all the more pleased that your visit led me here, to your blog.

    – sonmi Upon the Cloud

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