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Change is in the air… I hope

Image - The College Collective With the groundswell response globally to BLM based on the now-infamous event that shocked the world, I am hopeful that there is a paradigm shift happening now as a result. It is long overdue, with so many black lives lost in the hands of law enforcement so unnecessarily. Racial discrimination comes in many forms, and a cultural “reset” is required for our country...

Marco Polo…

Image - Marco Polo and his travelsWhen Marco Polo discovered the “mystique of the Orient” and began trading with China via the now-famous “Silk Road” in the 13 century, he was limited to the size of his caravans trotting across rough terrains to deliver these coveted products to Europe.  While he became enormously wealthy and famous from his adventures, his trading business with China was done...

American opium smugglers…

Image - 1. Thomas Handasyd Perkins, smuggler, slave trader, founder of Boston Museum of Fine Arts, Perkins School for the Blind, and Mass General Hospital, 2. Warren Delano II, Grandfather to 32 president Franklin Delano Roosevelt, 3. Robert Bennet Forbes, Ancestor to presidential hopeful John Kerry While British smugglers made up the lion’s share of opium trade into China during the 19th...

The Opium Lord’s Daughter is acknowledged as a winner and finalists in multiple contests