Feature Four: Pauline Fortuna

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The United States has seen tremendous change over the last decade. In 2012, we re-elected our nation’s first black president, and life seemed to be getting better for people of color. Things would change again as the pendulum of American politics swung further right than ever imagined.

The Last Decades, 1945 to 1990 (part Two)


This is part two of the POTUS20C and I encourage you to read part one before delving in here. To sum up, my grandpa died way back in 1990. He spent his last few years writing about the presidents of his lifetime. Were he alive to celebrate his birthday on December 13, he’d have been 121 years old. He is the only person I can remember speaking with from the 19th century.

I have tried my best to keep the text as authentic as possible correcting…

the First Decades, 1900 to 1945 (Part One)


Thirty years or so ago, my grandfather passed away. Before he did, he sat down to write about the American experience (his experience) through the presidents of his lifetime. He is the only person I can remember speaking with who was born in the 19th century.

Grandpa Al’s Introduction

I have tried my best to keep the text as authentic as possible correcting typos or formatting changes when necessary. I have added tidbits at the end of each presidential timeline for fun.

So much of what we see on the news and social media is divisive, hateful, and dishonest. To ease much of the dread we experience daily, I’d like to put the spotlight elsewhere. In this edition of Professional Women of Color, let me tell you about Kemi Bennings, whom I met way back in a little river town south of Shanghai in 2004.

Photo by The New York Public Library on Unsplash

It’s easy to view the world as a toxic waste dump. I sometimes do. I stay up on current events and try to do my best to be green. I avoid using plastic, I walk or ride my bike almost everywhere I go. I use public transport when I need to get somewhere too far to walk or bike.

Articles abound in the last few years about expats returning home after so many years overseas. Said articles often focus on the difficulty of readjusting to reverse culture shock and not offering much in the way of solutions. I can attest that going back home (or elsewhere) is feasible with some discipline, a game plan, and patience. Having seen many changes in employment worldwide, it is possible for you to stay within the field you worked in overseas or begin an entire new career using the very same skills you developed there.

Terry O. Faulkner

As a copywriter, EFL teacher, and blogger, I write about things and people that make the world seem a little less terrible.

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