My dad, most commonly known as Big Jim, has recently traveled more than 2,000 miles from his home in NW Montana on his motorcycle to visit with us. He's been here for a couple weeks and, as always, we have enjoyed our time with him. Most of our activities during his visit have simply revolved around our everyday life. We all, including Dad, find it a joy to just have him be a part of everyday living. There have been a couple highlights during Dad's visit that have included JP's new puppy, Samson, a major league baseball game, the first one Dad's ever attended, and his birthday, he's turning 63 today - Happy Birthday Dad! We will celebrate this evening with a special dinner of Vareniky, Fried Cabbage, Cornbread and Chocolate Cake - mmm good. (don't worry, I'll post the recipes soon).
My dad has lived a very colorful and interesting life. He has had the opportunity to travel to several different places around the world and meet many different people from many different cultures. Although there are differences in our skin colors, religions, customs, national traditions, and socio-economic classes, he's found we all have one thing in common - we are all human. Anytime the topic of human differences comes up, whether it be racial, religious, or economic, Dad has frequently commented on how we are all part of, "one race, the human race". Although many strives have been made in the attempt to erase the invisible boundaries that separate us from one another, Dad thinks we can, and should do more. About two years ago, Dad began thinking of ways to make a public statement in furthering the abolition of discrimination. His desire is not only to abolish all forms of discrimination here in the U.S., but also worldwide.
Americans usually associate discrimination with racial prejudices. However, in reality, we've all suffered discrimination in some way or form during our lives. Some endure racial discrimination while others endure religious, cultural, or socio-economic discriminations. Dad's goal is to bring the humanity back into humanity by helping us all recognize that although we may be different in many ways, we are all really the same - we are all humans. We all desire love, acceptance, peace, opportunity, hope, and compassion and understanding for those who are less fortunate (not always referring to a socio-economic situation).
In 2006, Dad decided to begin pursuing the production of a tee-shirt logo promoting the abolition of discrimination. A few months ago he successfully copyrighted his saying, "One Race, The Human Race". He is now promoting from a grass-roots level his anti-discrimination campaign with his tee-shirt design, "One Race, The Human Race". His tee-shirts come in a variety of colors and sizes. They are $17 for adults and $14 for children. If you'd like one, just give Big Jim a call at 406-280-0168. (or you can just leave contact information here on my blog & we'll get one out to you).