I hope not. But just in case, we are going to take a deep dive, right here, right now. Because if Algernon's Journey does nothing else we will spread and disseminate knowledge. Our mission is to learn, learn, and then learn more, and to teach without hubris, arrogance or contempt. To reach out to our fellow Americans and help them to understand, that when it comes to our knowledge of other cultures we are woefully lacking. And while we may have been excused while we were in the infancy of our Nation (as compared to the rest of the world) this is no longer true, and it is past time that we start the process of enlightening the masses, because one thing all other industrialized nations have realized ( and even some non industrialized)is that they can only succeed if the masses are successful too, and the masses can be successful, only if they are well educated. We have a lot to catch up on , so lets get started. I would like to start with my on particular Pet Peeve; 'Mexican' is not a race, it is a Country a Nationality, which makes the actual race of most of the brown people called 'Illegal' the "Indigenous Peoples of the America's," (read native Americans), just as 'American' is not a race it is a Nationality, Americans come from all racial backgrounds, mixtures and admixtures and from all four corners of the Earth. I just needed to get that off my chest. I will be sharing my suggestions on reading materials and sponsor workshops, lectures ,outreach, and volunteer opportunities, I hope that we will be able to create a full immersion cultural exchange program that I believe will be the most direct route to our goal of a "More Perfect Union." I look forward to your contributions and recommendations. Au Revoir till . . . Yours as always, D.M.Phillippe P.S. I'm reading now, for the second time a book I consider one of the very best works on the subject of American involvement in the 'Middle East', I know you'll find it not only elucidating but well written and entertaining as well, "Power, Faith,and Fantasy, America in the Middle East 1776 to the Present " by Micheal B. Oren Another wonderful offering I've recently completed, is from an author I feel is unsurpassed in his field, Robert Massie's" Peter the Great: His Life and World". I had encountered Peter the Great in passing in other books and thought his biography would make for interesting reading. I was not disappointed. This was a fascinating book. Also interesting was learning about the Russian people, and the beginning of their relationship with Western Europe. It provides useful context to recent events. I believe you'll find this book not only informative, but extremely entertaining because it reads like a 'Grand Epic Novel'. Enjoy!