Honorable Mention to The Fountain

The Fountain has won an honorable mention in The 2014 Eddie and Ozzie Awards. The winners were announced on December 11 at the Yale Club in New York City. Justin Pahl’s “My Brother’s Plum Tree” competed in Consumer – Single Article – Religious/Spiritual category and was awarded honorable mention. We congratulate Justin Pahl and expect him to produce many more winning titles in his writing career.

The Eddie and Ozzie is the largest awards competition in magazine publishing, garnering more than 2,000 entries and bestowing more than 140 awards. There were 2,800 entries this year.
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Welcome to the first ever blog written for The Fountain. In celebrating our 20th anniversary this year, we are launching this blog to enhance our interaction with our readers.

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The End of Nostalgia

As a boy in the Indiana suburbs, I remember waking up and walking to the end of my driveway and picking up the morning newspaper. My father and I would sit at our kitchen table, eating cereal and sharing (or fighting over) the Sports section.

I suspect this is a common experience. Reading the morning paper is something millions of people do – at the breakfast table, in the bathroom, on the bus or train.

And in the near future, it might be a thing of the past.

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Is the Gulen Movement a Threat to the Turkish Government?

The Turkish press has been dominantly occupied with the coup and violence in Egypt and Syria, and one more issue that has erupted, as if out of no where, is a so-called rift between the government and the Gulen Movement (GM), an influential faith-inspired educational movement. The story goes that some influential circles within the ruling party, or supporting it, believe the GM was behind the Gezi Park protests which caused serious problems for the government.

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Sunrise in Jenin

On my last day in Palestine, I watched a beautiful sun rise over the palm trees of Jenin. Birds chirped, doves cooed. Susan Abulhawa, in her heartbreaking novel, Mornings in Jenin, describes the protagonist of her story, Amal, watching that same sun rise with her father, before the 1948 Declaration of the State of Israel, and before the current occupation. It was a fitting end for my trip to Palestine. I was there to speak at a conference on "Peacebuilding and Conflict Transformation in Palestine: Reality and Challenges," sponsored by Coventry University in the UK's Centre for Trust, Peace, and Social Relations and the Arab-American University at Jenin. AAUJ-a school that 15 years ago did not exist and now has 9,500 students, is a place where figuratively the sun is indeed rising on initiatives within Palestine that promise to bring a just peace to the Holy Land-as speaker after speaker articulated with passion and intellectual clarity.

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Ocean Literacy

Ignorance of the ocean affects us all, as well as our personal and collective future. The Ocean is the defining feature of our planet and humans and the ocean are inextricably connected. Understanding this is key to a healthy planet and our sustainable future. The first step away from ignorance is education. Educated, environmentally literate pre-college students (K-12) are an integral part of this solution. They are our hope for the future. Providing experiential learning opportunities is a powerful way to not only really understand the science and the content of marine (ocean) systems but to be literally connected to the environment and gain a sense of purpose and an understanding of why this is important.

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