On 14 February 2018, Valentine’s Day, a 19-year-old man shot up the hallways and classrooms of his former high school in Parkland, Florida. 17 died and 14 were injured.
Surviving teenagers burst onto the public stage with protest and debate. “I was born into a world where I have never experienced security,” said one of them at a learning session with Donald Trump, “It must never happen again.”
Referring to a football coach who died shielding students, the President replied that he should have had a gun, “It would have stopped it.”
Now, the good guy with the gun is literally you or me.
Read more hereabout how the United States is locked in a literal death dance powered by a gun culture distorted by partisan politics, a strained interpretation of the right to bear arms and a firearms industry that buys politicians (in Danish).
To find out how the surviving teenagers represent hope for the future, listen to a radio interview of me in Danish on P1 Morgen here. Download the DR Radio app to listen on your mobil or simply click on the link to listen on your computer.
In these troubled times, does former Ambassador to Denmark Rufus Gifford have a political future in the United States? I say yes, but conservative Sørine Gotfredsen says no. Feel free to read the debate here (in Danish). For more information about the Ambassador in English, read my article in USA Today here. Gifford is now running for U.S. Congress in Massachusetts’ Third Congressional District. Click on his campaign website here.
When I first heard Danish, I was bewitched. It didn’t matter whether I was listening to a conversation at the 7-Eleven, among colleagues at work or while waiting at the doctor’s office. The surround sound of low mumbles and soft purrs was intoxicating.
In my native California, only intimates speak to each other that way. Who wouldn’t want to learn? To me, Danish is a language of love.
But becoming proficient in Danish is like running a marathon while dodging people standing in the way. Learn why here (in Danish).
The Florida sunshine is so bright at the U.S. President’s winter White House, Mar-a-Largo, that the 16th century Flemish tapestries have faded. In a gilded living room – in a style which some call Louis XIV on acid – a little girl is singing.
Just before the crescendo, U.S. President Donald J. Trump, cocks his head to the right, while Chinese President Xi Jinping leans forward and nods approvingly.
Five-year-old Arabella Trump’s performance in Mandarin of “Jasmine Flower,” went viral. But another exercise in soft diplomacy backfired when Arabella’s mother, Ivanka Trump, praised her father, the U.S. President, as a “champion of supporting families and enabling them to thrive” at the W20 Summit in Berlin. Rather than nod, the audience groaned loudly .
As the election turns into a battle between the sexes, Clinton is clearly prepared to represent America’s future.Trump represents an America that is dying. Read my analysis in Kristelig Dagblad (In Danish).
Ambassador Rufus Gifford is a role model. “One of the biggest struggles you have as a young, gay person is figuring out how to be comfortable in your own skin,” he said. “I mean, you would lie in bed at night when you were 15, 16, 17 years old and just figure out if there was some way to escape your body.” Read his story in USA Today. Gifford is now running for U.S. Congress in Massachusetts’ Third Congressional District. Click on his campaign website here.
Photo by Bjarke Frederiksen. Danish PM Lars Løkke Rassmussen, Ambassador Rufus Gifford & his husband, Dr. Stephen DeVincent.
We journalists got together and shared our feelings about the recent terror attacks in Belgium. Our thoughts are with all those who are affected. And then came Lahore. Feel free to read our article in USA Todayhere.
Read my new article in The Huffington Post on Rihanna, Metallica and I: We All Contribute to Northern Europe’s Largest Music Festival.An excerpt: Caught up in Rihanna’s allure, a combination of over-sexed precociousness and genuine love, and perhaps aware of the singer’s fragile humanity, the crowd surrendered and believed her. The encore, “Diamonds,” was merely icing on the cake.
An Artist Draws Rihanna Photo by Robin Elizabeth Herr
Graffiti Zone Photo by Robin Elizabeth Herr
Artists Create Graffiti Zone Photo by Robin Elizabeth Herr
A Volunteer Sets Up 1 of 145 Food Stands Photo by Robin Elizabeth Herr
Volunteer Workers Prep Arena Stage(Capacity 17,000) by Robin Elizabeth Herr
Mother Lewinsky at the Pavilion Photo by Robin Elizabeth Herr
Pavilion Light Check Photo by Robin Elizabeth Herr
Festival-goers relaxing Photo by Robin Elizabeth Herr
Mother Lewinsky Combines Classical & Pop Photo by Robin Elizabeth Herr
Postiljonen Band Member Photo by Robin Elizabeth Herr
Fans Enjoying the Music Photo by Robin Elizabeth Herr
Dream Pop Band, Postiljonen Photo by Robin Elizabeth Herr
On the Way to Apollo Photo by Robin Elizbeth Herr
Relax City near Camp K Photo by Robin Elizabeth Herr
Camp J’s Fire Pit Photo by Johnny S. Rasmussen
EIK at the Apollo Photo by Robin Elizabeth Herr
Fans branding their tent with 2013 Logo Photo by Robin Elizabeth Herr