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1915. The most fascinating year in the history of the United States of America. The United States of America faced incomprehensible horror one day shortly after the turn of the century. Shock. Destruction. Death. War loomed. At the same time, amazing technology in communication, commerce, industry, and travel was blossoming fast. Americans veer toward vision, faith, diversity, and rebuilding, or toward anger, hate, bigotry, greed, and fear. “Can life in America ever be great again?” Some say yes, others say no. Decent people fight for the betterment of society, while demagogues exploit the worst human emotions in pursuit of power and greed. Nate starts his career in early 1915. Leaving his home in Baltimore, Maryland, he becomes manager of The Zone in the exciting Panama Pacific International Exposition in San Francisco, California. There, criminals frame him for their theft of gold coins from the Expo. Nate flees the criminals and the corrupt police. Kelly flees the people who murdered her mother. They run into each other in a small town in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, where their lives become entangled with each other and with the horrible realities of hatred and evil. Nate and Kelly discover, as everyone does eventually, that the meaning of life is all about starting over.

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Technology races ahead, faster than a speeding train or rocket ship or multi-core microprocessor. Human nature, however, only inches forward, slowly, reluctantly, like a glacier. It is the basest of human nature that people believe their own status quo is holy, their own moment in time is unique and fragile, and that other people -- those who are different -- are enemies. Embracing diversity is a choice that many people refuse to make. Our lowest nature is inclined toward mental and moral laziness. We choose the simple path of grouping “them” together by easy-to-spot differences such as race, religion, gender, or whatever, because it is much simpler than evaluating individuals based on the content of their character. This behavior results in demeaning, denigrating, and destroying groups that are vulnerable to attack by those who are predominate in a society.

In the United States of America, it is not supposed to be like this. “All men are created equal,” we say. But it is like this. And always has been like this. And always will be like this.

That’s what Nate and Kelly discover in 1915.

Michael R. Barnard

New Year’s Eve, 2011

Los Angeles, Calif

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