“I live about 30 minutes North of here. There really isn’t any work up there. My husband is a mechanic from Mexico. He has his own auto repair business and helps me look after the children. I drive down here to work. I like it, the hours are flexible so it makes the family side easier.”

“I have 5 children. My firstborn is 15, the youngest is 2. It’s good because my mom helps, particularly with my eldest. He likes her and she likes him. It’s a good relationship and they bonded at birth”.

She will miss him when he moves away.

“That won’t happen. He is 15 years old with the mind of a 2-year-old. When he was in my womb, the umbilical cord had wrapped around his neck three times and choked him.”

“Do you get help from the authorities, the local government, social services?”

She looked at me as if I was an alien.



“No. There is not much government help on the reservation, but we all help each other.”

“Your father?”

“I have no idea who my father is. My mother, she’s Navajo, told me once that he was Irish – but he has long gone.

“We survive in the nation. We always have.”

My fellow Americans, we are and always will be a nation of immigrants. We were strangers once, too.

Barack Obama

… strangers to the nations that had already been here for hundreds, if not thousands, of years.


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JOHN'S career spans 30 years, 2 continents, and organizations as diverse as Oracle, Citibank and GE. A Mathematics graduate, John moved to California in 1990. He helps technology companies create, develop and deliver their story for fund raising, market development and influencer programs. He also works with businesses to ensure they understand, and are ready, for the ever accelerating changes that technology is bringing to their industry. John is a co-founder of Expert Alumni and gleXnet and long before futurists and industry watchers were writing about the impending challenges that industries were going to be facing, they predicted a perfect storm of issues like skills gap, declining work forces, the gig economy, people trained to do work no longer needed, demographic shifts, economic and social change, market upheaval and rapidly changing ways of doing work. From the beginning they have promoted the idea that massive change was coming to how organizations should think about their workforce, with a singular focus on simplifying the interface between people and their work. Understanding the challenges ahead of the curve, the solution was built to arrive at a better understanding of the greatest restraint to business operations - competence, not capital. gleXnet provides unparalleled insights into an organizations people and operations by flipping the problem from the perspective of people, not the business.
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Larry Tyler

Sorrow is what I feel first then loss, despair and a haunting as if I have seen something dark a voice from Apollyon the bottomless pit. In a few words you reached into my spirit. Powerful and haunting words my friend.

John Philpin
John Philpin

oh my – and WOW … thankyou so much Larry

Lynn Forrester-Pitocco

With the amount of money taken in on many reservation due to the Casino gambling, you would think that they would help their own, but they don’t. Those of the same culture abusing their own culture. This is a touching story John and I thank you.