community

Be the change.

He stands alone on the curb; an island beside a river of drivers intent upon their own heroic mission…a place to be, a task to complete, a deal to transact, a person to meet, a shopping list to fill. Although I catch barely a glimpse of his solitary shape through the traffic, I recognize the &hellip Continue reading »

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Light of the World

“I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”  ~John 8:12~ The sun casts its late afternoon light upon the tops of the birch trees behind my home as I sit here, mulling over words that seem reluctant to show me their &hellip Continue reading »

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Protecting hearth and home

Something I love is being threatened. My ancestors were among the first to settle this land. I am at home here and when I walk these crisped leaf-laden paths, the souls of my feet grind the skins of these trees into soil that’s alive with my heritage. Strength and fortitude has nourished this soil, these &hellip Continue reading »

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Raspberry pickin’

One of my favourite summertime activities is a visit to Harper’s U-Pick in Hillsborough, NB when the raspberries are ripe. It’s not far from my home, so after my morning coffee, I may head down for a few bowls of berries before the sun rises too high.  The difficult part is to only pick enough &hellip Continue reading »

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The dreams we have

“No matter hard how they work, how gifted and talented they are, or how big their dreams, the poor have few choices and fewer opportunities to fulfill their God-given potential. These precious human beings, created in God’s image, have been left behind and cast upon the garbage dump of history by circumstances they cannot change. &hellip Continue reading »

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Rural Haitian Life

We traveled through many villages during our stay in the mountains. AMDH’s Director Ossé St Juste comes from Mombin Crochu, so perhaps he wanted to start the workshops here, so I could experience remote Haiti before the more populated areas. My head is awash in images, but fortunately, my camera has captured a few so &hellip Continue reading »

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In the Haitian mountains

Our next three days in the villages surrounding Mombin Crochu gave us all so much to think about… In Logat, Elio opened his home to host one of our workshops. Made of hardened mud, painted white, with bright blue doors and hung with sheer blue curtains, the home was obviously well cared for. Sardined tightly &hellip Continue reading »

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Off to a good start…

Our first writing workshop took place in Cap Haitien on the breezy veranda  of Brise de Mer, overlooking the bay beside the Medical Ambassadours of Haiti (AMDH) headquarters.  How would it be received? It’s one thing to deliver writing workshops in my own language and in my own country, but to come to an unfamiliar &hellip Continue reading »

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