creativity

A Retreat for the Wild Soul

“The soul is like a wild animal – tough, resilient, savvy, self-sufficient. It knows how to survive in hard places. But it is also shy. Just like a wild animal, it seeks safety in the dense underbrush. If we want to see a wild animal, we know that the last thing we should do is &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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Holding on

I know I’m the classic cliché of the countless foreigners who have walked this way ahead of me, but my stomach is objecting and a lethargic weariness is taking over that has nothing to do with sleep or rest. I feel that I am getting close to the point when all the images I have &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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High Road to Mombin Crochu

(Note: this post seems so old to me now…we visited Mombin Crochu from April 14-17 – only a week, but seems like a lifetime. No internet for several days.) Rough roads have new meaning for me. After leaving Limbe at 4AM, we picked-up Liz, Ossé and our rental truck in Cap Haitien then headed south &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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Ribbon of wealth

My first thought is that the city of Cap Haitien is a war zone. Originally built for a population of 50,000, it swelled to an estimated 500,000 – 750,000 after the 2009 mudslides and the 2010 earthquake.  Because it has an airport, the city is the introduction to Haiti for those who fly into the &hellip Continue reading »

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Words for Haiti

I have to confess…the January email from my friend Rhonda, who is serving as a nurse practitioner for nine months in Haiti,  both thrilled me and terrified me. “Dear Debbie – Today I shared your story – who you are, what you do etc. – with the leadership team for Medical Ambassadors of Haiti….they began &hellip Continue reading »

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