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Let me tell you something about passion

Haiti is still very much on my mind.  It drifts in and out at the oddest times, as if looking for its proper place to settle in the landscape of my life. Memories tend to do this…they wiggle into some crack, sandwiched between this and that, making themselves at home until, obscured by the vibrant &hellip Continue reading »

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Pass the feather, please

“Storytelling is the most ancient form of education. It is about the remembering, making, and sharing of images that bind together time, nature and people. Stories, like the sacred plants, are medicine and food come from the Earth. They remind us that we do not stand alone.  Through them, we live in the body of &hellip Continue reading »

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Between life and death

The robins called first; frantic, insistent.  I saw the tiger-coloured cat hunched by the edge of the lawn, mouth full.  As I moved toward it, the cat dropped its prize and ran down the driveway. A tiny chipmunk lay there, heaving. I picked him up, and looked him all over. Although there were scuff marks &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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The way of things

“The past is beautiful because one never realizes emotion at the time. It expands later, and thus we don’t have complete emotions about the present, only the past.” Virginia Woolfe   There was no one thing that could have prepared me for the complexity and contrasts of Haiti. It will be a long time before &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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The days to come…

It is Thursday and I’ve been in Haiti for nine days. For much of this, we have been traveling in the mountains and without internet, so in the days to come I will try to get caught up on my experiences. I do want to share this incredible journey with you, as it happens, but &hellip Continue reading »

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After the wait…

Some days seem empty with the waiting. Hollow, like no one is home.   Something calls. A spring walk on the marsh looking not for what I can see, but what is waiting for me.   Just there… Waiting. So I sit and watch, my seat a twisted log by the river. A dog barks, &hellip Continue reading »

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