Tag Archives: global awareness

Reader Asks: Will Trump Put Coal Miners Back to Work?

Tweet Kentucky Blog reader Bonnie Lee wrote: “Why don’t you write about President Trump’s promise to get our coal miners back to work?”  OK, Bonnie Lee, I will.  That was a compelling campaign line, but as a promise?  Well, let’s look more closely at the … Continue reading

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What’s Black and White and Red All Over?

Tweet Remember that old black-and-white-and-red-all-over riddle?  We all knew the answer–a newspaper!  Most of the boys in them thar days had paper routes. (Never girls.  Oh my, no!)  We all loved the comics.  And we all heard our parents exclaim or laugh or … Continue reading

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Fame+Money+Compassion=A Better World?

Tweet Yes, yes, I know.  Money can’t buy happiness.  And fame doesn’t make a person important.  But it can attract attention to an issue, and it does influence people.  Oh, and money does funds projects.  So a famous, wealthy person really can do … Continue reading

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Hooray for Orange Sweet Potatoes!

Tweet When I was in Sudan, two young sisters caught my heart.  They were so sweet, laughing, and loving.  They were also blind. “Vitamin A deficiency,” one of the workers told me.  “That’s what happens when children live on meal.” Yes. In sub-Saharan … Continue reading

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Remembering Beyond

Tweet My first day in the refugee camp in Sudan is seared into my memory: Scorching heat. Endlessly blowing sand. Flimsy lean-tos. The young girl who stared up at me and asked, “Are there trees where you live?” I smiled ad nodded. … Continue reading

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Brunhilde’s Uncomfortable Secret

Tweet Everyone has secrets. Some have more than others. And Brunhilde Pomsel’s secret was a doozy. It wasn’t until she was 103 years old and almost blind that her past finally caught up with her.  From 1942 to 1945 she was the private secretary for Nazi … Continue reading

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Want a Better World? Educate the Girls

Tweet When I was in Sudan, I met a sweet 12-year-old girl named Hanna. I asked her the same question I ask most kids:  “What do you want to be when you grow up?” Without pausing to think, Hanna said, “A … Continue reading

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In Search of Refuge

Tweet Over the past several years, the 10-man crew of the main Greek coast guard boat has had the depressing job of patrolling the front lines of the largest mass migration into Europe since World War II. At first they would find a single boat, … Continue reading

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Give This One Day to Thanks

Tweet In the 1600s my ancestors came to the American colonies.  No, not on the Mayflower.  They weren’t even Pilgrims.  My Scottish Presbyterian ancestor James Marshall, along with many others Scots, had been uprooted by the English and forced to move to Northern … Continue reading

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Oxford’s Word of the Year?

Tweet Stop the presses!  The editors of the Oxford dictionary have chosen their word of the year. It is… ta da:  post truth.  If you’ve never heard of it, you soon will–though you’ll likely wish you hadn’t.  It’s a term used … Continue reading

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