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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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Black Like Me

Tweet A number of years ago, after my husband had been out of work for an entire year, Christmas looked bleak. I had $20 to spend—and that included getting a Christmas tree. I found a cheap tree, and went shopping for my children, … 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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Protest Injustice? Us?

Tweet Okay, let’s step back and reassess.  We have heard way too much divisive talk about deporting and building walls and keeping people in their place and baskets of deplorables.   Part of our problem in this country is that all … Continue reading

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Of Prejudice and Civil Liberties

Tweet Okay, forgive me if I’m a bit slow, but I’m confused. (Not unusual in this crazy election year.) I was just reading about the FBI’s supposed “stings” in an effort to weed out potential homegrown terroritsts.  That was just … Continue reading

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