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Sponsor a Child

By on Jul 9, 2014 in Blog | 5 comments

Growing up, I remember seeing a black and white picture of a Latin American boy on our refrigerator. In my memory, the boy is six or seven years old and his face is expressionless. He doesn’t smile or make me sad when I open the fridge for some milk. He just looks at me, like a stranger, which is what he was. My mom sponsored him after seeing a Christian Children’s...

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A Kind of Hell

A Kind of Hell

By on Jul 5, 2014 in Blog | 12 comments

“Well, I’m sure it’s not all fun, all the time.” My father said this the other night on the phone. I called home, just checking in and—after listening to me gush about the amazing kids and the Summer Games and how happy I was here at the orphanage—he was just curious if anything was less than perfect. So in the interest of full disclosure, here is one slice of...

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The End of Summer

The End of Summer

By on Jul 1, 2014 in Blog | 3 comments

The end of summer camp was hard for me. I remember when I was a kid, my parents made me go to a place called Camp Squanto. It was a Christian camp on a lake in New Hampshire that, at first, I had no interest in attending. Hanging out in the woods for a week with a bunch of kids who tried to slip the word Jesus into every other sentence and sat around singing...

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The Frozen Ball

The Frozen Ball

By on Jun 27, 2014 in Blog | 9 comments

Every girl deserves to be treated like a princess. I’m not sure who said this—probably a Disney executive—but I like the sentiment, especially in India. In a country where girls are often discarded in favor of boys, beaten or raped without reprisals, even killed to protect some insane concept of family honor, the notion that a little girl should be made to feel...

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The Tooth Fairy

The Tooth Fairy

By on Jun 23, 2014 in Blog | 8 comments

Of all the fantastical stories we tell our children, from Santa Claus to the Easter Bunny, one of my favorites is the Tooth Fairy. If there’s an official legend surrounding this character, I’m not aware of it. Rankin & Bass never made a snappy 1970s musical cartoon for the Tooth Fairy. Why she is so crazy about teeth is a mystery. What does she do with them?...

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The Power of Firsts

The Power of Firsts

By on Jun 19, 2014 in Blog | 7 comments

Firsts are fun. Your first date, first car, first love, first child, first home. I remember the first time I really kissed a girl. Like: Sat-on-a-couch-for-more-than-an-hour kissing. I was in the 7th grade, dating an 8th grade girl named Shawna—which was a super big deal at the time. Shawna was taller than I was, interested in me for some reason I still cannot...

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Pirate Day

Pirate Day

By on Jun 14, 2014 in Blog | 3 comments

One summer night, on a family vacation in Cape Cod, I drew a treasure map. Logan and Jackson, maybe eight and six at the time, were asleep upstairs, and I wanted to create a bit of summer adventure for them. So I took an old piece of parchment from an old book on a book shelf and wrote up some clues. Getting into it, I found three odd bits of metal in a drawer and...

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Neesha’s Reminder

Neesha’s Reminder

By on Jun 10, 2014 in Blog | 4 comments

Two girls are walking down the road. Their names are Neesha and Rachel and they’ve been best friends since childhood. Born just two months apart, the girls grew up together in the same village. Now, they’re on their lunch break from a local hospital, heading back to their summer jobs. When school’s in session, Neesha works as a teacher’s aid in the Mission school...

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Stomach Pain

Stomach Pain

By on Jun 5, 2014 in Blog | 11 comments

When I was twenty-one, I made the decision to move to Los Angeles. My plan was to write movies in Hollywood and nothing was going to stop me. I’d just broken up with a long-term girlfriend, I was unencumbered for the first time in years, and I was heading west, alone, into all of the excitement the unknown holds. Before I left home, however, I met Traca. We called...

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Tiger Hunt

Tiger Hunt

By on Jun 2, 2014 in Blog | 5 comments

The idea was to take the nursery kids on a bus trip. Most all of orphanage life is spent inside the Mission gates, so it’s a huge treat to venture out into the wider world. To sweeten the deal for the seventeen under-ten-year-old children, we promised them soda, chips, ice cream and chewing gum. Naturally, the kids were beyond thrilled to climb aboard the Mission’s...

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