24 Jul Dear J.K. Rowling

Dear J.K. Rowling First off: It’s an honor to write you this letter, imagining through some twist of Internet magic that you might actually see it. If that happens, let me just say: I’m a huge fan. Like the rest of the world, I loved your...

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19 Jul Boys in the Trees

The tree began its life many years ago. No one knows for sure when. One hundred, maybe one hundred and fifty years back (it’s hard to tell with trees without cutting them open), a mango seed landed on the ground here at the Mission and started...

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16 Jul Frozen Night Games

I like the word frivolous. As an adjective, it’s defined as “not having any serious purpose or value,” yet for some reason, things like that have always attracted me. I once wrote a screenplay about a superhero with the powers of a cow. I still make...

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11 Jul Or-Fans

While I’m here at the Good Shepherd Agricultural Mission, I greet the kids every morning and every afternoon on their way to and from school. It’s not saving the world, but I think it’s nice to be hugged at the beginning and end of every...

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05 Jul Superhero Smackdown!

I’ve always loved superheroes. When I was a boy, I read all the comic books, loved to wear towel capes, even carried around my treasured Batman thermos when it was empty just to show it off. Batman, Superman, Ironman, Flash. I loved them all. But my...

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06 Jun Traditions

I love traditions. Traditions are the unique signature of family life. They are the touchstones upon which the years unfold; the simple predictability that says: This is how we celebrate, this is how we love each other, this is our home. Whether boring or full of fun,...

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05 Apr Finding Hope: One Boy’s Story

I’m always blown away by the power of stories. At their best, when they are used to do something good, stories can bring us together, connect us to distant people, touch our hearts, inspire us to act. More than bombs, more than money, words, photos and...

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30 Mar The Miracle of Connection

I was in Zimbabwe a few months ago where I saw a small miracle take place. It happened at least 20 times so I know it wasn’t a fluke. But I think it has something to teach us in today’s charged, intolerant atmosphere, where bombs are...

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28 Feb The Peter Gondo Project

The world is full of people we will never know. Our circle of connection, even with a social multiplier like the Internet, is tiny. Whole countries, whole continents, are just strangers, reduced to a few interesting headlines or a few ugly stereotypes. Until last month, Zimbabwe...

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