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...

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...

The game is called Sardines. It’s the opposite of Hide & Go Seek. To play, only one person hides. Then, after ten minutes or so, everyone else goes out in small groups and searches for the hider. For maximum effect, play this late at night across...

When I was six years old, I won this coin. [caption id="attachment_553" align="aligncenter" width="900"] The US mint printed over 44 million of these coins in 1921. It is 90% silver and, in poor condition like mine, is valued at $31 dollars. In mint condition, it's worth...

When my children were little, Traca and I had a frustrating rule. On Christmas morning, they couldn’t go downstairs until we said they could. No matter how excited they were, they had to wait at the top of the stairs until we got a few things...

I’ve been noticing a relationship between time and attractiveness here at the orphanage. It’s not exactly the theory of relativity but it goes like this: The longer you spend with someone, the more beautiful they become to you. I’ve seen this principle at work recently at...

What was the happiest moment of your life? This is one of the questions I’ve been asking the Mission kids as part of our new sponsorship program questionnaire. I thought it would be an easy one for them to answer but many of them struggle with...

On April 14th, three hundred girls were taking their final exams. It was a big day. Their school, an elite girls’ secondary school in Chibok, Nigeria, had been closed for a while due to increasing threats from an Islamist extremist group known as Boko Haram....

Many people have been trying to marry me off lately. When I first arrived here at the Mission, I didn’t want to talk about the fact that I was divorced. So few Indian marriages end that way and I didn’t want the kids to be disappointed...

I loved being a dad. Of all the job titles I’ve ever had, “father” was, and is, by far my favorite. I was never so thrilled by the newborn stage, but, other than that, as soon as my kids were old enough to interact, I was...