making a difference

October 3, 2015
Dear K, 9 years old

"I can't bear it." You folded your hands over your face in misery. We were reading the final chapters of "Charlotte's Web" and, though this is probably our third time reading it, your tender heart is not unmoved. You have always felt things deeply - observing tiny details in nature and faces. You wish for a […]

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May 21, 2015
If Compassion Experience Comes to Your City

If Compassion Experience comes to your city - GO. Make a reservation or walk-in. Bring a handful of kids. Let them listen to the lives of four real children in Bolivia, Uganda, Kenya, and the Philippines. You and your children will each be given an iPod and a headset. Then, you'll be invited to walk […]

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April 17, 2015
Yes Person

My niece and my daughter - both kindergarteners - were bent over a desert plant, enchanted by bunches of bright wildflowers. Not on purpose, I had walked up quietly and their conversation went on - undisturbed by an adult's presence. They were making plans for something - an afternoon at the grandparent's house or a […]

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December 16, 2014
My Night in Pakistan

I spent one night in Pakistan when I was 15. Stuck somewhere between childhood and womanhood, I was far too young to grasp where exactly I was or how that trip would change me forever. Pakistan International Airlines had taken me from an airport in Dhaka, Bangladesh (where I had spent the previous ~45 days) and plopped me down […]

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December 15, 2014
morning sickness angels

For almost four months, I lay in our master bedroom - pale, dizzy, and dehydrated. Standing up led to throwing I stayed horizontal as much as I could. The year was 2008 and I was pregnant with our 2nd little girl. As with my first, I experienced severe hyperemesis gravidarum. There was a knock at our door […]

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August 18, 2014
1st day of school benediction

As the first day of school approaches, these are the words I give you. May you have a heart of gratitude. When each class ends, I hope that you say thank you - to the teacher that encouraged you, the student that made you think, the volunteer that passed out the paper plates. I hope that […]

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