May you be well, happy, and peaceful on this day of thanks. On Thursday, Thanksgiving, I will be thankful. I will be with family and friends enjoying holiday festivities. This is the first time the specific members of this extended family group will share a meal, so I suspect we will discuss how the time
Part 3 of 3 Part 1: Inside a Refugee Camp: What I Saw Surprised and Haunted Me Part 2: Middle East, Islam, and Veils: It’s Time I Took Responsibility for My Knowledge Three fashionably dressed refugee women spoke to one another in soft shaken tones at the women’s center. Occasionally one of them broke into tears and another would
In Jacmel Haiti, my partner and I shared Spaghetti Thursdays with our friend, orphanage director Danny Pye, and his wife — and their 22 Haitian kids. We turned to that same friend for a nod of approval when we founded our own non-governmental organization (NGO) in a village nearby. And, we heard about
The people in these tents are surrounded by ocean to the south, a desert to the west, and the Dominican to the east. They do not have many choices.
Neither government wants these gentle people.
What can we do to make donors good consumers and eliminate bad charitable apples?
Do you remember the first time you spoke in front of an audience? Were your palms sweaty, was your heart pumping fast, did you feel a bit light-headed? Book selling requires lots of speaking — from the 90-minute multi-media presentation to the 30-second elevator type. As a second generation member of Toastmasters International, I’ve honed my speaking
To: Johathan M. Katz (The New York Times), Nixon Boumba (The Washington Post), and Diane Cole (NPR). I was glad to join with you in spirit in my blog “Lessons from Nepal Learned from Haiti.” The articles that each of you wrote or tweeted this last week (linked below) advocated a similar approach to money given for disaster aid in Nepal.
Nepal is victim to a natural disaster and thankfully the world is responding generously. While the Nepalese set their tents up on streets, reminiscent of Haiti in 2010, the international community has already pledged support. Charities have their websites updated and their donate buttons highlighted ready to divert resources to the immediate need. Generosity should know