Rwandan Genocide Remembered – 22 Years Later

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The following post is from something I wrote in 2012. Though dated, it’s still apropo for reflection today. Eighteen years ago this month, the Hutu genocide against the Tutsis began in Rwanda. In just 3 months nearly 1 million elders, adults, children and infants were brutally slaughtered. Earlier this month leaders gathered at the United […]

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Finding Meaning in Tragedy

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My story starts a bit over two years ago when I reinserted/forced myself (with the support of a dear friend) into my dad’s life. After several decades of failed attempts and disappointing encounters, I had almost given up. This time would be different. After showing up at his doorstep, he let me in. We visited […]

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The Opposite of Going Postal

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A most amazing thing happened at the post office the other day. I was standing in line to mail Christmas packages – a line that weaved through the main office, out the door and around the front of the building – when I heard a young couple arguing about a conversation the man was having on […]

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Patience Is The Teacher

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When I was 7 years old I made a trip to England to meet my grandparents on my fathers side for the first time. It was a special trip for many reasons, including meeting my friend Tom Spriggs. Tom was a trusted neighbor and friend of my grandparents. He and his wife were the first […]

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Where Does Faith Begin?

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i awoke scared today of thoughts and what-if’s. that list of things that keeps us lonely even amongst friends.   i pondered faith today, wondering where and how it begins, each time in life in each of us in me.   it’s been said that faith begins where philosophy ends. if this is true, then […]

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Who Loses When Appearance is Valued Over Essence?

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The meaning of un-extraordinary might be a breakfast sandwich that fills a hole in your stomach and costs $5 at a place more commonly known for its customizable “coffee.” This breakfast sandwich looked delicious, with a thick slice of Canadian bacon, scrambled egg and a layer of graded cheddar cheese between two slices of fresh baked […]

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