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Harmony

Last week my friend thoughtfully told me that it seemed like everyone was trying “win” their side of the argument in all the ongoing debates on social media and the news.  And she said, “I don’t want to win.  I just want to live in harmony.”  That seemed very insightful because amongst all the discussions,…

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We Need Each Other

Independence.  Self-reliance.  Individuality.  Personal success.  These are some of the things that our Western, American culture values.  We set out to achieve great things, often for personal gain.  But I would like to offer an alternative idea: the idea of community, the idea of togetherness, the realization that our actions all affect each other. The…

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My Kibera Sister

My Kibera sister rises just before the sun begins to poke out from beneath the horizon.  She can hear the scratching of rats scampering around above her.  Her four children are still asleep in the crowded room, with its four red mud walls and tattered tin sheet roof trying its best to protect them from…

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