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Almost like the blues

That Sunday at towards the end of the soccer game, I felt a light tap on my shoulder and turned to see a tall young man with soft wide set eyes. “Hello,” He extended his hand “i’m Eric.” I shook…

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Hallelujah

For the days we would be building gardens, we stayed at the Akagera Lodge, which was kind of like one of those Best Westerns that markets itself around having breakfast built inside of a zoo cage. We had to stop…

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The New Jewel of Africa

There is no other place on earth that I have experienced and witnessed such a deep level of joy than in Rwanda.  And the source of this joy seems to transcend both logic and reason. As many of us may…

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You want it darker

The next morning I awoke at five am to the sounds of my bunkmates trying to quietly dress and go outside to watch the sunrise. Our shared room had two simple bunk beds, I had the only space that was…

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Like a bird on the wire

I have encountered very few places in my life that induce the soul tingling feeling of true difference. I am fairly well travelled, and also rather introspective; I know that it’s possible to be on the other side of the…

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Abolish Poverty Step 1

I’ve been to my share of third world countries and It’s often overwhelming. Talented artisans selling their Val meets Lilan’s mom for first time. beautiful handcrafts begging you to look at their artwork. Women and young children with their hands…

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You are the village

I read this article last week about how a man in Burlington, Iowa paid overdue lunch fees for 89 children. If you think these are isolated incidents, or new, you can read about many more here, here, and here. Arguably,…

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Kageyo Garden Project Update – Jan 2016

Here’s some photos that I just received from our friend Theo in Kageyo, Rwanda. His photos show the great progress of the vegetables in the Keyhole Gardens. If you’d like to support the Kageyo Garden Project, feel free to visit…

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Do small things with great love

Lots of people reflect more at the beginning of the New Year, it seems only natural: a fresh start, a blank page on which the year’s adventures are yet to be writ. While I am usually pretty introspective, I find…

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Keyhole Garden Progress – December

We just received a few photos back from Theo, one of our partners in Kageyo, Rwanda.  He just sent us a few photos of the progress of the gardens.  These gardens are already producing vegetables for the communities.  To read…

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Starbuck

I live on Lake Huron, but I’ve never gone fishing or seen any large creatures in the wild. I’ve always been extremely indoorsy and things like that were never important to me. The older I get the more I come…

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