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We, Who You Wanted to Kill, Are Not Afraid

Last week you did it again, attacking Bamako, ‪#‎Mali‬ with your guns and your bombs. My wife and I sheltered with our little boy, who you wanted to kill, all the while explaining away the explosions by making up stories … Continue reading

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The Antidote for Hate

So I had a little down time yesterday, and was surfing through YouTube watching some videos from the past. I find that YouTube is an amazing tool, allowing us to catch and preserve the great moments in humanity’s struggles. In … Continue reading

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Up at the Villa, Rain, and other short stories by W. Somerset Maugham

I’ve been reading a great deal of W. Somerset Maugham lately; and I daresay it will continue. His tales of the human condition – of heartfelt mistakes and foolish blunders – juxtaposed against the matter-of-factness of imperialism in turn of … Continue reading

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My Lessons in Desolation

A few years back I was working as an aid worker in the eastern Chadian town of Abeche, on the Sudanese border. I was seeking to prepare the ground for the Sudanese refugees who were fleeing the Janjaweed militia. Abeche … Continue reading

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Ten Men Was All It Would Take

The plan was simple, easy, laughable even; given the complexity of the task. Ten men would be selected. Some would be chosen for their charm and the way that the light from the bars glanced off their teeth when they … Continue reading

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The Little Red Hen

Yesterday my son grabbed onto my knee and pulled me over to squat on the floor in front of his little library. Amidst works of Dr. Seuss, Max Lucado, Clifford and Donald Duck he pulled out “The Little Red Hen”. … Continue reading

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It Was a Time of Great Upheaval

It was a period of great upheaval, when a comedy of tragedies beset the human race, upending a tenuous amity.  It was a delicate moment; that silent time after empire-gone-supernova collapses in upon itself leaving the landscape in darkness, but … Continue reading

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