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    November 24, 2010

    Thoughts for Thanksgiving

    Not long ago, I was driving up Belfast’s Miller Street, toward the pond and Hannaford’s, beyond. A lady in an iridescent yellow vest stepped into a neatly painted crosswalk, palm outstretched authoritatively in my direction. Three school friends, each toting a book bag, chatted nonchalantly as they traversed the dozen or so steps needed to reach the opposite corner. As I watched this orderly scene, my mind …

  • Published
    July 14, 2010

    Desperation

    Washington, D.C., is a terrific capital city. For instance, take the Mall. There are vantage points to see impressive monuments commemorating individuals and heroic actions. There’s the capitol building where laws are debated and passed; and the White House, protected by a black, wrought-iron fence and uniformed security guards with walkie-talkies and guns on their hips. There are the ginormous buildings that …

  • Published
    April 28, 2010

    Gliding

    A while back, I was walking down an aisle of the chain discount store Target. While my friend pushed the shopping cart, dodging oncoming “traffic” and taking corners with aplomb, I strove to keep up. With my long-legged, semi-stumbling gait, I must have been a comic sight next to my perky companion. “Stan, why don’t you just glide along beside me?” was her suggestion. “You don’t have to lumber along, leaning …

  • Published
    January 27, 2010

    Displaced

    As I prepare to mobilize for the U.S. Government’s Haiti Response Team, I pause for a moment to reflect on what it means to be displaced. Having just finished a year’s work, focused on the displaced people of Sri Lanka’s Northern Province, images of overcrowded tents, too few latrines, long queues for drinking water and food, and amputees waiting for prostheses are fresh in my mind. I haven’t yet memorized the …

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