Palm Sunday and the Third Fall

The fourth part of my personal credo may be the most important… I am called to emulate Jesus… I am reminded of the magnitude of that aspect of my belief most strongly on Palm Sunday as I prepare to share with millions of people around the world the final steps of Christ’s final journey. Up …

The Alphabet School – A Literacy School for Adult Education

Five years ago, we first wrote about the “education triangle”, and we updated the original post in 2022 when we opened The Barefoot School. Speaking from experience, Mrs. tVM and I spent countless hours at the kitchen table helping our children with their schoolwork and encouraging them to complete it.   I say with 100% certainty …

Prayerful Momentum

Many years ago during a trip to Haiti, I had the pleasure and honor of sharing dinner with Patrice Millet, a CNN Hero of the Year in 2011.  As we chatted over dinner, Patrice told me the final thing he did every day with the children and young people he worked with was to pray. …

Water, Children, and Angels

Water is essential for life on Earth as we know it. Yet how many times do we curse it as it overwhelms us with devastating floods… how many times do we raise our fists to the heavens as rain refuses to fall on the hard, sun-parched land? In America, we take so much for granted, …

Living & Learning with Mustard Seeds

Two years ago, I envisioned supporting our work for the children of Haiti exclusively with the agricultural project that I committed to with my friend Dwight.  Working in the excessive heat, limited water, and poor soil of the Sonoran Desert, we’ve learned another lesson that supports the ‘easier said than done’ theory. After a brutally …

I Had the Blues

According to a recent report on Haiti from the World Bank – November 2022 – Haiti remains the poorest country in the Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) region and among the poorest countries in the world. In 2021, Haiti had a GNI [gross national income] per capita of US$1,420, the lowest in the LAC …

A Lesson in Bipartisanism

According to Wikipedia, ‘bipartisanship’ is a political situation in which opposing political parties find common ground through compromise.  As an adjective, ‘bipartisan’ suggests the agreement or cooperation of two political parties that usually oppose each other’s policies.  In today’s political environment, the word ‘bipartisan’ is tossed about like a cheap dinner salad thrown together as an afterthought with no commitment, no …

Do You Believe in Miracles?

One week after we discussed the value of Abraham’s belief in our previous post, middle son Brad shows up at the house with a special gift.  Gifts are funny things.  You’re never quite sure how the receiver will take them.  With a few notable high-tech exceptions, Brad’s fairly good about giving gifts.  He knows that …

How Are You Doing?

When asked ‘How are you doing?’ I’m prepared with three well-rehearsed responses.  Which one escapes my lips is a crap shoot on any given day. “I’m fine.” – I discovered Etty Hillesum years ago as I researched my Holocaust novel The Hamsa.  My cousin Mary Ann from Indiana suggested I read the diary Ms. Hillesum wrote …

The Children Need Your Help

After a brutal summer characterized by unparalleled gang violence and delays mandated by the Haitian Ministry of Education, we opened the doors to the Barefoot School in Cité Soleil, Haiti last week.  This will be our second scholastic year.  Our relationship with the Guepard Boxing Club of Cité Soleil [GBCCS] which operates the school goes …