The Closing Window

Earlier this week, the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) issued its 13th edition of the Emissions Gap Report which provides a science-based assessment of the gap between commitments made by governments to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and those levels needed to achieve global temperature targets under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change …

The Veil of Heaven

One of the most beautiful books I have read is Make Me an Instrument of Your Peace by Kent Nerburn (1999).  In his introduction, Mr. Nerburn writes, “There is a story told by some of the Native American people about the stars in the midnight sky.  Each star, they say, is a hole pierced in …

Season Change

We faced many challenges on many fronts this summer that affected our work on our Haiti agriculture project in Arizona.  The reasons are unimportant. The fact is, after planting 2,400 linear feet by the end of May with Armenian cucumbers to okra to squash to melons, and everything in between, we realized zero harvest excluding …

Doing the Right Thing

Over a month ago, we posted that the Haitian Ministry of Education had delayed the September 3 school opening to October 3.  October 3rd has come and gone.  Schools remain closed. Speaking to the United Nations Security Council yesterday, October 17, the Haitian Minister of Foreign Affairs Jean Victor Généus opened his remarks by stating, …

New School Year to Begin in Haiti

The Haitian Ministry of Education has delayed the start of the next school year for one month, until October 3. I have the budget for our Barefoot School in Haiti for the upcoming school year, now October 3, 2022, through July 2023.  The total budget to operate the school for 10 months is $37,972.25.  Our …

“One of Our Students Was Shot Last Night”

Yesterday evening, Justin informed me that we successfully concluded our summer camp.  “Today we are surrounded by happiness,” he writes.  “During the camp, the children play with each other, eat together, tell jokes, learn about their culture, and history, and learn things that can be useful to make a little money in the future, like …

Promises to Keep

As July’s horrific violence in Citè Soleil subsided, we delayed our summer camp until the second week in August, and we completed the first of three weeks without incident last week. As many as 276 children came to the camp each day.  Sadly, we could only accommodate 150; we had to turn 126 children away.  …

Crossing Paths with Angels

The medication to relieve my BPH (benign prostatic hyperplasia [enlarged prostate]) has not been effective.  Passing urine and bowel movements have been erratic and hardly successful.  I made a good decision late last week when I followed the advice of my friend and Mrs. tVM and scheduled an appointment with my VA medical team for …

Check Engine Soon

Juggling multiple balls and faced with several challenges, another situation surfaced early Wednesday morning as I headed east to water the farm.  I hadn’t driven a mile when the “service engine soon light” glowed brightly on the dashboard.  I took a deep breath, said a prayer, and continued east.  With zero rain in the last …

Let Me Give You a Definition of Ethics

“Let me give you a definition of ethics:  it is good to maintain life and further life; it is bad to destroy and damage life.” So writes Dr. Albert Schweitzer in his 1933 autobiography “Out of My Life and Thought.”  The recipient of the 1952 Nobel Peace Prize, Dr. Schweitzer offers other thoughts that came …