Never Too Old to Learn

I love language.  Though tempted to learn Esperanto – a constructed, international auxiliary language – I focus my current efforts on Haitian Creole. Many years ago, I coordinated trips for well-intentioned Americans to visit Haiti for one week.  The visitors could participate as ‘instructors’ in ‘English classes’ given to the Haitian children. After several trips …

How We Want to Live

“O Lord, hear my prayer and let my cry come unto you.” Psalm 102 As a daily Mass attendee for six years, I’ve recited Psalm 102 many times as a responsorial psalm to daily readings.  I thought about it this week when my friend Justin posted this picture from our kitchen in Cité Soleil, Haiti. …

Earthquake

Those who follow our website understand our connection with Haiti.  As I worked the farm early yesterday morning, I received a text from my friend Gail Rongen in Florida alerting me to the earthquake that struck the island nation.   Although saddened by the rising death toll, I am relieved to report that late yesterday afternoon, …

Street Cleaners Beat Guns Into Brooms

“If you want to change the world, make your bed…”  So begins the first chapter of Admiral McRaven’s treatise on how each of us can positively affect the world we live in and make it a better place to be. Not one of the young people of Guepard Boxing Club in Cité Soleil, Haiti has …

Spiritual Understanding

In a December 2017 interview with Kozo Hattori and Pavithra Mehta from Awakin.org, Dr. Manulani Aluli Meyer said, “A spiritual understanding not practiced under fire is without value.”  This is as profound a statement of spirituality as I have heard.  It was part of her answer to the question, “Your Greatest Inspiration.” Dr. Aluli Meyer grew up …

What Your Right Hand Is Doing

As our farm develops, donors have been stepping up to keep the GBCCS kitchen operating four days each week.  As much as I would like to share some incredible stories about our donors, I’ve decided that moving forward, I will heed the advice of Jesus, “Take heed that you do not do your charitable deeds …

The Promised Land

The deep green plants you see in this picture are Armenian cucumbers.  They cover about 25 feet of a hundred-foot row.  My family, friends and I are currently working 6,000 sq.ft. of 12,000 we hope to have planted by the end of August, though it is beginning to look as if the end of September …

Feeding Hungry Children

While we tend our small, desert farm and carefully and attentively work to achieve maximum capacity, we are asking for help to maintain our training and feeding facility in Cité Soleil, Haiti.  As we’ve explained in previous posts, we intend to sell the products that the farm produces and send 100% of the revenue to …

Peace Prize

I am pleased to report that my friend and associate Justin Ricot in Haiti was announced as one of the three 2021 heroes awarded the Cité Soleil Peace Prize.  The deep significance of the award can only be measured against the background from which it comes.  Cité Soleil is generally regarded as one of the …

Growing Tomatoes in Arizona

Growing tomatoes in Arizona is challenging, but easier – though I can’t be certain – than growing tomatoes in Nome, Alaska. Over a year ago, Dwight and I spread a thin layer of wood chips – he calls them compost, but to me, they are wood chips – over the acre or so we are …