Posted in January 2012

Kari Noel Egge

When God created Kari Noel Egge, God was having a really good day.  Our dear friend Kari passed away this Saturday surrounded by her family in Minnesota.  But this blog post is not about her death, but her life.  I met Kari 12 years ago. She was my first boss at CRS-Haiti. I was the … Continue reading

For the Ancestors

In Haiti, when you pour a glass of rum with your friends, you splash a little on the floor “for the ancestors.”  Celebrating our ancestors reminds us of who we are and where we come from.  I have been in Florida for the last three days with my Aunt Betsy and Uncle Wayne.  We have … Continue reading

Haiti: Remembering January 12th

Haiti:  Remembering January 12th To survive in Haiti, one must possess an untold capacity for holding great sorrow and immense joy – often at the exact same time.  You see, in Haiti, emotions are raw, cut to the bone, an arrow to the heart. One cannot remain unmoved.  Haitian art, too – holds the darkness … Continue reading

Everyday Saints

I, too, often get the “you are a saint” comment. Pere Tom worked for years in Cite Soleil, what is hands down Haiti’s poorest and probably most dangerous neighborhood.  When all of the other NGOs (mine included) pulled out of Cite Soleil because of uncontrollable gang violence, Pere Tom continued to run his schools, build … Continue reading

The Interim Time

Sometimes in our lives, we traverse what I like to call the “interim” time.  This can be many things – between relationships, between jobs, or at the ending of something significant, such as a graduation or a retirement.  The interim time is never easy.  I remember when I moved back to the United States after … Continue reading

How To Bring About A Revolution Of The Heart

I just named my newly adopted Haitian street dog Dorothy Day. Having read her autobiography, The Long Loneliness, many years ago, I decided to google some of her writings.  One quote struck me:  “The greatest challenge of the day is:  how to bring about a revolution of the heart.” I write this post more to … Continue reading