Febbiante Kore: What Will She Grow Up To Be?
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Next month we’ll visit Indonesia, an archipelago of over 18,000 islands with quite an interesting amalgam of peoples, religions, and languages. It’s been almost 30 years since we last visited. And … Read More

These 5 Actions Will Make You A Better Human
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Sometimes we just get by. But, in our finer moments, most of us wish to become a better human being. Why is that even important? Consider the English poet John … Read More

Unbridled Joy: The Day I Met My First Child
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It was just before lunch. That much I remember. Intense emotions – joy, wonder, overwhelm – ran through me as I stared into those bright blue, inquiring eyes. “Where am … Read More

How To Find Hope On This Side Of Paradise: Selina’s Story
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Where To Find Hope? It was a crisp, fall Monday morning when a bit of hard news came my way. Selina had passed away. This is my Taiwanese friend from … Read More

Redefining Bravery: How Do We Triumph Over Tragedy?
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Finding triumph in the midst of life’s trials and tragedies can be a tall order. But our Taiwanese friend, Selina, served as a remarkable example of a victorious turnaround. You … Read More

The Powerful Truth Of Making Friends For Life
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Although we were friends for life, 10 years had passed since our last embrace. So much had happened. And yet it was just like yesterday. And we both agreed – we … Read More

Who Are The Colorful Threads In Your Life Journey?
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There is only one person with whom you travel an entire life journey. That is yourself. No matter if you enjoy the rare experience of a 50+-year marriage, or intimacy … Read More

Close to the Headlines: 5 Ways to Respond in Love
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Have you ever felt as if the embodiment of current national or international news headlines was sitting in your living room? This incident happened in our living room about one … Read More

Behind the Scenes of the Happiest Place on Earth
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“The Happiest Place on Earth.” This is the tagline for Disneyland, and for many, it can be true. Smiling children. Fun adventure. Nonstop candy. Rides galore for all ages and interests. … Read More

Finding a Way to Faith, Hope & Reconnection: Mariette
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Little did we know then that a little girl would become the point of reconnection for us to a special memory decades old. Indeed, Mariette’s smile was a treat nearly every … Read More

How do we Process the Evil? Reflections on Paris
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Author’s Note: One year ago, the Paris terrorist attacks raised the specter of evil to new heights. I wrote this piece at that time. But it seems appropriate to post … Read More

Be Intentional: Overcome Fear to Connect Across Cultures
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At 12 years old, Emeline was full of fear about what lay ahead. She knew her world would change soon. She simply didn’t want to let go of the familiar. With the departure date … Read More

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