'And Now Let Us Welcome The New Year'

And now let us welcome the new year,    Full of things that have never been.                            --Rainer Maria Rilke      By Rob Radtke These words by Rainer Maria Rilke always fill me with...
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Solomon Islands Residents See “The Power of We”

October 15 is Blog Action Day, and this year’s theme is “The Power of We.” I can’t think of a better example of the power of collective spirit than an agricultural initiative in the Solomon Islands. ...
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Walking the Talk

Deacon Philip Dunbar teaches the adult forum each Sunday at All Saints Episcopal Church in Enterprise, Florida. His group is a cozy one most weeks and, they have a familiar routine – reading...
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Breathing Better

I remember as a child visiting my aunt's house in Sri Lanka and being intrigued by the wood-burning stove in her kitchen.  That intrigue later turned into dismay as I learned of the consequences of...
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Waiting in Vain

We have entered the season of Advent—the season of waiting, so cue the Bob Marley soundtrack…“I don’t wanna wait in vain.”  We know of course that Advent always segues into Christmas, where Christ is...
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Film Review of Yesterday

I recently saw the film Yesterday (2004), the first Zulu language film to be released internationally.  This Oscar-nominated film puts a human face on the scourge of HIV/AIDS and its impact...
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Cash For Work Program Helps Rebuild Lives

Wednesday was a rich day filled with visits to communities engaged in cash-for-work programs.One of the big challenges that large-scale disasters bring is the breakdown of the routines of work,...
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Book Review of Global Development 2.0

Over the last several weeks, I have been reading Global Development 2.0 (Lael Brainard and Derek Chollet, editors, published by the Brookings Institution, 2008), which asks the question:...
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