Monthly Archives: March 2012

“25 Things I’m Grateful for!” (My monthly gratitude list.)

March 25, 2012
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Emails from my kids. After the long journey from Uganda, I walked into my American office on Monday and found a delightful gift and card from a colleague whose last day of work had been whilst I was away. That spiritual connections remain even when our human experiences take different routes. Electricity!  Read more [...]

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“Music in the Dark” (A 2-minute read.)

March 22, 2012
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From my African journal:  Every evening, I hear music coming from an obscure location in the middle of my village town, Masaka, Uganda.  It is joyful music with heavy rhythms and multiple voices in song.  Between choruses, there are great shouts, and bursts of speech in Luganda.  I have trouble making Read more [...]

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“Let’s Climb Out of the Bucket” (My reflections on ‘Kony 2012’)

March 19, 2012
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“Let’s Climb Out of the Bucket” (My reflections on ‘Kony 2012’)

My dad often tells a story about what it means to be a crabber (someone who catches crabs).  The crabbers place their catches, one by one, into a bucket.  Eventually, the bucket is full enough for some crabs to have the opportunity to stretch their claws to the rim of the bucket, and escape.  But…

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“Unexpected Ways” (An 80-second reading on what I am enjoying most about this human experience.)

March 7, 2012
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Early this morning I was seated in the lobby of one of Kampala’s oldest hotels, The Africana.  The Senior Advisor to Uganda’s First Lady had asked to meet me there.  We have been friends for many years, and I happened across one of her properties yesterday, a space that would be perfect for one Read…

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I answer the Q: What does “compassion without borders” mean to me?

March 3, 2012
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I answer the Q: What does “compassion without borders” mean to me?

Below is an essay that won a competition in celebration of a visit to my university by His Holiness, the Dalai Lama.  It was printed in a booklet, and gifted to His Holiness.  We had been challenged to answer (in 500 words or less) this question: "What does 'compassion-without-borders' mean to you?" Read more [...]

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“Thought-Snapshots” (A 2-minute post from London–on contemplating delight.)

March 2, 2012
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Two nights ago I was in a meeting with colleagues, discussing cultural implications for resilience among young people, and then off to a dinner with friends at a favorite eatery in downtown San Diego.  Last night I was crammed into an uncomfortable airplane seat for 11 hours, flying across seas and Read more [...]

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Nathaniel is CEO of AidChild.org. He holds a Master's Degree in Human Development and Psychology from Harvard University where he was a Reynolds Fellow in Social Entrepreneurship, and winner of the 2010 Harvard HDP Marshal Award. He also holds a PhD in Leadership Studies from the University of San Diego where he was the Dammeyer Fellow in Global Education Leadership, and a Cordes Fellow at Opportunity Collaboration. Nathaniel is author of "We Are Not Mahogany: Three stories about the male African life." Prior to his move to Uganda in 2000, Nathaniel was Deputy Director of the Office of the Governor of Arizona, and Director of Education at Leadership, Inc.

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