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5 Dos & Don’ts When Dining Out with Your Son 

July 11, 2017
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A privileged, white male mansplains how to raise kind boys A restaurant dining-room can be a very important classroom—or social-construction-site—for our sons. It provides the intimacy of family within a larger public space, as well as the engagement of “strangers” in the work of service. Read more [...]

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Why some prayers aren’t answered:

June 10, 2016
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Today, in my morning devotions and meditations, I did some online research to see how modern thinkers answer the question of why God sometimes does not answer our prayers. I was really disappointed to find so many articles that blamed the victim, claiming that the trick to getting God to respond to Read more [...]

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Do you participate only as a leader?

April 30, 2016
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Do you tend to participate in groups only as a leader? Really think about this for a second. When was the last time that you weren't a committee-chair or chapter-president or section-manager? Did you do well there? Did you thrive? Or were you constantly frustrated, and did you ultimately quit out of Read more [...]

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5 Q’s to make your next political discussion more productive

April 14, 2016
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"You see why I hate talking about politics during meals?"

Is it possible to have a positive exchange about politics even when we disagree? Behind every strong political opinion is one (or more) of the five histories or habits presented below. Learning to recognize the WHY of an opinion makes it less threatening, easier to discuss, and more valuable to the Read more [...]

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#1010thx

October 10, 2015
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It's October 10th (10/10). For the last several years, I have made a habit of using this date as an excuse to make another gratitude list; a list of 10, of course. Shared now, should it be of interest.  The call of birds. At home in Uganda there are so many, many birds who sing…

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15 things I have learned since I moved to Uganda–15 years ago today

September 17, 2015
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15 things I have learned since I moved to Uganda–15 years ago today

  On September 17, 2000, I boarded a plane in Phoenix, Arizona. I was headed for my new home in Uganda, East Africa, and my mission was to create AidChild.   (Thanks to the love, compassion and expertise of so many, AidChild has now touched thousands of lives, won countless awards, and Read more [...]

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“Grab a Vase, Granny”

July 8, 2015
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This is from my journal, many years ago, when my grandmother was living with me before I moved to Africa. Yesterday, I wondered why Grandma wasn’t coming out of her room. I had suggested that she go into her room and put on her apron, and then come help me in the kitchen. In her…

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“Capturing Rain in a Teacup?” What does it mean to be spiritual but not religious?

June 10, 2015
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“Capturing Rain in a Teacup?” What does it mean to be spiritual but not religious?

What does it mean when people say, “I am spiritual, but not religious?” To you, does it seem trendy? Does it have any meaning at all? Is it sacrilegious? Or does it resonate? I recently heard a conversation between Krista Tippett and author Pico Iyer as they discussed these questions. Tippett Read more [...]

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21 Things that Make Me Happy

March 21, 2015
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21 Things that Make Me Happy

March 21. Twenty-one things that make me happy: Pics of my kids. A freshly made bed. Mugs. Things just taste better—heartier—lovelier in mugs. Babies. A perfect shave. Silver white winters that melt into spring. Admiring the talents of others, talents which I do not have. Watching Read more [...]

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Another 10 Things That Make Me Happy

October 10, 2014
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Another 10 Things That Make Me Happy

For the last few years, I have created a personal tradition. On October 10th (10/10), I make a simple list of 10 things that make me happy, things I am grateful for. And also part of the tradition is to share it here, should it be of interest. And today is that day. Be. Believe.…

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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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