“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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Sounds Like Kindness

September 22, 2014
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Sounds Like Kindness

I recently posted on my Facebook page the meme featured here with a quote by His Holiness the Dalai Lama. I added the question, "What do you think of this, friends?" A hearty conversation ensued. And I am generally quite proud of my friends and followers because they don't back down from a good discussion,…

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3 Signs You Might Not Actually Believe in Hell

August 28, 2014
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3 Signs You Might Not Actually Believe in Hell

  The list is below, but to start the convo, I invite you to first watch this 2 minute clip from Seinfeld: If you are a Christian, here are three signs that you MIGHT NOT actually believe in hell.  (I am not arguing whether or not there is a hell.  I am just discussing what…

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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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