Lessons from Africa, Chapter 1: Reconciliation is Personal.

I recently returned from a three-week tour of Africa, visiting Rwanda, Uganda, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia, and South Africa. This was a deeply moving trip with family and friends, an opportunity for my wife to return to Rwanda (where she volunteered back in 2011), a chance for our group to make some small contributions to a […]

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Five Simple Freedom Habits for the New Year

Simplify, simplify, simplify – that’s what Thoreau urged in Walden. Over the past year, I’ve tried to take his words to heart as I’ve removed things, influences, people, and places from my life that made no positive contribution. I’ve also tried to be more succinct in thought, word, and deed (hey, David Byrne, you were […]

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8 Lessons from my Mother

Over the last few months, as my mother’s health worsened (she had been suffering from dementia and complications for roughly the last 5 years), I’ve been thinking a lot about what her legacy has been, what her life meant to me and to our family, and what lessons she handed down to us over the […]

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