I think I can. I think I can. I think I can. I know I can. Perhaps you learned this iconic quote in childhood. It is attributed to Watty Piper, a pen name of Arnold Munk, owner of the publishing firm of Platt & Munk. Munk wrote children’s books, including this favorite, The Little Engine That […]
An infusion of kindness throughout our individual lives and relationships, our cities, towns, country, and the world is needed. I came across these words from Albert Schweitzer recently. They offer wisdom and hope in considering how we can spread kindness. Think for a moment about evaporating the angst, hatred, racism, and prejudice at work […]
Changing seasons are markers in our lives. With September, we begin to think of the end of summer and the advent of autumn. School starts up in many places. And routines at home change to keep with schedules required for school and work and more. In Oregon, harvesting apples and grapes begin. And the cider […]
Recent media focus has been on our government’s inhumane treatment of asylum seekers. As individuals, we must rise above such actions. Historical Note About the Phrase, “Man’s Inhumanity to Man” In 1784, Robert Burns wrote the poem, Man was made to Mourn: A Dirge: History records the possibility that Burns reworded a similar quote from a […]
As we move from summer to autumn, changes appear all around us. We notice changes in tree colors, smells in the air, cooler temperatures, and the length of days. We even note changes in how our bodies feel.
A larger scope allows us to see larger and often destructive changes all around us. Hurricanes Harvey and Irma and raging wildfires across our country left much destruction. In our treatment of each other, we sense the destruction of community.
Before beginning this book review, I want to point out that my scheduling of this book for review was well in place before the Executive Order signed on Friday, January 27, 2017, went into effect. However, Divine Providence likely knew of the events to come, and as D.L. Mayfield’s memoir shares the author’s experiences working with and living among refugees and immigrants in my hometown, Portland, Oregon, it is definitely a good time to look at what Mayfield’s thoughts and reactions are to her experiences