Walking the Land of Our Fathers

I’m in East Tennessee right now, writing from my hotel, where the rooms overlook the Smokies and everyone calls me “dearie.” Every time I come here, I feel closer to my father than before. He was born here and comes from a large, historic Kingsport family that had deep ties to the land and the … Continue reading

Good News Friday

The Whistleblower I first read about the UN’s connection to human trafficking a year ago, and it completely freaked me out. I never wrote on it because I couldn’t find many reliable sources, and the whole topic seemed too huge and disturbing for little ole me. Fortunately, the coverup has garnered recent attention, in no … Continue reading

Thank Dad for Home

On Mother’s Day I sent out some gift ideas for Mom that would honor her while caring for some of the people who have not had the gift of stable home. Now it’s Dad’s turn, and in the same spirit, here are some gifts he just might love. Oh, and a few are perfect last-minute … Continue reading

Thank Mom for Home

I got into forced migration because of my mother. Her commitment (obsession, almost, along with my dad) to giving me a stable home growing up caused me to feel deeply for people who do not have homes and are forced to wander. A lot of people I’ve met who work with refugees and trafficking victims … Continue reading

Comrades in Twin Beds

Ricky and Lucy might have been quite the scandal for showing bedroom scenes on television, but a decade or two later, they were laughable. Two people sleeping in separate beds. HA! Well, time must be cyclical because here we are, a bunch of Lucys and Rickys. Thanks to claustrophobia, a decent amount of selfishness, and … Continue reading

Going Home

Today, nearly all of the minority Uzbek people of Kyrgyzstan are returning home. As many as 100,000 refugees fled the country into Uzbekistan in the past week following violent conflict against them from the majority Kyrgyz population. An additional 300,000 people are said to be displaced within Kyrgyzstan. On the Uzbekistan/Kyrgyzstan border – UNHCR Stories … Continue reading

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