Sticking with Love

I am enjoying the fruits of other people’s labor. 15 years ago my parents collaborated with a woman named Mia Scarlat to start an organization for children in Bucharest who needed a safe place to go. Mia had the expertise, my family had the concerned American donors, and with a very small budget the group … Continue reading

Good News Friday: Statelessness

This week marks the 50th anniversary of the Convention on the Reduction of Statelessness. Statelessness means a lack of citizenship. It happens for a variety of reasons, including racial discrimination, unsuccessful asylum attempts, and being in the wrong place at the wrong time during a war. Some families have been stateless for generations. Statelessness can … 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

Forced Migration, Providence and the Road to Haven

I write about forced migration for a lot of reasons, and a key reason is to keep myself and anyone interested from becoming despondent and disconnected with the world. But when a friend dies, all bets are off. Nothing feels the way it is supposed to, and disconnection becomes completely justifiable. Yesterday a good friend … Continue reading

The Real Football and Marginalized Children

It is football time, my friends, and I am excited. No I don’t mean the football with the big guys who beat each other up. I mean the football with the smaller guys who don’t touch anything – not even the ball. I became a soccer fan during the ’02 World Cup, when a few … Continue reading

Spotlight on: Mia’s Children

Mia’s Children is an organization reaching out to marginalized youth in Bucharest, Romania. Since 1998, they have provided food, education, counseling, spiritual guidance and much more to over 75 children who have come through their doors, from infants to high school age.The children learn art, music, sports, and language to ensure that they are able … Continue reading

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