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In September, while I was in Lesotho, I received this email:

Catherine,

I’m a frequent peruser of your blog but haven’t had much time for blog reading lately. My husband and I have been working our asses off to get the paperwork together to adopt two little boys from Lesotho. I was amazed when I clicked on your blog this morning and saw where you were. We’ve not seen our sons faces yet. We heard about two little boys (one who is HIV positive, one who has vision issues, both under the age of 3), knew they were ours even though it’s foolish, and started working on getting all the paperwork together. My fool heart hopes that one of the children you’ll take a picture of will be one of my boys because I’m aching to know their faces, but I know that’s unlikely. Still, I hope.

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Why You Should Care That It’s World Aids Day

December 1, 2010

Because this girl deserves a future filled with hope. So does this girl, and these boys. Because we all deserve a world filled with hope. Because we all – we all – deserve a world in which hope is more equitably distributed. Because there is hope, and lots of it: we just have to seize [...]

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From A Distance

September 30, 2010

I’ve been home, now, for a few of days, and I think – I think – that I’ve recovered from travel fatigue – 28 hours it took me to get home from Lesotho – and jet-lag and the brain fog that comes from traveling halfway around the world and back in less than a week. [...]

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The Most Beautiful Music In The World

September 27, 2010

I met her at what the Global Fund calls an ‘OVC House,’ or home for orphaned and vulnerable children, although in this specific case it was actually a residential school for visually-impaired children who have been orphaned or otherwise made vulnerable by HIV/AIDS, all of which is to say that it is not a place [...]

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Subjective Idealism, For The Win

September 24, 2010

Some may think that to affirm dialogue—the encounter of women and men in the world in order to transform the world—is naively and subjectively idealistic. There is nothing, however, more real or concrete than people in the world and with the world, than humans with other humans. — Paulo Freire, (Pedagogy Of The Oppressed) (Photographosophy, [...]

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Blog The Change You Wish To See In The World

September 23, 2010

I’m writing this post from a hotel room in Maseru, Lesotho. Lesotho, in case you didn’t know, is deep in the southern-most part of Africa, land-locked by South Africa. It is, you might think, an unlikely place for a blogger to be. After all, what do bloggers have to do with aid in Africa? But [...]

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Freedom’s Just Another Word For So Much From Which To Choose

September 23, 2010

We debate parenting styles and child-rearing philosophies and the politics of parenthood.  We argue about whether it’s better to hover or to stand back, to ‘helicopter’ parent or to ‘free range’ parent, to attach or to Ferber, to Montessori or home school or ‘unschool,’ to work or to stay home. We dither over whether to co-sleep [...]

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That Dream Within A Dream

September 22, 2010

Happy anniversary to my beloved dork. I miss you. ***** Today, more hospitals, more moms, more children, and, I’m sure, more lessons like this. A little less terror-driving would be nice, though. Fearlessness has its limits. ***** Last night at the United Nations, Canada’s Prime Minister, Stephen Harper, pledged Canada’s full support to the UN’s [...]

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Hope Carries A Binky

September 21, 2010

There was so much about yesterday that was difficult, that was heart-rattling, that was soul-wrenching, but also, there was this:

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Their Eyes Were Watching God

September 20, 2010

Sunset over Maseru, Lesotho, September 2010 When I was a child, I thought that the appearance of sunbeams through a cloud was a sign that God was watching. Those beams were like God’s flashlight, I thought: they were evidence of Him peering through the gloom, looking for signs of human grace, or whatever it is [...]

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