The Adventure of Hope in Review…

The Adventure of Hope in Review…

Tweet “At first, dreams seem impossible, then improbable, and eventually inevitable.” –Christopher Reeve It’s hard to believe that what started as a Big Hairy Audacious Dream, less than a year ago, turned into an Adventure of Hope filled with more connection, purpose, and love than I could have imagined. Thanks to the contributions of 110 individual donors and the corporate sponsorship of GO Overseas, CLOUD, First Descents, and Flight...

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What You Might Miss…

What You Might Miss…

Tweet On a Monday night in January, I couldn’t stop pacing the length of faded hardwood floor running between the kitchen and the fireplace. Feeling like my new hoodie might choke me, I repeatedly wrenched the zipper down and then pulled it up again – each movement like an erratic heartbeat. “Are you ok?” my friend’s voice sliced through the panic brewing in my every conscious thought. “No. I’m not ok....

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African Ambulances and All-Nighters

African Ambulances and All-Nighters

Tweet This morning, I awoke to the sound of rain, trumpeting its arrival on the roof like the percussion section of a high school marching band sandwiched between floats of Leprechauns and Irish Princesses in a St Patrick’s Day parade. Now, with the tide rolled back as far as the eye can see, the scent of salt heavy in the air, and the clouds tucked around me like a grey Vancouver blanket, today feels like as good a day as any to break my...

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The Sound of Silence…

The Sound of Silence…

Tweet The hum of a gelato machine rumbles behind me as I squint and wait for my eyes to adjust to the airport’s dim lighting. Across the expansive back wall is a life size mural of the rolling hills of Rwanda, complete with coffee plantations and caricatures of generously hipped African women carrying wicker baskets on their heads. I sip my cappuccino and watch well-dressed people file through the front door and load their luggage onto a...

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When Was Your Last Heartbreak?

When Was Your Last Heartbreak?

Tweet Do you remember the punch in the gut feeling of saying goodbye to someone you loved for the last time? Maybe you spent endless days strategizing about whether you could somehow win her back. Or, maybe you invited your friends over to drink gallons of cheap wine while you said good riddance to him and then updated your online dating profile. For me, the heartbreak is so razor fresh that I can feel the warmth of his little head as he...

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