Mango Surprise from the Sky

Mango Surprise from the Sky

Bap! Sitting under a mango tree seems like a shade-blessed idea under the hot summer sun…until a mango falls! Fortunately, Honore took the hit on his leg not his head. A few minutes later he laughed and said now he was going to eat it, as revenge. Twice a year I love...
Aftershocks and Fear

Aftershocks and Fear

As we come to the 6th anniversary of Haiti’s earthquake, I’m reflecting on the many who lost their lives. The many whose lives were changed by who and what they lost. I’m also thinking of the courage of those who survived, including those we get to call colleagues and...
Remember You Will Die (It Helps You to be Alive)

Remember You Will Die (It Helps You to be Alive)

Just before the earthquake, Père, the grandfather of the Woshdlo family I first lived with in Haiti, pulled me aside to tell me about the latest project he was starting. As usual he was barefoot, in tattered slacks and a partly shredded button-down shirt that he wears...

Tribute to Danm

  Danm’s funeral is this afternoon. She was the grandmother of the family who Shelly and I lived with when we first moved to Haiti, with whom we’ve stayed very close for these past ten years. I wrote about Danm in my first book, especially in a chapter...

Two Years After the Earthquake

My thoughts, prayers, and work, my sadness and hope, are with people in Haiti today. I’ll be there all next week. A few links while reflecting on the earthquake and the two years since: 1. Today I did a “two years later” interview on Patheos that is...