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When It Matters We Find A Way

Covid has been particularly hard on Cambodia and many of my friends lost their small businesses or jobs and have no income. Medical care, housing, and even food is scarce. One friend was in dire need of his medication but had no money to buy more. He is a young man who returned to his parent’s rural village when the economy collapsed. I thought it would be simple to send him enough money for the meds through my Cambodian bank app. I was very wrong. Where there’s a will there’s a way is a proverb that means if someone is determined to do something, he will find a way to accomplish it regardless of obstacles. The sentiment of this phrase was first published in 1640, in …

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Finding Joy in the Effort

When I was born my parents were in a State Supreme Court battle over the right to run a preschool that their neighbors felt was too radical. It was shortly after WWII and the good folks from the US Midwest just wanted life to go back to its quiet complacency. The school was integrated by race, war survivors, disabilities, and social status. Although the student’s parents were enthusiastic advocates for their bold new teaching techniques acquired by postwar artists and intellectuals, the stress of the legal battle was overwhelming for my parents. I was injured during birth and born partially paralyzed. Despite their rugged schedules, my parents exercised my muscles every hour day and night. As I grew older, I was encouraged to take physical …

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