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kindnesses

“As the sun makes ice melt, kindness causes misunderstanding, mistrust, and hostility to evaporate.” – Albert Schweitzer Last week I wrote about how a server giving me a free bowl of oatmeal, and a fellow passenger lifting my suitcase for me, inspired me to look around for ways in which I can practice random acts […]

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labor (of love) day

Yesterday I wrote about how a free bowl of oatmeal and a suitcase that was lifted for me made my day, and made me realize how powerful small acts of kindness can be. This weekend, as we celebrate Labor Day, I was thinking it would be especially meaningful for each of us to commit to […]

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how to listen to your life

Ohio Northern University applied for — and received — a grant to bring me to campus for three weeks during the fall semester.  I’m guest-lecturing about international aid, health communications and public health.   I’m helping to guide a cohort through the process of writing their stories.  And I’m working with the chaplain — who […]

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with us

I’m guest-lecturing at Ohio Northern University this week.  This afternoon, I’m speaking at an event for students who are undecided about their majors.  The faculty asked if I’d talk about the ways in which my academic and career plans went right….and wrong…..and how I ended up on my current path. When I asked them how long […]

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the next chapter of my story

My journalism professor often told me, “Sarah, you’re burying the lede!” when I put vital details at the end of an article instead of at the beginning.  So here we go. Here’s the lede: After two years of living on the road (which included traveling to 25 states and 11 countries, speaking at dozens of […]

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the overcoming of it

“Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of the overcoming of it.” – Helen Keller I love the Olympics.  The convergence of so many countries and cultures.  The tremendous physical feats.  The electrifying competition.  The intense emotions of triumph and defeat.  The sportsmanship.  The surprises. But what I love most about […]