A Different Kind of Gang Leader

Do you want to hear a story that will moisten the eye of even the most cynical? This dramatic and hopeful saga is located in Ghana West Africa. I want you to read this remarkable story, for too often we learn of billions wasted – mostly money given government to government – lost in gaping … Continue reading

An answer to Why in Africa?

Africa’s Surprise He was the first black person I had ever met. I was a Canadian teenager and it was Sunday night church: time for the sermon. A tall, poised black preacher stood and began to speak. He had a deep, South African accent and flowing rhetoric, rich in vocabulary. I had never heard such … Continue reading

Grace in Vietnam

It was love at first sight. Built around seven lakes, Hanoi’s French architecture tells of its colonial past; and food — always, everywhere. Streets, narrow, lined with markets of all kinds. I especially noted meat stalls, workers with cleavers cutting meat or cleaning fish side by side to market gardens and small stores of all … Continue reading

Unintended Consequences

In Tipping Point, Malcolm Gladwell describes a moment in time in which an idea generates such momentum that it moves forward enabled by its own critical mass. As a snowball builds up size and speed, it moves forward under its own steam. I may have just witnessed a tipping point on Jeju Island, South Korea. One … Continue reading

Did we find Peace in Assisi?

Peace is hard to come by. Ask John Kerry and his Russian equivalent Sergei Lavrov in their intermittent successes at finding a Syrian cease-fire. In the 20th century 231 million died in wars and conflicts.  Even so Stewart Pinker (Harvard) said five years ago, “we may be living in the most peaceful era in our … Continue reading