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When Dads sneak up and …

September 19, 2016

... inspire us!

OK, so my wonderful dad was ‘promoted’, as my US family says, 2+ years ago. But he sneaks up now and then – bringing me a smile and a tear every time. My guess is someone special does that for you too now and then!

Recently here he was – all in a moment – unseen, yet as full and as present as if physically in front of me. How did it happen?

I'm in a super fun writing group with others in business and a few weeks ago our coach’s dad joined us. It was fantastic; seeing their connection, listening to their wise, witty exchange and understanding more of how Stella Orange simply knows 'stuff’.

Getting into our weekly Shut Up & Write session, a number of us felt encouraged by and close...

Independence is a quality we all cherish; freedom to simply 'be'. Today - March 26th in 1971 - the people of East Pakistan defiantly declared their independence from rulers West Pakistan. Nine months of horrific war then followed before the nation of Bangladesh was born. The desire for independence...

"Because Fair Trade is a Life Saver!" - that little phrase holds a lot and everyone stopping at our Motif booth gets it - with of course this little sweet/candy called a 'Lifesaver'! - Brits, think fruit polos ;)

OK - a little too cute maybe BUT the message is way too important to ignore.

Thankful for ...

Over recent weeks many incidents of human trafficking have been exposed throughout the world. Awareness is rising and in this week of Thanksgiving here in the US, it truly is a time to be thankful...

Wars yet to Win

November 10, 2015

Veteran's Day, Remembrance Day, Poppy Day ... there are different names but one thought. Throughout the globe at the 11th hour on the 11th day of the 11th month we choose to remember the valour shown by many, the outrageous sacrifice of life for our freedoms and to rekindle that World War 1 hope that such deaths may one day cease.

Hope is an amazing quality and the one that keeps us fighting to save lives and build better ones. As we remember this week those who've fought for our freedoms, we can also think on the wars we fight for freedom too.

Freedom from Oppression

What a significant week for Myanmar...

Refugees at Risk

September 8, 2015

Vast movements of people cause vast challenges - for everyone. Thinking of just a single family - a family like mine or yours - having to uproot life in panic is traumatic enough. But multiply each family member by 100s and 1,000s ... and now millions, the scale of fear, confusion, suspicion and rage experienced is exponential. And explosive.

The Syrian...

Sacrifices Large ...

Today in the USA it's Memorial Day. Wherever we're from there's an annual opportunity in most nations to reflect on how who we are, what we do and all we have is in a large part the result of sacrifices others have made somewhere in our near or distant past.

Sobering thoughts for sure, and they ought to be. For the freedoms many of us enjoy around the world today we have legions of

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