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My friends from NYC Tatiana and Ferdi have started a relief organization for children called 1 More Child.

Dudes, for only $7.50 a month you can sponsor a child to go to school. That is seriously cheap. I just spent $5 at Starbucks, you know!

And these are my friends, so I know the money is going directly to the children.

This is who you are helping:

“Meet Patrick, 13 years old, living ALONE with his 11 year old brother.
Mother died years ago – dad is working in Kampala, 80 km away from the village were they live…He has only been home 3 times this year! Can you imagine that. In the house next door from live 2 boys, 13 and 11 years old BY THEMSELVES! WITH NO SOCIAL SERVICES to feed them, except maybe a mother down the street that feels bad, and brings them a meal once a day…
that’s just SICK… yeah yeah – we give him some support by paying his school-fees (so he has something to do during the day?) But does that really solve the problem? No – it doesn’t. But right now – it’s all we can do…”

Only $7.50 a MONTH. Sponsor a child today here and let me know if you do!

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We provide an afterschool program Monday – Thursday and then on Friday afternoons we set aside time to spend more personalized attention with a few kids. There are a few kids I’m still getting to know, so I invited two sisters and a second grade boy to hang out with me and the interns for the afternoon.

We made and ate nachos and then went to the local skating rink. It was my intern (from Malawi) Mwai’s first time roller skating! It was also the first time skating for the little guy A. It made me laugh watching them cling to the wall and skating is a great relationship building tool!

Skating afternoon.

What should we do next week?

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Funny cause it’s true.

From The Ongoing Adventures of ASBO Jesus

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Facebook

is really interesting. I love it because it connects you to people with whom you’ve lost touch. My Facebook friends include:

My high school principle
The boy I had a crush on in 7th grade
3 of my ex-bosses
Elementary school friends
Co-workers from every place I’ve worked in the last 8 years
College friends
Grad school friends
Family members
Old roommates

It’s awesome!

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Gloria Steinem: Pailin – Wrong Woman, Wrong Message:

“It won’t work. This isn’t the first time a boss has picked an unqualified woman just because she agrees with him and opposes everything most other women want and need. Feminism has never
been about getting a job for one woman. It’s about making life more fair for women everywhere. It’s not about a piece of the existing pie; there are too many of us for that. It’s about baking a new pie.”

Ten years ago I never thought I’d agree with Gloria Steinem, but here I am “amening” as I read this article. While my conservative friends can’t understand why I’m not excited about Palin (she is a WOMAN after all!!) Steinem’s article explains the reasons why Palin is the wrong woman and wrong message.

If you don’t want to read the article, then I think last night’s SNL sketch with Palin and Hillary Clinton sums it up nicely:

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I’m in love

with my church!

This has definitely got to be the honeymoon phase, but I am excited to just be excited!

For this past year, I have tried to avoid church, but when I did visit churches, I would roll my eyes and complain about how they just didn’t get it.

After church this Sunday, at a membership meeting, Wilco was playing in the background. I was floored. How cool! I guess it feels sort of like love at first sight because there are a hundred different ways, small and large, that this church is perfect for me. And I want to immediately jump in and commit to everything, which is unusual for me since I fear committment!

Maybe this church is my church-soul-mate?

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China Reunion.

This weekend my friends Tracy and Kelly came to visit. I haven’t seen them in six years, which seems like a ridiculously long time. Can we all agree that time passes faster than we ever realize?

We were teammates together in China. And even though it’s been a long time since we’ve seen each other, that common experience of living and teaching together for a year in Beijing is something that will always bind us together. When they arrived Friday afternoon, it was if I saw them yesterday! We talked about how proud of China we were with the great job they did hosting the Olympics. It was funny that we all felt like Beijing and the Olympics was our little sister going for a big job interview and we were nervous, but knew she’d do a great job because she’s so smart and hardworking.

The three of us looked at old photos and laughed about memories both good and bad. While I feel that the essence of me was the same, I also feel like the person I was in China isn’t the person I am now. When I lived in China I was 21 and now I’m 30. Our 20s are pretty formative years and back in China I thought I knew everything and now I realize I don’t know anything.

I’m thankful to catch up with my China friends and thankful for the reminder that I had the incredible opportunity to live and work in Beijing, China for a year.

Tiananmen Square, yo.My 1st grade class.

The Great Wall of ChinaTemple of Heaven.

* These photos were taken in the days before digital cameras, so they are scanned from developed photos….and I guess I sized them super small to post on my Geocities/Angelfire page. Heh.

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