Sri Lanka

Throwback Thursday: Remembering Sri Lanka

April 25, 2019
Indian Ocean 1/1/05

The Easter Sunday bombings in Sri Lanka reminded me of the two weeks I spent there as part of a construction team one year after the 2004 tsunami. As I wrote in Reclaiming Joy, “the people’s serenity as they faced the future without loved ones, without homes, and without other possessions awed me.” I was the cook and travel guide for a group from First …

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Observing International Widows Day

June 23, 2015

Today, June 23, is International Widows Day. I didn’t know there was such a thing until the Loomba Foundation spotted one of my tweets about widowhood and followed me. Here are the stats furnished by the foundation: There are now over 258 million widows around the world, who between them have 585 million children. Over 100 million widows live in extreme poverty struggling to survive. …

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