GSR Today - Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, is not a fictional place, though before I traveled there, my community did not believe it was real.
See for Yourself - Watching today's high school students recreate a Broadway musical originally presented in 1934 was a comedy by itself. I started to wonder whether these young people understood the humor behind what they were saying.
A photography shop errand turns fortuitous, as a shop owner offers to make DVDs from old VHS tapes. As a result, I was able to revisit loved ones long in heaven; they had starring roles in a wonderful DVD of family history — my brother's wedding in 1989.
Notes from the Field - This date is ingrained in the fabric of Haitian culture. May 18 is a national holiday, and those who feel they belong to the nation of Haiti, whether or not they live within the borders of the country, will celebrate their national roots in the world's first black republic.
GSR Today - "Water is life!" It was exciting to experience the truth of these words in the families dancing for joy at having water for the first time in the forests of Cameroon.
See for Yourself - It was an eye-opening lunch conversation. The manager of environmental services at a manufacturing plant was looking somewhat frazzled. "Sister Nancy, this ain't no picnic job. It's hard! I'm looking around for something else. I can't do this no more."
Notes from the Field - There are nuances and complexities within orders that at times seemed daunting to understand. But from an outsider's perspective and through my experiences talking with men and women religious of a variety of orders, there are changes I wish to see in parishes and religious communities.
GSR Today - Kansas City's annual Blisters for Sisters celebrates sisters and raises a little money for the Serra Club. From the 174 sisters in attendance at this year's walk/run and more, I encountered sisters from around the world — a microcosm of religious life today.
See for Yourself - "Where is everybody going?" One cruise. Two vacations. Two retiree trips. One trip home. I looked out the window imploringly, wishing by now we were already at the terminal. Should I make up something exotic?
Notes from the Field: Veterinary technician Songé Sengela gives interactive formation sessions for families who receive goats as part of the Caritas goat program in Haiti's Gros Morne parish. Participants who follow her advice raise healthier animals that will sell for a better price at the Friday animal market in Gros Morne.
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