June 2015

A Growing Pile of Pennies

June 29, 2015

A guest post by Dorcas Smucker, blogger at Life in the Shoe: *** This post is about piles of stuff. And it’s mostly for young people. This is dangerous, I know, to classify myself not only as old, but also with wisdom to impart. On the few occasions that I write or speak to young people, my young-adult children often say, “DON’T sound like you’re talking …

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Belizean Girl Visits U.S. for the First Time

June 22, 2015

I met Sheryl Friesen at the CLP Writers and Artists Conference–a Russian Mennonite girl from Belize visiting the U.S. for the first time. Her comments intrigued me. “The buildings are so big,” she said. “They’re like villages in themselves.” Today I am heading off to Ontario for a summer adventure of my own, and I’ve asked Sheri to do a guest post for me. I’m …

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Good Deed Pays for Knee Surgery

June 15, 2015

The story starts in 1981 when Grandpa and Grandma picked up the Xiong family—Hmong refugees newly arrived in America with a passel of skinny, dark-eyed children—at the Eau Claire airport. Well, actually the story starts before that, during the years of the Vietnam War, when the Hmong people living in the mountains of Laos were recruited by the CIA to fight secret battles against the …

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