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The Monks of Rogersville

  It’s been a long time since I’ve posted. This wasn’t my plan, but then, what in life goes according to plan? After returning in September from my trip to the Canadian maritimes that I’ve been telling you about, I had intended to move into my “home base” and have all kinds of time to […]

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The Sisters of St. Elizabeth

  I am shouldering my way through the Christmas Market at the tony Columbus Circle in Manhattan where the well-to-do, if not the rich and famous shop. The crowds are thick, and the shoulders are fierce. I am in my nearsighted Mr. Magoo MO, bumbling, stumbling, uncertain. Until I am brought up short by what […]

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Patagonia: Black Friday done right

  Ok. So this isn’t a post about travel, but it’s pretty cool anyway. The cynics among us might call this full-page ad in the New York Times a brilliant marketing ploy: combine a jot of reverse psychology with a dash of green, add a large dollop of ethical high road and voila, passionately loyal customers who […]

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How to respond to the poor #2–New York City

A few days ago I wrote about my moral quandary when I occasionally encountered people in utter destitution in New York City. Your comments were amazing. From Novena, who “scrubbed clean” a 103-year-old homeless man whom, she discovered, had been a Native American army scout for 40 years to Marcia, who recalled her father’s loving attempt to prepare her […]

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How to respond to the poor (and how not to)

Not long ago I was in Oaxaca City with a mission group that was led by two priests. We had paused by some church or other when we noticed an old woman on the steps. She was tiny, as most Oaxacans are, and she was begging. Maybe she asked for money, maybe she didn’t, but the […]

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