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Our Olympian Effort

If the Olympics were coming to Washington DC this summer, instead of London – as many in DC hoped they would when applying a few years back – we would house all the athletes, feed all the athletes, and ensure that every athlete was well-prepared to succeed. Why can’t we do that for our residents, for every child and adult…

Zero percent

On Tuesday, I was at an elementary school in DC where I met with the principal.  She is a dynamic and effective leader, and the school is improving as a result.  Presently, the school-wide percentage for reading at a proficient level is 41%.   One grade, however, has 0% of the children at proficiency.   One hundred percent of these…

An organization and a movement

Nearly 20 years ago, I gave a lecture in Wisconsin about science, spirituality, and the evolution to love. It was a topic born out of the comparisons between Western science and Eastern spirituality, a topic that had been well-documented for decades prior. And it helped set the foundation for A Wider Circle. Quantum physics, stripped of the mathematics, leaves you…

The Journey

It is another good day of service here.  We feel the storm looming and hope families can come to get their stuff before it hits.  Our three trucks are out picking up donations, and our drivers are already working in some hard rain.   Their determination makes this place go. Our volunteers and staff here at the Center are managing…

The emotions of poverty

Today a case manager from a local social service agency brought one of her clients to A Wider Circle to get her items. This happens every day, many times over, but her experience here seems worth the tell – the short version. Near the end of the woman’s visit here, the case manager walked up to our Deputy Director and…

Crazy

I often hear that it is crazy to believe that we can end poverty.  As I watch people around the world develop individual and community solutions – using their great talents and creativity – I believe it is crazy to think that we will NOT end poverty. Change of this magnitude takes a critical mass believing and acting differently. We…