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Opportunity

In so many ways we stand things on their heads. We see them in opposite to how they are. For example, we see problems as weights on our shoulders and we see inherited problems as inevitabilities. We see poverty as something that has always been and always will be. It is neither. We have an opportunity to end it. Every…

Time for us all to be warriors – in memory and in honor of R. Sargent Shriver

In 1994, President Clinton called Sargent Shriver the strongest warrior he had ever seen in the effort to end poverty. Indeed, Mr. Shriver’s life was characterized by his work to create effective programs to help those mired in the poverty he saw around the world. Mr. Shriver’s travels paved the way for millions of us to make contributions to the…

For we can not look into the eyes of someone who has nothing…and do nothing.

It is one of the ways – perhaps the best way – to feel connected to another human being.  When you look into the eyes of another human being, you connect in an easy yet meaningful way.  In that connection, barriers and boundaries cease to be present.  Differences are harder to see than the oneness that is most characteristic of…

Lew’s life

Johnny, Mikey, and Shari have a younger brother.  His name is Lew.  Lew just failed sixth grade.  For the second straight year.  He is a big kid, and when his family is not watching him, he finds things to do that they fear will get him into big trouble some day soon.  At school, he is continually told by adults…

What does your ________ do?

What does your ___________________ do to end poverty? Right now, while many of us are eating, reading, spending time on our computers, watching television, or shopping for food or clothing, hundreds of thousands of our neighbors are living in desperation.   They are hungry – all the time.   They have no money – almost every day.  Their heat or air conditioning…

Our connection to one another

David Bohm, a world-renowned 20th-century physicist and protege of Albert Einstein’s, once wrote that people do not depend on one another as much as they “are one another.”  That was one of his major conclusions following a lifetime of research and examination of the universe and its parts.  Bohm was well-versed in classical and quantum physics, and he drew his…