Lessons I’m Learning in India

A woman comes up to our car window begging for money. (New Delhi)

It gets me every time.  You’d think that after visiting India 13 times, I’d be accustomed to seeing the extreme poverty on display, but there’s no way to prepare for it.Literally as soon as I drive out of the New Delhi airport – in my chauffeured car with my six pieces of luggage – I am confronted with signs of desperation and dire need.  Women holding babies come up to the car window begging for money.  So do barely clothed young children and maimed men.Our car crosses people sleep … [Read more...]

Slow Enough To Care

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Two weeks ago, China was caught up in state of troubling reflection as a national audience viewed a security camera recording of a small girl not only hit by a couple of passing motorists, but more disturbing, casually disregarded by all forms of human traffic.  (Here's an article explaining the horrific incident, with the security camera footage at the bottom.  Warning, obviously, it's graphic.)  Like most parents, the sight of a defenseless child motionless in the path of oncoming traffic creat … [Read more...]

Valuing Totem Poles

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To the casual Northwest observer, nothing appears more iconic than the odd assortment of stacked animal images that makes up the totem pole. Painstakingly hand-carved, competing for altitude with power poles and cell towers, the Native American totem pole bears witness to a value chain not usually understood.These typically hand-hewn wooden monoliths are often a visual reminder of personal or community history.  Also, they make values visible. We do this in our modern, every day … [Read more...]


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