Date: November 3, 2012

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Malice in Wireland

Today’s view from the ground: The Rockaways, Queens, NY – November 2012 Monday was a second chance for New York. Many used it as a way to cut out the effects of Sandy and resume a normal schedule. Much of Manhattan’s refugees, having learned the power was restored, crept back into the city over the weekend and went to work or play, fully decked out in winter fashions, trying to put the…

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Date: March 27, 2011

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Standing at the Threshold of Heaven

Today’s view from the ground: Tokyo, Japan, April 2011   In the above photo, a health care volunteer in Sendai helps treat a radiation reaction on a woman’s face after she was evacuated from the Fukushima area. I was last in Tokyo’s Narita Airport six months ago. If someone had come up to me then and told me what the next half year would be for me and the world, I…

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Notes on a Civilization Under Fire

Today’s view from the ground: Sendai, Japan, April 2011   Sakura float by The breeze on the lonely stream The beat my heart skipped – a haiku on Thursday morning   Old tents on new ground In scents of fuel and fire The dead have voices – a haiku on Friday night   In the above photo, a boy looks at the wreckage of Sendai at sunset yesterday. The order to…

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Date: November 23, 2010

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Fighting Cholera in Northern Haiti

Fighting Cholera – Part 1 Today’s view from the ground: St. Louis du Nord, Haiti, November 2010 Forty-eight hours ago, I did not expect to be in northwest Hispanola on the front line of the fight against cholera. But, as those familiar with me know, I have a tendency to end up in these situations. I met the staff of Materials Management Relief Corps in downtown Port-au-Prince on Sunday morning…

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