Monthly Archives: May 2016

Even a Duck Deserves a Hug

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Our Experience Teaching Empathy to Young Leaders A few weeks ago, I saw a bumper sticker that read: “I am not good at feelings. Will you settle for sarcasm?”  I got a chuckle out of it. But it also reminded me that we don’t do feelings very well in our culture. Boys in particular, receive   …Continue Reading

Realizing the Multiplier Effect of Books

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Let me let you in on a little known secret: books have a multiplier effect.  A book doesn’t just empower one child; it empowers many.  That’s because children who receive books share that book:  they bring it home to read with their siblings, parents, grandparents.  Together, they point out pictures, sound out words, marvel at   …Continue Reading

Lidia’s Dreams for the Future

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When I met Lidia this past January her personality shined through in so many different ways. She said she was shy, but that’s not what I saw in this outspoken 16-year-old from the rural, indigenous Guatemalan community of Chuiquel. She was thoughtful before she spoke, but she raised her hand often to speak and voice   …Continue Reading