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The $100,000 Generosity Question

Recently I asked the following question on Twitter and Facebook: If someone gave you $100,000 and told you to go do something generous with it - what would you do? I loved reading through the variety of answers that came back. There are clearly so many ways to show generosity and so many needs in the world. I wanted to share some of my favorites (and trust me, it was hard to...

What I’ve Learned from Dumpster Kids, a Buddhist Monk, and Other Wise Teachers (Part 4)

This is a four-part series sharing lessons in joy, success, and even fidelity, that I brought back with me from a 2-week service trip to Thailand and Cambodia at the close of 2010. Lesson #4: Transparency can be a saving grace. Were you wondering when I'd get to talking about fidelity? For years a friend of mine has had relationships with women outside of his marriage. He has...

What I’ve Learned from Dumpster Kids, a Buddhist Monk, and Other Wise Teachers (Part 3)

This is a four-part series sharing lessons in joy, success, and even fidelity, that I brought back with me from a 2-week service trip to Thailand and Cambodia at the close of 2010. Lesson #3: Your fate is not controlled by the prejudice of others. Happiness is in you and those you choose to hear. I was reminded of this while visiting an organization called Baan Gerda . In...

What I’ve Learned from Dumpster Kids, a Buddhist Monk, and Other Wise Teachers (Part 2)

This is a four-part series sharing lessons in joy, success, and even fidelity, that I brought back with me from a 2-week service trip to Thailand and Cambodia at the close of 2010. Lesson #2: Make every day a meditation by walking slowly, listening deeply, and counting breaths, not sheep. On New Years Day, all the orphanages were closed to us so I wanted to go to a temple, to...

What I’ve Learned from Dumpster Kids, a Buddhist Monk, and Other Wise Teachers (Part 1)

This is a four-part series sharing lessons in joy, success, and even fidelity, that I brought back with me from a 2-week service trip to Thailand and Cambodia at the close of 2010. Check back every day this week for the next three parts. -KF Photo Courtesy of Asiacenterfoundation.org Lesson #1: Choose your family wisely. I saw this listed in a Bangkok gym as tip number ten to...

Why Getting Head Lice Is the Best Thing that Ever Happened to Me

The only ones among you who will be really happy are those who have sought and found how to serve. - Albert Schweitzer The Kids Wanted to Make Sure I Didn't Forget Them Thanks to donations from my readers, seven Guatemalan students will go to high school, three villages have school supplies, one has a new refrigeration system for soy milk, 60 villagers ate meat, and 140...

Guatemala Day 4: Judith, a Mayan on a Mission

(Back in LA now but still getting all the posts up.) Let me introduce you to Judith. I don’t have pics of her, but here are some pics of her kids, which is a good way to get to know her. Judith is a TOTAL PISTOL who forced me to sit through a one hour Powerpoint presentation with numbers!!! She decided fifteen years ago to open up her home to the town children whose parents...

Field Report: Education and Pollo Loco in El Hato

I spent today in the village of El Hato where I was introduced to seven children who are desperate for scholarships to go to private school in Antigua. They had excelled in middle school, and had high school tuition promised to them by a Canadian donor. Unfortunately he pulled out at the last minute. The entire village made a case to me to help support them. Each of the kids...

Guatemala Field Report: School for Jose

Today I met Carlos. Carlos is a social entrepreneur who no longer wants to be reliant on donations for the kids he’s trying to save. He wants to help his village by creating self-sustaining entrepreneurial projects. As for what the proceeds do, Carlos' earnings help educate and care for 150 children as an alternative to them hitting the coffee fields as early as 4 years old...

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