LOST IN MY HOMETOWN

LOST IN MY HOMETOWN

I thought the move was going to be a simple change of scenery, possibly requiring some minor adjustments at most. After all, I was returning to my home country, already knowing the language, people, and customs. If I had managed to get used... Read More »

OUR CONSTANT

OUR CONSTANT

Ask anyone, and they’ll agree that today’s world is very different from the one our parents and grandparents knew. The funny thing is that the feeling is not new by any means. “The cause of the … increase in nervous disease is increased dem... Read More »

A CHILD’S CHOICE

A CHILD’S CHOICE

It was 1996, and our family had just moved from the safety of Italy to a somewhat still troubled and unstable post-war Croatia, settling in a large apartment on the outskirts of Rijeka. Our neighbors—a mix of refugees, widows, and elderly r... Read More »

THE VIPS

THE VIPS

There are times in life when we each feel like an anonymous unknown. It’s a discouraging realization. You’re a statistic—a woman or a man, over forty or under forty, single or married, able-bodied or disabled. Every so often, you put your v... Read More »

BUNDLES OF LOVE

BUNDLES OF LOVE

Our neighbor, Mr. Chen, enthusiastically returned my “Good morning,” adding a heartfelt, “Isn’t the weather great today!” As I watched him walk on with a spring in his step and a beaming smile that eclipsed his graying hair and wrinkles, I ... Read More »

DURIAN PEOPLE

DURIAN PEOPLE

What makes people crave a fruit like durian? Why do they light up when they see clumps of those prickly, greenish-brown husks hanging liberally from vendor stalls? How do they get past the pungent, even revolting, odor? What makes them figh... Read More »

DARE TO DREAM

DARE TO DREAM

“I had seen that man before and now he was sitting in the snow outside the stadium [in Madrid]. I asked him what he was doing there. He said he’d been there for five hours, hoping for a chance to see the game, but his money had run out. Tha... Read More »

PASS IT ON

PASS IT ON

I believe that God wants to encourage people, but often He needs us to do it. And, believe it or not, we do have what others need. We have God’s Holy Spirit and His words of love! Our life can be influential because of the power of our word... Read More »

THE PRISONER

THE PRISONER

The prisoner dictated a letter to some of his dearest friends hundreds of miles away in another country. He told them that he was in chains—most likely chained to his jailer, as that was the custom of the time. Ironically, he had previously... Read More »

10 PRINCIPLES OF PEOPLE-BUILDING

10 PRINCIPLES OF PEOPLE-BUILDING

Be a people-builder by supporting others. These tips can help. 1. Build up excellence: Think of at least one thing that you find outstanding in someone, and then let them know how excellent they are in that specific way. 2. Give responsibil... Read More »

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