In the last couple of weeks, I’ve been spending a lot of time with a close family member who is going through a very difficult time. She’s an active, independent woman of 88 who fell and broke both of her arms six weeks ago.
Recovery is painfully slow and just plain painful. But even more challenging, for her, is the utterly bewildering experience of not being able to do anything — not even the simplest, most basic things — without help.
Growing up in New York, there were three things I found utterly amazing: the accents of people from other places, baseball and snow days. If you're from California, Mexico or Hawaii, you probably know what the first two are all about. But the third? Allow me to explain.
A snow day, for those of you who have never experienced winter, is an unexpected day off from school granted by a benevolent universe...
On the morning of December 19, 2010, over two thousand people crowded the lobby of El Centro de Convenciones Internacional de Barcelona (CCIB) to attend an all-day event with Maharaji. While many would-be attendees were stranded due to record-breaking snowstorms in Europe and the United Kingdom, the majority somehow managed to make it. Split into sessions, those lucky few had the chance to listen to and interact with Maharaji throughout the day: ample opportunity to be reminded of why they had booked their trip in the first place.
Building Strong Bodies, Brighter Futures for Ugandan Orphans
Between 1996 and 2002, civil war and epidemics of cholera, malaria, and HIV/AIDS devastated western Uganda's Kasese district, creating a generation of orphaned street children. While political conditions have now stabilized, overwhelmed government agencies have been unable to provide basic necessities such as food, clean water, and education to many of these children, estimated to make up as much as 17% of the population.