hai·ku ˈhīˌko͞o,ˌhīˈko͞o/ noun 1. a Japanese poem of seventeen syllables, in three lines of five, seven, and five, traditionally evoking images of the natural world. Do you know what I realized this morning?  I promised at least one haiku this month.  And I like being a (wo)man of my word.  I will start by sharing…

Disclaimer:  If you haven’t read Christmas Eve’s post, you should probably scroll down (or click here) and do that.  Otherwise, you may be a little confused at the lack of puzzle references in this post. Hey there!  Merry Christmas!! So, what did you open this morning?  A sweater?  New iPod? Who got a puppy?  (No seriously,…

(Please sing with me.) Schoooool’s out….for the summer. (Technically, it’s out for the winter.    The Honduran school calendar beats to it’s own drum.) Schooooool’s out….for ever. (Not actually true either.  Just until mid-January or early February based on which school a child attends.  The schools within Honduras also beat to their own drum which…

This is my last official Ornaments for Education post.  But, if you happen to be reading this after Christmas, don’t you worry.  You can still donate.  And then you can use your ornament as a holiday rearview mirror decoration in your car!  Don’t you think your rearview mirror looks a little lonely?  I’ve been trying…

There’s something about bringing a kid off the street that gives you a special bond with him.  For me, Awner is one of those kids. He ran away early 2012.  It’s such a helpless feeling to get word that a child has left and you have, let’s see, 52 days before your next trip.  Dang…

Learning a new language is really, really hard.  And I’m convinced that for every couple dozen new Spanish words I stuff in my brain, I permanently lose one English word.  It’s frustrating to be mid-sentence and come up entirely blank on the next word in either language.   At times I find myself speaking English…

To know Valentin is to love him. He is articulate and poised and kind.  When the boys gather for a group photo and without speaking, simultaneously decide to look tough, Valentin still puts on the sweetest smile. This is like an easy game of Where’s Waldo, only it’s Where’s the kid with the most genuine…

I’ve been sitting on this story for a while now.  Figuring how best to present it.  The decision to write it today came down to this being a story about a smart kid and I’m raising funds for education.  See the correlation? This is how I first met Eduardo. Yep, that’s his middle finger. He…

I’m cheating a little because I’ve written about this child before. But it’s now buried under a year or so of other posts.  Because this child amazes me, I love talking about him.  And it’s an excuse to go through my pictures looking for the very best ones to share with you.  That there is…

The topic of this blog for the last few weeks has been heavy.  I’ve been focusing on the ones who run away.  But what about the good stuff?  What about the kids who are thriving in Proniño?  There are plenty of them, and it’s time to showcase some.  Unless something major and unexpected happens, good…

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