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The World is Crying and I am Numb

It has been over a month since I flew home from Greece. A month since a giggling circle of children covered my face in stickers in Pireaus Port. A month since the beautiful smile of little Aya won my heart … Continue reading

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Sorting Shoes and Sad Blue Eyes

I am now in Athens, a 12 hour ferry away from the intensity of the life and death crisis playing out daily on Lesvos. Every day I question, “Did I make the right decision to leave and come here? Should … Continue reading

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Embracing Elpis, the Spirit of Hope in Lesvos

Elpis. In Greek mythology, the daimona, or spirit, of hope. When the infamous Pandora opened her box or jar, away flew the other daimona, leaving behind mankind in their suffering and toil on the Earth. Except Elpis. She alone remained behind, a beacon of … Continue reading

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A Town Called Molyvos

I love Molyvos. The crooked, uneven streets that twist and contort into a brainteaser for my feet and memory. So much life is packed into this medieval warren of narrow roads never meant for modern cars. Here the pace of … Continue reading

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Week 1 on Lesvos: Tragedy & Hope

I have been on Lesvos only a few days and already I am blown away by the scale of the human need and the determined compassion of the volunteers who have gathered from all corners of the Earth to be … Continue reading

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Why I am flying to Lesvos, Greece

In two days I fly to Greece and the island of Lesvos to volunteer for the next couple of months with the refugee relief efforts currently under way and coordinated mostly by local island residents. I prefer to keep this … Continue reading

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A Refugee Crisis in Greece

In exactly 7 days I fly to Greece. I am a whirlwind of sensations as I scramble around the house packing and making lists (I’m always making lists). I have been here before, this pre-travel anticipation and nervous excitement, but … Continue reading

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