Category: Humanitarianism

My book has received a positive review in The Newtown Review of Books in Sydney, Australia by a discerning writer. She also interviewed me Q&A-style.

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On anniversaries of destructive events, such as wars and genocide, we remember the victims and survivors, but it’s important to remember the often-forgotten helpers, too.

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It took 8 months to write plus 2 months to prepare the ancillary materials, but finally I’ve completed “Grit and Grace in a World Gone Mad”—without going mad myself.

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May 6-12 is Nurses Week in Canada and the United States. May 12 is International Nurses Day. A big Thank-You to all the brave and caring nurses — past, present and future — who save so many lives.

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It’s been a long haul trying to convince a publisher that a story about a remarkable group of missionaries and relief workers was worth printing. At last!

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The idea of children as plants to be nurtured and teachers as gardeners turns out to be an old idea, but one that spread quickly and firmly around the world.

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Missionaries had a lot of gold. They used it to pay for the vital needs of refugees and those under their care. But other people wanted to get their hands on it, too.

Did you know that Australians not only participated in the infamous WWI Gallipoli Campaign, but witnessed the genocides, and gave humanitarian aid to the survivors?

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Fun evenings’ entertainment used to be sing-alongs by the piano, or a rousing game of charades. This new-fangled contraption elevated it to the next level!

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We associate post-traumatic stress disorder with soliders, but health care professionals and humanitarian aid workers experience it, too. Now and 100 years ago.

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Writing is hard work. To liven it up, I run movies in the theatre of my mind. The people I’m writing about come alive in my head, except they look an awful lot like famous movie stars.

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Substantial humanitarian aid in the Ottoman Empire came from the British Empire: England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, India and other countries.

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The book I’m writing will NOT be published without help. Not financial help. No, I need as many “likes” as possible because that’s what publishers want.

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International humanitarian aid is more than a hundred years old. It started in and around the Ottoman Empire. This is a brief account of how it began – in grand American style.

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Even when it’s not a beautiful day in the neighbourhood, we can still take solace from the wisdom of Mr. Rogers: There are so many helpers in the world.

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I know the two women on the left, but need help identifying the other American and Canadian missionaries and NER relief workers in Talas and Cesarea, Turkey 1919.

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