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2016 ArtLife Society Director's Year-End Report

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'Merry Christmas from the residents of Ritsona refugee camp. We thank the Greek people for your generosity in receiving and welcoming us.' 
--Ritsona residents.

It has been a while since giving an update for 2016.  I thank each of you for your thoughts, donations, encouragement, and holding the space for a bright 2017 for all.

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Perspectives No. 2 - Goods of Goodness: A Visual

It is the women, last week, at the Kara Teppe Refugee camp on Lesvos gathered around me, learning about alternative health products brought to them from USA donors. Each a beautiful woman, wife and mother, graceful yet desperate after so many months of displaced crisis, family separations, and uncertainty. They hold on to every word of instruction I offer, taking notes for future reference.

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Perspective No. 1 - Wordless in Greece

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I am just now returning from a month in Greece. No email updates from me. No Lesvos Refugee Project broadcast blog posts. A handful of Facebook cute animal videos were shared from me, maybe in my need for quiet diversion.

I haven't written because I have not known what to write. The whole war and displacement of mass humanity, and the subsequent 'fall out' defies...

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You've Got to Have Nerve....

2016-09-06- uve Got to Have Nerve Blog Post
"It's not enough in life to be nice. You've got to have nerve."

Georgia O'Keeffe

This quote seems to encompass my sentiment of late. As I head back to Greece, doing what I can. I will be a volunteer both on the shores of Lesvos, ...

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Walking My Talk: Navigational Change

Walking my talk: we are all in one boat.

Shipment arrival update: The completion of this shipment ran into complications up to the day I left for Greece, and complications continued for my first three weeks upon my arrival.

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When is Solidarity Solidarity?

Refugee Crisis -- Solidarity -- Open the Borders - What’s the Current Situation?

Honestly, I couldn’t tell you. At least not tell you and feel that I am giving accurate and updated information. The situation changes daily and is fraught with misconceptions, high hopes, mistaken ‘facts’, ever-changed ‘clarifying’ politics, and anything else that makes for ‘updates’.

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Today’s words: Fluctuating and Indescribable: Lesvos Update

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I am feeling more settled here with each day, two weeks today. Maybe I can find words to write now. Upon arriving to Lesvos, walking into the tension, combined with the grief, combined with the sudden EU-Turkey deal, then the sudden deportation, and all the PTSD fatigue apparent to me in most everyone here, a swell of feelings possibly now able to surface amidst the lull in boat arrivals .... has all been lot for me to just notice.

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When stillness isn’t so still: Lesvos Update


I took this photo yesterday. It’s just a simple peaceful photo capturing Stillness, with a capital ’S’. In the late afternoon, I sat gazing across to the Turkish coastline, a calm welcoming blue sea. It was last June 2014, almost two years ago, that I sat on this very same bench, soaking up the stillness of the moment.

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