“I am not afraid to live” – The art of reversing thoughts

“I am not afraid to live” – The art of reversing thoughts

by Nicole Zeimis          February 24, 2012

The Fun-A-Day Project & Show started eight years ago in Philadelphia. It was founded by an organization called The Artclash Collective, and has now spread around the world with events in the United Kingdom, Canada, and various locations across the United States. I moved to Philadelphia in June, and started hearing about Fun-A-Day in December when my housemates picked up the event postcard and tacked it to the refrigerator.

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Costa Concordia: 2 Survivors Tell their Story

Costa Concordia: 2 Survivors Tell their Story

By Laurent and Marie-Clotilde Maubert       January 27, 2012
Storytelling – Reading Time Estimation: 4 min

Barcelona, Palma de Mallorca, Cagliari, Palermo, Rome and Savona. Many ports that attracted us. A week on board the Costa Concordia for rest, sightseeing, scenery, sunsets over the sea… Our first cruise. Our first shock on board: the superficiality, the easy life, temptations, gambling, welfare, the decor, fake luxury, kitsch pictures with surrealistic backgrounds… Everything encouraging us to spend money with serenity.

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Behind every face is a story

Behind every face is a story

By Catherine Kustusch          January 20, 2012
Storytelling of a volunteer with Heart's Home based in Bangkok, Thailand, April 2011.

I remember how scared I was at the possibility of being around sick people. I’ve lost a lot of people I love, so death doesn’t scare me, but getting sick – especially so sick you can’t even talk anymore – that is one of my biggest fears. I remember how much I was worried that my sensitive sense of smell and my fears would get in the way of really being present for our friends. I will admit that the first time I went to the hospital it was very hard. Everyone is very clean and well taken care of, to the point that there actually isn’t that horrible “hospital smell” that I thought there would be. However, most of the people who live there cannot speak, and there are many who could before but now have lost the ability. At first, to be completely honest, I wanted to leave as soon as we had gotten there, and I just had to beg the Holy Spirit for his grace. I thought to myself: “What will we say?! Will I be sick? What am I doing here?!”

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Learning the value of life

Learning the value of life

By Natalie Helfrick               January 13, 2012
A volunteer with Heart's Home in Bangkok, Thailand – Extract from a letter received in December 2011.

There are children in our neighborhood with family members in jail, who are alcoholics, who sell drugs. Several express anxiety about returning home because of verbal or physical abuse. A lot are given a few baht (local money) for the day and the freedom to go where they please and by their own meals (mostly junk). Many are malnourished. Most lose their innocence far before anyone should. All are very thirsty for love and affection. One such child is Biw, a 9-year-old boy who falls in nearly all of these categories and comes to our house numerous times a day.

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Krakauer, a clarinetist on fire

Krakauer, a clarinetist on fire

By Segolène Bellat     January 6, 2012
Translation by Nathan West

David Krakauer is praised the world over for his exceptional ability to play a myriade of musical styles with equally prodigious chops (New York Times).  Here he shares with us his passion for music and what it is that drives him to give ever more of himself in his mission as a musician.

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“Messy as life is, there is a magnificent beauty . . .”

“Messy as life is, there is a magnificent beauty . . .”

Erika Deniger-Hagman December 30, 2011

In March 2011, Erika flew from Wisconsin to Thailand for a 18 months mission with Heart’s Home. As she evokes the life and struggles of her old neighbor, she shares with us what “magnificent beauty” she discovered in the messiness of her slum . . .

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