Puzzles Sunday School

Kids like playing on the carpet.  Checked in,Sunday school youngsters come back to their classrooms, sometimes hesitant, sometimes petulant, sometimes joyful, sometimes interested, sometimes full of bad intentions.  Tonight's theme will be Noah. It is about a...

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Rocking Horse For the Grandkids

In the front entry, project materials are carefully spread on the floor. There are drills and hammers, paint brushes, screwdrivers, scissors and a set of instructions, if needed. Charlie is building a Rocking Horse for his newest grand-daughter. In Charlie's newest...

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Child’s Play Outside the Marble Brewery

Inside the downtown Marble Street Brewery, adults pursue spirits, music, networking, barbecue ribs, chips and salsa, self promotion, smoozing, passionate political arguments, petty man/ woman/ transgender spats, soothing ruffled feathers, looking for sex, patching up...

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Jenny’s Selfie for all to see

When I eat breakfast with the kids, i sit with Diana, Jenny, and Hannah, an intern at Ms. Sue's. This morning the girls want to see pictures on my phone and flip through the camera roll.  Kids like to see pictures and really like to see pictures of themselves. Jenny...

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Small Steps Laundry day

The washer and dryer at Ms. Sue's starts early in the morning and ends late at night.  With forty two kids, clothes get dirty and, even with throw away diapers, there is hardly time to wash dry,fold, and hang. Some of the clothes are hand washed in buckets in the...

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Tree of Life photographs

In a hallway to the tv room, on a wall in front of the boy's dorm, is a tree with kid's photos hanging like fruit. These photo's were taken some years back and the children have long outgrown their photos, each day becoming something new, their emotions taking them on...

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Kids, Kids, Kids At breakfast and at Play

The kid meter is shaped like a stop signal with green,yellow, and red lights. When the green light is on there are bursts of positive energy. Kids seek like minded playmates and act out dramas the length of the dining room. They stay out of each others way and, like...

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Haitian Broom and little boy Mich

The crack in this wall began after a contractor built a security grate of ironwork on top of the storage unit so thieves couldn't slip in at night and help themselves to someone else's food. The crack has dangerously expanded and weakened the wall, and, in extension,...

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Lucky Top Dog

Lucky has had two litters. Her first litter was given away and taken at night when no one was paying attention. This second litter of seven is housed in a suitcase under the front porch of the guest house.  Besides the banging of mango's falling on the roof, Scott is...

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Gwen graduates – Video Kindergarden ceremony

On this day, Gwen graduates from kindergarten at a local community center. It takes some urging to go on stage with her aunt April, but she walks on and is recognized.There are recitations by some of the kids, comments by teacher's and invited guests, a small lunch...

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Painted nails girls having fun

Today, Gwen wants blue toenails. She is four years old but has a mind of her own, like all of us. Today, Alma sits on the floor in a doorway and carefully puts a new more beautiful blue on previously red toenails. Every little girl needs these moments. Alma knows this...

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Down by the River wash day

Every day is laundry day in Mogpog. A few do laundry at home in washing machines. Most do it at home in buckets of water, one for soapy suds and the other for rinsing. A few use the river, using cane sticks to pummel their laundry into submission, then rinsing clothes...

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