Giving + Learning

Category: Narratives


Engineer Turned Cabbie Helps New Refugees Find Their Way : Goats and Soda : NPR

Engineer Turned Cabbie Helps New Refugees Find Their Way : Goats and Soda : NPR. Fabulous story about a community organizer in Clarkston GA.

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The Medium is the Message on Voting Day

Originally posted on Kevin Brooks:
Election season has become pretty distasteful for many Americans as the parties polarize and the big money brings the nasty, but today my 56 year old friend, Faizil, got to vote for the first time—and…

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Independence Day: Never Too Late to Reflect.

I spent July 1, Canada Day, in the US and July 4th, Independence Day, in Canada. I’ve been a pretty good citizen of both my countries, but these nationalistic holidays are no big deal to me. World Refugee Day (my…

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Think This, Do This, Read This | A Wee Blether

Think This, Do This, Read This | A Wee Blether. Adam Copeland followed up his #AmbivalentAboutFargo post with a shout out for Giving + Learning. Thanks Adam!

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#AmbivalentAboutFargo | A Wee Blether

#AmbivalentAboutFargo | A Wee Blether. Adam Copeland offers a loving critique of the recent Fargo hype, including a call for commentators to acknowledge the New American population and their successes.

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The Most Urgent Story of Our Times

Originally posted on Kevin Brooks:
Khaled Hosseini, the Afghan-American author of The Kite Runner, A Thousand Splendid Suns, And The Mountains Echoed, is a fabulous story-teller.  He knows the refugee experience intimately and calls it “The Most Urgent Story of…

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My Somali family: Six years together.

Originally posted on Kevin Brooks:
On May 30th, 2008, I nervously punched in the apartment number on the security keypad. I could barely hear the ringing over my pounding heart. A male voice said “Hello?” and I said “Hello. This…

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Giving + Learning: A personal account.

Working with a Somali couple in their home for six years now has resulted in one of the most rewarding relationships of my life. We started out with some basics–them reviewing the English alphabet, me learning the Somali alphabet. I…

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