Project Refuge

January 24, 2017

Project Refuge: Part Four

In 1939, the United States turned away more than 900 Jews fleeing Hitler’s Germany because of a false fear that some might be Nazi conspirators or Communists. More than a quarter of those refugees later died in the Holocaust as a result. If I am certain about anything, it is this: history must not repeat itself, but it absolutely could.

This is my last installation in my writing serie...

January 16, 2017

Project Refuge: Part Three

“Compassion and security can coexist.”
-Scott Arbeiter, President of World Relief

            The phrase “Net Positive” is used to describe businesses that put more into society, the global economy, and the environment than they take out.  The Net Positive ideal, in fact, is a legitimate movement spearheaded by The Net Positive Project. This project aims to create a world where our largest financia...

January 10, 2017

Project Refuge Week 2: The Wait

I’ll never forget the moment I looked into his eyes. They were dark brown, similar to mine, but they held the sights of a different life. He had wrinkles around them, though he couldn’t have been far beyond his mid thirties. He could be younger- I’m terrible with age. He was always smiling, always laughing. I only sometimes understood him, but he still made me smile. This time he was serious. Hi...

January 2, 2017

Project Refuge: Part One

People have a natural tendency to fear what we do not know. It’s part of the human experience. The nightlight industry has made a fortune off of the fear of the dark! It's also natural that, as we age, we realize there is no rational reason to be afraid of the dark. It is a fear that many of us can quickly overcome through rational thinking and education. Why is it, then, that we do not address other...

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