The Great Decluttering Weekend

The Great Decluttering Weekend

From May 30, 2023 I rarely sleep more than six hours a night. I slept for nine hours on Sunday night. When I got up on Monday my body ached. But I felt a great weight had been lifted from my shoulders. For at least the last three years, I would visit the storage unit to search for something I…

Guest Journal Presenter: Naïve Charles

Guest Journal Presenter: Naïve Charles

From May 27, 2023 Gabens sent my first waive of photos to my dad about two weeks ago. But Dad was too busy to review and share them with Journal readers. So, while he is now busy in Florida cleaning out all his junk and clutter, he has found a little time to share my first photographs.

Choking Smoke

Choking Smoke

From May 26, 2023 On Wednesday before leaving for the airport, I entered my office and saw smoke drifting into the room. The big new window was open. People near to us were burning trash. The gentle breeze blew the smoke into my office. This is why my breathing became more labored in Haiti during this last trip.

Partial Recess

Partial Recess

From May 25, 2023 On Saturday, a friend from Cleveland (and former Chair of the Board) will be visiting me. She and her husband will be staying in a hotel within walking distance of the jetty. We will spend time clearing out my storage unit and making room in the apartment for Stéphanie. My closets are filled with boxes of…

The Man

The Man

From May 24, 2023 I travel back to Ft. Pierce, Florida later today. What pleases me is leaving Santa Chiara in the capable hand of Mr. Gabens Preval. We are so blessed to have him at the helm these last two years. He has literally transformed the culture and work ethic at Santa Chiara, bringing very capable and skilled people.…

Leftover Photos

Leftover Photos

From May 23, 2023 Today, I’m sharing some random photos that I haven’t shared in previous Journals. Here’s one of Bency Straub and Moïse Straub…

From Smiles to Tears

From Smiles to Tears

From May 22, 2023 Some days, Naïve can be downcast. Yesterday seemed like a fun day for Naïve. She enjoyed signing at the children’s worship service. She sat next while I was writing in a shady spot downstairs. After lunch I was seated at the back of the property when she sat next to me. The next thing I knew,…

Good Morning, Haiti

Good Morning, Haiti

From May 21, 2023 Yesterday shortly after awakening, I sat at my desk in front of the computer. Before sending yesterday Journal of most photos, I opened the window. It had rained overnight. The air was clean and cool. I took this photo on Saturday evening. As I looked out at the dawning day, I felt like shouting (á la…

Less Words/More Photos

Less Words/More Photos

From May 20, 2023 The last few Journals each contained a lot words. Today’s will have mostly photos. These pages often mentioned Mr. Deshommes (aka Mr. D. or The Tall Man). He is wonderful with the children and they all love him.

Bumping Around in the Darkness

Bumping Around in the Darkness

From May 19, 2023 At the end of the preface of my book Thoughts of a Blind Beggar, which was published by Orbis Books in 2007, I wrote: “…it is abundantly clear that we are all blind beggars, and we all need to stretch out open hands to God, who will give us sight and teach us how to see…