Breaking News

Breaking News

From March 5, 2024 Yesterday’s Journal was a series of nearly hourly updates written at time of a bad news event happened. I will follow they same “breaking news” format of Monday’s events. My first thought was: *Oh no, they’ve canceled Tuesday’s flight.” But that was not the case. Instead, the message was more like “fastened your seat belts because…

Ready, Set, Go…or Not Go

Ready, Set, Go…or Not Go

From March 4, 2024 To live in Haiti these days is, for me and Steph, to live with stress and tension. On Saturday night, Steph saw so many bad images and distressing reports on social media, she became very upset. We spent a few hours on Saturday packing for Cuba…and uncertain we would even be able to get to the…

Very Unpredictable

Very Unpredictable

From March 3, 2024 On Saturday, I woke up the news that Haiti and Kenya signed a memorandum of understanding Friday on the deployment of 1,000 Kenyan police officers that both nations hope will allow for the rapid deployment of a United Nations-backed armed international security mission to help the Caribbean nation’s police force tackle deadly gangs.

Uncertainty

Uncertainty

From March 2, 2024 In yesterday’s Journal featuring the gangs attack on the airport in Port-au-Prince, I mentioned that one police officer was shot; he was taken to the hospital and is expected to survive. But in gunbattles with the gangs in area near the airport, the policemen were shot and killed, one of whom was a woman.

Blocked Traffic and Heavy Gunfire

Blocked Traffic and Heavy Gunfire

From March 1, 2024 Yesterday morning around 7:30, I received the alert front the U.S. Embassy in Port-au-Prince. This location was about a 15-minute drive from Santa Chiara…or it was two years ago. Boulevard 15 du October is where Aristide’s home is located.

Hands Together

Hands Together

From February 29, 2024 Many of long-time Journal readers know that my first trip to Haiti in December 2010 was to spend time with Fr. Tom Hagan, who is an Oblate of St. Francis de Sales. We have been friends ever since. He was featured in my film Mud Pies & Kites.

Perfect Joy?

Perfect Joy?

From February 28, 2024 When our days are disrupted or upended by some unforeseen event that scuttles our plans for the day due to some external event beyond our control (such a flight cancelation) or some physical ailment (a nasty cold) we often have a hard time adjusting to the new reality of the day.

The Broken Ground of My Life

The Broken Ground of My Life

From February 27, 2024 For a seed to grow it must be planted in broken ground. If a seed is sown on hard ground, nothing will happen. When the ground of our lives is broken during periods of significant trial, failure, and suffering, the seed of faith is able to grow. Life often is unfair and we are dealt serious…

A Super Sunday

A Super Sunday

From February 26, 2024 Yesterday, Stéphanie and I broke out of prison. We left Santa Chiara at 12:40pm with Officer Richard and headed for a small hotel near the airport where a friend from United States was staying. He is in Haiti on a special assignment for the U.S. Government.

Cuban Embassy

Cuban Embassy

From February 25, 2024 An extraordinary amount of work went into getting the meeting at the Cuban Embassy on Friday. There were many twists and turns, ups and downs, and lots of misunderstandings and misinformation. Plus, we ripped through a lot of money we did not have to help one two-year girl with a rare medical condition and who had…