I’ve been traveling, living, teaching and learning alongside Iraqi and American high schools students on a program where experiences clown-car into days and a week holds a year’s worth of living.  Istanbul, Vermont, Chicago and now DC.  We can count – in hours – our remaining time together. I have one girl who can’t laugh without crying she says the bitter and sweet come together.

I am filled with the all to familiar hart-pangs of having letting them out of my sight and out of my reach. Out of a place where I know they are taken care of; where they take  care of each other and back into a world that won’t give them the kindness they deserve.

Its taken the better part of an hour to write that much and I’m just not willing to be this Sad yet.  I’ll let them go when it is time and deal with thinking about it later.

This is about the Hershey kisses….


single gold diggers find somebody to loveStaff dances

Someone’s first swim

Ice Cream Breaks (even if your vegan)

And pie.


Ferris Wheel Views

Stunning Ceilings

Hangin’ at the Willis (Sears)

Painting (volunteer day)

Getting Painted On


and Glorious Days in Beautiful Places.

The delicious bits of life.

**For their safety, we are not allowed to post pictures of our Iraqi students. Dude, I would rather you were seeing them too.”