understanding the experiences of life

Ode to Friendship

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Ode to Friendship

Ode to Friendship   There’s a 1,000 things I love to do– None as much as converse with you.   In all the world, there’s none I’ve found Quite as much to turn around–           And whether it’s trite or monumental, You really appreciate the sentimental.       Here’s to friendship for eternity And gratitude abundantly– For all the amazing things we’ve shared And the opportunity to have cared. “The sky’s the limit,” so they say. I’ll settle for heaven come what may. And then I’ll still have dedication to my friend in conversation. Written by Jean L. Bons, the Teachable Spirit, October 28, 2016. Thank you, Lord, for the gift of...

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Understanding the Experiences of Life with a Refugee

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Understanding the Experiences of Life with a Refugee

Recently, Dr. Warren Bruhl suggested that I read The State of Africa: A History of the Continent Since Independence, by Martin Meredith. Although I have only read the first chapter, I can see that understanding the experiences of life in Africa because of its history will have a profound affect on my work. For example, while teaching Adult Basic Education (ABE), assisting students to gain their General Educational Development (GED) at Highline Community College (HCC), one of my students was a refugee from Liberia. Here is his story in his own words: In the year 1990 when the war started in my country, Liberia, I was very young; I was ten years old. My father and mother planned to move to another country called Ivory Coast. After a week we came to the Ivory...

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Understanding the Experiences of Life with Natasha Wainaina

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Understanding the Experiences of Life with Natasha Wainaina

Understanding the experiences of life with Natasha Wainaina means discovering the outcome of the Face of UK (FOKUK) contest on Saturday, June 21st, 2014, at the Colisium Suite in Ilford, UK. What was the result of the Face of Kenya UK contest? How did Natasha showcase her talent? What benefit did Ingrid Education Centre receive from her fundraising efforts? This year’s Face of Kenya UK (FOKUK) winner was Jesca Kiplagat due to her unique story and use of a motivational speech to showcase her talent. She will reign for a year as the ambassador of the FOKUK with honorary community events and projects that will see her inspire, empower and entice others to give back and proudly present a positive image of Kenya abroad. First Runner Up and Community Champion...

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Understanding the Experiences of Life with Montana Bruhl

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Understanding the Experiences of Life with Montana Bruhl

Understanding the experiences of life has taught Dr. Warren Bruhl the value of seeing firsthand exactly what others are doing to assist those who are under resourced in the world. Recently, he took his daughter, Montana Bruhl, to Kenya for two weeks, ostensibly to visit her grandmother, Sandy Taylor and see the work she is doing in the Kimana Rift Valley alongside Ken Taylor. Montana states: After driving through four hours of barren land and small villages, we arrived at the “Kimana School of Leadership and Professional Studies” property. This is the college that my grandparents built. To say that they built something out of nothing would be an understatement. The mere fact that they were able to gather the supplies, resources, and staff necessary to build...

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Understanding the Experiences of Life with Caldula

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Understanding the Experiences of Life with Caldula

What is it like to provide medical care to individuals in the Kimana Rift Valley? What kind of people need services and what kind of services are needed? Understanding the experiences of life has taught me that we take medical care very seriously here in the U.S. whereas people in other countries do not give much thought about it because they generally do not have the resources to be concerned. However, there sometimes comes a moment in an individual’s life where medical care and attention is needed beyond available resources. What happens in that case? Dr. Warren Bruhl tells the story of Caldula, an 85 year old woman that he and Dr. Scott Smith had the opportunity to attend to after she suffered a hip fracture. Here is the story in his own words: Caldula...

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There is Enough: Understanding the Experiences of Life

»Posted by on Apr 18, 2014 in understanding the experiences of life | 0 comments

There is Enough: Understanding the Experiences of Life

Changing our thinking about reality, understanding there is enough, living in the happiness of the present, is the reality that will change our world and those around us. “R. Buckminster (“Bucky”) Fuller stated in the 70’s, that we were able to do so much more with so much less that as a human family we clearly had reached a point where there actually was enough for everyone everywhere to meet or even surpass their needs to live a reasonably healthy, productive life. The challenge, he said, was that all our structures and systems—politics, government, health-care, education, economics, and especially our money system—have been designed around scarcity, around the belief that there was not enough for everyone and that someone would be left out.”...

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