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Photo from "South Africa The Good News" (www.sagoodnews.co.za) What better way to honor Nelson Mandela on his 95th birthday today than to reflect on his concept of Ubuntu?
by mbenefiel
Comment Count 7 comments on Thu Jul 18, 2013 at 04:26 AM PDT with 12 Recommends
Photo Credit: Margaret Benefiel Ancient stones, steep stairs, and sparkling fresh air greeted me upon arrival in Assisi, Italy, a month ago. Lush olive groves, leaves iridescent in the sun, offset ...
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Comment Count 5 comments on Thu Oct 03, 2013 at 05:40 PM PDT with 8 Recommends
Julia Ward Howe, best known for writing "The Battle Hymn of the Republic" in 1862, began working to heal the wounds of the Civil War once the war ended. By 1870 Howe had become convinced that ...
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Comment Count 3 comments on Fri May 10, 2013 at 05:58 PM PDT with 4 Recommends
presidencia.gov.ar, via Wikimedia Commons As Pope Francis enters Holy Week, the most important week of the Christian year, just days after his installation as Pope, the world watches his every move.
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Comment Count 4 comments on Mon Mar 25, 2013 at 11:41 AM PDT with 4 Recommends
As President Obama commences his first major Africa trip, focusing primarily on U.S. business investment and trade, the eyes of the world are upon him. Where will his priorities lie?
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Comment Count 3 comments on Wed Jun 26, 2013 at 04:10 PM PDT with 2 Recommends
As Kenya’s election day rapidly approaches, the world waits with bated breath. The country’s first election since the post-election violence of 2008 and the adoption of a new constitution in ...
by mbenefiel
Comment Count 5 comments on Wed Feb 27, 2013 at 10:20 AM PST with 2 Recommends
photo by rubyblossom on flickr In the beginning of this new year in Boston, as the trees stand bare and the ground freezes solid, I’m reminded by nature of the beauty of simplicity. What is the ...
by mbenefiel
Comment Count 2 comments on Tue Jan 29, 2013 at 10:34 AM PST with 2 Recommends
photo from lasanta.com.ec The world lost a hero yesterday. Nelson Mandela, 95, died at his home in Johannesburg, South Africa, after a long illness.
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Comment Count 5 comments on Fri Dec 06, 2013 at 10:35 AM PST with 1 Recommend
Photo Credit: flickr, DFID – UK Dept. for International Development Time and again I hear friends say, “The situation in Syria is terrible. We have to do something. What if we had just stood by ...
by mbenefiel
Comment Count 2 comments on Tue Sep 24, 2013 at 01:01 PM PDT with 1 Recommend
When I got off the plane at O’Hare Airport in Chicago on my way home to Boston on April 15, I couldn’t believe my eyes. Televisions blaring everywhere showed my beloved city at her premier ...
by mbenefiel
Comment Count 3 comments on Mon Apr 29, 2013 at 01:16 PM PDT with 1 Recommend