The Moken – Understanding Our Environment

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On December 26, 2004, a bright and sunny morning the day after Christmas, the world experienced what can only be described as one of the most devastating natural disasters on record. Off of the coast of the Indonesian island Sumatra, an estimated 9.0 magnitude earthquake struck, subsequently creating a large tsunami that would end up…

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What is your “Bigger Why?”

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Gabi and her husband, Marcelo, came to the United States from Bolivia seeking help for their 12-year-old daughter, Marcela, who was suffering with brain cancer. Gabi and Marcelo sold their thriving refrigerator design business to raise the $50,000 for their daughter’s surgeries. During post-surgery recovery, Gabi and her husband would take turns stepping out of…

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Learning to Swim

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I was watching my son take a swimming lesson. He was practicing floating on his back. I stood outside the pool, fully clothed as his teacher guided him onto his back and gently coaxed him to trust that the water would hold him, that in fact he didn’t have to fight, he did not have…

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Passion & Focus

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The need and urge to express ourselves have been exploited to the delight of millions of people around the world in numerous reality shows. American Idol, The Voice, So You Think You Can Dance, and on. Hundreds of thousands audition for their chance to risk. We hold our breath as performers step onto the stage…

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