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Spirit Catches You

I have started reading the book The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down, a story of a Hmong child and her encounters with the American medical system. As I read about the loyal social worker and her above and beyond commitment to Lia Lee’s family, I can’t help but think about my own experiences with a refugee.

For confidentiality reasons, I’ll call him Nadif, which means “between seasons” because in many ways, Nadif was always in a liminal stage. He escaped his war-torn country of Somalia through a sponsorship, along with his sister. Little is known about his mother and father — whenever I’ve asked him, he would go on a tangent about a blind man and suddenly start speaking both French and English.

Nadif was intelligent: he was trilingual (he spoke English, Somali, and French fluently), he had dreams of becoming a water engineer in Somalia and…

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The WordPress.com Blog

As Story Wranglers here at WordPress.com, we love getting to spend time every day in the Reader exploring the incredible breadth of topics you’re writing about. Here are three Freshly Pressed posts from this past week that we think are must-reads:

Wiggle Wiggle Pinky Toe!

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I do it again, this time to confirm that what I thought I had been seeing could actually be real. “Wiggle little toe, wiggle.” Wiggle wiggle it says, as it dances back and forth, proving to me that for the first time in almost six months, I have regained motor control of a part of my lower body.

Arash started his blog, Arash Recovery, to chronicle his fight to walk again after a fall from a third-floor balcony left him paralyzed from the chest down. In Wiggle Wiggle Pinky Toe!, he experiences a physical breakthrough six months in the making. We were on…

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The Gift of Imperfection

OI PESSOAL, ESSE NOVO CLIP DA CANTORA GLAU PIVA COM UM INSTRUMENTO VINDO DO HAWAI QUE SE CHAMA UKULELÊ, CONFIRAM… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rLQ7lcwUJT0

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6 Things They Said & I Followed in 2012

OI PESSOAL, ESSE NOVO CLIP DA CANTORA GLAU PIVA COM UM INSTRUMENTO VINDO DO HAWAI QUE SE CHAMA UKULELÊ, CONFIRAM… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rLQ7lcwUJT0

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Dreaming in the Dark

OI PESSOAL, ESSE NOVO CLIP DA CANTORA GLAU PIVA COM UM INSTRUMENTO VINDO DO HAWAI QUE SE CHAMA UKULELÊ, CONFIRAM… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rLQ7lcwUJT0

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Day Two in Bhutan: This is Life

OI PESSOAL, ESSE NOVO CLIP DA CANTORA GLAU PIVA COM UM INSTRUMENTO VINDO DO HAWAI QUE SE CHAMA UKULELÊ, CONFIRAM… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rLQ7lcwUJT0

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On Gifts

OI PESSOAL, ESSE NOVO CLIP DA CANTORA GLAU PIVA COM UM INSTRUMENTO VINDO DO HAWAI QUE SE CHAMA UKULELÊ, CONFIRAM… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rLQ7lcwUJT0

A Frank Angle

interfaithlogoYes, I believe in Santa Claus, and the reason is simple – Santa Claus is a spirit of giving and kindness that transcends all cultures.

This post is for Christians, Jews, Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists, secular humanists, Atheists, agnostics, and all other belief systems because this my way of saying thank you with hopes that it brings a smile and warms your heart.

To me, there is no other day like Christmas Eve as it brings a sense of calmness. I smile when driving by closed stores with empty parking lots. Traffic is light as we pass houses with outdoor holiday lights. Listening to calm, classic music of the season adds to the sense of calmness.

In the spirit of Santa Claus, here are my gifts to you – my visitors – for I owe you for the many joys you’ve given me here and throughout WordPress.  So, go under the…

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