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Heather Paul

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The Tree of Life -- Not Just a Movie

(0) Comments | Posted April 20, 2011 | 5:06 PM


I just watched the trailer for Terrence Malick's upcoming movie, "The Tree of Life," an intriguing drama that stars Brad Pitt and Sean Penn. As I followed the back story of its production, I came upon Malick's own words as...

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What If There Were a Springtime for Children?

(0) Comments | Posted April 11, 2011 | 5:44 PM


What if children of all ages rose up and marched in unison to their government capitals, demanding their rights -- human rights to a home, a family, education, and a childhood? Their ranks would be filled with...

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Looking Back and Giving Back

(0) Comments | Posted July 29, 2010 | 6:02 PM

I have written a check to my high school alma mater for the repair of its watch tower. I have responded to the drumbeat for money from a college alumni office. But those are small gestures of giving back to what made me who I am -- compared to what...

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Who are the "Lucky" Orphans?

(0) Comments | Posted July 8, 2010 | 4:34 PM


It was on summer nights that I felt I was the luckiest of children -- lucky to be a kid, to have my family, to be looking forward to exciting adventures ahead. After a blistering hot day, dusk and a cool...

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Without a Child and With Purpose

(1) Comments | Posted June 30, 2010 | 10:01 AM

The U.S. has more childless women than ever before, according to a recent report cited in last week's Washington Post. Among women in their early forties, one in five has no biological children. Thirty years ago that figure was only one in ten.

How ironic that these statistics...

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Inside a Cab: the Goodness of Small Moments

(1) Comments | Posted June 21, 2010 | 2:24 PM


The BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico seems to be one more catastrophe that leaves all of us "small people" feeling powerless -- and drowning in the enormity of such a huge crisis.

In the wake of such tragedy...

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Children, Soccer and a Level Playing Field

(2) Comments | Posted June 15, 2010 | 11:20 AM


The 2010 World Cup is in full swing, and as CEO of SOS Children's Villages-USA I've been thinking a lot about what soccer means in the lives of children around the world. At SOS we witness the power of...

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Haiti's Squalor, Haiti's Hope

(0) Comments | Posted June 11, 2010 | 7:15 PM

2010-06-11-boysinHaiti.gifAs CEO of SOS Children's Villages USA, I wanted to see for myself the situation for children and families in Haiti. In a lifetime of travel through many developing countries, I have never seen the extent of poverty...

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Haiti's Canvas

(2) Comments | Posted May 28, 2010 | 1:53 PM

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Up until the earthquake, I often pondered dual notions of Haiti. Intriguing images of brilliantly colored folk art that I had admired competed with the dull, grinding poverty that I had seen so frequently in the news. Bustling marketplaces of magnificent color...

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Is PERMANENT a Useful Word in Haiti?

(3) Comments | Posted May 26, 2010 | 5:27 PM

Temporary food supplies, emergency shelters, transient family situations, and short-term fixes are a reality in Haiti, and have been since the earthquake. Everything is temporary, and for children, especially those who have spent the last six months without parents, "temporary" has become a devastating perpetual condition.


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