Why justice is always worth it


One of the things that growing older tends to do is to help you distill the real from the frivolous–and to stoke a desire for more of what truly matters. I’ve always been drawn to hard cases, situations in which people are working against seemingly impossible odds.  The desire to bring justice where it appears … Read More

The award goes to…

James and Matt

 No, I’m not pre-empting the Academy Awards!  I’m part of the blogging crew at The Exodus Road, and I’m committed to posting monthly on their amazing work, mostly in South East Asia, fighting modern-day slavery through covert investigations.  A few weeks ago, I blogged for the first time for The Exodus Road blog on the difficult work … Read More

Five books that changed me in 2012


I ended 2012 having read many good books and sampled numerous others on my Kindle.  These five, however, challenged me, caused me discomfort sometimes, and often reframed my thinking.  Here they are–the five books that changed me in 2012: Hungry for Change by Mark Hyman, James Colquhoun and Laurentine ten Bosch “Hungry for Change” breaks down … Read More

Hailing the heroes in the war against human trafficking

help the helpless

Few issues resonate as deeply within me as the trafficking of women and minors for sex.  To quote the Old Testament prophet Jeremiah, it is a fire shut up in my bones.  I mourn the potential lost through all forms of slavery:  the great thinkers, engineers, artists, and leaders whose lives were snuffed out by … Read More

Spiritual disconnect: the persecuted church

Some days, I feel like I’m lodged between two parallel universes.On the one hand, I’m exposed to a warped North American version (in some quarters) of Christianity:  God is a sugar daddy who is blessing us, gracing us, covering us, anointing us… endlessly.  The expectation is that we will prosper, enjoy good health, and lack no good … Read More

Best in Show

I love to observe human nature and smile (when I don’t just burst out laughing) at some of the lunacy that passes itself off as normal behavior.Cue Best in Show.  Best in Show is the title given to the dog that wins the Westminster Kennel Club trophy for being the overall perfect dog among the thousands … Read More

When “following” matters

I’m rather intrigued by the concept of “followers” in social media.  I follow people; others follow me.  It’s the accepted protocol of online interaction. But 21st-century “following” is a strange creature, a yin and yang of closeness and distance, superficiality and honesty.  As much as I love the online world, in many ways it can’t … Read More

Olympic follies: The race that wasn’t run

It only comes but once every four years, the Olympics.  Relentless training and exceptional sacrifice boil down to a few minutes of intense competition; then, the worthy winners are lauded with much-coveted medals. The event should bring out the very best in us all, athletes and spectators alike. For the Caribbean, the London Olympics stirred … Read More

Where I come from

I’m not American, but I appreciate the pride that unfurls on July 4 in the Land of the Free.  I feel that pride surge in my own heart for my Land of Beauty; at least for the way it was back in the day. A few months ago, I came across Elizabeth Brewster’s poem “Where I Come … Read More

All heads bowed

Is it just me, or are a lot of people dropping their chins closer to their chests?  Are they navel gazing?  No, they’re connecting!  That little device in their hands commands rapt, almost idolatrous attention, whether they’re sitting, walking, jaywalking, or driving. At first glance you’d think the person was praying, head bowed in semi-worship of this … Read More