Monthly Archives: December 2012

Exposure

A hooded down coat, three layers of clothing underneath it, a wool hat, two scarves, waterproof gloves, two pairs of socks, rugged wool-lined boots and foot/hand warmers are still not enough insulation as we plod through the snowy (yet thankfully … Continue reading

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More opportunities to serve in Dallas and beyond

It’s been over a week since the ACE/AB trip working in NOLA. As I reflect on our five days of service, I have a message for those reading this blog. For students: The opportunities to do meaningful service with the … Continue reading

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Recipes for Survival

One of the most powerful displays at Auschwitz, and one of its most sickening, is a darkened room piled to the ceiling with human hair. Behind an expanse of glass is nearly two tons of it, some of it still … Continue reading

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Remembrance & Respect

                  At each Holocaust memorial site, one of us lights a candle on behalf of everyone in our group. Afterward, one of several Jewish friends traveling with us reads aloud from the “Kaddish” prayer … Continue reading

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1942.

Fellow traveler Paul Lake was born on Sept. 12, 1942, to a Jewish family in Philadelphia. It’s difficult for him, and all of us, to realize that had he been born in Warsaw, or anywhere in Nazi-occupied Europe, he likely … Continue reading

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Ghosts

Sometimes during quiet moments I glimpse a shadowy blur. It’s gone as fast as it’s there. But it’s there. Occasionally what follows is a faint odor I now know well: the smell of death. At nearly every camp we visit, … Continue reading

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Powerful Doses of Reality

At snowy Stutthof concentration camp near Gdansk, Poland, we huddle in a stark, damp-cold room with low ceilings, a long wooden examining table and large black & white image of syringes. We learn from our guide that medical treatments were … Continue reading

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Our last day on the job

As usual, we started the day with Dan making pancakes for everyone at 8am, and then we were out the door by 830am to be on site by 9am. Since we’ve been here for almost a week, we’re pretty much … Continue reading

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A productive day and NOLA-style dinner

Day 5 with YRNO, and we spent it at the S. Salcedo Street house again. We basically got into the same groups we were in yesterday – Adam worked with Prince and Terrance on the exterior siding; Monica, Karissa, and … Continue reading

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Rebuilding in New Orleans

SMU students are rebuilding houses in New Orleans during Alternative Winter Break. Read their blog.

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