Posts Tagged ‘Colombia’

Betting on Peace

June 10, 2016

After billions spent on destruction through Plan Colombia, will the US now support Peace Colombia? And will Colombians take the wager on peace? My article today

Without Exoneration

December 1, 2013

Thank you, Robert Clark Young and Connotation Press for publishing this essay about my personal experiences over the years with people incarcerated in America. (This was written before my trip to Northern Ireland and the chance to work in the prisons there.) If you’re interested, read it here.

Gloria’s Mind reviewed The Blessing Next to the Wound

May 16, 2012

I just stumbled across a review of The Blessing Next to the Wound, one I’d never seen before.

And this also introduced me to a new blog: Gloria’s Mind
About Everything, Nothing and Maybe a Few Interesting Things

It made my day. I always hope to reach readers who wouldn’t ordinarily think about the subjects I’m writing about. This review moved me and so I’d like to share it.

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Green Books Campaign: The Blessing Next To The Wound
Posted on Wednesday, November 10, 2010 | 1 Comment

This review is part of the Green Books campaign. Today 200 bloggers take a stand to support books printed in an eco-friendly manner by simultaneously publishing reviews of 200 books printed on recycled or FSC-certified paper. By turning a spotlight on books printed using eco- friendly paper, we hope to raise the awareness of book buyers and encourage everyone to take the environment into consideration when purchasing books.

The campaign is organized for the second time by Eco-Libris, a green company working to make reading more sustainable. We invite you to join the discussion on “green” books and support books printed in an eco-friendly manner! A full list of participating blogs and links to their reviews is available on Eco-Libris website.

The Review: I do not really enjoy reading books with political and historical themes. I find the text too cumbersome. I skip past it and read something that is more useful for me at the moment. So, I was surprised to see, The Blessing Next To The Wound, by Hector Aristizabal and Diane Lefer, when it arrived at my home. I opened the package and I was sure I didn’t order it. I emailed Raz from Eco-Libris to let them him know I was either sent the wrong book or that I ordered a wrong book. Maybe it was a subconscious mistake. Hector Aristizabal taught me mistakes can turn out to be a good thing.

When it happened: I was making dinner one night, just a few days after receiving, The Blessing Next To The Wound. The food on the stove had a few minutes to sit on the stove to finish cooking. My office is right next to the kitchen (makes for poor eating habits) and so; I noticed the book sitting there on my desk unopened. It wasn’t the authors’ fault a mistake was made and it takes a lot of work to write a book. I kept looking at the book… The picture of the man with the blindfold over his eyes and the title really peaked my curiosity. Why was this book even on the Eco-libris list?

So, I turned the page to the introduction and began to read. When the timer on the stove beeped notifying me that dinner was ready to serve I looked the corner of the page to bookmark it and I realized I was several pages into reading this book by the time the timer on the stove went off. I was hooked and I knew I was. So, when Raz from Eco-libris returned my email, I let him know it wasn’t a problem after all. This was turning out to be a good read. It was a good read. It was a very good read.

There is something humbling about reading about a man living through poverty, political crisis, torture, abortion of his own children, and deaths of two of his brothers that really make a book like this amazing and well worth the read. Though keeping the dates, times, and names of a few places took a lot of note taking it was everything between the lines that I took in. This was truly and inspiring tale about taking something from the bad and using it to heal others as well as oneself. Hector did just that. He used his acting abilities and his psychotherapeutic know-how and then used it to help people heal. In the end he finally began to use these skills to help himself too.

The Blessing Next To The Wound is printed on recycled paper