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The Refugee and Me

July 18, 2016 | For most of my life, I have been involved with people from other nations. Maybe it’s because my mother came to the U.S. from Mytilene (Lesbos), Greece, when she was three years old, and my father was the first of his family to be born in the U.S., instead of the Ukraine. I heard a lot of languages as a child, too, growing up in a neighborhood with people from Czechoslovakia (today’s Czech Republic), Germany, France, Mexico, and Italy, among others. Or maybe it was because my parents gave me the name Barbara, which is defined as “strange or foreign.” I’ve managed to travel to 60 countries, and to learn (at various levels of competence) eight languages, with assorted words and phrases in a half dozen others. Now that my opportunities for travel are dwindling as I age, I have wanted to stay involved. A couple of years ago, our local Amnesty International (AI) group opened up a new means of crossing borders for me. Read more »

Responses to the Killings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile

Responses to the Killings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile

July 13, 2016 | A collection of responses to the recent killings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile. If you, like us, are seeking ways to keep your heart open in the midst of the weight of the moment, we invite you to read and share these pieces. If you have something you'd like to share, please email your responses to allison@bpfna.org. Read more »

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