Happy Birthday to President Carter, an Inspiring Stonecatcher!

In celebration of President Jimmy Carter’s 92nd birthday on October 1, 2016, Peggy and I, and Tom and Dougie Trumble, share our heartfelt thoughts about the impact he and Rosalynn have made on our lives, and the lives of millions of people around the world. They are inspiring stonecatchers! The following is an updated version … More Happy Birthday to President Carter, an Inspiring Stonecatcher!

Saving Children and Marines in Mogadishu

A scarlet, key-laden lanyard hung around Khadija Mohamud’s neck. The gold lettering was unmistakable: United States Marine Corps. My question obvious; her answer emotional. Khadija’s story quickly unfolded. “Two Marines were forgotten, left behind. I had to do what I had to do,” Khadija said recounting her unhesitatingly selfless call to action in saving two U.S. Marines in war torn … More Saving Children and Marines in Mogadishu

Memorial Day

On Memorial Day one year ago, with sunset approaching, my wife Peggy and I quietly walked among the thousands of brilliant white headstones in the Normandy American Cemetery in Colleville-sur-Mer, Normandy, France. Emotions swelled.  We arrived at the cemetery following a day-long tour of the Normandy coast where American soldiers and sailors, among whom were family … More Memorial Day

“Love That Boy

“I hope I don’t let you down, Dad,” whispered Tyler Fournier to his father as they inched forward in the line to meet President Obama. Tyler was 13 then. Tyler has Asperger Syndrome. Ron Fournier’s book, Love That Boy, is a passionate, honest and enlightened account of his struggle to accept and embrace Tyler’s differences — from the … More “Love That Boy

“Stigmatized”

Dr. Reza Mansoor is my friend. He is a friend to many. He opens paths. He clears paths. He is a stonecatcher.  I first met Reza several years ago while building Habitat for Humanity homes in Hartford. He was on the Muslim Coalition of Connecticut (MCCT) crew. The assembled construction crews were part of Hartford Habitat’s interfaith collaborations designed to … More “Stigmatized”

Residential Segregation in America: By Accident or On Purpose?

Richard Rothstein, a noted researcher and policy advisor at the Economic Policy Institute, has invested years in analyzing the history and effects of residential segregation in the United States. He was the keynote speaker at the Hartford-based Partnership for Strong Communities March 31, 2016, IForum on “Housing Choice and Affordability: Unlocking Opportunity.” Rothstein’s presentation traced the history of how metropolitan segregated … More Residential Segregation in America: By Accident or On Purpose?