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Tales Inspire Ties Across Cultures

Tales Inspire Ties Across Cultures

By Jennifer Erickson | LB Indy “Education is the key to equality for women,” said Karen Dennis, chair of the American Association of University Women’s 27th annual literary lunch held last Saturday. No one disagreed. Year after year the local AAUW showcases women authors to support their mission to empower women and girls through education. […]

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Orphanage Goes Up In Kenya

Orphanage Goes Up In Kenya

By Justin Swanson | LB Indy   Living up to its name, With Our Two Hands, representatives of the Laguna Beach-based nonprofit will welcome orphans to a new home in Kenya this weekend. From funding through fruition, the seven-month, $40,000 project culminates in a ceremonial opening on Sunday, May 19, according to the founder. Laguna […]

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A Personal Memoir Reflects South Africa’s Chaos

A Personal Memoir Reflects South Africa’s Chaos

By Robin Pierson, Special to the Independent   Niki Smart is living, thriving proof that transformation is possible and that a horrendous childhood can be overcome. Molested by her grandfather at 9, drinking by 12, having sex at 13, all the while living with a bizarre, scandalous, mentally ill mother incapable of mothering, Smart plunged […]

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Finding Connections a Continent Away

Finding Connections a Continent Away

Guest column By Jim Van Dalfsen, Special to the Independent   We were in the squatter’s camp of Kayamandi, South Africa, to build our third orphan home with an organization that I have been involved in for the past five years, Tapestry Homes.  It was child sponsorship day. This was the day that we had […]

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Uprooting Myths

Uprooting Myths

Editor, I guess Ms. Christoph is right, repeat something often enough and people begin to believe it, including herself (“Point of View,” Village Matters, May 6).  She claims that Eucalyptus trees with proper maintenance (they grow very fast and are expensive to maintain, are very thirsty plants and tap down deep into soil and rob other plants of […]

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Rekindling Debate Over Eucalyptus

Rekindling Debate Over Eucalyptus

Editor,   I guess Ms. Christoph is right, repeat something often enough and people begin to believe it, including herself (“Point of View,” Village Matters, May 6).  She claims that Eucalyptus trees with proper maintenance (they grow very fast and are expensive to maintain, are very thirsty plants and tap down deep into soil and rob other plants […]

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Rekindling Debate Over Eucalyptus

Rekindling Debate Over Eucalyptus

Editor, I guess Ms. Christoph is right, repeat something often enough and people begin to believe it, including herself (“Point of View,” Village Matters, May 6).  She claims that Eucalyptus trees with proper maintenance (they grow very fast and are expensive to maintain, are very thirsty plants and tap down deep into soil and rob other plants of […]