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Holiday Message

I’m optimistic about the future. People sometimes say I’m naive or a Pollyanna, but it’s not that at all. My optimism is firmly rooted in my life experiences and is

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World AIDS Day 2008

Another World AIDS Day, December 1, has come and gone. Usually my disappointment about World AIDS Day centers on the lack of media attention the day receives in this country.

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Remembering Sibongile

This story was originally published in my book, Never Give Up: Vignettes from Sub-Saharan Africa in the Age of AIDS. The other day I was rummaging through some files looking

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Did Sibongile Have to Die?

A recent Harvard study has verified what many of us have believed for a very long time – that AIDS denialism on the part of the former President of South

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And That Was That

I was emotionless when I received a call from the sheriff telling me that David was dead. The call confused me, not so much because David was found dead in

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Breaking Ground

Saturday, September 27 was a wonderful and important day for Open Arms. In a joyful and emotional ceremony, we broke ground on our new building in the Phillips neighborhood of

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Open Arms Groundbreaking

As we prepare to break ground on Open Arms’ new building on Saturday, September 27, I find myself reflecting on all of the events of the past 22 years that

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Body Mass Index

I’ve been thinking a lot about body mass index (BMI) lately. Body mass index is the weight to height ratio that is an indicator of whether one’s weight falls within

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Queasy

My morning routine changes considerably when I travel and wake up in a hotel in a city like Addis Ababa. The one thing that is constant is that my day

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The High Risk Corridor to Dijbouti

Follow any ground transportation route on the African continent, such as roads driven by long distance truckers who are transporting goods great distances, and you will notice elevated rates of

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Give Some Love, Spread Some Love!

New this February, Open Arms is spreading the love like never before!  Instead of giving flowers or chocolates this month, we invite you to Give From the Heart!Make a donation to Open Arms in honor or memory of someone special this month and your contribution will help us share nourishment and love with our community. We will then send your loving message in a Valentine card to the person you’ve chosen to honor!

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Your Gift Will Help Us Serve More Clients!

Together we can continue to meet the increased demand for medically tailored meals with your support! We hope you think of us as you consider your year-end giving. Your donation is a gift of care, compassion, and encouragement!