An old man I didn’t know left a message on my answering machine saying he needed an ambulance. He gave his first name and half an address, no last name, no return number. It was during the night and I didn’t find it until about 7am. read more →

Last Wednesday on my way to work while it was 19° and icy out, I saw a person under a blanket in the bus shelter. From the position of their head and hands, I was scared they may be frozen to death (though he was wearing purple gloves but his hands were becoming frostbitten). read more →

The Scottish orthopedic surgeon, James Gollogly who runs the Children's Surgical Center of Cambodia.
I am going to bare a bit of my soul here when I share an experience that I believe has truly shaped who I am as a person and an educator. Although I believe I was always passionate about teaching, an experience nearly three years ago totally changed my outlook on what it means to be a teacher. On May 6th, 2011, I was almost killed in an accident while working in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Long story short, I was at an international football tournament and a bus backed into a group of players from another international school (fortunately none of the students were injured). Sensing imminent danger, I ran to the front of the bus and smacked the door to get the bus driver’s attention. read more →

Be grateful for people.
When I worked in the emergency room as a nurse, a very sick man came in by ambulance, he’d had a stroke.

He was awake and very agitated, but could hardly speak and had paralysis on one side. By listening very closely, I learned that his dog was home alone and he was so upset. He was able to give me a phone number to call. After I called and spoke to his friend, I was able to reassure him that his dog would be taken care of. read more →

I have no car so was walking to pick up my medicine while it was snowing heavily this past winter. I saw a girl crying out and she told me she had fallen and was in severe pain. I asked if she wanted me to call an ambulance with my cell phone but she said no, someone worse off might need them.

I reached in my wallet and gave her $10.00 (for what I knew was a $4.00 ride from there) and called her a cab. I told her she would need the rest of the money to get home if the hospital released her, or to use the money for whatever she needed while she was there. I waited until she was safely on her way and continued to the pharmacy. I never asked her name and never told her mine, but I keep her in my prayers and hope she is well. – Sandra ?