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Hope & Restoration

Walking on thin ice

by Jean-Paul Thorne, Educational Director It was early evening Christmas Eve, 1999. The tree was lit up. There was food and drink aplenty. he house was full of family, some having come from as far as Guatemala to join us. My parents, my brother and his family from North Carolina, and my uncle and grandmother…

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The Fatima Morgana Effect

by Jean-Paul Thorne, Educational Director It’s a type of mirage. I’m sure you were wondering. It’s a special type of mirage seen over oceans far, far in the distance, on the horizon.  It creates the illusion of a city on the clouds, hazy and far-away. It’s not real.  It’s just a play of light dancing off…

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Come, Chaos Seekers

by Jean-Paul Thorne, Educational Director I was talking with a student in our program recently, and during the conversation he expressed how he actually likes chaos, how there is a part of him that likes the excitement of chaos and the unknown.  He said it as he spoke about his life of addiction. I could…

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Roots of Love

by Jean Paul Thorne Roots are amazingly powerful. At the beginning of their growth, they are thin, fragile, and tender; easily broken. Yet, ever so slowly…relentlessly… they gently push into the soil. And before you know it, these same roots have become a powerful network underground, affixing the tree to the ground with staggering might…

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