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My Journey from the ICU to ‘Keri Lotion Lady’ – to the U.S. Congress

Greenwich, CT.  I was recently asked to testify before Congress by United States Senator Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut regarding my work to help end human trafficking. I asked, “Why me?” There are many other people more well versed on this issue.” I was told that I was asked because I’m a Registered Nurse and (because of […]

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Eyewitness: The Bloody Elephant Corridor

New York, N.Y.  For the first time in my life when I heard the reverberating trumpeting scream of an elephant, the adrenaline rush did not induce me to action, instead I just stood transfixed—awed by the tone of its sheer primeval splendor My hand alongside one blood splatter shows how mortal the wound could be! […]

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Battling Inequity for Life: Luce Leader Travels, Reflects

Madison, WI.  In January of this year, I was recognized by the James Jay Dudley Luce Foundation as one of two Luce Leaders for the year 2014—an award reserved for young individuals trying to make a difference on a global level (link). For this reason, it seemed only fitting that I was unable to attend the ceremony, […]

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Luce Leader Grows at Yale: from Anti-Bullying to Autism Awareness

New Haven, CT.  In the study of psychology, there is a term called ‘feature integration theory.’  The term describes how we visually combine details to identify unified objects. For instance, when looking for a friend in a crowd (assuming he or she has a striped shirt on), one scans the crowd for a striped shirt […]

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Peter Yarrow: My Last Visit With Pete Seeger

New York, N.Y.  I had the privilege and honor to be with Pete this past Monday, not long before he finally passed. I came directly to his hospital room from the airport where I’d arrived from Tel Aviv, having just sung a couple of Pete’s songs the night before (“If I Had a Hammer” and […]

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In Chile, U.S. Adoptee Founds Non-Profit ‘Project Odakniwa’

Temuco, Chile.  In 2011, while conducting research and volunteering at the Chol-Chol Foundation in Temuco, Chile, I found myself immersed in Mapuche culture. It was a homecoming of sorts, because I was born to Mapuche parents and adopted to the U.S. when I was six months old. Two worlds, separated by traditions, language, economic conditions […]

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Suicide in Greenwich: Teen Leader Learns Lesson from Tragedy

 Greenwich, CT.  At around 7:00 am on August 27, a seemingly happy, ordinary boy entered the doors of Greenwich High School in hopes of enjoying the first day of his sophomore year. Less than 24 hours later, it was confirmed by police that this “happy, ordinary boy” had held a shotgun to his chest, taking […]

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U.S. Team Triumphs Over New Zealand in America’s Cup

San Francisco, CA.  In one of the most incredible comebacks in sailing history, Oracle USA won its eighth consecutive race Wednesday afternoon to defeat New Zealand and hold onto sailing’s most coveted prize.  Skipper Jimmy Spithill steered Oracle’s 72-foot catamaran past Dean Barker and Emirates Team New Zealand in the winner-take-all Race 19 on San […]

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