A friend of mine just sent me a link to a story written about the most handsome George Clooney by my favorite writer from Africa, Ishmael Beah. I love Ishmael. I think everyone should read his book, A Long Way Gone. I got to see Ishmael last year when I was in Easton. It was one of the first things that happened after I moved to Maryland and it may still be one of my favorite things about the whole year.
I believe that we need to realize that these kinds of things are still going on today. The type of violence and abuse that he experienced was appalling. Even so, there is a kind of resiliency in the human spirit that I find so encouraging and inspiring. I've seen little bits of it in myself and I find it all the time in other people who have experienced terrible things.