Self Employed HairstylistConnie Beauty Spot Salon － Tampa, FL
Set up workstation and treatment room with necessary products, equipment and supplies.
Stayed up-to-date on current and emerging trends to increase professional value and meet diverse client needs.
Recommended products to customers to meet current needs or resolve specific concerns.
Colored, cut and installed extensions according to client reference photos and desired outcome.
Completed manual and computerized scheduling, bookkeeping and inventory management procedures.
Evaluated client hair type, condition and desired outcome to determine ideal services.
Washed, colored, cut, dried and styled hair for about [Number] clients each [Timeframe].
Scheduled appointments for customers using [Software].
Educated [Number] daily guests on proper hair care to sell [Product] and increase salon revenue by [Number]%.
Trimmed and styled [Number] customers hair for over [Number] weddings and special occasions over [Timeframe].
Recommended styles and treatments based on clients' needs and appearances.
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Performed diverse tasks for teachers, including clerical support, classroom management and document coordination.
Physically and verbally interacted with students to engage individuals and groups throughout day.
Modeled and taught basic and advanced social skills, conflict management techniques and study approaches to students.
Prepared bulletin boards, classroom materials and individual student portfolios to support teacher plans.
Assisted teachers with lesson preparation and curriculum implementation.
Conducted special assessments and tutoring sessions to support individual student needs.
Prepared visual aids, equipment and classroom displays.
Cleaned and organized classrooms, materials, and supplies for maximum efficiency.
Supervised students and maintained security throughout school buildings and on field trips.
Planned and led activities to develop students' physical, emotional and social growth.
Helped prepare daily lesson plans for activities and lessons.
Prepared lesson materials and visual aids to reinforce lesson concepts.
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WHAT MONEY CAN'T BUY
WORKING FOR A PURPOSE
SEEKING AND MAKING PEACE
FINDING AND SHARING FAITH
LOOKING FOR FREEDOM
CHILDREN AND EDUCATION
IN SICKNESS AND IN HEALTH
WHAT ABOUT TECHNOLOGY?
FROM ISOLATION TO COMMUNITY
BY ROWA N WIL LIA MS
The church of God is repeatedly reminded of what it actually is by the way God calls
believers to take community seriously, generation after generation.
The church, in the
widest sense, constantly slips back into being either a hierarchical body where some
decide and others obey, or else a loose association of individuals sharing a common
inspiration but little else.
The Bruderhof movement has, over the last century, firmly
and consistently declared that neither of these will do.
The Good News is nothing
if not embodied in a style of living together - learning, praying, working, deciding
together - that simply manifests what God makes possible.
As our civilization shakes
and fragments, and begins to recognize belatedly what violence it has done to the
whole created order as well as to the deepest levels of human dignity, this embodied
witness is more and more significant.
The Bruderhof communities are not the creation of wild and eccentric religious
These are people who accept the great central mysteries of the Christian
faith - the eternal threefold life and love of God, the coming of God's Word in the
flesh - and seek only to live in faithfulness to the gifts of the Spirit and the guidance
of Scripture, read prayerfully and intelligently in fellowship.
For all who call themselves
Christian, this simple witness to the implications of the classical central affirmations of
faith should give pause.
If God is truly as we say; if Christ's spirit is truly manifest - as
Paul says - in the style in which we live together without resentment, rivalry, and fear;
if the Christian is truly set free from the violent power structures of this world; why
are the priorities and practices of the Bruderhof not more evident in other Christian
The Bruderhof gently holds up a mirror to the Christian world and asks,
"Why not this?"
My own contacts with the community have been a joy and enrichment over many
The Darvell community has welcomed me as a guest, and I have had the special
pleasure of sharing a little in the educational life of the group, speaking with children in
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the school and discussing some of the publishing work.
One of the most striking things
about the Bruderhof is what you might call their spiritual and intellectual hospitality - as
warm as the literal hospitality the visitor experiences.
This is a community willing to
learn from and to celebrate the early Christians and Saint Francis, Catholics such as
Dorothy Day and Thomas Merton, Jean Vanier and the L'Arche communities, Russian
Christians such as Dostoyevsky and Tolstoy, and many more.
In that sense, this is a
genuinely catholic reality, a community seeking to nourish itself with the wisdom
and experience of the whole Christian family extended in time and space.
There is no
sectarian aggression here - clear and uncompromising principle, yes, but not the urge to
demean or despise others.
This is a beautiful book on several levels, beautiful in the images it gives of simple
and harmonious relation with an environment, but beautiful also in its chronicling of
lives that have been held and healed in this shared enterprise of the Spirit.
It is a gift,
and a welcome one - but above all a gift that speaks of the first and greater gift of
the presence of the Bruderhof in this world.
My friends on the Bruderhof are witnesses
to the peaceable kingdom - not merely people who believe peace is an ideal worth
pursuing, but men, women, and children who trust the God of peace sufficiently to give
their lives to incarnating the peace of God.
I hope this book will help all its readers
learn something of how such trust becomes possible and real.
Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury from 2002 to 2012, is a master of
Magdalen College in Cambridge and chancellor of the University of Wales.
Gary finishes a
Outlast is a system
blocks and planks
WORKING FOR A PURPOSE
Born to a Jewish businessman and a concert pianist,
Stan was attending business school in Brussels in 1940
when the Nazis invaded Belgium.
He fled for his life,
illegally crossing numerous borders until he left Europe
from Spain, eventually settling in Buenos Aires, where he
COURTESY OF EHRLICH FAMILY
met and married Hela, a Jewish refugee from Dresden.
In Buenos Aires, they lived "the classic bourgeois life."
Despite financial security and the cosmopolitan trappings
of their social life - the Ehrlichs each spoke four languag-
es and were conversant in philosophy, literature, and
modern art - the young couple was dissatisfied.
19 2 0 -2 004 considered themselves survivors, and as Stan put it years
later, they were searching for "something transcendent,
something that could relate our life to eternal truths and
values, and give our work substance and meaning."
They discovered the Bruderhof and joined in 1954.
Stan's sense of gratitude and awe, even personal
indebtedness, before what he perceived to be a
miracle - the communal life they had found - never
Over the next decades, Stan worked for the
community's businesses in sales and shipping and in its
An odd fit for someone with his interests and
Stan would beg to differ.
As he wrote
to a granddaughter: "Happiness and inner peace do not
depend on your work.
They depend on the purpose you
have discovered for your life." Writing in his seventies to
an old friend, he said:
I still work a few hours every day in our factory.
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joy! The way the windows are set, so that the place
is flooded with light; the height of the ceiling; the
atmosphere of peace on the floor - all of a sudden it
occurred to me that this was a cathedral.
peace, service: isn't that what cathedrals are about?
We are grateful that we can live to demonstrate unity with peoples of all
nations, and help to build up, not destroy, the brotherhood of man.
whether we wash or cook is small in comparison with that vision.
a case of "I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God, than
to dwell in the tents of wickedness" [Psalm 84:10].
I find happiness in
washing for the kingdom of God, where I'd only find misery in making,
say, ammunition for its destruction.
Nina Wright, teacher and Bruderhof member.
Written in 1942.
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Bronwen is a nurse and works in the medical clinic in
At age nineteen, before attending nursing
school, she worked for a year in the community kitchen,
overseeing the team putting food on the table for 250
people every day, a responsibility that meant she was
often in the kitchen after hours.
A friend and I started making granola and yogurt, Part of it was frustration with the lack
of personal commitment he found As a pastor, Jerry's views soon landed
in his congregation, whose members him in trouble.
One man known as
seemed satisfied with superficial a "pillar of the church" attempted
relationships and a calming Sunday to bribe him to lose the beard that
Part of it was also his own marked his dissenting.
seven-year preparation for the ministry plained about how hard it would be
WORKING FOR A PURPOSE
(four at college, and three more at a to get rid of him: "The only way you
United Church of Christ seminary): can remove a minister is if he's openly
preaching heresy or running around
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It made me realize that I When a married fellow pastor fell
furniture in the needed to be active in society, not in love with another woman and
community workshop only in my church.
This was the era obtained a divorce so that he could
"We hungered for something
deeper - for real fellowship.
medical options during
a house call from
Jake, his primary
care physician and a
fellow member of the
LOOKING FOR FREEDOM
Born in Nova Scotia to a single mother, Malcolm was
adopted by Steve and Edie Johnson, a white couple who
joined the Bruderhof when he was five.
As a teen, he left
home in Connecticut and moved in with friends of the
community in the Deep South.
He spent the next several
years there, going to school and figuring out who he was
and where he belonged.
I'd always thought of myself as, harrowing search for this treasure,
they could "afford" to accept her, stood up, dripping wet, but filled
but on arriving there realizes,
or whether she fit with their life- with joy and peace.
through a clue, that it lies under
In community, the gifts Iris myself to Jesus - and to others - I
the roots of the very sycamore tree
had to offer could be received.
She was finally free.
In Andalusia where he first had his
was not only cared for; she was
The message couldn't have
also able to reciprocate.
been clearer to me: "The treasure
of autonomy and success stood in
lies buried at home." And "Real
stark contrast to that.
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and the choir director
is asking for more
of Clements spend a
Saturday evening in
Grandpa Tony's and
afternoon at the
CHILDREN AND EDUC ATION
The most important thing is that children have time to play.
They don't need to be rushed around all kinds of places.
walk, listen and see what they see, stop at the little beetle, stay
by a puddle, admire a flower, each walk will be different.
important that teachers don't have too much of an agenda,
that the children have time for their own discoveries.
Heidi Barth, kindergarten teacher and Bruderhof member
A story and popcorn
made over the fire in
the Wood Island
A teacher and principal in Bruderhof schools for more swing, and rope ladder, or draw water from a tiny
than forty years, Ian is still active as a mentor to young well to make the water wheels turn.
But the best part of his job, he says, is "Threes make popcorn over an open fire.
There are rabbits to
afternoon." hold, and a tiny pool with goldfish.
We always make
time for a story, sometimes acted out.
For fifteen years, the highlight of my week has been
spending an afternoon with the three-year-olds In the fall, we do tracking.
They can identify fox,
at our daycare center.
At this age the child, deer, squirrel, and rabbit.
Another thing we do is bal-
now beyond infancy, is full of curiosity, adventure, ancing: there's this huge tree someone felled, which
inquisitiveness for life - eager to put all this to they learn to balance along and then jump off, by
use and find expression for it.
If play is truly the themselves, learning to be brave - overcoming fear.
Noblest expression of what's in a child, it should be Or we drive down to the Hudson River and throw
encouraged! pebbles into the water and watch the barges going
by - something big to expand their little horizons.
CHILDREN AND EDUCATION
My wife and I have developed a little area, "the
Wood Island," about half a mile from the classroom.
Best of all, we have a seesaw.
Federal guidelines now
We hike out there with Blaze, our miniature horse, outlaw seesaws in public playgrounds, but I think
pulling the sulky.
They take turns to ride and love to that's wrong.
What is a seesaw, except the beginning
help hold the reins.
Once there, the kids love to play of physics.
Plus, you learn to be considerate of the
in the sandbox and on the climbing frame, slide, rope other person!
Through all the years I've been with children, I've always
thought the most important thing is to have joy with them.
Each day is a new day, a new chance.
As a teacher, I have had
to be humble, and to have reverence for each child.
Maidi Boller, kindergarten teacher and Bruderhof member
COURTESY OF BAZELEY FAMILY
19 8 0 - 2 0 11
Duane had his first grand-mal seizure at three months.
It also meant learning that nothing you previously
Diagnosed with a rare form of epilepsy, he never learned excelled at counted, for Duane.
Best tackle on the
to talk or walk unaided.
Until he was nineteen, Duane's field.
He needed help simply turning
parents were his primary caregivers.
Then Richard Scott over in bed.
(see page 237), a new pastor, arrived at the New York never even graduated from kindergarten.
Bruderhof where the family lived.
Richard didn't just see sociable, clever.
a disabled young man, he saw, as he put it, "a mission- basically a one-way street.
Ary without a field." And he had a startling proposal: pull No one graduated from Duane's school unchanged.
Duane out of his special-needs school in a nearby town, Duane lived for thirty-one years, thirty more than his
and start a new "school" at the Bruderhof.
Duane would neurologists had predicted.
After his death, his parents
be the teacher, and his caregivers, a roster of young men received dozens of notes from his former caregivers.
assigned for several hours a day, or for night duty, would wrote, "During my early twenties my life was fraught
be his students.
As Duane's sister, Maureen, remembers:
CHILDREN AND EDUCATION
with struggle and confusion, till I got the chance to care
It was counterintuitive, but the best idea ever, a crash for Duane.
He taught me that I really didn't know it
course for his caregivers that included pushing his all, that I had to start caring for others first, and that
tricycle for hours, fighting to get more oatmeal into perfection and strength as God sees them were utterly
his mouth than onto his shirt, dealing with sleepless different from my previous strivings for those qualities.
Nights, and learning to change diapers.
I don't know where I'd be without having known him."
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PHOTOGRAPHER 'S NOTE
, I first met the Bruderhof while documenting the refugee crisis in a sprawling
camp in Calais, where the distinctive dress and light American accents of a group of
volunteering teenagers caught my attention.
I spoke with them briefly, and on my return to England I wrote to ask if I could make
a photographic documentary about the Bruderhof. A reply soon came from Bernard
Hibbs, who invited me to lunch at Beech Grove to discuss my ideas. We corresponded
sporadically until about a year later, when Bernard rang again to ask if I would
photograph a book to celebrate the community's centenary. I jumped at the chance.
Over the following year I visited Bruderhof communities around the globe, from England
to the USA and Germany to Australia. In each community I was warmly welcomed and
(perhaps to the frustration of those supervising the project) spent many hours chatting
about the world, politics, and life over a glass of wine or homemade beer - thank you,
Jeff, for the latter! And more than once I was moved to tears by the stories we shared.
It was the Bruderhof's commitment to pacifism and community of goods that initially
sparked my interest, and it was a pleasure to experience these values in practice. As a
photographer, I am meant to observe my subjects objectively, but I have to admit that
I grew to admire the community. That is not to say that I didn't encounter ideas that
were contradictory to my own, but I respect their commitment to family and loved ones,
the absence of wealth and possessions, the enjoyment of nature, and an immersive
experience of faith. The more I experienced the more I began to appreciate what the
Bruderhof refer to as "another life," a working alternative to "my world."
My final assignment was Sannerz, Germany,
where the community began its journey. Watching
the sun set over the countryside was the perfect
end to the project. To all who welcomed me as I
worked on it: thank you for letting me experience
your life. COURTESY OF BRONWEN BARRON
, for the other young people who would come to the
kitchen after work to make coffee and heat up
leftovers. The kitchen became a kind of informal
hangout: in off hours there would be a lot of young
people in there, sitting on counters with their bowls
of granola and talking. People really appreciated
it: it was a good way to make space for friendship
and conversation. On days when I don't really
connect with anybody - work-related chatter doesn't
count - I'm left feeling kind of blank. But even one
good conversation about real life can make my day
That's just one example. It's easy to get into the
mindset that once I've done my allotted work I can
sign out for the day, but that's not what discipleship
means. In fact, sometimes focusing on my job gets
WORKING FOR A PURPOSE
in the way of actually living in community with peo-
ple - taking time to talk, to go the extra mile giving
practical help to an older person, or just finding ways
to bring a smile to someone's face. But because I live
in community I have the freedom to prioritize people
over the work that needs to be done.
COURTESY OF VOLL FAMILY
A pastor who discovered that
true vocation is how you live,
not what you do for a living
Already as a child in Louisville, of the civil rights movement and
Kentucky, Jerry knew he would Vietnam, and the issues of the day
become a minister: "Our family were all new to me. I had never
went to church regularly. Two of realized how racist my supposedly
my older brothers were ministers. good Christian family was; nor
And my father had the notion that a did I know anything about consci-
minister was the highest category of entious objection to war. (There
Christian." Three years into his career, were army men in our family, and
however, Jerry became convinced that serving in the military was not a
the best way to serve God was to subject for debate.) Now I began
leave the pastorate. to see that as a follower of Jesus,
I could not take part in killing. But I knew in my heart
that to find it, we would
need to forget what we had
and find something new."
remarry, Jerry confronted him with Then, at a weekend retreat, two other families and two college,
, need to forget what we had and
year-old daughter, into an intentional called to be faithful."
find something new.
community: a big farmhouse with
44, COURTESY OF JOHNSON FAMILY
black, of course, but now people were telling me, 'You
talk white.' Those were important years, connecting with
my roots as a black person, and formulating my own
thoughts on what I wanted to do with my life."
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After high school, Malcolm returned to the Bruderhof and
is now a pastor. Today, he and his wife, Michelle, and their
four children live in a community house in Kingston, New
York. Now he finds himself helping his children navigate
questions of identity:
Who you are matters. If you're not free to be yourself,
you're not a complete individual. You have to be true
to who God made you, and everybody was made
different. People who check their heritage at the door
and try to be like everyone else around them are
doing themselves and the others a disservice. That's
why I tell my kids, "Be proud of who you are - that
your father is black, and your mother white."
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If you use your freedom selfishly, you will destroy
community. Martin Luther King Jr. didn't just talk
Coached by his
teacher, a young about all men being equal, but about them becoming
falconer learns to
brothers. I think community is one of the best ways to
master himself -
and his hawk. work toward that. encouraging others." Was it a coincidence that I'd just
made a secret decision to return
Through allowing her creative side to blossom, Anne has found to the Bruderhof? I now faced a
choice between a perfectly accept-
the freedom to be herself, and affirmation in sharing her gifts able form of service - and a truly
with others: "Painting has helped me by relaxing me and getting radical one.
me out of myself. I still have my ups and downs, but the miracle Again ducking commitment, Erna
moved to Germany. There, she applied
is that through my artwork, I can always find joy. It might be for midwifery school. One day, while
hidden somewhere down inside me, but it always comes out interning in a clinic, she witnessed the
abortion of a 23-week-old baby with
eventually." Down syndrome:
Asked if she's still waiting to die, she scoffs. "I gave that up, One floor below us, in the neona-
tal intensive care unit, no efforts
thank you very much. I do not want to die!"
were spared to save the lives of I began to reconsider freedom. I freedom is to find your calling and
24-week-olds. But because this had been reading Kierkegaard, give up everything for it." Dr. Zimmerman
child had a incurable genetic who wrote that you never actually teaches a biology
Erna returned to the Bruderhof and, Andalusia, Spain, has a recurring
of how Iris and others like her I was baptized (outdoors), a chilly
dream about a treasure buried be-
were integrated into every facet of wind was blowing fiercely, as if to
neath a pyramid in Egypt. He gives
Bruderhof life. My parents never chase away my old life and bring
up everything to go on a long and
had to ask themselves whether me something new. Afterwards I, MICHELLE
, COURTESY OF MICHELLE HINKEY
19 94 -
Michelle Hinkey, currently studying physical therapy at While I recognize that I am here at Duke partly
Duke University School of Medicine, has thought a lot because of my own hard work and determination, I
about the circumstances and decisions that have brought know that without all those who have supported me
her to where she is now: along the way I would never have made it. So I'm
inspired to give back to my community and to the
I have been fortunate in many ways - I was born
world at large.
into a loving family and grew up knowing I had the
support of my parents, my grandparents, and my Gratitude is a good burden: it grounds me and points
community. I loved school and enjoyed a great high me in the direction of giving. My grandfather, who
school education in Tannersville, New York, and un- joined the Bruderhof in the 1950s, used to talk
dergraduate studies at CUNY City College. But I value about la dette (French for "the debt"). This was the
my out-of-the-classroom experiences even more: indebtedness he felt for having found faith and a
I was surrounded by amazing people who taught way to live it out in brotherhood. I have the same
me important lessons and skills which I would not debt: it will never be paid in full, but I can work
have learned otherwise. I count the gap year I spent towards paying it through loving service to others. I
caring for my grandmother and working in the Rifton am determined to do my best as a student, and I am
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Equipment factory and community kitchen, as well as committed to caring for my brothers and sisters in
the time I spent as a companion for a young woman the community.
with cerebral palsy, among the many experiences
that have shaped me and taught me the importance
And when I have spent my selfe to the last farthing, my lungs to
the last breath, my wit to the last Metaphore, my tongue to the
last syllable, I have not paid a farthing of my debt to God.
John Donne, poet and priest
Jesus' clear words about marital faith- someone told us about this com- students. That effort fell apart due
fulness in the Sermon on the Mount. munity in Connecticut called the to a lack of trust and common vision
The man retorted, "You can't take the Bruderhof. and, about a year later, they moved
Bible so literally." In short, what Jerry again, this time to the Bruderhof. Jerry
The Volls made their first visit over
had regarded as a calling was viewed and Nancy became members in 1973.
Easter in 1970, and discovered,
by his congregants in a very different Since then, Jerry has worked for the
in Jerry's words, "the church as an
light: as a profession. community in numerous capacities:
organism made up of people who
making classroom furniture and
By now I had been serving our have given their hearts and lives to
designing equipment for people with
parish for about three and a half Jesus and to one another. They were
disabilities, helping in the publishing
years, and there was a strange not going to church, they were the
house, and serving as a pastor and
uneasiness growing inside of church, all day, every day." Back home,
me. Financially, Nancy - my wife, they took stock of what they had ex-
an English teacher - and I were perienced, and made several decisions: All this has transformed the way he
making it. We had a house and a thinks about vocation:
One was that I had to get out from
brand-new Pontiac. We were good
underneath professional ministry. There is such an emphasis on
tithers, as were many others.
Another was that we had to get choosing and building the right
But there seemed to be very little our own life in shape. There were career, on finding myself and my
desire to follow Jesus one hundred things that weren't right in our vocation. But the real question is
percent, and I began wondering marriage: we were used to things this: "What does Jesus call each
why people attended church in the being excused or swept under the one of us to?" or, put another way,
first place. To me, it was becoming carpet, and now saw that they "How does God want me to live?"
clear that it was just another insti- required repentance. Finally, we These questions are valid no mat-
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tution, and that my involvement realized that Christians are called ter what your line of work.
could only continue within the to community (not necessarily the
On my first visit to the Bruderhof,
framework of that institution. We Bruderhof) and that we ourselves
I told a member that my goal was
hungered for something deeper - had to answer this call.
to be an effective pastor. "We
for real fellowship. But I knew in
In June 1970, Jerry resigned, and are not called to be effective,"
my heart that to find it, we would
moved, with Nancy and their one- he answered forcefully. "We are,
, "disease," it was still defined as have freedom until you use it to class at The Mount
became a member in 2004, several
a disposable fetus. Who decided make a decision. If you just float Academy.
days after her twenty-fifth birthday.
these things, and how? along, you are not utilizing it. The
Bruderhof members' commitment Becoming a member of the
Haunted by the realization that "the
and solidarity was what created Bruderhof means committing
ultimate coefficient of a woman's
the space where freedom could to Christ first, through baptism.
freedom might be the murder of her
flourish for all. People warned me this could
unborn baby," Erna found herself
mean the beginning of an inner
reflecting on her parents and younger Paolo Coelho's book The Alchemist
struggle. But for me it was the
sister, Iris, who has Down syndrome. was the final peg in the coffin of
other way around. I guess I'd
my ideals. In it, a shepherd from
What struck me was the miracle done my struggling first. The day
She was Headstrong and rebellious, Erna left spell fulfillment for me. They were
the Bruderhof community where she only nominally Muslim but I also
determined was born and raised, planning to take worried about not sharing the
to make a a gap year after high school before same faith. In the end, though, it
difference and returning. Soon, however, she was was my newfound feminism that
transform the promising herself she'd never wear a prompted me to drop the rela-
skirt again. Dissidence was a family tionship: "freedom" seemed more
world. trait: her mother's family had resisted important than love.
Hitler; and her father, an outspoken
Still passionate about the Balkans, she
civil rights activist from New York, had
took a volunteer position in a Bosnian
spent a summer helping to register
camp for roughly 320 displaced people
African-American voters in Mississippi.
as a liaison for an international NGO.
Attending high school in Connecticut
It was a challenging assignment.
in the mid-1990s, she befriended
I was twenty-one, the only
a Bosnian girl who had come to
non-Muslim, and the eyes and
the United States on a scholarship.
ears for the NGO administration
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