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Tom Laughner
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This is the video I created that highlights this year's Ethiopia trip. Enjoy!

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My Toes are Still Pink
It's been almost two weeks since our group returned to the U.S. We all went our separate ways and have settled back into routines. The jet lag is finally done, and I'm feeling productive at work again. My first day back was brutal. I had a 9am meeting, and ...

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The People Around Me
After a day’s journey, an eight hour drive from Kombolcha to
Addis, we are all tired today. Who would think that sitting in a van would be
so exhausting. That being said, it was a beautiful trip. I’ve taken that trek
many times, and each time I see somethin...

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We are back in Addis and so I am finally able to post some photos. I have lots more, and will post them as I sort through them.  These photos aren't in any particular order. Here we go! This is the little boy who had been diagnosed with typhoid. Thanks to a...

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Chaotic Happiness
It’s Friday night, 11:00pm. We leave here tomorrow morning
at 7am for our eight hour van ride back to Addis. After months and months of
planning, the week is done. It is the day for good-byes. My first thought when I woke up this morning was that this
was g...

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Small Things Change Lives
First things first. I had a very good night’s sleep. Woohoo! Another preamble, a pop culture lesson for those of you who
didn’t get the Groundhog Day reference from several days ago. The reference is
to a movie starting Bill Murray where he is visiting Punx...

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How to Know When A Mosquito Net is Not Effective
Yes, it was a great day. I’ll get to that in a bit. There are lots of factors that affect my sleep patterns when
traveling here. For one, there’s a seven hour time difference that is really felt
after nearly 24 hours of traveling. Then, there are the numero...

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Not Quite Groundhog Day, but....
To put it simply, it was a great day. Okay, that's how I started yesterday's post. No, I didn't accidentally include yesterday's post again. It's just that it was another day that I got to spend with a bunch of incredible kids and an amazing team. Every yea...

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This is What It's All About
So, first off, no more bellyaching. Life is good. I have a
great family, good friends, my health, a roof over my head, and food on my
table, and I have a job. I shouldn’t write when I’m tired…! To put it simply, today was a great day. As expected, many of u...

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I Love This Place
First the important stuff. The flight was long, but uneventful. Everyone sat pretty close together, so it was nice to start getting to know some of the folks a little better. For the most part, I was in my seat. I had a window seat, so while it was neat to ...
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