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Not Your Typical Teenage Boy

December 19, 2017

Max is not a typical teenage boy. And that’s exactly what his mother hoped. Jeni Olsen wanted her son to understand and contribute to the world. She had worked extensively with teenagers and knew how easy—and normal—it is for children to be wrapped up in their own lives. So, from an early age, she did...

The Spirit that Sustained Us Through it All

December 13, 2017

From the blog of our president and CEO, Buddy Teaster I write a year-end reflection every December and it’s always bittersweet. Bitter because our work takes us to the places that are most inconvenient and least comfortable. Poverty, in all its forms, is very complicated. Whether it’s extreme poverty in underdeveloped nations where people survive...

A Tale of Two Trains

December 7, 2017

From the blog of our president and CEO, Buddy Teaster Many of us know the opening lines of Charles Dickens’ A Tale of Two Cities, “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.” And while I wouldn’t go quite that far in describing our recent trip to Appalachia, for me it...