I'm currently rockin' in Knoxville, Tennessee.
Another amazing grassroots effort in the Middle East is Combatants for Peace, a group of former Palestinian fighters and Israeli soldiers who have united to reject violence and tell their stories to each other as a way of finding peace.
I often tell people not to ask me for statistics because in this work all the statistics are bad. Ask me for stories instead, I say, because even in the worst of times I always have a good story.
Twelve years ago our dear friend Julia took a badly neglected baby boy away from his crackhead mother and made him her own.