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Friday, November 24, 2017

Archive for the ‘Ethiopia’ Category

Working “for the little ones” in Ethiopia

It has been nearly seven years since Brian and Keri deGuzman of Paradise Valley stood in the Addis Ababa airport, a new baby daughter in their arms. As they awaited an Ethiopian Airlines flight back to the U.S., they looked into each other’s eyes. They smiled at the small child who made them a family. […]

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Happy times and high stakes

Warm flannel pajamas and cozy slippers on a brisk December afternoon. Pizza and pretzels, cookies and lemonade. Face painters, costumed characters, crafts. The giddy abandon of parading around a place more typically associated with culture and refinement while blowing on kazoos. A play based on a favorite childhood book. A cast of characters clearly devoted to […]

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Now we are 2

A Sesame Street-theme cake for Tesfanesh and Solomon, now 2. Tesfanesh and Solomon deGuzman — the children I first met as babies in Ethiopia — are 2 years old. They shared a birthday party Saturday with their older brother Musse (who turns 4 this week) at McCormick Stillman Railroad Park in Scottsdale. Big sister Jesmina […]

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Adventures with the older deGuzman kids

I knew I’d finally won him over when we were singing “Old MacDonald Had a Farm” in the car. We were taking turns filling in the blanks: And on that farm he had a…. We’d run through the standard cow, horse, pig, chicken, duck, dog, cat. It was Musse’s turn to pick. And on that […]

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An update on the deGuzman kids, as their mom prepares to return to Ethiopia

Keri deGuzman will board a plane tomorrow morning bound for Washington, D.C. On Thursday, she will check in at the Ethiopian Airlines counter at Dulles International Airport. On Friday morning, she will arrive in Addis Ababa — her fourth trip to the capital of a resource-rich but infrastructure-poor country where more than four million children […]

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Father's Day and finding my way

My husband was suffering from allergies (or a cold, we weren’t sure which) yesterday, so his Father’s Day was spent quietly. We opted out of our Sunday routine — which typically involves a hike or long bike ride — in favor of lazily lounging around. Dan’s only goal for the day was to make some […]

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Affirmation — and a challenge — from colleagues in the press

Last night, the Arizona Press Club honored journalists from statewide publications large and small with awards for exceptional work in reporting, writing, photography and design. Raising Arizona Kids was among the publications honored. Writer Mary L.Holden was recognized in the Non-Metro Writing/Social Issues Reporting category for her April 2010 story, “Casting a Light on the […]

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The gifts of writing

It has been a lot of years — more than 30 — since I have submitted a freelance article to an editor. The last time I did, as a senior year college student at the University of Guam, my approach was very different. I typed my story, which was about an education program on the […]

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An Ethiopian adoption story – a chance to hear it told

I’ve heard her tell it dozens of times but I never tire of the story. When Keri deGuzman tells people about the remarkable journey she and her husband, cardiothoracic surgeon Brian deGuzman, M.D., took to adopt their four Ethiopia-born children, she is transformed. Any pre-event jitters evaporate as soon as she begins to talk. There is […]

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Reading tea leaves

Like many fans of Greg Mortenson’s Three Cups of Tea: One Man’s Mission to Promote Peace One School at a Time, I was glued to the TV Sunday night watching the “60 Minutes” broadcast reporting allegations that parts of Mortensen’s original memoir never happened. Like many fans who have followed Mortenson’s story, I didn’t want […]

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