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(Another photo follows at the bottom of this page.)

Kris Cunningham, who lives in the Republic of Panama, shared a ‘4-Minutes Experiment’ video that greatly affected me.   Follow the link, open the video in the largest format possible, get still and very quiet, then select ‘play.’

CONNECTION – By Kris Cunningham

“Do not judge—or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye?” Matthew 7:1-4.

Capes of a Different Color - Acrylic by Lisa Brunetti

Holy Week/Quito Ecuador – “Capes of a Different Color” – Acrylic

What surprised me were the negative comments on the video’s Youtube page.   I pondered my own story, one of being embraced by the people of various Latin American countries.   I did not have to prove my worth – they accepted me into their communities with amazing trust.  Thank goodness they have not judged me based on negative PR regarding the USA, whether it’s caused by a single tourist or the military or our administration.

Sometimes we fill our days with too much chatter, when the best way for two people to communicate is eye to eye — or soul to soul.


(Grinding just-roasted coffee.) Francisca opens her store around 6;30 each morning and closes aroung 9:30 each night. She rarely stops!


Francisca, a hard-working diabetic, tapped on my door late at night to massage my upper-back spasm with a special herbal mixture.  30 minutes later,my back problems were resolved!


‘Abuelita’ – the matriarch of the Sabando family in Jama Ecuador. Earthquake survivor.  Mother of 13, many are my friends, and they all make room at their earthquake-shaken outdoor table to add another plate for me.

Thank you again, Kris.  You’ve helped my heart to grow larger today.


When this photo was taken, I had never seen this young lad until that moment he walked up to my cabana door.    Had I stared into his eyes for four minutes or longer, I doubt if I would have comprehended the seriousness of his heart-wrenching story.

If you missed it, go here:  Wisdom 101 – Jama Ecuador

“We should be rigorous in judging ourselves and gracious in judging others.” – John Wesley