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  1. Amit
    July 24, 2017 @ 21:06

    Beautifully written Tim and right from the heart. We in the western world are the poorer souls. Something most of us are not even willing to acknowledge or even have the capacity to fathom.


  2. Lori
    July 24, 2017 @ 22:03

    Just beautiful, Tim. I am sure your students miss you……we did, too……I am looking forward to learning about your adventures in person and growing from your incredible experiences…….You have so much to teach all of us here!


  3. Gail
    July 24, 2017 @ 23:48

    Nice to run into you the other day, of all places a coffee shop! Lol
    Happy to have you home.


  4. Rosie
    July 25, 2017 @ 06:42

    Life as we know it is so important to us. We often forget to reflect on our gifts and those who live differently than us. Your posts certainly provide and opportunity to reflect and appreciate but also question why all of this is so important, so necessary, and often expected. You opened my eyes for sure!


  5. Paula Agins
    July 25, 2017 @ 07:47

    Spot on! Just spending a week in Germany I was able to see how we Americans have become so “me” focused, always wanting more for us and in return, missing all the gifts we have at our disposal. How did this happen??


  6. LInda A Wight
    July 25, 2017 @ 07:50

    Hi Tim, I started to reply three times. Amazing the things we take for granted. Glad you’re “home” and getting settled before school starts.. You’ll have many “homes”. IT’s where you leave a piece of your heart. It’s nice to be missed and reminded of the people and places you’ve been and the lessons you’ve learned. Come to Maine. We still walk and see people on the street; although it has changed quite a bit in the time I’ve been here. I didn’t drive for the first 15 years and now it is very easy to hop in the car. I think our world just moves at a very fast pace. We are really blessed. Love you.


  7. Vicky Ann Deledda
    January 23, 2018 @ 10:09

    How did I miss this “Alternate Route” at the time it was happening?
    Could I have been swimming?


    • Tim Flanagan
      January 26, 2018 @ 11:45

      Probably, or babysitting.


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    March 18, 2019 @ 05:52

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