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Heather Stewart – A Humanitarian Hero’s Last Flight

Posted on December 28, 2017

News of her death brought sorrow flowing through our home. Heather Stewart, a frontier pilot in a field dominated almost exclusively by male counterparts, lived one of those remarkable lives that only a place like Africa could produce. It was repeatedly like something from the movies. In a land so vast, barren and dangerous, she journeyed, lingered, and faced mortality head-on for the sake of the seemingly hopeless southern Sudanese situation and the non-governmental agencies seeking to help. Jane and I were on many of those journeys and returned from that remarkable land with tales of the valiant woman’s exploits. She was nicknamed “All Weather Heather” for her willingness to lift off when other pilots remained sensibly and safely on the ground. But in…

A Hero’s Night

Posted on March 4, 2013

  “Great heroes,” says Peter Beagle, “need great sorrows and burdens, or half their greatness goes unnoticed.”  I received a deep lesson in this truth last week when Community Living London asked me to participate in their “Night of Heroes” event.  It involved walking down a fashion runway with someone who uses the remarkable services of Community Living, an organization dedicated to supporting people with intellectual disabilities and their families.  Truthfully, I grow increasingly shy at such public events, sometimes painfully so, but how can you say “no” to such an organization? Few understand until they attend the event that the true heroes of the evening are those accompanying the well-known Londoners, those who have found the courage, compassion and endurance to continue on…


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