Newsletter, Rethinking What’s Important & What’s Next! August 2020

Friends and Colleagues from Around the World, “Let me get this straight– so what you’re telling me is that my chance of surviving all this (pandemic) is directly linked to the common sense of others? You’re kidding, right?”  A daunting thought, but these circumstances do offer an opportunity to reassess the use of country’s resources as well as our personal goals. In our Cultural Watch, we’ll look at the scope and consequences of our growing “military, industrial, Congressional” complex. My latest Book Review will relate to that situation. Two of my reviews are in the Arizona Authors Association newsletter column “Million […]

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Newsletter July 2020 New Website Emerges from Global Pandemic

In this issue, we’re introducing the new Million Mile Walker website as well as reflecting on the devastating impact of Covid-19 on our collective health and economy, which was exacerbated by a declaration of our Commander in Chief that he’d send troops into our cities to deal with protestors if our Governors were too weak. The Culture Watch will include several articles on where we are today as a society and then we’ll have our Voice of the Day, a Special Surprise, the Calendar, and What Others are Saying? https://mailchi.mp/b1ff3a559ec1/a-gift-for-you-different-latitudes-1558934?e=b69257b7d8  

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Newsletter: April 2020

In this issue, I’ll share a special review of an article from the June issue of the Atlantic Monthly on how the coronavirus didn’t break America, but revealed what was already broken. Also, my article, which describes how transformative travel can be, has been published by both Literary Yard and the Peace Corps Worldwide. And our Culture Watch includes a revealing article from an investigative reporter that describes how a “Shadow Network” of talk radio and TV talking heads are able to not only change the filter of news, but the entire story. And, of course, our Voice of the […]

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Newsletter: March 2020

The ensuing coronavirus pandemic has caught most of our attention over the last few weeks, and possibly for the foreseeable future. As is the case with many authors, I’m used to “hunkering down” in my home office writing away, so this is not that big a deal. On the positive side, the pandemic has breached several myths, which needed to be exposed. First off, the “America First” and we can go it alone has failed miserably when international communication and cooperation can save lives. The impact of global travel is most evident in New York City, which is now the […]

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Newsletter: February 2020

Starting the year off right with a three-page feature article on our Guatemala immigration documentary in the February issue of Revue Magazine! The focus is the making of the film production and provides an overview of what the documentary is about, and why it’s timely, with a link to our website and the trailer of the film. http://www.revuemag.com/2020/02/guatemala-trouble-in-the-highlands-mark-d-walker/. Read the newsletter . . .

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Newsletter: January 2020

2019 has brought on many nuances in cross-border, immigration issues and philanthropy, which I’ve tried to stay on top of. A year ago, I teamed up with director and cinematographer, Hal Rifken, to produce a documentary titled after the essay you can read by clicking once and then again on the article, which is on page 82. https://issuu.com/revue/docs/revue_magazine_september_2019?fr=sOTIwODE4NzMw. After adding team members Alana DeJoseph and Tracy Cring, “Guatemala: Trouble in the Highlands” has a trailer and new website. The “Resource” center includes all of my articles on immigration as well as recommended readings to better understand the situation in Guatemala. […]

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Newsletter: December 2019

I just received a 30-year membership pin from the President of AFP (Association of Fundraising Professionals) as a milestone to my commitment to my profession and the power of philanthropy, “…we know that over that time, you’ve made an indelible and long-lasting impact upon your cause, our community and the world.” Read the newsletter . . .

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Newsletter: October 2019

“Hugs not Walls: Reuniting the Children,” which is part of my series of articles on immigration, placed second at Saturday night’s Arizona Authors Association Literary Contest held at the Moon Valley Country Club here in Phoenix and will be included in their Arizona Literary Magazine. Over 50 attended the banquet. Also, my article, “Justice and Responsibility: The Plight of the Immigrants from Guatemala,” is now available at “Quail Bell Magazine”. http://www.quailbellmagazine.com/the-real-20/essay-migrant-caravans-and-social-justice.  Read the newsletter . . .

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Newsletter: September 2019

I’ve just learned that my essay, “Hugs Not Walls: Returning the Children,” is a finalist in the Arizona Authors Association literary competition where my book, “Different Latitudes” was recognized two years ago and is now ranked 22nd for “Guatemala Travel Guide”! The essay is one piece of a multi-part series on the challenges of migration into the U.S. and will be published in the 2020 Arizona Literary Magazine. I’ll learn the results at the awards ceremony in early November. In the meantime, I continue to wait with infinite patience for my articles to drop in “The Scarlet Leaf Review” and […]

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Newsletter: August 2019

Upon returning from vacation, I was confronted with an offer to become the CEO of “Better Soils Better Lives,” which has developed techniques around soil restoration as a solution to global hunger and includes some interesting carbon dioxide extraction technologies so important in dealing with climate change. I’d worked with Roland at World Neighbors, and knew him from his classic book on agricultural extension, “Two Ears of Corn.” He’s worked on agricultural development for as long as I have worked in fundraising and covered 50 countries. He’s been nominated for the Global 500 Award, the End the Hunger Prize of […]

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