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IN A SAFE PLACE
LAST SUMMER, my husband and I spent a few days at my mother's house, on her parcel of land in the south of Chile, a few kilometers away from a town. One day we decided to take a drive with our three nephews aged 18, 13, and 9, and entered a region near a mountain range, where indigenous communities live.
At a certain point on the drive, we noticed that two men on horseback were watching as our family got out of the car and took photos. We were commenting on the beauty of the tall mountains and the many native trees and shrubs. To me, it was as if the landscape had been a silent witness to an important part of the country's history.
When we were back in the van, ready to go home, we noticed a man on horseback who passed us at great speed, then turned and rode toward us, forcing us to stop. He put his foot on the hood of our vehicle, and we could see that he carried a club the size of a baseball bat. Screaming all sorts of offenses, he forced us to get out and talk, while he threatened to call some relatives to beat us up and damage our van.
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Ingrid Monsalve lives in Santiago, Chile, with her family and enjoys being outdoors with her pack of ten dogs. She also loves her five cats.
with contributions from DANIEL OTIENO OKELLO, SANDRA CARR OWENS, LAURA N. SINEX, DIANE A. CHARIPAR, DELIA THOMPSON
AT THE CENTER OF OUR LIVES
KIM SHIPPEY, SENIOR WRITER
ITEMS OF INTEREST
with contributions from Hadeel Al-Shalchi
BY BARBARA VINING
HEARTS OPEN to GOD
BY GINGER MACK
IN A SAFE PLACE
BY INGRID MONSALVE
THE GOD I PRAY TO...
Warren Bolon with contributions from Makengo Ma Pululu
A spiritual response to food contamination
BY COLLEEN DOUGLASS
NEVER LEFT HANGING
BY KATHLEEN MANGELSDORF
PRAYER AND THE MISSING BUS PASS
BY GRACE GILLIS
FACING DOWN INTIMIDATION
BY VERENA LINNING
A TEACHER AND A TEACHING FOR ALL TIMES
A PRECIOUS COMMAND
EMILY WALKER BRICKLER
THE ETHICS OF THE ELECTED
SYMPTOMS OF KIDNEY DIFFICULTY HEALED
DILSHAD KHAMBATTA EAMES
PERMANENT HEALING AFTER BIKE ACCIDENT
PETER T. MUDIDA
LUMP IN BREAST HEALED QUICKLY
GOOD THINGS ARE HAPPENING