After I had eaten the small portion which sufficed to fill my stomach halfway, Brother David casually mentioned his belief that it was an offense against God to leave food uneaten on the table. This was particularly the case when such a great restaurant had so clearly been placed in our path as a special grace. David was a slim man and a monk, so I found it hardly credible that he followed this precept generally. But he continued to eat so much that I felt good manners, if not actual spiritual guidance, required me to imitate his example. I filled my belly for the first time in a year.
In honoring the work of the Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet , this year’s forum will engage participants in the difficult work of dialogue across lines of difference on a range of contentious issues—from democracy and stability in North Africa and the Middle East, to gun violence reduction in the ., across the partisan “Red-Blue” divide, and water access. The event will be focused on action and results. Through a series of high-level dialogue sessions, practitioners, stakeholders, and decision-makers will meet to advance work on issues such as job creation, peace education, and “peace by design.”
Although the book is mostly based on real events from Knowles' life, still remember that this book is not a work of non-fiction. Knowles himself says that the characters, even those that he bases on real people, are a hodgepodge of different traits and qualities, and many of the dramatic conflicts of the book are not based upon real events, but were invented for the sake of the story. The inspiration and the fuel for Knowles' book was taken directly from his own life experience, but this does not mean that it is solely Knowles' experience that makes up the meat of the events of the book.