Since my arrival in Vietnam, I have been graciously hosted by my friend, Claire Pierangelo, Charge d Affaires of the U.S. Embassy. Her lovely villa is nestled in the Tay Ho area among a group of residences where ambassadors and embassy staff from many countries reside. I am quite honored to be here and have been welcomed with open arms by both Claire and her family and the Vietnamese people who work with and for the international residents. For the past week, I have ventured out to explore Hanoi. I've visited museums, temples, and cultural exhibits. I've also spent a fair amount of time wandering the streets and alleyways of this remarkable, developing city. Throughout my time, it has been hard not to regularly think about the fact that within my lifetime, the U.S. Government carpet bombed this land and its people--and I've been struck by how open and accepting the Vietnamese people I've encountered have been to me. I've also developed a new respect for the Americans who choose to work in the foreign service. Those I have met, take great pride in their work to develop and encourage diplomatic relations with the people of Vietnam. Today I will bring my beloved Courage work to teachers from two international schools in Hanoi--Teachers who spend their days with the children of diplomats and citizens from around the world. I hope to "encourage" them to take heart in the important work they are called to do. These teachers have a great opportunity to help children learn to respect difference and tolerate those who do not share the same beliefs--- to get along and enjoy one another, and even become friends. It is a hopeful enterprise for us all, as it is a lot harder to advocate bombing people when they are your friends.