Tag: Iceland

For My Father and All Veterans, I Will Never Forget

For My Father and All Veterans, I Will Never Forget
Armed with a camera and a 45 handgun, my father fought fascism in the most unlikely of places: Iceland. His repair ship, Vulcan, dodged Nazi U-boats on the North Atlantic as it churned through the black-green waves of an angry sea. Nestled in convoy, Vulcan housed a photo lab, carpentry, and machine shop. Possessed the... Read more »

On the Eve of Our Presidential Election, an Interview with the First Lady of the Most Peaceful Country in the World: Iceland

On the Eve of Our Presidential Election, an Interview with the First Lady of the Most Peaceful Country in the World: Iceland
For the sixth consecutive year, Iceland has placed first on The Global Peace Index (GPI). There is no doubt the small, Arctic island deserves this honor. Frankly, though, I’m a bit envious. Peace has been elusive in America, especially this summer. Like most Americans, I can’t wait for the election to be over. The process has... Read more »

An Interview with an Average American . . . Me

An Interview with an Average American . . . Me
Recently, one of my interviewees asked if she could interview me for her blog. She wanted to know about my life and what prompted me to begin this project. That gave me the idea to interview myself for this blog as my American interviewee. After all, I am asking people around the world to share... Read more »
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My Trip to the Icelandic Phallological Museum (Otherwise Known As the Penis Museum)

My Trip to the Icelandic Phallological Museum (Otherwise Known As the Penis Museum)
(This is the fourth installment in the 9 Days in Iceland series)  No trip to Iceland is complete without a trip to its most unique museum: The Icelandic Phallological Museum. Or as most people call it, The Penis Museum. The museum lies just off the main shopping drag in downtown Reykjavik. For 1,250 Icelandic kronurs,... Read more »

Finding Peace and Inspiration with a World of Writers at The 2016 Iceland Writers Retreat.

Finding Peace and Inspiration with a World of Writers at The 2016 Iceland Writers Retreat.
(This is the third installment in the 9 Days in Iceland series. All photos by Roman Gerasymenko/Iceland Writers Retreat. Used with permission.) They came from all over the world. More than 100 writers, from Malta, Singapore, Australia, Finland, Canada, South Africa, the United States, and many parts of Europe. Writers looking for inspiration. Peace. Connections. This... Read more »

9 Days in Iceland: The Sky

9 Days in Iceland: The Sky
(This is the second installment in this series)  It is impossible to ignore. There is so much of it. Unobstructed. Always changing. Wherever I went in Iceland I was aware of it. The sheltering sky. The angry sky. The welcoming sky. Hovering over me, it reminded me of my smallness. Encouraged me to consider my... Read more »
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9 Days in Iceland: Land of Storytellers

9 Days in Iceland: Land of Storytellers
This is the first post in my 9 Days in Iceland series. Separate from the posts of other countries, the goal of this series is to share my thoughts, impressions, and memories of my third trip to Iceland where I attended my first Iceland Writers Retreat.  Iceland: Land of Storytellers  I have a special connection... Read more »

The Best Valentine's Day Gift in the World

The Best Valentine's Day Gift in the World
Yesterday, I published a post about Maggie and Mike, two local Peace Corp workers who fell in love half a world away. It’s a remarkable story about their love and commitment to each other and to making the world a better place. Today, I want to share a different love story for Valentine’s Day. Mine.... Read more »

Rockall: 45 Days on the Most Desolate Place on Earth

Rockall: 45 Days on the Most Desolate Place on Earth
Normally, I only use first names here. Not today. Nick Hancock, English Adventurer of the Year 2015, is the famed resident of a strange rock island in the North Atlantic: Rockall. In 2014, Nick lived inside a small pod tethered to Rockall for 45 days. A world record, making him the island’s longest sole human... Read more »
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Ahmed Mohamed and 7 paths to inspiration

Ahmed Mohamed and 7 paths to inspiration
In the span of one day, 14-year-old Ahmed Mohamed went from being a high school kid to being a terrorist to being a national symbol of bigotry to being the kid President Obama tweeted Cool Clock, Ahmed and invited to the White House. That is pretty remarkable. Ahmed Mohamed’s story is also about his strength, grace, humility,... Read more »