Tag: Russia

A Finnish Author and Independent Documentary Filmmaker Talks About Finland's Unspoiled Nature and Free Access to its Exceptional Public Education

A Finnish Author and Independent Documentary Filmmaker Talks About Finland's Unspoiled Nature and Free Access to its Exceptional Public Education
What I know of Finland brings to mind gleaming lakes, staggering northern lights displays, the forests of fairytales, saunas, reindeers, Santa Claus, and the music of Finnish composer Jean (Johan Julius Christian) Sibelius. In my opinion, The Sibelius Violin Concerto, is one of the most beautiful pieces of music in the world. What I didn’t know... Read more »

Why Attacking Paris is Personal to Me

Why Attacking Paris is Personal to Me
Because it was Paris, I thought it couldn’t be true. No, I thought. Not there. Not in Paris. I was wrong. Friday night, soulless terrorists inflicted senseless slaughter on the innocent in Paris. Brought death and darkness to the City of Light. Paris. I cannot even say her name without sighing. Without remembering my first view... Read more »

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 »
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School Is Out Around the World

School Is Out Around the World
As I wait for interviews to take hold, I sit in my writing space and watch the world pass by under my window. I like this window overlooking the sidewalk. Today, it frames a stream of school children heading home in the clear light of a fresh washed afternoon. By the size of their burdens, I know... Read more »

A Story of 23 Chromosomes

A Story of 23 Chromosomes
“It has been said that next to hunger and thirst, our most basic human need is for storytelling.”   — Khalil Gibran  Patience is necessary to writing this blog. After all, I am prevailing upon strangers to work me into their busy lives. Without their responses, this blog would not exist. But a clog in the pipeline... Read more »

Things The World Taught Me in 2014

Things The World Taught Me in 2014
I began this blog in June of 2014 with the goal of interviewing one person in every country of the world (roughly 196). By year’s end, I’d spoken with 19 people. They humbled me with their willingness to participate. Surprised, delighted, and disturbed me with their responses. I learned so much from them. Below, is... Read more »
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Iceland: Winter is Coming

Iceland: Winter is Coming
  It was eight degrees in Chicago when I started writing this post. How appropriate to be writing of Iceland. Winter is coming. A Special Connection  My love affair with Iceland started long before the popularity of Game of Thrones. It is a very personal connection. I have my father to thank for that. During WWII,... Read more »

Slovakia: On the Banks of the Danube River

Slovakia: On the Banks of the Danube River
Ella, an Icelandic friend my husband met by playing an online word game (http://www.itsyourturn.com), connected me with today’s post, Denisa. Denisa lives in Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia. On Wikipedia, it says Bratislava lies on both banks of the Danube River and is the only national capital that borders two independent countries, Austria and Hungary.... Read more »

Through Ukrainian Eyes

Through Ukrainian Eyes
Finding a Ukrainian in Chicago wasn’t hard. Finding one who would talk to me about Ukraine was a bit dicier. Until I met George. Months before the crisis in Ukraine erupted, a friend introduced us. Over drinks, I asked George why  the older Ukrainian Village shop and restaurant owners always kept their distance from me... Read more »
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Through Russian Eyes

Through Russian Eyes
When I started this blog, my intention was to give people around the world a voice. My pledge to them was not to judge or dispute their views, no matter how difficult it may be to hear what they say. Alex, a software engineer in Russia, reminded me of that pledge. For years, Alex has... Read more »