Archive for September 2015

An Unexpected Nepalese and American Reunion

An Unexpected Nepalese and American Reunion
One of the first questions I’m asked is how I find people to interview for this blog. The short answer is, everywhere. The longer answer is more interesting. I meet my contacts through friends, friends of friends, family, neighbors, colleagues, and shop keepers. Through past contacts. At dinner parties, on vacation, and over drinks at my... Read more »

Celebrating Friendship and a Wonderous World Under a Blood Moon

Celebrating Friendship and a Wonderous World Under a Blood Moon
Yesterday was my anniversary. Sort of. Thirteen years ago, on a evening much like last night’s, I met my neighbor and dear friend, Jenny. It was the evening of a lunar eclipse, sans the blood moon. While taking out the garbage, our husbands introduced themselves and stared at the lunar spectacle. Excited, they went home to... Read more »

Shakespeare was Wrong: Nothing is Rotten in Denmark

Shakespeare was Wrong: Nothing is Rotten in Denmark
Although there are about 406 islands in Denmark (not including the Faroe Islands and Greenland, which is an autonomous country within the Kingdom of Denmark), only about 70 of those islands are populated. But that doesn’t mean “Something is rotten in the state of Denmark,” as Shakespeare wrote in Hamlet. Far from it. Lying only 101... 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 »

9/11 - Redefining Its Tragedy with Tolerance

9/11 - Redefining Its Tragedy with Tolerance
Fourteen years ago today, I sat in a dentist’s chair. An hour later, I walked out into a crisp, cloudless September morning and a world I did not recognize. Today, I still feel a disconnect concerning 9/11. On one hand, I long to observe it in a meaningful way. On the other hand, I am... Read more »