Archive for February 2016

Shok: This short film about Kosovo is the one I'll be rooting for at the Academy Awards

Shok: This short film about Kosovo is the one I'll be rooting for at the Academy Awards
Last night, over a glass of wine, my dear friend Sandy told me about a short film which is nominated for an Academy Award. She urged me to watch it. Today, I did. And I can’t stop thinking about it. Shok (which means “buddies” in Albanian) is only 21 minutes long. The main characters are two... Read more »

Norway: Fjords, Vikings, and the Nobel Prize for Peace

Norway: Fjords, Vikings, and the Nobel Prize for Peace
The landscape of Norway is breathtakingly beautiful, its people proud and fiercely independent. For good reason. Known as the land of the midnight sun, Norway is where the first Vikings struck out from and, by stark contrast, where the Nobel Prize for Peace is awarded each year. In 1911, Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen became the first person to reach the... 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 »
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A Valentine's Day Love Story: Two Peace Corps Workers Find Love in Each Other and the World

A Valentine's Day Love Story: Two Peace Corps Workers Find Love in Each Other and the World
It was cold this week. Really cold. My office was nice and warm. So I thought about skipping my monthly writers group. I’m so glad I didn’t. If I hadn’t gone, I wouldn’t have talked to Cathy, a gentle, caring woman who has lived many places in the world. Over lunch, we talked about two of... Read more »