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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 »

Surrounded by Sea, Ancient Ruins, the Constant Ringing of Church Bells, and a Cacophony of Cultures, This Writer Calls Malta Home

Surrounded by Sea, Ancient Ruins, the Constant Ringing of Church Bells, and a Cacophony of Cultures, This Writer Calls Malta Home
If you’re like me, you know very little about Malta, except that is was the setting for the classic Humphrey Bogart film, Maltese Falcon and the December 1989 Malta Summit between President George H. W. Bush and Soviet Premier Mikhail Gorbachev, following the fall of the Berlin Wall. Amy, my contact for this post on Malta, helped fill in the blanks. How I... 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 »
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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 »

British Columbia: Peace at the 49th Parallel

British Columbia: Peace at the 49th Parallel
At the border of Surrey, British Columbia, Canada, and Blaine, Washington, U.S.A., lies the famous Peace Arch, built by Sam Hill. It marks the spot known as the “Peace Arch Border Crossing”, one of the busiest border crossings between Canada and the United States. The arch also commemorates the Treaty of Ghent, which ended the War of... Read more »

Newfoundland: Open Spaces, Open Hearts

Newfoundland: Open Spaces, Open Hearts
The first time I uttered the word Newfoundland, I was pointing at a photo of a Newfoundland puppy. Pleading with my mother to let us have one. Mom looked around our small suburban ranch house. Pointed to an adjoining photo of an adult Newfoundland dog. Large as a black bear. I never got the Newfie. Today,... Read more »
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